Things to See and Do

Near Arrawarra, New South Wales, Australia

Coffs Coast is centred around Coffs Harbour, about halfway between Sydney and Brisbane. The landscape ranges from sub-alpine mountains (Alt 1562 m) at Point Lookout to sub-tropical World Heritage and National Park rainforest. This diverse environment is home to native marsupials like Sugar Gliders, Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Lyrebirds and White Bellied sea eagles. Humpback whales also pass through the…

Coffs Coast is centred around Coffs Harbour, about halfway between Sydney and Brisbane. The landscape ranges from sub-alpine mountains (Alt 1562 m) at Point Lookout to sub-tropical World Heritage and National Park rainforest. This diverse environment is home to native marsupials like Sugar Gliders, Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Lyrebirds and White Bellied sea eagles. Humpback whales also pass through the coast yearly so when you’re wandering along the beachfront keep your eyes out for these beautiful creatures. Did you know that while the weather is cool to crisp in the mountains, the coast and hinterland valleys enjoy one of Australia’s most liveable environments with a sub-tropical climate!

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Local Highlights

Pet Porpoise Pool / Dolphin Marine Magic
Where in the world can you be kissed by a seal, shake 'hands' with a dolphin and feed little blue penguins? Why, on the Coffs Coast of course! Experience marine magic at the wonderful Pet Porpoise Pool, Australia's most interactive marine park. Children can play ball with dolphins, Bucky, Zippy, Calamity and Bella, watch them dive through hoops, sing, play football and tail wave. The seals balance balls, do fins stands, balance fish on their noses and ride skateboards.

The Clog Barn
Experience the colour and charm of Holland without leaving Coffs Harbour. The Clog Barn was the dream - come reality of Tom Hartsuyker who was born in Holland. Take a leisurely browse through the Clog Barn, where you will discover a treasure of souvenirs, special gifts, hand painted tiles, Coffs Harbour's largest range of collectable spoons and fascinating daily clog making demonstrations. The Clog Barn holds clog making demonstrations at 11am, 2pm & 4pm daily.

The Big Banana
Big on fun, big on interest, big on activities - discover the secrets of a banana plantation in a World of Bananas, try a toboggan ride, shop for a unique gift, climb the Skywalk to the lookout, enjoy a wet and wild day on the new Banana Slip, sample a banana split or smoothie. Bring the kids! It's free to enter.

Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, Maze and Tearooms
One of Coffs Harbours' most amazing attractions is the award winning Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, Maze and Tearooms. Walk amongst the beauty and diversity of Australias vast range of butterflies in an indoor subtropical rainforest setting. Coffs Harbour Butterfly House offers visitors the opportunity to stroll in tranquil surroundings amongst hundreds of live Australian butterflies.

Coff Harbour Botanic Garden
Explore the garden path and mangrove boardwalk to admire the Gardens' outstanding collection of native and exotic flora, landscaped around a scenic bend of Coffs Creek. Live entertainment in the gardens at particular times of the year such as Buskers Festival, Mothers Day, Fathers Day and summer jazz evenings.

Local Events

Dorrigo Markets
from 06 March, 2010 to 06 March, 2010
The Dorrigo market is a county market with a country atmosphere with local produce, homemade goodies and lots of other interesting goods. At Dorrigo Showground on the 1st Saturday each month.

Glenreagh Mountain Railway Steam Train Rides
from 06 September, 2010 to 06 September, 2010
The Glenreagh Mountain Railway is where the past and present collide. Hop aboard the fully restored 1919 steam train, Betty and relive the old days on the Glenreagh to Dorrigo line. Sit in the open air carriage and puff your way through the countryside or relax in the comfort of the passenger car. For the train enthusiasts, the young and the young at heart or those yearning for yesteryear, Glenreagh Mountain Railway is a whistle blowing experience you will never forget. 1st weekend of each month.

Coffs Coast Food and Wine Festival
from 09 November, 2008 to 09 November, 2008
The Coffs Coast Food & Wine Festival provides the opportunity to sample some of the finest Restaurants, Wineries and Breweries from the Coffs Coast and surrounding regions, all in the one ideal location on the water at Park Beach. The festivities include the main event taking place at Park Beach Reserve on Sunday 9 November featuring quality live entertainment and taste plates from a huge variety of Restaurants and the official launch at the Coffs Coast Growers Market.

Coffs Harbour Carols by Candlelight
from 13 December, 2010 to 13 December, 2010
For a great night of Children's Entertainment and Carols situated under the stars on the water at Park Beach Reserve. Featuring local entertainers and a visit from Santa Claus the night will finish with a spectacular fireworks show over the Coffs Creek.

Woolgoolga Curryfest
from 28 April, 2012 to 28 April, 2012
Make your way to Woolgoolga on Saturday 28 April 2012 for the annual Woolgoolga Curryfest. It’s shaping up to be another great day full of amazing food, music and dance for this increasingly popular multicultural festival in the beachside town north of Coffs Harbour. Woolgoolga is home to the country’s largest regional Sikh/Punjabi population and has the first Sikh temple that was built in Australia.

Coffs Harbour International Buskers and Comedy Festival
from 22 September, 2012 to 30 September, 2012
The International Buskers and Comedy Festival involves more than 120 shows in 15 different venues over nine days. Shows include family entertainment in the streets of Coffs Harbour and in the surrounding villages including Sawtell and Woolgoolga, evening shows in the North Coast Botanic Gardens and adult shows in local pubs and clubs. Entertainment includes artists from across the globe, including a strong Australian and local contingent, in Australia’s largest gathering of professional buskers.

Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival
from 26 October, 2012 to 28 October, 2012
The Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival is rated highly on the festival circuit for folk and bluegrass followers and the program includes some of the best home-grown talent in both folk and bluegrass genres. It is a three day event so people can enjoy all the supporting activities. Family groups can camp in the showground and jam around the camp fire, dance and participate in workshops run by performers along with special programs for the children.

Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge
from 05 August, 2012 to 05 August, 2012
The Event is a ride of 100 kilometres starting and finishing at the Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshores. The 2012 Challenge, being held on the 5th August, will have eight different categories to enter suiting all cyclists.

Sawtell Chilli Festival 2012
from 07 July, 2012 to 07 July, 2012
Date TBC: The 2012 Sawtell Chilli Festival is shaping up to be a great day of food, music and fun! Whether you like it hot and spicy or milder, there will be a huge range of stalls, cafes and restaurants to cater to your tastes.

CoastOut
from 26 October, 2012 to 28 October, 2012
Coffs Harbour’s Premier Gay and Lesbian Festival will again put the seaside town in the spotlight this October attracting visitors and guests from Australia and abroad to the three-day long festival. Comedian Bob Downe, Singer Tania Doko and renowned entertainer Carlotta will be just some of the acts joining this year’s program from 26 – 28 October as well as brand new local acts discovered through the Festivals local talent initiative, CoastScout.

Our Living Coast - Sustainable Living Festival
from 04 November, 2012 to 11 November, 2012
The Sustainable Living Festival, after 4 years of increasing growth, has now earned its place as a signature event on the Coffs Coast calendar. The week-long Festival has now become one of Coffs Harbour City Council’s biggest events of the year. Its uniqueness and its strength lies in its educational nature, its community-based values and the delivery of the Festival by Council, local community groups, institutions and commercial partners/sponsors.

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