Few visitors know of the rich diversity in the landscapes of Coffs Coast. From 270 million year old mountain escarpments and World Heritage rainforests through lush green hinterlands to golden sandy beaches and the 71,000 ha Solitary Islands Marine Park flooded with marine life.
No where else in Australia does the sub-alpine, sub-tropical and sub-marine environments all co-exist in the one place quite like it. This means that you can be snorkelling or sailing in the morning and rafting on the Nymboida River through deep granite gorges in the afternoon.
From World Heritage-listed Dorrigo National Park on the mountain escarpments, to Coffs Harbour’s stunning beaches through to the magic sea life within the Solitary Islands Marine Park, Coffs Coast is a wonderland of surprises.
Create your paradise. With a wealth of elements to select from, you will be able to take home stories of unforgettable green landscapes in the Bellinger Valley, whale watching in Woolgoolga to quaint cottages in the hinterlands of Coramba and Nana Glen. Share a close encounter with a dolphin or liven things up with some white water rafting on the Nymboida River. Share in our local produce and foodie scene then celebrate some of our vibrant events.
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The original inhabitants and current custodians of Coffs Coast are the Gumbaynggirr Aboriginals who welcome you to their country “Giinagay.” The traditional owners have occupied the land for thousands of years, forming one of the largest coastal Aboriginal Nations in New South Wales. Their Nation stretches from Nambucca River in the south to the Clarence River in the north and the Great Dividing Range to the west. Take a look at further information on the fascinating history of the Gumbaynggirr on Coffs Coast.
As a land of fertile soil, temperate climate, many rivers and rich marine life, the Coffs Coast provides a wealth of resources. Timber getters were among the first Europeans to settle in the area in 1841, logging high on the Dorrigo plateau and using the river systems to transport trees to the harbour where hundreds of ships each year would collect them and transport the cargo to Sydney. The timber cutting industry continued to flourish well after the completion of the Coffs Harbour Jetty in 1892 into the 1900’s.
The port of Coffs Harbour, originally named after shipbuilder and Captain John Korff, was also an important industry until a shipwreck in 1865 which resulted in the construction of a lighthouse in 1878 to help navigation through the reefs and islands of the Solitary Islands Marine Park.
Remnants of other industries such as gold, tin and mining in the western hinterlands of Coffs Coast still exist today providing a glimpse of times passed by. More successful ventures to help carve out the destination includes fruit growing including the lucrative banana plantations along with dairying. 1915 saw the arrival of a railway line linking the region to Sydney some eight years later and providing a platform for the growing tourism industry. Today the banana industry is slowly being replaced by blueberries and the region continues to be one of the largest regional tourism destinations in Australia.
Coffs Coast offers a host of unique attributes to help you make the most of your holiday to the region. Did you know that::
- Coffs Coast has the highest skydiving in Australia at 15,000 ft
- Waterfall Way touring route is voted in the top three scenic drives nationally
- Dorrigo National Park is one of the most visited National Park regions in Australia
- Bonville Golf Resort is voted Australia’s best golf resort and among the worlds most beautiful
- Park Beach Plaza shopping centre is the largest retail complex located between Newcastle and the Gold Coast
- South Solitary Island is voted one of the top 10 remote island paradises
- The Solitary Islands has the world’s largest population of sea anemone and 350 species of fish.
- Coffs Coast is home to Russell Crowe, George Negas, David Helfcott, Jack Thompson, Wendy Matthews and a host of other actors, musicians and sports men and women