In 2021 the Coffs Coast was globally recognised as an ECO Destination, awarded ECO Destination certification by Ecotourism Australia. The region is celebrated for its diverse cultural community, committed to balancing sustainable practices with first-class, nature-based visitor experiences.
As well as being an ECO Destination, the Coffs Coast is home to ten Ecotourism Australia certified champions. By choosing one of these ECO certified businesses or locations for your next adventure in nature, you can rest assured your rich experiences are having minimal impact on the environment and you’re getting the real deal.
These eco ambassadors include:
- WAJAANA YAAM GUMBAYNGGIRR ADVENTURE TOURS: Stand-up paddleboard tours led by Gumbaynggirr guides or Aboriginal guides with strong ties to Gumbaynggirr Country, in three incredible locations.
- TREETOPS ADVENTURE: A tree ropes and ziplining experience in sublime natural habitat and with an abundance of local wildlife – what more could you ask for?
- BRUXNER FLORA RESERVE: Located in Orara East State Forest, this is the ultimate nature-based destination on the Coffs Coast. The centrepiece is Sealy Lookout with the majestic Forest Sky Pier. The Gumgali track is an indigenous interpretive walk down to Korora Lookout with unparalleled views of the Solitary Islands Marine Park.
- COFFS COAST MOUNTAIN RETREAT: Adult-only, pet-friendly, accessible accommodation offering private, tranquil spaces to unwind. Relax and enjoy the simple pleasures of the natural surroundings (along with a few luxuries of course).
- JETTY DIVE CENTRE: Swim with whales, dive with sharks and discover the majesty of the South Solitary Islands Marine Park. Local dive experts and genuine PADI diving courses.
- NORTH COAST REGIONAL BOTANIC GARDEN: Natural bushland, exotic species, rainforest and more! All linked together with wheelchair-accessible parks, boardwalks and a cafe.
- C-CHANGE ADVENTURES: Incredible eco tours on kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. The eco tours are led by an award-winning guide who is also a marine scientist. Matt knows everything about the water, wildlife and Aboriginal history of the area.
- MOUNT BROWNE COTTAGE: This pet-friendly property is nestled against a tranquil rainforest setting just 10 minutes drive from Coffs Harbour with a cosy feel and lovely fireplace, perfect for a relaxing country holiday.
- SOLITARY ISLANDS SURF SCHOOL: Learn to surf! The team teaches and guides people of all ages and skills to surf and ride the waves, encouraging confidence and connection with the ocean while having an enjoyable experience.
- BONGIL BONGIL NATIONAL PARK: The park is popular with locals for a spot of fishing, either on the pontoon by Bonville creek or on the beach around Bundagen Head. Picnic and barbecue facilities are available nearby and there are opportunities for both beach and rainforest walking.
There are other tourism operations working on their accreditation this year that all share in the region’s stunning natural beauty, including Dolphin Marine Conservation Park. Other protected areas on the Coffs Coast to explore include Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve, Solitary Islands Marine Park and Ulidarra National Park.
When you choose an ECO-certified tourism experience, you are helping us conserve our pristine environment for the enjoyment of generations to come.