While the Coffs Coast is renowned for its iconic waves and the Big Banana, there’s a side to this region that often escapes the tourist brochures. Our handpicked weekend itinerary reveals the hidden treasures that make Coffs Coast a local paradise.
Start your day with a leisurely brunch at one of the many beachside spots. Feel the warm sand under your feet and the sun on your skin as you savour locally sourced delicacies and sip on freshly brewed coffee. The relaxed atmosphere sets the perfect tone for your coastal adventure.
As the day progresses, venture into the lesser-explored corners of the Coffs Coast, where charming streets, boutique shops, and local art galleries await your discovery. Engage with friendly locals who are eager to share their favourite hidden gems and insider knowledge.
As the sun dips below the horizon, the Coffs Coast comes alive with late-night bars favoured by the locals. This weekend itinerary is your chance to immerse yourself in the vibrant nightlife scene, sampling innovative cocktails and enjoying live music or DJ sets.
The Coffs Coast offers far more than typical tourist destinations. It is a place where you can fully immerse yourself in the local way of life, uncover its hidden gems, and experience the authentic spirit of the region.
So, go ahead, experience the Coffs Coast like a local, and let this weekend be your gateway to an authentic coastal adventure.
Sit down for breakfast at Pansabella Cafe & Wine Bar
Before you dash off for the day, make the most of your morning with a relaxed coffee and a bite to eat at Pansabella Cafe & Bar in Coffs City Centre. Grab a seat in the street-side alfresco area and fill your tummy with a famous Breakfast Grazing Board or if you are on a health kick, try a dairy-free Toasted Nut Granola served with coconut yogurt.
Local Tip: Coffs City Centre has fabulous fashion, health & beauty and lifestyle stores. Hit the laneways and arcades for all kinds of delightful specialty shops
See the sights at Niigi Niigi (Sealy Lookout) in Orara East State Forest
For unbeatable coastal views, journey through the banana plantations and avocado groves to Sealy Lookout and Orara East State Forest. Take a walk out onto Forest Sky Pier, hang from the trees at Treetops Adventure or grab a coffee at the Nyanggan Gapi Cafe.
Local Tip: Take a walk down the Gumgali Track to Korora Lookout to experience a truly unique Gumbaynggirr Dreaming story. Keep a lookout for all the goannas on the track.
Sip wine and unwind at The Spare Room in Sawtell
On First Avenue in Sawtell, The Spare Room beckons you to experience the Coffs Coast’s bar scene. Enjoy craft cocktails, an eclectic wine selection, and dishes made from the best of local produce. Beyond drinks and food, this spot hosts local and touring musicians and artists, guaranteeing an original and inviting atmosphere.
Local Tip: After dining at The Spare Room, why not watch a movie at Sawtell Majestic Cinemas. The heritage-listed Cinemas have 2 screens and very comfy seats. Make sure you grab a wine to sip while you watch your movie.
Wind down with a nightcap at Element Bar
Discover delicious daiquiris, an ever-growing spirits menu and a rotating tap list at Element Bar. Element Bar has quickly become the place to go for craft beer and cocktails on the Coffs Harbour Jetty strip. If you are more interested in dinner than daiquiris, the bistro has pizzas and share plates available until late.
Local Tip: Take a short stroll to the Jetty Memorial Theatre and catch a touring show or local community theatre show.
Start your day at Woolgoolga Beach
Whether you’re planning to see the sunrise from the sand or take a hike along the headland, Woolgooga Beach is the perfect place to spend a morning on the Coffs Coast. After daybreak, stick around for a swim in the surf, or if you’re keen to continue your adventure, take the short walk over to Woolgoolga Lake and cast a line in one of the many local fishing spots.
Local Tip: Head to the northern end of the beach to discover ‘The Buster Shipwreck’ buried in the sand. The ship ran ashore in 1893 and becomes exposed when the sea conditions are just right.
Save room for breakfast at the Surf Club
After your morning swim, head back to Coffs Harbour for breakfast or a seafood lunch by the water at The Surf Club Restaurant and Bar. Pick up a bottle of bubbles from the bar before heading out to the ocean-view balcony, where you can kick back with a seafood box of local king prawns and oysters as you watch the rolling waves.
Local Tip: Looking for beachside accommodation? There’s no shortage of motels and holiday apartments along the Park Beach strip, starting with the award-winning Big4 Park Beach Holiday Park right on the beach.
Discover the Coffs Coast’s best beaches on the Solitary Islands Coastal Walk
Stretching 60 kilometres along the Coffs Coast, the Solitary Island Coastal Walk connects Red Rock in the north to the charming village of Sawtell in the south. Short on time? Tackle shorter sections from various points. The Coffs Coast’s nature thrives here. Catch migrating humpback whales and dolphins at play. Want a kangaroo selfie? Head to Look at Me Now Headland.
Local Tip: We have put together suggested 4-day walks with recommending places to stop for food, additional things to do and accommodation along the way.
MEET THE LOCALS WHO CALL THE COFFS COAST HOME