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Woolgoolga Dorrigo Coffs Harbour Sawtell Bellingen Urunga Macksville Nambucca Heads
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Must do

Fast facts

  • A string of unspoilt beaches backed by an escarpment covered in lush rainforest
  • Famous for its World Heritage-listed rainforest and Solitary Islands Marine Park
  • Six hours’ drive north of Sydney. Fly from Sydney and Melbourne with Virgin Blue and QantasLink. 

Why go there

The Great Dividing Range meets the sea on the Coffs Coast, forming a stunning backdrop to the area’s white beaches. An outstanding holiday destination, Coffs Harbour and its neighbouring towns offer a range of attractions, from adventure sports and world-class golf courses to art galleries and alfresco cafés.

Scattered along the Coffs Coast are a number of delightful seaside towns, such as Sawtell, Nambucca Heads and Macksville.

Things to do

  • Kayak through Bongil Bongil National Park.
  • Tee off at one of the region’s 12 golf courses.
  • Sample the local produce, including Nambucca River oysters, Dorrigo potatoes and Coffs Coast bananas.
  • Go fishing or scuba diving in the Solitary Islands Marine Park, off the coast at Coffs Harbour.
  • Browse in quirky stores in Bellingen, renowned as a centre for arts and crafts.

Don’t miss


  • Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race and Festival of Sails in January.
  • Celtic Thunder, Coffs Harbour, in June.
  • Bellingen Jazz Festival, Bellingen, in August.
  • Rusty Iron Rally, Macksville, in September.
  • Coffs Coast International Buskers and Comedy Festival, Coffs Harbour, in September.
  • Coffs Coast Food and Wine Festival, Coffs Harbour, in October.
  • Serenity Bay, Emerald Beach, Coffs Coast (Photo: Coffs Coast Marketing)

    Serenity Bay, Emerald Beach, Coffs Coast (Photo: Coffs Coast Marketing)

Solitary Islands Marine ParkSolitary Islands Marine Park

The largest marine protected area in New South Wales is scenically dramatic above the waterline...

Dorrigo National Park FallsDorrigo National Park's

renowned boardwalks make the going easy for visitors...

Towns within

The Gallery Cafe in Bellingen, North CoastBellingen - Shadowed by the Dorrigo National Park, the centre of a lively New Age community...


Snorkelling near Coffs HarbourCoffs Harbour  A coastal city surrounded by lush forests and banana plantations, packed with family friendly attractions...


Waterfall in Dorrigo National Park, a World Heritage-Listed Area Dorrigo - A quiet town at the entrance to Dorrigo National Park, close to the edge of the escarpment above Bellingen Valley...


Forest walk near MacksvilleMacksville – A relaxed fishing and oyster-farming town on the Nambucca River...


Crystal clear waters, Nambucca HeadsNambucca Heads One of the coast's prettiest towns – pristine surf beaches, rivers, bushland...


Boambee Beach, Sawtell Sawtell Beachside town and recent addition to the chic style map.


The township of Urunga Urunga Quiet and relaxed, blessed with marvellous beaches and a superb climate year-round.


Indian Sikh Temple, Woolgoolga Woolgoolga A cultural hub, known for its large Sikh population and landmark Sikh temple.


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