The Coffs Coast offers outstanding educational opportunities for all ages, from preschool to PhD. There are traditional schooling options with a great selection of public and private primary and high schools, community based options and alternative educational opportunities. The Coffs Coast is also home to two TAFE campuses, private registered training organisations and Southern Cross University.

For those with the urge to learn there is also a multitude of after school or after work opportunities to entertain yourself, diversify your interests or pursue your passions. Whether it be hands on workshops, art lessons or learning a language, there is bound to be something that takes your fancy. One provider of these sorts of educational activities is the Coffs Coast Community College.

Day Care and Pre Schools

Finding the right day care for your pre-schooler is easy in Coffs with a choice of affordable childcare options available including pre-schools, long day care, after school care and vacation care. The wait-lists are short and the choice is great so that you can have peace of mind that your child is being cared for in the right environment for them to grow and learn. The map below shows the location of day care centres in the Coffs Harbour area. Family Day Care is also widely available for those parents looking for a more intimate and homely environment.

Primary and High Schools

Whatever your children’s needs, we have a range of schooling options available for them on the Coffs Coast. With your choice of public, private and independent schools in both primary and high school there is something to suit your requirements.  The map below shows the location schools and education institutions in the Coffs Harbour area.

Further Education

The jewel in our educational facilities is the Coffs Harbour Education Campus conveniently situated between the thriving city of Coffs Harbour and the beach-side community of Sawtell. The Campus is an innovative and inviting learning environment incorporating North Coast TAFE, Coffs Harbour Senior College and Southern Cross University all on one site.

  • North Coast TAFE caters to students focused on practical skills and facilities include a state-of-the-art automotive workshop, functioning hair and beauty salon, commercial kitchen, child care centre, simulated hospital for nursing training, farming gardens and nursery, and the only furniture design workshop on the North Coast.
  • The campus features extensive student amenities including a multi-level library, computer facilities, on-campus gym, campus bar, indoor and outdoor sporting facilities, and the popular Osprey Restaurant.
  • Southern Cross University’s Coffs Harbour campus offers courses including business, hotel and resort management, psychology, teacher education, arts, nursing, social sciences and information technology.
  • Coffs Harbour Education Campus is also the home of the Coffs Harbour Innovation Centre, a regional hub fostering innovative, creative and technology based business.

Other Campuses in Coffs

MARINE SCIENCE – The National Marine Science Centre is focused on producing high impact research that addresses issues relating to the resilience of marine ecosystems and resources.

MEDICAL – UNSW Rural Clinical School is also co-located on the Coffs Harbour Health Campus providing opportunities for students to study medicine locally.

MUSIC – Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium is a not-for-profit, community-based organisation whose vision is to enrich the cultural life of the Coffs Harbour community through the provision of quality music education, accessible to all.

PRIVATE REGISTERED TRAINING ORGANISATIONS – There are a number of government funded, private training organisations delivering accredited courses in business, management, retail, hospitality, community services and training and assessment.

Primary and High Schools Map

Public Primary Schools are marked blue, Private Primary Schools in Yellow, Public High Schools Red, Private High Schools Green and further education institutions purple.

Day Care and Pre-Schools

The map below shows the location of daycare centres in the Coffs Harbour area.