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YHA Says “Do this in COFFS HARBOUR!"

Perfectly placed half-way between Sydney and Brisbane, it’s no wonder Coffs Harbour is a popular stop-off spot. Offering far more than just your regular town, the real beauty of the destination can be found in the fantastic beaches, funky little cafes, small surrounding towns and the National Parks just a short drive away.

We’ve come up with 10 'things to do' for anyone wanting to spend a few days or even a week sussing out Coffs!

YHA says do this:

1) The Twilight Food Market 

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  • The Twilight Food Market takes place every Friday 5-9pm, from October to April at Park Beach Reserve. With the Coffs Harbour waterfront at the markets doorstep, bring your picnic blanket and chairs, a bottle of wine and kick back and enjoy the entertainment and sizzling food! If you’re not ready to call it quits post-market, take a stroll down the road to Element Bar for live music, craft beer, cocktails, whiskey and more!


2) Dorrigo National Park

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  • Explore Dorrigo National Park, famous for its elevated walkways and stunning views of the escarpment. The park itself only takes around 20 minutes to explore but it’s definitely worth sticking around for a few extra hours to do the Wonga Walk - with stunning suspension bridge views and a stroll that sees you walking behind a waterfall!


3) Old John's Cafe 

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  • Indulge in a killer B&E roll with all the trimmings from Old John’s Café. The hip little hangout combined with a big coffee, freshly squeezed juice and a good feed are all you need to take on another Coffs day.


4) Bellingen

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  • Just 30 minutes’ drive from Coffs Harbour, I present to you, the historic and cosy little town of Bellingen. Great for a day trip whilst visiting Coffs the rural little spot has some great cafes, boutique shops and monthly markets. After exploring all day, grab dinner at Little Red Kitchen for a taste of Italy and a mouth-watering pizza. 


5) Macksville 

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  • A lovely day-trip south of Coffs Harbour you’ll find Macksville, home to one of Australia’s most significant wetlands. Known as ‘The Valley of the Mist’ the water is less than a metre deep and is home to an incredible number of birds including the Jabiru, White-bellied Sea Eagles and Black Swans. 


6) Coffs Harbour Marina and Jetty 

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  • If visiting the Coffs Harbour Marina and jumping off the Jetty isn’t on your bucket list - add it PRONTO. Whether you’re into boats or not, this location won’t disappoint. The Marina precinct houses a collection of trendy cafes, restaurants, an ice creamery and the markets take place every Sunday. Not to mention, the best-kept secret aka Coffs Harbour YHA is just a short walk from the foreshore and pristine beaches.


7) The Butterfly House 

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  • Get amongst 400 butterflies in an indoor, tropical rainforest extravaganza! That’s the situation at the beloved Butterfly House in Bonville - the easiest place in Australia to photograph a butterfly! Once you're done butterfly hunting, head outside to explore the garden maze!!!


8) Sawtell 

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  • Visit the lovely little town of Sawtell, just 15 minutes-drive from Coffs Harbour. The gorgeous main street is home to a tone of modern cafes, restaurants and shops serving up great coffee and food. Sawtell Beach is the ideal location for anyone with little kids – if you walk down the south end of the beach ‘Sailors Bay’ has a sheltered rock pool area, great for families. Not to mention, Seasalt Takeaway (just down the street) know how to cook top-notch fish and chips!


9) Mutton Bird Island 

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  • Showing off the best views of Coffs Harbour is Mutton Bird Island – the sacred and significant site of the Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal people, previously a ceremonial site is the perfect spot for a walking trip. Despite requiring a higher level of fitness than your regular walk, at the top you’ll see incredible views up and down the coast and over the mountains.


10) The Big Banana 

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  • Finally, it wouldn’t be a Coffs Harbour trip without a venture to the Big Banana. It’s another one of those ‘Big Australian Things’ that doesn’t take up a lot of time but its hella photo worthy! HINT: even better than the actual ‘Big Banana’ the Banana Split from the café is an absolute dream.


Not to mention, there’s a million other reasons why you should go to Coffs Harbour STAT!

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