An endless list of fun recreational activities, from the totally relaxing to high spirited adventure; plus a colourful array of regular live events and festivals, are just a few of the many things that entice holidaymakers from all walks of life to Coffs Harbour. No wonder this city has a reputation as a holiday destination that memories are made of.
The Big Banana
The Big Banana is an icon of coastal Australia, it stands five metres high and measures 11 metres long. This giant structure was modeled on a prize winning Coffs Harbour-grown banana back in 1964.
The Big Banana amusement park boasts 'The World of Bananas' Theatre and Tour Experience, a Candymaking Kitchen, gift shop, café, nursery, Skywalk and lookout, as well as a multitude of rides and attractions including a water park, ice skating rink, toboggan ride and laser tag arena. The Big Banana is a whole 'bunch' of fun!
The Bunker Cartoon Gallery
Pop in on Australia’s first and only dedicated black and white gallery exhibiting the largest private collection of contemporary cartoons in the Southern Hemisphere. The gallery, housed in a WWII bunker, also exhibits the New South Wales State Forests Henry Kendall Collection of fine wood art.
Bongil Bongil National Park
Bongil Bongil National Park, south of Coffs Harbour, has plenty to offer the nature lover, including wild beaches, sweeping coastal views and peaceful streams. 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. There are opportunities for both beach and rainforest walking. Climb up to Sawtell Headland, a popular spot for whale watching between May and November. Picnic and barbecue facilities are also available.
Dolphin Marine Magic
Live your dream and swim with a dolphin or a seal, or be a 'Trainer for a Day' in this beautiful environment. Formerly known as the Pet Porpoise Pool, this marine park is home to Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins, seals, a flock of little penguins, green sea turtles, fresh water turtles and a variety of fish.
There are two Marine Discovery Presentations each day. Arrive early to get a photo taken while you receive kisses from a dolphin and a seal. There's also a penguin feeding session, and for the brave - a reptile show.
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
The Coffs Harbour Butterfly House is home to more than 400 Australian butterflies. Take a stroll in their walk-through enclosure and watch the brilliant colours as the butterflies flutter around, sometimes landing on you for a closer look! Learn about their fascinating lifecycle from expert staff, and then watch the resident woodturner fashion creative bowls and butterfly art for souvenirs.
Raleigh International Raceway
An international go-kart facility with fun for all the family, Raleigh International Raceway is located 15 minutes south of Coffs Harbour. Single and double karts are available for laps around the challenging 1,050 metre forest track. Open daily, the park also has the 'Big Foot’ tractor ride, as well as two waterslides, sheltered BBQ areas, and Putt Putt Mini Golf. You'll have hours of family fun.
North Coast Regional Botanic Gardens
These beautiful gardens are located within a kilometre of Coffs Harbour's town centre. Covering 20 hectares, gravelled wheelchair-friendly walking tracks lead to glasshouses containing rare orchids, cacti and tropical species. Take the Aboriginal Plants Walk and then immerse yourself in the rainforest. Beautiful water features, mangrove boardwalks and sensory gardens for plants that 'tickle the senses', make the Botanic Gardens a delightful experience.
The pristine coastline around Coffs Harbour is one of the best locations on the east coast of Australia for sighting humpback whales and their newborn calves on the annual breeding migration from May to November. Hop on a cruise to see these magnificent mammals up close, or head to one of the coastal headlands to watch them go by.
The Rotary Lookout and Captain Cook Lookout in Nambucca Heads serve up superb views eastwards and over the mouth of the Nambucca River. In nearby Bongil Bongil National Park, Sawtell Headland is famous for frequent sightings.
White Water Rafting
Rafting offers a great opportunity to appreciate the river's stunning beauty. Located within the Nymboida Binderey National Park, the rapids of the scenic Nymboida River offer some serious white knuckle fun. Dramatic granite gorges and rugged rainforest-lined banks produce rapids (graded four and five) renowned amongst whitewater enthusiasts.
Nambucca Heads on the Coffs Coast, is one of Australia's most beautiful camping destinations. Named after an Aboriginal word that means 'entrance to the waters', Nambucca Heads is known for gorgeous weather and a tranquil atmosphere.
Caravan park guests can take in expansive water views, and wake up to breathtaking sunrises. Take a river cruise, or head to the Rotary Lookout or Captain Cook Lookout for superb views eastwards over the river mouth, with seasonal whale watching a bonus.