Coffs Harbour

Beaches
Jetty Beach

Calm beach in the middle of town and a good jetty and breakwater to fish off.

Diggers Beach

Wide and sheltered beach. Great beginner surf spot. You can walk along the headland to the south. Lots of shady parking here and BBQs so you can park overnight and surf first thing in the morning.

Woolgoolga Beach

Beautiful long beach and the breaks at the southern end are great for beginners. At the northern end there are waves for more experienced surfers. There are good markets here on the second Saturday of the month. The headland at the northern side has great views.

Park Beach

The most popular beach in town. The beach is patrolled. On weekends in summer expect to see plenty of bikinis.

Sawtell

Gorgeous beach just south of Coffs Harbour. A swim in the rockpool on the southern end is recommended. The surf is consistent here and there is a good vibe in general. Good surf club for a beer or coffee. The rockpool here is really nice.

Bongil Beach

Cross the shallow water of Bonville Creek estuary at the southern end of Sawtell Beach to get to this gorgeous beach in Bongil Bongil National Park. You can surf, swim and sunbathe here. If you drive in from further down the coast you can camp on the beach.

Nightlife
Hoey Moey Pub

Huge beer garden that fills up on weekends in the summer. Gets loose and there is a backpackers attached. Cheap food here as well.

Plantation Hotel

The Plantation is a pretty good party venue in town. Sometimes has big (by Coffs standards) gigs. There is a backpackers attached. Good place to eat.

The Coffs Hotel

Lively pub in town. Often has gigs on. Draws some backpackers in the summer.

Coast Hotel

Nice bar with great layout. Good spot for a Sunday session.

The Greenhouse

Great burgers and sometimes they have big parties here.

Attractions
Muttonbird Island

Walk along the Marina to this island and view nesting sites for the Wedge-tailed Shearwaters. The nesting site is seasonal (summer). On the far side of the island there is a great view out to sea.

Jetty Dive

Good dive shop. Dive the Marine Park off the coast. A day trip to the Solitary Islands with two dives is $99, gear hire is $30

Solitary Islands Coastal Walk

4 day walk from Sawtell to Red Rock. The walk is broken up at four points Coffs Jetty, Sawtell Headland, Emerald Beach Headland and Woolgoolga Headland. Very accessible multi day walk.

Food
Emerald Beach Pizza and Pasta Shop

Great pizza place near Woolgoolga.

Cafe Aqua

Nice coffee right by the beach.

Accommodation
Coffs Harbour YHA Backpackers Resort

Big clean hostel with a nice pool.

Hoey Moey Backpackers

Hostel attached to the bar and right on the beach. Obviously a noisy place but plenty of fun.

Lake Arragan or Red Cliff Campgrounds

Big campground that fills up at busy times. Outside peak times there is plenty of space here. Nice lake and coastal sites.

Central Backpackers

Party hostel attached to Plantation Hotel.

Woopi Backpackers

Cool place in Woolgoolga.

Arrawarra Beach Holiday Park

Nice holiday park with a surf camp attached.