SUP Boarding at Boambee Bay

Ecotourism on the coffs Coast

Ecotourism is one of the fastest-growing areas of the travel industry. Adventurers and holiday-makers across the generations are seeking out destinations that embrace and embody ecotourism in action.

Throughout the Coffs Coast, there are 13 significant National Parks and extensive State Forests. They stretch from the majestic ranges to the coastline bordering the Solitary Islands Marine Park. Locals, tourists, businesses, and tourism operators who call this place home, are all shaped in some way by the region’s stunning natural beauty.

This year the Coffs Coast is working towards accreditation as an ECO Destination. This certification assures visitors that a destination provides high-quality nature-based tourism experiences, backed by a strong, well-managed commitment to sustainable practices.

The internationally recognised ECO Destination Program

Accreditation as part of the ECO Destination Program means the Coffs Coast will be showcased as an authentic eco-destination, receiving an international, independently verified stamp of approval.

Ecotourism Australia’s Chief Executive Rod Hillman is thrilled to have the Coffs Coast joining the program.

“The Coffs Coast’s journey to become a certified ECO Destination is about protecting and enhancing the amazing natural and cultural values that the region is so proud of, and supporting tourism businesses and visitors to be responsible in their interaction with these assets. Ensuring that the fantastic experiences on offer here are available for generations to come, locals and visitors alike.” Rod Hillman, CEO Ecotourism Australia.

What makes the Coffs Coast so unique and perfect for ecotourism?

The Coffs Coast is geographically unique as it is the only place in NSW where the Great Dividing Range meets the Pacific Ocean.

It’s also home to significant Gumbayggnirr Indigenous cultural sites.Exquisite flora and fauna, and an abundance of activities allow people to interact with nature and share the natural resources of this land.

Ecotourism on the Coffs Coast is both sharing and protecting the region’s natural and cultural values.

Ecotourism on the Coffs Coast is both sharing and protecting the region’s natural and cultural values.

Bongil Bongil National Park
An unspoiled location with plenty to offer, including wild beaches, sweeping coastal views and peaceful streams. The Bongil Bongil National Park is also a regional favourite for mountain bike adventures and home to the largest population of koalas on the Coffs Coast.

Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve
The jewel in the crown of Coffs Harbour. Surrounded by sparkling ocean, the island affords views of the coast and hinterland from a unique, off-shore perspective. Discover Gumbayggnirr Dreaming stories at the award-winning outdoor learning space.

Orara East State Forest
Home to the ECO Certified Bruxner Park Flora Reserve and a collection of stunning rainforest walks. Look for giant strangler figs, listen for the songs of the many fruit doves and if you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of a bower bird.

Ulidarra National Park
A short drive from Coffs Harbour – within moments you’ll be surrounded by a rich tapestry of old-growth forest and rainforests. There’s lots of native wildlife and an abundance of birdlife. End Peak walking track offers panoramic views from the park’s highest point.

Solitary Islands Marine Park
The oldest protected marine park in New South Wales. The Solitary Island Marine Park covers a total area of 71,000 hectares and extends along 75 kilometres of coast, from Coffs Harbour north to the Sanden River mouth.

MEET SOME OF OUR LEADING ECO-CERTIFIED BUSINESSES AND LOCATIONS

Bruxner Park Flora Reserve
Ecotourism Certified
This reserve is the premier destination to experience nature on the Coffs Coast. The centrepiece is Sealy Lookout with the majestic Forest Sky Pier towering over the rainforest. The Gumgali Track is an Indigenous interpretive walk down to Korora Lookout with unparalleled views of the coast and Solitary Islands Marine Park.

Wajaana Yaam Gumbaynggirr Adventure Tours
Ecotourism and Respecting Our Culture (ROC) Certified
Wajaana Yaam translates to ‘from this country’ in Gumbaynggirr language. Enjoy stand up paddle boarding in the waters of the Coffs Coast with the direct descendants of the local Indigenous people. Connect to land and sea through their stories and language.

TreeTops Coffs Harbour, Orara East State Forest
Advanced Ecotourism and Ecotourism Certified
The multi award-winning and eco-friendly attraction includes a range of elevated treetop rope courses, where participants move through suspension bridges, rope ladders, cargo nets and zip lines. Get a birds-eye view of the forest!

Coffs Coast Mountain Retreat
Advanced Ecotourism and Ecotourism Certified
The eco-friendly accommodation includes a private hinterland retreat where you can unwind in the picturesque Lowanna Hinterland. There are 2 cabins to choose form and both are purpose build to cater for accessible needs and feature a range of natural building materials.