G’day Travelers! I’ve been organising my upcoming trips for the rest of the year, which lead me to review some of the places I visited last year. One of those being the North Coast of New South Wales… or more specifically Coffs Harbour. So I thought I’d put together my top 5 things to do in Coffs Harbour, NSW.
5 . The Clog Barn
It might be partially to do with my Dutch heritage, but I cant drive past Coffs Harbour without stopping into The Clog Barn. This little piece of The Netherlands in regional NSW offers a variety of Dutch experiences I haven’t been able to find anywhere else outside of Europe.
It’s a great little place to try and/or buy the famous Dutch wooden shoes, Clogs. You can also pick up some Dutch pottery or sample some Dutch foods in the cafe. They also have a miniature Dutch village with model railway that is free to visit.
Please note The Clog Barn should not be confused the with giant Windmill which is another hotel in Coffs Harbour. To find out more about The Clog Barn visit their website – http://www.clogbarn.com.au/
4. Dolphin Marine Magic
Coffs Harbour is famous for its seasonal whale and dolphin boat tours. But they are only available a couple of months of the year. If you’d like to guarantee a Dolphin experience year round, then you need to head to Dolphin Marine Magic, formally called Pet Porpoise Pool.
Dolphin Marine Magic is a great little place to get up close and learn about Dolphins, Seals and Penguins, which are local to the area, but not easy to find in the wild. They also offer opportunities to either swim or have photos with the Dolphins and Seals.
To find out more about Dolphin Marine Magic head over to their website – http://www.dolphinmarinemagic.com.au/
3. Coffs Harbour Marina and Jetty
The area that makes up Marina and Jetty in Coffs Harbour are a great place to visit. There are several markets, shops, cafes and restaurants in the area if you’re looking for food or souvenirs.
If you follow the Marina’s break wall to the end you’ll find Muttonbird Island where you can get some stunning views out over the ocean or back over Coffs Harbour. Also keep an eye out for the variety of birds and other wildlife that live on the once isolated island.
The Marina is also where you need to go for diving and whale watching tours.
2. Dorrigo National Park
Dorrigo National Park is just a short drive out of Coffs Harbour, and it’s famous for its amazing waterfalls. Even the road out to Dorrigo is called waterfall way (and a stunning drive!). There are many waterfalls and bush walks to choose from in the area, but my personal pick is Crystal Shower Falls.
Crystal Shower Falls is located at the bottom of a stunning walking trail. The trail takes you along a unique suspension bridge across the front of the falls. But the real draw card is the walking trail underneath the falls, which is not something I’ve seen at other waterfalls.
To find out more about the Dorrigo National Park and the Crystal Shower Falls please visit the National Parks and Wildlife service websites – http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/Dorrigo-National-Park/Crystal-Shower-Falls/walking & http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/dorrigo-national-park
1. Big Banana
You simply can’t drive past Coffs Harbour without stopping at the Big Banana. It’s an icon of any trip up (or down) the Pacific Highway between Sydney and Brisbane. Once just a Banana Plantation, the Big Banana has since diversified into a tourist attraction in its own right.
There are a wide variety of attractions on the site with plantation tours, an ice skating rink, mini golf, tobogganing… the list goes on. It’s also a great place to stop for a bite to eat with the cafe serving a some banana based specialties as well as a full cafe menu. Also check out the small shops around the complex, the hand-made candy store is a personal favourite of mine.
To find out more about the Big Banana head over to their website – http://www.bigbanana.com/
Heading to Coffs Harbour for the first time? Why not have a look at my tips for first timers to Coffs Harbour.
Have you been to the Coffs Harbour before? Feel something else should have been on the list? Let me know with a comment below.
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