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Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour - // Australia's surfing coast //

Six different beaches mark the coastal perimeter of Coffs Harbour, offering sandy bottomed point-breaks that can handle big swells along with beach breaks to suit everyone from grommets to superstars. There are easy rides for learn-to-surfers too around the various protected coves and harbours.

The half-century of surfing tradition in Coffs is evidenced by the three strong board-riders clubs based here, and on any day there’s a fair chance of being in the line-up beside a few senior long-boarders who were their clubs’ inaugural members five decades ago.

Coffs beaches have produced a fair few elite surfers too, among them former ASP World Tour competitors Lee Winkler and Shaun Cansdell, as well as Emerald Beach longboarding star Harley Ingelby.

Just about every kind of water activity is available in and around the city, from kayak tours in the ocean or along the estuary into Bongil Bongil National Park, to boat trips for sport fishing or whale-watching. Coffs Harbour is also the gateway to the Solitary Islands Marine Park, which has some of the best offshore diving and snorkelling in NSW.

Being the hub of the Coffs Coast region, the city has a range of hotels and holiday resorts, bars and pubs, surf shops, restaurants, cafes, shopping malls and cinemas plus its own regional airport.

Getting there:
Coffs Harbour is 527km north of Sydney, about six hours' drive; fly Sydney to Coffs Harbour.

Learn to surf school:
Lee Winkler's Surf School
Mojo Surf School

Things to do and see in Coffs Harbour