About Coffs Harbour
Coffs Harbour is a major coastal resort town noted for its banana plantations, its resorts, its mild climate and its fishing. It is beautifully located where the mountains tumble down to the seal. Although bigger than most NSW coastal towns (its population is now over 65 000), it is typically occupied by retirees seeking the warm north of the state and visited by holiday-makers.
The appearance of Coffs Harbour has not been enhanced by the emergence of high-rise units which remind one of suburban Sydney rather than a holiday resort. Nonetheless, it has a kind of glorious subtropical laziness attached to it while at the same time wanting to be considered a thriving city. Consequently the population rises dramatically in summer. The harbour became an important base for a large fishing fleet in the 1970s which is still very active. Tourism, bananas, fishing, timber and engineering now constitute the mainstays of the local economy. In recent years, seaside estates have been developed along 30 km of local coastline (sourced from the Aussie Towns website – click for more).
Roadtrip to Coffs – Stop off at Port Macquarie
We dropped into Port Macquarie on our way to Coffs Harbour to check out the sea wall next to the caravan park. This is where we panted our wombat graffiti on one of the sea wall rocks; which is a bit of tradition for visitors to the area. To our amazement it was still there, 7 years later.
In 2017 Hastings Council (Port Macquarie) passed a by-law banning any future rock-art along the section where our rock is, so it looks like it’s there for some time yet – woohoo! It’s opposite 17th Avenue in the Port Macquarie Breakwall Holiday Park, if you’re ever in the area.
Coffs Harbour Caravan Park
We absolutely love Coffs Harbour and have stayed here quite a few times. This time it was at the Big4 Park Beach Holiday Park near to the harbour. A nice park in a great location with fantastic amenities. We travelled here from Port Stephens via Port Macquarie (maplink).
Caught up with friends Dave & Julie from Sandy Beach and did some day tripping around the area…
- Woolgoolga – lunch at the Blue Bottle Cafe in “Woopie”. We always come here for the corn fritters – yum.
- Woolgoolga is also famous for the Sikh Temple and has the largest Sikh population in Australia.
- The Big Banana – a photo op not to be missed
- The Forest Sky Pier situated at Sealy Lookout up in the hinterland above Coffs with stunning views over the town and coastline
- Red Rock Headland and the Corindi River estuary. A truly beautiful spot and a future stopping point on our travels for certain.