Explore Coffs Harbour
Along the New South Wales coast you will find many beautiful beaches and places to see, we discovered this the first week entering the state. We were blown away by the coastline, we really didn’t expect the water to be so blue and vibrant. We had stopped at a few places on our way south of the coast and stopped when we hit Coffs Harbour. We took a liking to this coastal suburb and decided we wanted to stay here and explore a little longer.
Yes Coffs Harbour is busy, it is a bustling suburb with plenty of business and industrial action going on but it has a quieter side along the coast. We stayed at Clog Barn Caravan Park along the Pacific Highway. This quirky caravan park was reasonable with pricing and had some real quirkiness about it. While staying here you can check out the train village in the back and even enjoy some amazing pancakes from the cafe. This place is a real treat and even if you don’t stay here I do recommend coming here to look at the atractions..
Muttonbird Island is home to the wedge-tailed shearwater. You can often see where they are nesting by spotting the holes in the ground covered by plants when walking across the island. This is why it is important to stick to the pathway and not venture off into the plants.
The walk to the other side of the island is steep and pathed but offers many lovely views of Coffs Harbour and its surrounds. The best part of the walk is that it can be as long or as short as you like. To get a great view it isn’t necessary to walk across the entire island, views can be found from any part of the island. We did however walk to the other side and found ourselves on the very bottom of the island’s coastline. We watched schools of fish being chased by dolphins.
On the opposite of the bay is the southern break wall, to access this walkway you will need to drive to the other side of the marina. This is a shorter walk and still offers great views and a great place to throw a line in from the rocks. The walk gives another perspective of Coffs Harbour.
Big Banana- Big Things
The big banana is an iconic point of interest. My best advice is visit here during the weekdays because on the weekend this place is busy! Not only is this just a big banana but there are plenty of attractions behind this iconic statue. Places include a waterpark, cafe, lolly shop, reptile centre plus many more. We visited on the Saturday during school holidays and had to wait 10 minutes to get this photo……..
Did you even visit Coffs Harbour if you don’t have a picture in front of the big banana?
Sealy Lookout- Forest Sky Pier
If you have been following our blog for a while then you will know that we love a good lookout. The Sealy Lookout is free and has a sky scraping view of Coffs Harbour. You will find yourself drive up some very steep hills to finally reach the top of the mountain and walk to the edge of the Forest Sky Pier.
Family Adventure Playground and Skatepark
We have three children so we always like to stop at a good playground, it burns some extra energy and gives the kids some time to play on their own and make some friends. This playground is great and has something for all ages. We took their skateboards and scooters to the skatepark which is where we spent about three hours! Lucky the park has drink fountains.
We hope this inspires you to stop at Coffs Harbour and have a look around, we certainly had fun here and we hope you do to. If you have anything to add to this list of places to see and do please feel free to add them to the comments below.
We look forward to meeting you on the road.
From Kylie and Dan
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