Top 10 Things to do in Coffs Harbour, Australia

December 25, 2017 Joeann Galban

Discover the best top things to do in Coffs Harbour, Australia including Coffs Harbour Muttonbird Island, Pet Porpoise Pool - Dolphin Marine Magic, North Coast Regional Botanic Garden, Forest Sky Pier, Coffs Harbour Beach, Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, Solitary Islands Aquarium, Carobana Confectionary, Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway, The Big Banana.
Restaurants in Coffs Harbour

1. Coffs Harbour Muttonbird Island

Coffs Harbour main marina/Pier, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales 2450, Australia
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4.5 based on 168 reviews

Coffs Harbour Muttonbird Island

Reviewed By Stocoroco - Newcastle, Australia

This is an amazing work for those that are keen, it is steep but steady and the wildlife and views are worth it. Go early morning or late evening for the best time.

2. Pet Porpoise Pool - Dolphin Marine Magic

65 Orlando St, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales 2450, Australia +61 2 6659 1900
Excellent
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Pet Porpoise Pool - Dolphin Marine Magic

The name 'Dolphin Marine Magic' is a trading name for the iconic Pet Porpoise Pool Pty Limited. Dolphin Marine Magic is located on the beautiful Mid North Coast of NSW, in the city of Coffs Harbour and sits approximately midway between Sydney and Brisbane. We are very close to the jetty precinct and adjacent to the Coffs Creek and we have been 'edutaining' (educating/entertaining) and engaging visitors for more than four decades. Over the years we have won many business and tourism awards. Dolphin Marine Magic is a fully accredited marine park with the regional Zoo and Aquarium Association. We are licensed by the Department of Primary Industries to exhibit the animals we have in our care. On Boxing Day in 1970, the marine park opened as a rescue and rehabilitation centre for native marine animals, and we continue with this work. We have a Rehabilitation Licence issued by NSW - Office of Environment & Heritage - NSW National Parks & Wildlife Services. Additionally, we work closely with our local branch of NSW National Parks & Wildlife Services and have a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with them on how we will work together for the benefit of our native marine animals.

Reviewed By Mitchell D

We had a great time and were rewarded with a dolphon and seal show substantially better than to be found at Gold Coast SeaWorld, which we've seen twice. Our 8 yr old daughter got to hug a seal, get kissed by a dolphin (both free) feed and pat a dolphin and swim with a dolphin (charge). Fantastic time, well worth the price.

3. North Coast Regional Botanic Garden

Hardacre Street, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales 2450, Australia +61 2 6648 4188
Excellent
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4.5 based on 221 reviews

North Coast Regional Botanic Garden

Reviewed By Aussiewoz - Caloundra, Australia

For me this wasn’t a Botanical Garden like other ones I’ve experienced in my travels. This was more like a walk in a forest or dense bushland.
A zillion trees but not heaps of Gardens. There are some of course, here and there however the ones I saw were ok without being raveable.
Having said that my walk was very pleasant, most of the paths are bitumen or paved and in pretty good condition.
I wandered around for a bit over an hour and took a few photos.
The garden is quite large and is bordered by a creek on two sides.
Some walks are longish, one is 2.4km, one 1.6km and two are 1.4km although some of those overlap a bit.
A very good coloured map is available at the entrance and on the back are highlighted some of the walks and trails.
Like the Mangrove Boardwalk, the Nature Trail, Garlambirla Creek Walk, Paperback Walk, International Plant Walk, Early Settlers Walk, Creek Walk, Timber Walk together with the locations of the Sensory Garden, the Japanese Friendship Garden and the North Coast Rainforests. Quite a menu and many are wheelchair friendly.
All the plants and lots of the trees have name tags so you know exactly what you are looking at.
Right down the far end is a pretty lake with a nice red bridge and there’s some bird life there too.
A cafe is located just inside the entrance but not sure of its opening hours and toilets are there too.
There’s plenty of parking it’s open from 9 am to 5 pm.

4. Forest Sky Pier

Bruxner Park Road, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales 2450, Australia +61 1300 655 687
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4.5 based on 770 reviews

Forest Sky Pier

The Forest Sky Pier is a spectacular architectural feature providing the panoramic views over the Coffs Coast and Hinterland. Cantilevered off the edge of Sealy Lookout in Orara East State Forest, the Forest Sky Pier projects 22 metres out over rainforest, 15 metres above the forest canopy. The Forest Sky Pier is a 5-10 minute drive off the Pacific Highway through banana plantations and forest, taking in amazing views as you travel up the hill side. It's a must-see destination for the North Coast.

Reviewed By tumbleweeds023 - Da Nang, Vietnam

It's not a long drive from Coff's Harbour and well worth the time! The views from the Skywalk were just amazing and so peaceful, too. Mountains on one side, the ocean to the other. Really pretty!

5. Coffs Harbour Beach

Ocean Parade, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia
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4.5 based on 235 reviews

Coffs Harbour Beach

Reviewed By NiftyNorm - Cincinnati, Ohio

It's a good all-rounder beach, suitable for Surfing, swimming and family fun if you wish. Close to the car park

6. Coffs Harbour Butterfly House

5 Strouds Rd, Bonville, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales 2450, Australia +61 2 6653 4766
Excellent
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4 based on 439 reviews

Coffs Harbour Butterfly House

The Butterfly House is an enclosed subtropical environment where visitors have the opportunity all year round, to get close to nature, be surrounded by myriads of live Australian butterflies and learn about their life-cycle. Our knowledgeable guides are always available to share the experience. Visitors can explore our maze and enjoy a snack in our cafe.

Reviewed By Tanmay J - Sydney, Australia

The place has lots of butterflies and it was definitely worth a visit. Friendly staff. My young daughter had a good time exploring the exhibit and was really intrigued. The maze for kids is also good but was too hot on the day we went to enjoy it completely.

7. Solitary Islands Aquarium

2 Bay Dr | National Marine Science Centre, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales 2450, Australia +61 2 6648 3931
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4.5 based on 132 reviews

Solitary Islands Aquarium

The Solitary Islands Aquarium, located at Southern Cross University's National Marine Science Centre, serves as an important community asset helping to bring an awareness and appreciation for our marine environment through education and science. Our facility is focused on regional species, resource management and conservation. The aquarium provides an intimate experience for visitors to learn about and to interact with marine life of the Coffs Coast through our series of Aquariums, presentations, and visual displays.

Reviewed By Kate S - Hobart, Australia

Kids loved the touchpool and fishing game as well as the small sharks. The best part though was the next day when we found some pumice stone on the beach and my son wanted to take it back to show the staff. When we did they they were so enthusiastic and took the time to explain its origins. Fabulous.♥

8. Carobana Confectionary

125 James Small Dr | Korora, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales 2450, Australia +61 2 6653 6051
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4.5 based on 114 reviews

Carobana Confectionary

Wholesale production of carob, chocolate, honeycomb and brittle confectionery products. Public viewing of production is free so are the tastings. A full retail shop to buy at factory prices & mail order is available. Tea/coffee is available and a colouring-in table for the little ones. Group tours are available for free but bookings are essential as we already have pre-booked tours throughout the year, so email or phone call will prevent double booking. Our grounds are park-like and suitable for picnics. Public toilets - change table.

Reviewed By Smod75

We came to the factory it was close to where we were staying for our holiday.
We came the factory on a Friday. unfortunately, they don't usually produce food in the factory on Fridays as this is the day to restock, ready for the busy week ahead. Not to worry, the shop was open and there was a video of how the factory works.
There is a tonne of information about carob trees and the products that can be made from them.
Tea and coffee is available for a small donation.
There are many varieties of products produces and offered for sale so there is something for everyone. The honeycomb is delicious with or without the carob coating. The "dust" or crumb is worth buying for toppings on ice cream and cakes for the extra dimension and professionalism.
There is plenty of parking available and access is quite easy.
If your visiting Coffs Harbour, this place is worth stopping in for a look, a coffee/tea and some merchandise!

9. Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway

Orlanda Street, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia
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4.5 based on 74 reviews

Coffs Creek Walk and Cycleway

Reviewed By Louizer21

Throughly enjoyed this walk along Coffs creek, super quiet. Perfect weather too. don't forget the camera!

10. The Big Banana

351 Pacific Hwy N, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales 2450, Australia +61 2 6652 4355
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4 based on 1 reviews

The Big Banana

In 1964 John Landi wanted something to make passing traffic stop at his road side banana stall. He had heard of a "Big Pineapple" in Hawaii and thought that something big would definitely stop traffic. With assistance of 1200 pounds and local engineer, Alan Chapman, who set about designing the giant banana by cutting the best looking banana he could find into 40 pieces and developing plans from which builders could work from, the Big Banana could become a reality. Builder Alan Harvey started the construction in September 1964 with the work to be completed before Christmas. The biggest banana in the world was officially opened on December 22 that year. Not long after, John Enevoldson joined as a partner and they expanded with 20 more plantation acres, a shop, cafe and a larger car park. In 1968 John Landi retired and sold his share to John Enevoldson who continued building the business until 1988 when it was sold to Horticulture World, which was part owned by local businessman Bob Johnston. Bob continued expanding the Big Banana into an educational showcase before undergoing a $30 million redevelopment that re opened in June 1989. The Big Banana now boasts The Banana Slip Water Park (Australia's first 3 story high inflatable waterslide - the biggest in the world), Ice Skating Rink, Wild Toboggan Ride, Going Bananas Cafe, Gift and Souvenir shop, Candy Kitchen, Sunset Lakes Nursery, "The World of Bananas" multimedia theatre experience, plantation and packing shed tour a state-of-the-art Laser Tag arena and in December 2014, a 36 hole Mini Golf Course ! The Big Banana, "It's a Whole Bunch of Fun!"

Reviewed By Travelmummi - Woolgoolga, Australia

Can spend ages here trying all the different activities kids love it unfortunately when we were visiting yesterday found the elderly owners of the opal shop abusing a man about parking outside there shop the man had a wife on crutches and the elderly man was swearing and yelling at the man for parking there, there was no signs saying not to and it looked like a car park I had to move away because the opal man was going ballistic unfortunately this ruined our visit we choose not to enter the shop out of fear and went onto the “friendly” Lollies shop

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