Things to See and Do

Near Emerald Beach, New South Wales, Australia

The beautiful beachside city of Coffs Harbour is a 6.5-hour drive north of Sydney. As the heart of the Coffs Coast, Coffs Harbour is well-known for its friendly, relaxed atmosphere, its spectacular coastline, and its many attractions and events. The Coffs Harbour Area is perfect for a family holiday, a romantic getaway or just a tranquil solo journey. There are plenty of things to see and do in the area.

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Local Highlights

Dolphin Marine Magic
Have you ever touched a dolphin? Meet the friendliest dolphins and seals in the world! Marine magic presentation every day of the year including all holidays. Receive free kisses from the dolphins and seals before the show. Meet Bella the youngest dolphin born at the park. This is a fantastic interactive show that can be enjoyed by everyone of all ages.

Solitary Islands Surf School
A surfing Australia approved surf school that provides Private and Family / Group lessons to all ages and abilities.

Butterfly House
Stroll among hundreds of live butterflies in our tranquil all weather rainforest. The friendly guides will inform you of the secrets of the life cycle of the butterfly and reveal well hidden eggs as well as show you caterpillars. Also spend some time solving the maze within the maze or conquer the walled maze and then try to solve the colour maze or just have a cuppa in the tea house.

Big Banana
Coffs Harbour's and indeed Australia's most famous icon would have to be THE BIG BANANA. This giant structure located just north of Coffs Harbour on the Pacific Highway, 565 kilometres north of Sydney and 450 kilometres south of Brisbane is probably the most well known "Big Thing" in Australia. Over the last 40 years the Big Banana has grown into one of The Coffs Coasts most recognised tourist attractions with fun rides, educational tours and shows, recreational facilities and a fantastic selection of food and gift products. The Big Banana has “something for everyone”. Thrill seekers are catered for at The Big Banana - a half kilometre downhill TOBOGGAN RIDE - guaranteed adrenalin rush and fun for all the family. Ice Skating is also available at the BIG BANANA ICE RINK and The world of Bananas interactive educational experience and plantation tour is fun and interesting for all ages. And now with the newest addition "The Hippo", the world's largest inflatable waterslide. The Big Banana is sure to put a smile on everybody's face.

Horse Riding at Valery Trails
Offers horse experiences for all ages & skill levels. Over 75 horses that are well disciplined and suitable for beginners or experienced rides. Trail rides for beginners to advanced are available everyday. Located south of Coffs Harbour in the beautiful Pine Creek Forest and Bongil Bongil National Park.

Saltwater restaurant
Saltwater Cafe & Restaurant Saltwater is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hours are adjusted seasonally. Breakfast - Wed - Sun 8:00 am Lunch - Wed - Sun 12:00 pm Dinner - Wed - Sat 6:00 pm *hours are subject to change Bookings are advisable. Ample parking is available.

Emerald Beach Pizza and Pasta
Emerald Beach Pizza & Pasta is an Italian inspired cafe' that does great dine in's with waiter service as well as take-a-way. They have a delicious variety of fresh pizza's cooked to perfection in their authentic wood fired oven. They are situated just a short stroll from Emerald Beach Holiday Park. (BYO).

La Hacienda 101 Modern Mexican Restaurant
Just a short stroll from Emerald Beach Holiday Park is La Hacienda 101. An authentic modern Mexican restaurant that prepares and serves meals with an upbeat attitude.

Local Events

Bellingen Jazz & Blues Festival
from 13 August, 2008 to 17 August, 2008
15th - 19th August Enjoy a great few days of entertainment at the 19th Bellingen Jazz & Blues Festival. There is over 40 performances, 14 bands and 12 venues. For more information contact Rowan Butler on (02) 6655 9345

Coffs Harbour International Buskers and Comedy Festival
from 24 September, 2013 to 02 October, 2013
Some of the best Street Performers in the world converge on Coffs Harbour for a massive week of fun and hilarity. There will be over 100 shows with some of the 'Best of the Best' street performers from previous years already lined up for the Festival. For more information please contact (02) 6652 8266.

Coffs Coast Food and Wine Festival
from 07 November, 2008 to 08 November, 2008
The Coffs Coast Food & Wine Festival provides the unique 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.

Woolgoolga Curryfest
from 07 April, 2014 to 07 April, 2014
The Woolgoolga Curryfest is an amazing annual signature event bringing thousands together to celebrate the cultural diversity of the scenic seaside village of Woolgoolga. The curry theme links our major ethnic group, the Sikh Indians (largest regional Sikh settlement in Australia) as well as representations from many other groups from Germany, Thailand, Holland, England and Scotland. Come along and get hot in Woopi!

Bellingen Music Festival
from 05 May, 2010 to 07 May, 2010
Camp Creative is pleased to announce the inaugural Bellingen Music Festival. A stellar cast of musicians. As an encouragement to youth there will also be a quintet, the Windchill Five, from the Sydney Conservatorium and the exciting Bellingen Youth Orchestra under the direction of Ann Phelan. The Festival will run over 2 days – Saturday May 8 and Sunday May 9 - at the Bellingen Memorial Hall. Tickets are $110. Workshops will be held by some of the visiting musicians on Friday May 7.

Coffs Harbour Buskers Festival
from 21 September, 2014 to 26 September, 2014
Each year the Festival features around 20 artists in more than 120 Shows. Over 20,000 people attend the Shows in a dozen venues over the week, outdoors and in Hotels and Clubs. Enough spectators to fill Sydney Showground!

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