Nambucca Heads is a relaxed beachside town on the Coffs Coast of Australia, and the town is popular for its waterways and peaceful ambience. This village is placed at the mouth of Nambucca River and is an idyllic place to go fishing, kayaking and explore the river benches. Suiting enough, the name of this village derives from the Aboriginal meaning “Entrance to water”.
Nambucca Heads is where the lush, green rainforest meets sparkling blue waters.
The Kosekai lookout in the Dunggir National park offers an amazing view over the Nambucca Valley to the coast. The national park has some of the best birdwatching opportunities in the region, and there is lots of other wildlife to spot.
Here are some things to do, places to eat & where to shop while you’re staying in the coastal town of Nambucca Heads.
For Breakfast & Lunch (or Brunch!)
Nambucca Heads has several options for breakfast & brunch. Simply go for a walk around this coastal town, and you’ll find people dining outside and sipping on freshly brewed coffee. Here are some tips about our favourite go-to’s:
Nambucca Boatshed & Cafe – Apart from the fact that this cafe provides breakfast/lunch views over the beautiful river, this boatshed is also where you can hire your river equipment! Drop-in and get your boat, kayak or stand up paddleboard for a session on the river.
Wharf Street Cafe – A beautiful cafe overlooking the tranquil waters of Nambucca Heads. Check them out for your coffee and breakfast, and even for their cake supplies!
Good Time Charlie’s– Are you craving delicious toasties, rolls & wraps packed with nutritious goods for breakfast? Or how about a slice of cakes to serve the sweet tooth? This place has it all, including ready-to-go, frozen, takeaway meals so that you can get all your meals sorted in one spot.
Wild Terra Bakery – For all your baked goods, fresh bread and pies, make sure to pop by this bakery.
Golden Sands Tavern – This vibrant coastal pub is known among the locals as ‘The Sands’ and the heart and soul of the community. The Sands servesquality pub meals for lunch & dinner and live entertainment
Galleria Shop Eat Relax – Does shopping make you want to get a face massage, followed by a large cuppa and some lunch? This is your one-stop-shop located on Bowra street.
Things To Do
The Nambucca Heads Mosaic – In front of the Nambucca Heads Police Station, you can find this thirty metres tiled artwork – Well worth a look!
Where the Great Dividing Range meets the Australian East Coast, that’s where you’ll find Coffs Harbour. This city is the vibrant heart of the Coffs Coast. Centrally located, this quirky place has everything one could need for a holiday. Surrounded by National Parks and facing the Solitary Islands Marine Park, the natural environment and uncrowded beaches are complemented by attractions, excellent shopping, fantastic accommodation and award-winning cafes and restaurants.
With its great subtropical climate, Coffs Harbour is surrounded by forested hills and sparkling blue waters which makes this place a great hub for all your coastal and forest adventures. There is an enormous selection of things to see & do. Whether you want to find a wave, go for a swim, catch some fish, go sky-diving or scuba diving, go shopping or relax at a day spa – There is something for everyone!
Here are some things to do, places to eat & where to shop while you’re staying in the lovely city of Coffs Harbour.
For Breakfast & Lunch (or Brunch!)
Coffs Harbour is full of breakfast & brunch options. Simply go for a walk down the Coffs Jetty or around the city and you’ll find people dining outside and sipping on freshly brewed coffee. Here are some tips about our favourite go-to’s:
Surf Club Coffs Harbour – The view at this restaurant is like no other. Dine on their pavilion while you feel the ocean breeze.
The Mermaid Beachhouse– This restaurant focuses on sustainability & local produce while making incredible meals.
Seasalt– What’s better than a yummy fish burger or some classic fish & chips for lunch while soaking in the sun and saltwater?
Supply – A micro-roastery where you can sip on high-quality espresso and grab a bite to eat.
The Platter Effect– Let The Platter Effect plan the perfect picnic for you. The Coffs Coast is absolutely full of stunning picnic spots – perfect for families, dates or a girl’s weekend.
Urban Espresso Lounge– Placed at the Jetty, this cafe offers a healthy & exciting breakfast & lunch menu.
For Dinner & Drinks
We highly recommend making a booking, even on slower nights. As a small town full of foodies, local restaurants are often bustling. Our favourite spots include:
Dark Arts Cafe & Bar – Step into a different world where everything served is delicious. Ranging from strong, early morning coffee to dinner & drinks at night.
Element Bar – This is a go-to for a night out on the Jetty. With some of the best cocktails in town and bar snacks made to perfection, you’re bound to have a great time.
Fiasco– Craving pizza and pasta? Fiasco’s has incredibleItalian food with great vibes. Perfect for a date night or a night out with friends.
Slo Vino + – Stroll down here to sip on a collection of Aus tralian natural wine, craft beer and complex cocktails.
The Red C – Check out this live music’s schedule to see what’s happening during your trip to Coffs Harbour. This live music venue serves lunch, dinner & cold tap beer.
Tallow & Tide– This boutique stocks quality vintage and eco-conscious Australian labels & home decor. Find this shop tucked away in a cool alleyway.
Harbourside Markets– Every Sunday from 8 am – 2 pm | The Jetty Markets get busy for a good reason. Get there early to enjoy quality food trucks, fresh produce and browse around the stalls for locally made goods.
Alykat Creative – This local artist has her own little shop in one of the many alleyways in Coffs Harbour. If you want to get some quirky, fun and colourful art to bring home – You’re at the right place!
Things To Do
Bite Food Tours – If you’re a foodie, then check out Bite Food Tours. They’ll show you all the spots that excite your taste buds.