The Coffs Coast is known as the capital of the Big Banana, and it was one of Australia’s first big things. However, there are a lot more reasons to visit this beautiful region than just the Big Banana!
With its sparkling blue water, lush & green rainforest, beautiful forest hills and an abundance of uncrowded beaches, there is something on the Coffs Coast for everyone.
Below you can read about 5 different reasons why you should visit the Coffs Coast.
There are miles and miles of uncrowded beachy coastline to be discovered on the Coffs Coast. With the endless options of where to beach, you’ll be sure to find something that fits your needs & wants for the day.
Coastal Walks – Are you wanting to experience this part of the coast on foot? There is an abundance of different walks you can do whilst visiting.
Pet-Friendly Beaches – Unfortunately, not all beaches allow you to bring your furry friend. Check out this page to get some information on where it is suitable to take your dog!
Surf – Go exploring to find your favourite surf spot on the list. There are many waves to discover on the Coffs Coast, and which one you should go to just depends on you and the conditions on the day. If you want to learn how to surf, or you’re a beginner – Check out East Coast Surf School for some lessons!
Want to make some new, tropical and fun friends? The Coffs Coast has a thriving, underwater marine life, and is great for scuba diving. One of the better-known dive areas is the Solitary Islands Marine Park. The Marine Park is the third largest marine protected area in New South Wales and consists of five different islands. The Solitary Islands offer amazing scuba diving & snorkelling with its hard & soft corals, tropical & subtropical fish, manta rays, grey nurse and heaps more. Check out Jetty Dive to realise your underwater dream!
3. Dorrigo National Park
The Dorrigo National Park is part of the Gondwana World Heritage-listed rainforest. It is a one-hour drive from Coffs Harbour following an incredibly scenic route. It is the perfect spot to go birdwatching as well as hunting waterfalls. The weather up there can be quite different from the coast, so we suggest being prepared and bringing some warmer clothes just in case. There are quite a few places where you can jump in and swim to see the waterfalls up close or even sneak behind the water curtain, so bringing swimmers & a towel is also recommended.
There are many places to swing your clubs and hit some pars here on the Coffs Coast. Bonville Golf Resort has been acknowledged as one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world and is a 10-minute drive from Sawtell. If you are a keen golfer, this should be worth your trip as this Par 72 championship course has been voted Australia’s favourite golf course.
The NSW Mid North Coast really is a pristine paradise with its crystal clear and deep blue ocean, as well as the many nuances of lush green from the rainforest. Get a different perspective of the region, and book yourself in for a skydive with Coffs Skydivers for a truly panoramic view.
The Big Banana is the biggest theme park between Sydney and the Gold Coast, and has got something to cater for all ages. The park’s many rides & attractions will leave you wanting to come back for more amazing experiences and family time. So, pack the kids in the car and get ready for a full day of fun and adrenaline boosting activities.
Here are the activities & attractions you can find at the Big Banana Fun Park:
Strap on your battlesuit vest & phaser before you head into the battleground where you zap your enemies while looking out for the interactive hidden targets around the field. This activity will get you on your toes and is sure to bring out the ninja within you.
Put on your swimmers and be ready to get splashed! This water park features 4 thrilling slides in the world class where you can reach speeds of up to 60km/h. These slides are definitely not for the faint-hearted, but the adrenaline junkie will be sliding again and again and again…
This Family Entertainment Centre features an amazing range of ticket redemption gaming machines. All the games within the Fun Zone are based on skills, which means you can collect more tickets if you’re really good at them! The tickets can then be redeemed at the Prize Hub or the Gift Shop.
Ah, the famous toboggan ride of Coffs Harbour! The track is over half a kilometer long, and offers a great view from the top. Let your excitement excel as you rush down the track- but don’t forget to hold on when you are cutting the corners!
Get the history behind the bananas on the Coffs Coast from the discovery of them and through to today. This new theatre experience lets you sit back and watch while the projector presents images and film onto a scrim screen with an object stage background. Following the film screening is a short plantation walk where the visitors are allowed into the re-established packing shed to watch a short film of the banana plantation.
The indoor, 83m long “Racer” is the biggest slide in the country with a height of 17.5 meter. The slide has also got an interactive scoring system which will manage to draw out your most competitive side when you race against your friends in one of the 6 lanes.
When at the Big Banana, why not indulge in all banana-themed sweets? Choose between banana split, banana smoothie, banana pancakes or just a simple chocolate coated banana. The Cafe & Ice Creamery will also have plenty of ice creams and coffee that you can pair it with- it’s a winner for sure!