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.

Advanced Cheesemaking Workshop
This family fun activity nestled in the Emerald Beach area is a great way to learn how to make a delicious collection of cheeses. This cheesy workshop starts from 10am and goes right through until 4pm – tastings, morning tea and a lunch inspired by cheese is also included. Phone (02) 6656 2335

Coffs Coast Camel Rides
Everybody loves a camel ride and why wouldn’t you want to ride one of these magnificent creatures along one of Coffs Harbour's most extraordinary scenery. With 'Camel Rides' slowly making a name for itself in Coffs Harbour, it's regarded as one of the things to ‘tick’ off of your ‘to do list’.

Coffs Coast Markets
Coffs Harbour boats a number of markets, including Growers Markets for fresh fruit and vegetables and arts & craft markets for special charms and knick knacks

Coffs Harbour Bunker Cartoon Gallery
This unique gallery is situated in an old World War 2 bunker that has been converted to an unusual, exciting but comfortable space. It houses the biggest collection of cartoons in Australia, as well as showing work of emerging local and visiting artists. Phone (02) 6651 7343

Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery
The vibrant hub of community life in Coffs Harbour, explore the diverse collection of local, national and international artists or book a spot in one of the many artist led talks and workshops.

With most pathways in the Emerald Beach area limited to walking, there are a few cycle routes located south of Coffs Harbour that have been constructed by the Coffs Harbour City Council.

Emerald Beach
Emerald Beach is one of the top beaches along the Coffs Harbour coastline and it boasts among one of the best surf spots in the region. Locals flock to the surf when it’s at its peak and our guests who are looking for a place to catch a wave are not disappointed when they see the scenery that we at Emerald Beach love to call home.

Exodus Adventures
White water rafting, surf rafting, sea kayaking, surf lessons. Phone (02) 6658 0850

Kegel Barn
9-Pin Bowling and dozens of different games you can play ranging in difficulty. Phone (02) 6652 2068

Sealy Lookout
Drive south towards Coffs Harbour from Emerald Beach to the Bruxner Park Flora Reserve in Orara East State Forest. From the lookout you can see as far south as Toormina and as far north as Sapphire Beach. Entry is free and open to vehicles. There are rainforest walks ranging from 1 to 3 hours. Picnic tables and toilets are available.

This is a kids dream - a place completely devoted to fun and play. Glow-in-the-dark mini golf, a Balladium Ball Blaster, jungle gym soft-play, video games and cafe. Phone (02) 6658 0924

Coffs Harbour Regional Museum
Featuring a large collection of existing and new items of historical significance from the Coffs Harbour region, as well as temporary and travelling exhibitions. Phone (02) 6651 5239

Whale Watching
Every year from late May, thousands of humpback whales migrate north along the east coast of Australia. A number of whale-watching tours operate from the Coffs Harbour Marina - or head to one of the coastal headlands which also offer good viewing points.

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.

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