Central Coast to Coffs Harbour

Central Coast to Coffs Harbour From great surfing beaches and World Heritage-listed rainforests, to the wild, playful dolphins and the majestic whales, this stretch of the New South Wales’ coastline offers the perfect place for fun, adventure and relaxation.

Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour

Natural beauty and fun attractions draw families and adventurers to Coffs Harbour, a coastal city on the mid North Coast of NSW. Enjoy gorgeous beaches, water sports, adventure sports including skydiving, scuba diving and game fishing, and friendly encounters with animals.

The Solitary Island Marine Park is a haven for marine creatures including whales during their annual migration between May and November. This beautiful marine park includes scenic estuaries, beaches and headlands.  At Solitary Islands Aquarium, marvel at colourful clownfish and venomous lionfish. In the Butterfly House, you can walk among hundreds of butterflies.

You can also explore the amazing underwater world with Jetty Dive and during whale-watching season, take a cruise boat to see majestic humpbacks at play.

The green hillsides around the town are the perfect backdrop for the Big Banana, one of Australia's most visited and iconic big things. It's more than just another one of Australia’s big fruits; it’s a kids’ dream come true. Activities you will find include a water park, mini golf, toboggan rides, laser tag and ice skating, to name a few!

Coffs Harbour Jetty
Coffs Harbour Beach

Port Macquarie

Only four hours’ drive north of Sydney, with outdoor adventures, gorgeous beaches, delicious fresh produce, and beautiful rainforest walks, the Port Macquarie region is teeming with attractions.

Explore splendid national parks, Sea Acres Rainforest boardwalk, beautiful waterways such as the Hastings River and 18 sandy beaches. Enjoy the natural beauty with outdoor activities, including skydiving, paragliding, horseriding, surfing, boating, cycling, water skiing, kayaking, golf and fishing.

Tacking Point Lighthouse is Australia’s 3rd-oldest lighthouse. Built a few kilometres outside of Port Macquarie in the late-1800s, it provides travellers one of the best sunrise views on the Central Coast (pictured). If you’re lucky, between May and November, you might spot a whale!

A short drive away is North Haven, a seaside village where the breathtaking Grants Beach Coastal Walk begins. In the hinterland is charming Kendall, home of Kendall National Violin Competition, and enchanting Wauchope, home of Timbertown, a heritage theme park.

Tacking Point Lighthouse
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Newcastle

Newcastle is a vibrant cosmopolitan city with a rich maritime history and a world-famous surfing destination, Merewether Beach. You’ll discover cool bars, quality restaurants, and a lively arts and music scene in NSW’s second-biggest city, just two hours’ drive north of Sydney.

Australia’s largest surfing festival, Surfest, is in Newcastle. The waves shaped the success of Mark Richards, who was crowned world surfing champion four times. Amble along Bathers Way and swim in the art deco Newcastle Ocean Baths or at Bogey Hole, which convicts carved from rock in 1819.

For more outdoor adventures, experience the TreeTop Adventure Park. It consists of over 96 high-flying obstacles, suspended over 20m in the air.

Newcastle

The Infinity Experience

Did you know?
Coffs Harbour was the hub for a thriving banana industry. One of the biggest attractions is the Big Banana, the World's Largest Banana celebrating the region's best known export.