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Coffs Coast And Countryside
 
coffs surferThe Coffs Coast of New South Wales is a perfect example of why this state is so popular. Situated to the coast of Dorrigo, just up the road from the coastal town of Woolgoolga and right around the corner from Scotts Head, Coffs Harbour is an ideal destination for your next campervan holiday. Nature displays its best assets here, with rainforest, national parks, rivers and stunning beaches everywhere you look.

Coffs Harbour has a truly ideal position as it is located almost halfway between Sydney and Brisbane. This means that you can pick up your campervan in either of these major cities, and it will take you less then a day to get there. Coffs Harbour is the ideal destination for anyone searching for sunshine, water sports, fishing and relaxation. Even the most selective traveller will find something interesting here, as the possibilities are endless. Home to some great shopping centres, the Harbour Jetty and the unforgettable Big Banana, Coffs has it all.

A beautiful sub-tropical environment ensure almost perfect weather all year round, with hot, wet summers and cool, dry winters. The Coffs Coast is known for having one of the best climates in Australia and this is essantially what keeps its tourism industry thriving.

Growing up in the area myself, it is easy to suggest the best places to stay. Many happy childhood memories were spent at the beautiful Emerald Beach and the Emerald Park Holiday Park is the perfect place to stay to enjoy the atmosphere at its best. The tourist park is situated right on the beach and is only 19km north of the city, which is a perfect distance to escape the crowds. With a great pool, park for the kids and fantastic views this is the perfect place to park your campervan

Attractions for the whole family abound here, with the Big Banana being the most popular of these. The park is home to a toboggan ride, a flying fox, ski slope and ice skating rink, not to mention the giant walk through banana. This is the perfect place to spend a day with the family and will entertain all for hours on end.

The hub of Coffs Harbour woudl have to be Jetty Beach, which is set off by the surrounding yachts and restaurants lining the harbour and framed by the timber jetty which runs through the middle of the beach. This jetty used to be extremely popular for jetty jumping, but these days the locals and tourists are happy to settle with a spot of fishing. The strip of coastline on either side of this beach is picture perfect and popular for long walks, fishing, swimming, or just lazing about doing nothing!

Muttonbird Island is also popular with the toursits and offers spectacular views of the Coffs Coast. This island is famous for its mutton birds which fly in from the South Pacific around late August. It is also a great place to look for humpback whales which migrate in June or September. The walk to the top is achievable for most ages, and worth the hike to experience the coastal and ocean views. Be sure to bring your hiking shoes because this is a must-do while in the area.

Coffs Harbour is also a fantastic base to explore the surrounding region, such as the Nymboida River, famous for its white water rafting. There are many world heritage rainforests easily accessible for a day trip. The Arrara Valley is another hidden treasure, with secret waterholes an ideal escape for a picnic and refreshing dip in the cool, mountain springs.

The Dorrigo National Park is easily accessible and only 60km west from Coffs Harbour. This picturesque drive features plenty of roadside stops and offers magnificent views of world heritage rainforest. Once you reach the top of the mountain, the best place to start is to visit the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, which also has a skywalk above the canopy of trees which is great for the whole family and an experience to remember forever.

While in this part of the country, you simply must pay a visit to the sleepy town of Sawtell, which is located only 10km south of Coffs Harbour. This town features all all the ingredients for a perfect day, with stunning beaches, rock pools, national park and incredible scenery. The Sawtell Beach Caravan Park is the best choice if you want to stay for a while, and a great alternative if you need a base the rest of the coast.

The Coffs Coast is also known for its underwater attraction, the Solitary Islands Marine Park, which is named for its five rocky islands. Its marine life is hard to match in Australia, and is well known among scuba divers and snorkellers. The best way to experience this is to take a cruise out there, where you will be rewarded with whale watching along the way.

The entire region brings you a unique diversity and stunning beauty, that is evident around every corner you turn. Driving your campervan in this area demonstrates just how special it is and be sure to have your camera on you at all times to capture the memories. The Coffs Coast is known as one of the most scenic coastlines in Australia, which is easy to understand. One thing is for sure, you will be back again one day!

Christine Barton




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