Promoted as the Coffs Coast, the region is located nearly half way between Sydney and Brisbane,
encompassing the region of Bellingen and Nambucca. Being the main regional
centre of the Coffs Coast, it stretches south from Scotts Head in
Coast region to Red Rock in the north on the
Clarence Coast. Ideally located
Coffs Harbour is where the tropical mountain forests tumble into the Pacific ocean
provides an ideal banana growing environment with the steep
hillsides providing perfect drainage for the Banana plantations.
Originally the town was called Korffs Harbour after a Mr John Korff
who sheltered in the bay from a storm in 1847. In 1861 the town site
was reserved and by 1863 selections were being offered to settlers.
Many industries were tried in the area, gold mining, sugar cane,
dairying, fruit growing. Other facilities eventually came to the
area which bolstered these industries such as a jetty and then the
Banana growing was particularly successful, around 1923 a banana
disease wiped out many plantations north of Coffs Harbour, providing
a bonus to the banana growers in the region. Fishing also became a
very successful industry and remains there today.
Check out our listing of Coffs
Harbour accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide
information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for
more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.