Things To Know Before You Go To Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia

G’day Travelers! Following from my top things to do in Coffs Harbour blog post. I thought I better put together another with my things to know before you go to Coffs Harbour on the New South Wales North Coast for the first time.

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Where is Coffs Harbour?

Coffs Harbour is located on the New South Wales North Coast. It’s roughly halfway between Sydney and Brisbane located on the coast along the Pacific Highway. It’s about a 6 hour (500 kilometre) drive from Sydney or 4 and half hour (400 kilometre) drive from Brisbane.

Where To Stay?

Being halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, there are a plenty of hotels in and around the city of Coffs Harbour. It’s a good stopping point for those road tripping between the two. There are several caravan parks and hotels covering all sorts of different budgets along the Pacific Highway heading in to and out of the town. For something a bit fancier, there are a couple of resorts along the beachfront on the northern part of Coffs Harbour.

Here’s a selection of some of the accommodation options in and around Coffs Harbour.

Getting To and From Coffs Harbour?

For most people, the best way to get to Coffs Harbour is to drive there. But then again for most people Coffs Harbour is a short stop on a much longer road trip up or down the Pacific Highway. It’s reasonable located halfway between Sydney and Brisbane and relatively easy drive for the most part.

Having said that, Coffs Harbour is serviced by a variety of other transport options. There is small regional airport just to the south of the city. The airport is serviced by several Australian airlines with flights to and from Sydney daily. To find out more visit –

You can also get to Coffs Harbour by train. Coffs Harbour is on the train line that operates between Sydney and Brisbane. There are a few daily XPT rail services operated by NSW TrainLink (former CountryLink) that will get you to Coffs Harbour, but it’ll take you about 9 hours from Sydney to do the trip (3 hours longer than doing the same trip by car). To find out more head to

There are also Coach services operating between Sydney and Brisbane like Greyhound or Premier, which stop in Coffs Harbour. But again it’ll take you longer than driving yourself. To find out more visit &

Getting Around Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour can be divided up into a couple of sections. While the main part of the city along the Pacific Highway is relatively easy to walk around. If you’d like to go else where in the city, having a car makes it much easier. If you are planning on heading to any of the main tourist attractions or out to the National Parks then having a car becomes a requirement.

There is a public bus service around Coffs Harbour, but it primarily interlinks the nearby towns. To find out more visit the Busway’s website –

Where To Find Food/What To Do In The Evenings?

There are two places I recommend heading for a feed or a night out. In the center of town along the Pacific Highway you’ll find a good selection of cafes, bars and restaurants to cater for a variety of tastes and budgets. There are also cafes and restaurants in the area of the Marina and Jetty that are worth trying out.

If you’d like to see some suggestions of things to do while in Coffs Harbour, check out my top 5 things to do in Coffs Harbour blog post.

Have you been to Coffs Harbour before? Got some tips first timers might be able to take advantage of? Feel free to leave them in the comments below.

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