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Coffs Harbour - Cities, Towns and Localities

‘The Big Banana’

Coffs Harbour today is one of the largest tourist destinations in NSW outside of Sydney. With a population of approximately 75,000 people the city and surrounding area's provide a haven for tourists with the many beaches and tourist facilities catering to all.

Coffs Harbour Marina ฉ Garry Voysey

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 Mid North 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 and 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 railways.

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.

Information Centre

Coffs Coast Visitor Information Centre
Cnr Marcia Street and Rose Avenue
(PO Box 1708)
Ph: 02 6652 1522
Toll: 1300 369 070
Fax: 02 6652 5674

Coffs Harbour Attractions

Coffs Harbour Botanical Gardens
• Hardacre St, COFFS HARBOUR NSW 2450 • Entry is Free • Open daily from 9am to 5pm
• Our garden is widely recognised as an outstanding Regional Botanic Garden and tourist attraction, offering visitors unique blend of flora, recreation, education, and relaxation. Visitors enjoy the beauty of native or exotic plants, the relaxation of a quiet walk, or the stimulation of learning about the environment.
Coffs Harbour Historical Museum
• 191a High St, COFFS HARBOUR NSW 2450 • Ph: 02 6652 5794
• Open Mon to Fri between 9 am and 4 pm
• Collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits items of historical significance from the Coffs Harbour region. The Museum is a valuable community asset that has over 10, 000 artefacts, including a working lighthouse built around 1875, and a 1910 Star, the first motorised taxi in Coffs Harbour. The Museum also has a research role, in addition to providing displays and programs for the enjoyment and education of the community.
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