Coffs Harbour has been our go to summer holiday destination for some years now. The area dubbed the Banana Holiday Coast the area does really deliver something a little deliciously balmy and exotic in comparison to some of the other more droll coastal offerings.
Coffs Harbour is greener and receives a little more rain than the coastal holiday towns to the south like Port Macquarie and the vegetation and wildlife seem a little more bigger and exotic thanks to this and it's wonderfully distanced location about half way between Brisbane and Sydney. Coffs Harbour is also the coastal starting point for the wonderful Waterfall Way scenic road trip into the lush mountains beyond.
The first time we went to Coffs Harbour we were underwhelmed it regarded it for a long while as an over-busy coastal city. Only over time exploring the many beaches, coastal headlands and rainforests that surround the city did we really begin to appreciate what is really available for families. While in town there are opportunities to;
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Out of town there are as many outstanding family destinations as there are locations; it all seems nice. Get out and explore. Some of our recommendations include;
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The coastal scenery is magnificent and there are quite a few green grassy headlands frequented by large populations of sizable kangaroos. From the beaches these look like large boulders which periodically move around. Spend a few hours walking around Look at Me Now Headland down by Emerald Beach and you will get an appreciation of what I mean. When we camp at any one of the beaches out of town we inevitably surrounded by these large roos in our camp sites and it is kind of interesting to hear them fumbling around the tent ropes at night; sometimes tripping over them.
We often stay and Emerald Beach or Nearby Darlington Beach because we have a big four family parks membership and we always find these outstanding value outside of the school holidays and vacation times. But these are not the only good family friendly holiday parks located in the area, and some of the best tourist parks in NSW are located here. Our main recommendation is to insist on getting out of town and take advantage of the many isolated beaches along the highway to the north and south.
Look at ME Now Coffs Harbour near Emerald Beach