• Coffs Harbour - Do & See

    The guide was updated: 2014-11-12

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Andrea Schaffer

The Big Banana

The Big Banana is an icon of 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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Whale Watching

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.
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Nambucca Heads

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.
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