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NSW - Coffs Harbour travel

introduction

  • Coffs Harbour is halfway between Sydney and Brisbane and is on Australia's east coast line in subtropical climate surrounded by subtropical forests of the New England part of the Great Dividing Range and banana plantations
  • climate is subtropical with warm to very warm wet summers and cool to mild dry winters:
    • rainfall July-Oct is only 60-100mm /mth but from Nov-May averages over 140mm/mth with highest in March averaging 235mm/mth with 11 rainy days/mth compared with only 4.5 days/mth in July-Sept when skies are clearer and drier due to anticyclonic patterns generally to the north
    • mean max. temperatures are around 19degC in winter and around 27degC in summer which is much more humid and subject to influences from tropical cyclones to the north and on-shore winds due to anticyclones to the south
    • temperatures can hit over 36deg C between Nov-May!
    • said to have the most liveable climate in Australia
  • regular flights from Sydney but only once a week from Melbourne (Sundays)

accommodation

resort style

  • most seem to be a bit old, over-priced and in need of maintenance and updating with reviewers often commenting on poor cleanliness, lack of ambience, poor hot supply
  • consider cottages on stayz.com such as those around nearby Bellingen if being close to the beach is not important

Local attractions

  • Mutton Bird Island Nature Reserve
    • whale watching May-Oct
  • Coffs Coast Regional Park
  • Sherwood Nature Reserve
    • Sherwood Forest drive (50km one-way) takes you from subtropical rainforest, through old-growth forest ecosystems and over the elevated sandstone plateau
    • Waihou lookout - great views over Orara Valley
    • Woolgoolga Creek picnic next to towering flooded gums and fringed with blue quandongs
    • Woolgoolga Creek Falls walk - easy 3.5km return but several creek crossings may wet your feet
  • Ulidarra National Park
  • Bongil Bongil National Park
    • coastal park including the combined estuary of Pine Creek and Bonville Creek which enter the ocean at the town of Sawtell
    • 12km south of Coffs Harbour which is around 15min drive
    • canoeing
    • Bluff Loop walking track - easy 1.9km loop
    • Bundagaree Rainforest Walk - 6km return gentle hike with optional return along beach to see sea eagles
    • Tuckers Rocks - great for sunset photos
    • Tuckers Rock Cottage
  • Bindarri National Park
  • The Big Banana
    • tourist park
  • Sapphire Beach
    • north of Coffs Harbour
  • Moonee Beach Nature Reserve
    • small coastal park on a sheltered estuary great for canoeing or fishing
    • 13km north of Coffs Harbour which is around 15min drive
    • 19th century lighthouse
    • Dammerels history walk 500m one way
    • Look At Me Now Headland is an important Aboriginal site
  • Wedding Bells State Forest
    • 32km north of Coffs Harbour which is around 40min drive via Woolgoolga

North

  • Grafton
    • 85km north of Coffs Harbour which is just over 1hr drive via Woolgoolga
    • Yuraygir National Park
    • Bundjalung National Park
      • coastal park
      • 141km north of Coffs Harbour which is 1hr 40min drive just bypassing Grafton
      • 63km north-east of Grafton which is 47min drive to the south end near Yamba
  • Ballina
    • costal resort town
    • 210km north of Coffs Harbour which is 2.5hr drive via west part of Bundjalung National Park
  • Byron Bay
    • coastal resort town popular with surfies, retirees, naturists
    • 238km north of Coffs Harbour which is 2hr 48min drive via west part of Bundjalung National Park
  • Tweed Heads
    • costal resort town on the Qld border just south of the Gold Coast
    • 294km north of Coffs Harbour which is 3hr 21min drive via west part of Bundjalung National Park, or a l ittle longer (3hr 49min) if you take the more inland route of the Pacific Highway

South

  • Nambucca Heads
    • coastal town
    • 48km south of Coffs Harbour which is 45min drive
  • South West Rocks
    • 106km south of Coffs Harbour which is 1.5hr drive
  • Hat Head National Park
  • Port Macquarie
    • a lovely coastal town on the estaury of the hastings and Maria Rivers popular with retirees
    • 159km south of Coffs Harbour which is just over 2hrs drive
    • Limeburners Creek Nature Reserve
      • coastal park just north of Port Macquarie
    • Lake Innes Nature Reserve
      • coastal park further south of Port Macquarie
    • Queens lake Nature Reserve
      • park just south of Port Macquarie
    • Dooragan National Park
      • small mountainous park just south of Port Macquarie and just west of the coastal village of Camden Head
    • Yoorigan National Park
      • small mountainous park just south of Port Macquarie and further west of the coastal village of Camden Head
    • Willi Willi National Park
      • mountain park
      • 200km south of Coffs Harbour which is 4hr drive, turning inland from the coast just before one reaches Port Macquarie
      • 80-107km from Port Macquarie and 2hr 20m to 2hr 45m drive depending on the route, although the longer southern route via Wauchope gives access to Biriwal Bulga NP, Bulga State Forest, Tapin Tops NP, Werrikinbe NP and Mummel Gulf NP further west.
  • Taree
  • Forster
    • a lovely coastal town on estuary of Wallamba and Coolongorook Rivers and just north of Wallis Lake and Wallis Island
    • annual Triathlon competition
    • 255km south of Coffs Harbour which is just over 3hrs drive
    • Booti Booti National Park
      • coastal park adjacent Wallis Lake
    • Wallingat National Park
      • park west of Wallis Lake
  • Barrington Tops National Park
  • Newcastle
    • a major industrial coastal city
    • 390km south of Coffs Harbour which is just over 4.5hrs drive
    • 531km south of Coffs Harbour which is just over 6hrs drive

West

australia/nsw/coffsharbour.txt · Last modified: 2019/01/10 11:10 by gary1