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COFFS COAST explorer

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BELLINGEN - COFFS HARBOUR - DORRIGO - SAWTELL - URUNGA - WOOLGOOLGA

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Contents 4. Welcome To Paradise 6. Escape And Explore 8. Nature's Cradle 10. Rivers Jump In 12. Coffs Coasting 14. Solitary Pleasures 16. Events 18. Events/Markets 20. Something For Everyone 22. Meet A Marine Miracle 24. On The Water 26. Time To Go Shopping 28. Essential Things To Do 30. The Taste Of Paradise 32. Eat, Listen And Play 34. Coffs Splendour On The Beach

36. Walk On Air 38. Walk On Water 40. Stay And Play 42. More To Explore 44. Bellingen Creative Culture 46. Bellingen A River Runs Through It 48. Dorrigo And The Plateau 50. Sawtell - Perfectly Proportioned 52. Holiday Havens Urunga, Mylestom And Repton 54. Wonderful Woolgoolga 56. The Amazing Outdoors 58. Day Tripping 60. Accommodation Listings 62. Maps 64. Getting Here

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Gumbaynggirr Welcome

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Tourism Coffs Coast would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land, the Gumbaynggirr people.

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Giinagay (hello)! The Gumbaynggirr people welcome you to their country. They are the land and sea people of the Gumbaynggirr nation.

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Elektra Macdonald DISCLAIMER: The Coffs Coast Explorer Magazine is a production by and on behalf of the members of Tourism Coffs Coast to be used as a guide only. Information is published in good faith. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information and imagery supplied, however the publisher cannot be held responsible for errors, misinterpretation or changes in the accuracy of the information. Always check with the relevant operators and authorities to confirm. Information or images may not be reproduced without the written consent of Tourism Coffs Coast. Printed November 2013.

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TYPICALLY COFFS COAST: THE MOUNTAINS, RIVER AND SEA AT MYLESTOM

With a superb subtropical climate, perfect Pacific beaches and glorious rainforests, the Coffs Coast is one of Australia’s most unforgettable holiday destinations. No matter whether you’re looking for the great escape, an action-packed adventure, a romantic retreat or fun with the kids, the memories you make here will last a lifetime. Just make sure you leave yourself enough time to enjoy the amazing array of experiences on offer, from waves to wilderness. Coffs Harbour is the coast’s relaxed city hub and on its doorstep you’ll find brilliant beaches, vibrant villages, winding rivers and ancient rainforest. Close by is the iconic Waterfall Way scenic drive, leading from the holiday haven of Urunga through the cultural heart of Bellingen to the mountain hamlet of Dorrigo and its magnificent national park.

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PARADISE DOESN’T HAVE TO COME AT A PRICE


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Your Holiday, Your Way We all dream of the perfect holiday. But everyone has different ideas of what that holiday should be. Splashing into the surf on a pristine beach? Or slipping to sleep by a waterfall after a gourmet picnic? Rafting down rapids or canoeing by moonlight? Lazing through lunch or diving at dawn? Letting the kids have their way? Or a romantic hideaway? No matter which way you like to holiday, the Coffs Coast has it all. Turn the page to begin designing your holiday, your way.

There’s so much to do and the best thing is that in such a diverse natural environment, much of it is free. Relax and indulge in the many pleasures the Coffs Coast has to offer...

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FREE RELAXING TOURS FOR ALL AGES Discover Coffs’ best kept secrets – stunning headlands, beaches and rainforests. Hear about the local stories, history and wildlife from our friendly tour guides.

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SPECTACULAR EBOR FALLS

Solitary Islands. Waterfall Way. The Promised Land. Never Never Creek. Here the places sound more like film locations than holiday destinations. And more than a few filmmakers have been attracted to the Coffs Coast to capture the stunning beauty of these surrounds.

OCEAN, RIVERS, LAGOONS AND WATERFALLS – ALL WITHIN EASY REACH

It’s where river valleys connect ocean beaches with World Heritage listed wilderness and waterfalls. Along the way are towns and villages of unique creativity, energy and charm. It’s where life is celebrated year round with some of Australia’s best arts festivals, cultural events and markets. PHOTO: OZBOOTZ.COM.AU

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THIS IS A PLACE FOR ADVENTURE - OR JUST QUIET REFLECTION ON NATURE’S GRANDEUR. IT IS A REGION PRECIOUS TO THE GUMBAYNGGIRR PEOPLE WHO REFER TO IT AS ‘THE ROAD HOME, THE SPIRIT PLACE’.

Only half an hour from the coast along Waterfall Way lies the lost world of ancient Gondwana. As you ascend the Great Escarpment, waterfalls literally leap out from rock walls and spectacular views of the valley and coast open up below. This whole region is like a giant pop-up book of natural marvels, from rainforest, wild rivers and waterfalls to glorious gorges and balancing boulders. The mountains and plateau offer a range of adventure activities including trout fishing, white-water rafting, mountain bike riding, bush walking, self-drive scenic tours, horse riding and abseiling.

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At Dorrigo National Park, extraordinary plants and animals provide a living record of two hundred million years of evolution. Here in the realm of a prehistoric volcano is a cradle of life that protects some of our planet’s rarest treasures, including 30 species of mammals and over 120 species of birds. The park’s Skywalk, suspension bridge and boardwalks make it one of Australia’s most accessible World Heritage areas.

A Timeless World Visit the Rainforest Centre for an introduction to the mysteries of this remnant rainforest and its rare residents before you embark on a journey through time.

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PRIMITIVE PLANTS, CAPTIVATING CREATURES, SPARKLING FALLS AND A WALK IN THE SKY.


Picnics, Wondrous Walks At the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre The six-kilometre Wonga Walk is a circuit of discovery that reveals waterfalls and World Heritage rainforest. Start out at the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre. There are three mouth-watering locations to break out the hamper. The Glade Picnic Area and the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre Picnic Area have electric barbecues, tables and plenty of grass. Both are located close to lookouts and walking tracks. Secluded Never Never Picnic Area has the old world charm of a shingle roofed shelter shed, wood barbecues and nearby walks and waterfalls.

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Wander out on the Skywalk for a bird’s eye view of the rainforest canopy and a panorama from the mountains to the ocean. But don’t drop your camera - at Crystal Shower Falls, a new 50 metre suspension bridge offers yet another perfect photo-op. Afterward, revive and chew it all over at the Canopy Café.

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BELLINGEN’S POPULAR RIVER FESTIVAL IS A CELEBRATION OF THE CONNECTION BETWEEN COMMUNITY AND WATER. FLOAT ON BY IN THE FIRST WEEKEND OF NOVEMBER.

One moment you’re leaving tracks in the sand and the next you’re winding along a rainforest track to a secret waterhole. Here water truly is the essence of life. Soak up some of Australia’s most serene waterways, get wet in the wild or just let it all flow by. The rivers and sheltered estuaries of the Coffs Coast offer a wide variety of fishing, picnic and paddling opportunities. Kayakers and canoeists travel from all over to explore these parts, but when you are on the water winding through mangroves and rainforest, you’ll feel like you are the first to discover it.

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DISCOVER THE PROMISED LAND – THE NEVER NEVER CREEK’S FABULOUSLY PHOTOGENIC RIVERSTONE TERRACES ARE PERFECT FOR A PICNIC LUNCH.


Afloat The Kalang and Bellinger Rivers converge at the popular riverside villages of Urunga and Mylestom, creating ideal conditions for fishing, boating, waterskiing and swimming. Be sure to explore the extensive wetlands boardwalk at Urunga. Explore Moonee Creek (accessed at Moonee Beach) and Boambee Creek in Bongil Bongil National Park (accessed from Bongil Picnic Area or Sawtell). The upper reaches of the beautiful Pine Creek adjacent to Bongil Bongil National Park are a paddler’s dream. A two-kilometre walk along the banks of Woolgoolga Creek leads through subtropical rainforest to a wild waterfall. Experience the charm of canoeing the Bellinger or the white knuckling white water of the Nymboida River. Take a one or two day tour of the challenging Grade 3 to 5 rapids at Platypus Flats.

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The Coffs Coast is renowned for some of Australia’s most beautiful – and least crowded – Pacific beaches. There’s more than 90 kilometres of sand and rainforest fringed ocean, interrupted only by a series of spectacular headlands providing postcard-perfect views.

EMERALD BEACH, JUST NORTH OF COFFS HARBOUR

Sawtell: Just a skipped stone south of Coffs. Take to the (patrolled) waves or bobble about in the protected rock pool below the Headland. Mylestom: Crashing surf and rainforest walks only a few hundred metres from the Bellinger River. Woolgoolga: Classic beach holiday location great for long, languid days on the sand. Moonee Beach: Broad tidal flats are perfect for kids, north of Coffs. Diggers Beach: Family fun and beach barbecues in Coffs with views to the Solitary Islands. Hungry Head: A popular secluded beach and creek inlet just down the coast from Urunga.

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Solitary Islands

Centre open weekends 10am–4pm & every day in NSW school holidays

> Fish feeding demonstrations > Children’s activities…and more! Adults $10, Children $6

Bay Drive, Charlesworth Bay, Coffs Harbour PHONE 02 6648 3931 • www.nmsc.edu.au

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Come see the marine life of the Solitary Islands Marine Park

Family $25 (2 adults, 2 children) Concession $8 (kids u/3 free)


Solitary Islands Coastal Walk The Solitary Islands Coastal Walk is a spectacular 60km walking route that links a string of idyllic golden beaches, rocky headlands, lush rainforest, inviting parklands and charming coastal villages along the Coffs Coast from Red Rock to Sawtell.

Walk as much or as little as you want You may choose a small section and take advantage of the local attractions or facilities, or attempt the entire walk in four days, choosing to stay at different accommodation along the way.

The lighthouse will guide you Your official SICW guide can be purchased at various tourist locations and at the Coffs Coast Visitor Centre, Cnr McLean St & Pacific Hwy, Coffs Harbour. Ph 1300 369 070 or (02) 6648 4990. Or go to www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au For information about a range of accommodation, transport and tour options visit www.coffscoast.com.au


Solitary PHOTO:PRECISION HELICOPTERS

The Solitary Islands Marine Park stretches over 75 km north from Muttonbird Island at Coffs and incorporates five islands, rock outcrops, reefs, beaches, rocky shores and estuaries. Over 550 species of reef fish have been observed within the sanctuary. It also supports a range of protected species such as the black cod, turtles, whales, shore birds and rare marine algae. The glistening white tower of the historic lighthouse on South Solitary is easily spotted from the coast and was once one of NSW’s most isolated manned beacons. Oh, and keep an eye out for migratory whales bursting up from below and dolphins cresting the waves - these splendid cetaceans and natural show-offs are what marine memories are made of.

CAPTAIN JAMES COOK NAMED THE SOLITARY ISLANDS AS HE CRUISED BY ON THE HMS ENDEAVOUR IN 1770. YOU CAN ALSO CHOOSE TO CRUISE – OR DIVE – THESE SPECTACULARLY RICH WATERS OFF THE COFFS COAST.

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PITTWATER TO COFFS YACHT RACE

WOOLGOOLGA CURRY FESTIVAL

JAN 2, 2014

APRIL 26, 2014

The Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race has developed over its 32 year history, into one of the most popular of all ocean-racing events in Australia.

Celebrate the exotic delights of Indian culture and food at this immensely popular festival. The festival showcases and celebrates Indian and multicultural

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CAMP CREATIVE BELLINGEN

WINTERSUN JUNE, 2014

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JAN 13 – 17, 2014

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FESTIVAL OF SAIL JAN 2 – 12, 2014

coffscoastfestivalofsail.com.au Kicking off with the famous Pittwater to Coffs yacht race, the Festival of Sail is a 10 day festival featuring the Offshore Yacht Racing Series, beachsand modelling contests, movies on the beach, live entertainment and ‘Tastes of Coffs’.

Each January Bellingen’s vibrant arts community is joined by 1000 out-of-towners of all ages at Camp Creative, a week long carnival of the arts where you can learn everything from stone carving to flying trapeze.

COFFS TRIATHLON MARCH 1 - 2, 2014

www.coffstri.com Based at the Jetty Foreshore, the event kicks off with the BCU Coffs Kids Tri. If you want to get a taste of the Olympic event, the Enticer Triathlon is for you, with a 375m swim, a 10km Cycle and finishing with a 2.5km run. The main event consists of a 1.5km open water swim in the protected Harbour, followed by a flat and fast 40km cycle with a 10km run encompassing the Coffs Jetty and the Foreshore area.

Wintersun is Australia’s longest running Retro Nostalgia Festival featuring the cars, music and lifestyle mainly of the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s.

cuisine, traditional and modern dance, music, comedy, arts & crafts and a host of fun activities for young and old.

COFFS HARBOUR SHOW MAY 16 – 18, 2014 Now celebrating its 100th year, the Coffs Harbour Show is fun for the entire family. With thrilling rides, fireworks, stalls and displays you won’t run out of things to do.

COFFS OCEAN SWIMS

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JUNE 22, 2014

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MARCH 30, 2014 The Coffs Ocean Swims are a fun, charity fundraising event offering participants a choice of distances catering for both the novice and the more competitive with a 600m swim around the jetty, 2000m swim across the harbour and fun races for children, all held inside the beautiful, protected harbour.

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BELLINGEN READERS & WRITERS FESTIVAL

It might be winter but this is hot. Australia’s leading chilli product manufacturers join regional restaurateurs to

This delectable festival dedicated to the fine art of feasting is staged on Father’s Day each year where the rivers meet the sea at Urunga. Sample a huge range of

South Solitary Island is only open to tours for 2 weekends a year! Rarely does an opportunity like this present

COFFS COAST FESTIVAL OF CYCLING

The Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival has become a popular annual cultural event showcasing leading authors and celebrating all things literary. With workshops, talks, forums, book launches, competitions, entertainment and school programs, it’s a diverse and inspiring weekend with something for everyone.

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FATHER’S DAY SEPTEMBER 7, 2014

JULY, 2014

JUNE 7 – 9, 2014

SAWTELL CHILLI FESTIVAL

TOAST URUNGA

SOUTH SOLITARY ISLAND HELICOPTER TOURS

AUGUST, 2014

coffscoastfestivalofcycling.com Get active this winter at this event, designed around the annual charity - Coffs Coast Cycle Challenge - it's a great excuse to dust off those cobwebs and get on your bike. itself as the lighthouse island is normally closed to the public. Inspect the lighthouse keeper’s quarters which were built in 1880 and imagine living in this isolated outpost.

local gourmet goodies from bush tucker to sushi and curries while enjoying live entertainment.

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GOLD CUP RACE CARNIVAL AUGUST 7, 2014

coffsracingclub.com.au Coffs Harbour Gold Cup Day is one of Coffs Coast’s most anticipated social events of the year.Thousands of people frock up and head to the Coffs Harbour Racing Club for an afternoon of fun and fashion – and of course, horse racing!

present the spiciest festival on the coast. Wash it all down with a cold local beverage and chill out to the cool music and entertainment on offer, right in the heart of Sawtell’s café strip.

BELLINGEN JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER, 2014

bellingenjazzfestival.com.au This ultra popular annual festival generates enough energy to light up a town – Bellingen that is. The entertainment spills out of the venues, on to the street and down to the river. The program includes internationally renowned performers, jazz icons and buskers.

The iconic Big Banana is celebrating 50 years in 2014. Keep an eye out for special deals and promotions as they celebrate this momentous occasion.


BELLINGEN MUSIC FESTIVAL

DORRIGO FOLK AND BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

SEPTEMBER, 2014

OCTOBER 24 - 26, 2014

Bringing the best of classical music to Bellingen, featuring two days of performances by some of Australia’s most talented musicians and choirs.

For one weekend each year on the grass of the Dorrigo Plateau, bluegrass is king. Join the locals for toe-tapping performances by traditional acoustic country blues, bush, gospel, roots and folk music artists or b.y.o. instrument and join in a jam session or two.

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FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIPS SEPTEMBER 11 – 14, 2014

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The FIA World Rally Championship is one of Australia’s biggest international sports events and will be staged on the Coffs Coast once again in 2014. It features

INTERNATIONAL BUSKERS FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER, 2014

COASTOUT OCTOBER, 2014

coastout.com.au CoastOut is the Coffs Coast’s annual gay, lesbian and friends festival that brings together people from all around Australia and beyond. Featuring art, sport and culture, the festival celebrates the diversity of our community.

DORRIGO SHOW NOVEMBER 2014

www.dorrigoshow.org.au The Dorrigo Show has grown considerably in its one hundred year history but is still very agriculturally based, enjoying a wonderful country atmosphere.

BELLINGEN RIVER FESTIVAL

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NOVEMBER 2014

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some of the world’s best rally drivers as they attempt to conquer the challenging courses through some of the State’s most spectacular and rugged countryside.

A community celebration of the River - a fun day with workshops, canoe races, live music, exhibitions, storytelling, traditional games and the many children’s activities

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FATHERS DAY

URUNGA CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT DECEMBER, 2014

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Carols Urunga is renowned for its great family atmosphere and its very special setting with the riverside stage overlooking the twin rivers.

SUNDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER 2014

where the rivers meet the sea and the Waterfall Way begins

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BELLINGEN GROWERS MARKET

COFFS HARBOURSIDE MARKETS

DORRIGO COUNTRY MARKETS

2ND & 4TH SATURDAY OF THE MONTH

EVERY SUNDAY

1ST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH

@ Bellingen Showgrounds

Organic produce direct from the grower with local performers setting the scene and breakfast treats.

COFFS GROWERS MARKET EVERY THURSDAY

@ The Coffs Harbour City Centre These markets are a hive of activity as the local growers bring the fruits (and vegetables!) of their labours to town. Bargains, organics, seafood and more.

@ Northern side of Jetty Forshore Set under the shade of the Casuarina trees beside the iconic Jetty between 8:00am and 2:00pm. There is a great range of fresh local produce, tasty food, delicious coffee as well as unique art and crafts.

BELLINGEN COMMUNITY MARKETS 3RD SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH

@ Bellingen Park

@ Dorrigo Showground

Homemade preserves, ecofriendly home-grown foods, clothing and plants.

BOLLYWOOD MARKETS 1ST AND 4TH SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH

@ Woolgoolga Beach Reserve

Wind down at Woolgoolga with live entertainment, food and fun!

SAWTELL FAMILY MARKETS 4TH SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH

@ Elizabeth St, Sawtell

Here you’ll find local plants and produce, hand-made giftware including jewellery, candles, greeting cards and various 2nd hand items. The local CWA (Country Women’s Association) hold a BBQ and Devonshire morning tea raising money for the local community.

One of Australia’s biggest and most colourful markets with more than 250 stalls. Produce, plants, arts, craft, unique treasures and locally designed clothing. Fabulous food and music!

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The Coffs Coast has a multitude of major attractions designed to delight all ages. Remember those old holiday snaps? There is no doubt that Australia’s most celebrated “Big Thing” would have to be the Big Banana. This giant artificial fruit located just north of Coffs has been welcoming families to the region for half a century.

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venture on to the Butterfly House in Bonville, one of only four in Australia. It’s a subtropical indoor haven for the world’s most remarkable insects.

Nowadays there’s plenty more to go bananas over, including the world’s largest inflatable waterslide, a spine-tingling toboggan ride, a state-of-the-art theatre experience and yes, even an ice skating rink. The Big Banana is now better than ever for a big day out - don’t forget to get your own snap by this famous Australian icon before you leave.

There’s so much to do here on the Coffs Coast that the only thing you’ll run out of is time.

Head over to Dolphin Marine Magic to receive fishy kisses from a dolphin and a tickly smooch from a seal or

Get re a^l ly Close to Nature! •

Stroll among 100’s of live Australian butterflies in our all weather rainforest. • Learn about the lifecycle of the butterfly. • Take amazing photos. • Enjoy lunch, ice creams refreshments and our famous scones in our Café. • Get lost in our Maze. • Browse the Gift Shop for souvenirs.

Winner of multiple Tourism Awards! Open 9am - 4pm Tues - Sun & 7 days during NSW school holidays

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5 Strouds Road Bonville. Approx. 9 kms south of Coffs Harbour - Take the Lyons Rd exit of TD 18 from the Pacific Highway w: butterflyhouse.com.au


Meet a Marine

Astonishment is an everyday experience at Dolphin Marine Magic, but the arrival of a new baby dolphin is a true marvel. Meet Jiling, Dolphin Marine Magic’s newest member of the family! The gorgeous Indo-Pacific bottlenose calf was born to our resident dolphin Calamity, affectionately named after repeated rescue from fishing nets.

MEET JILING, DOLPHIN MARINE MAGIC’S NEWEST MEMBER OF THE FAMILY!

They are just two of the many remarkable marine animals that call Dolphin Marine Magic home - where you have the opportunity to get up close and personal with our ocean’s amazing creatures including seals, penguins and turtles.

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RALEIGH RACEWAY & WATER PARK

Valery Road, Raleigh | Phone 02 6655 4017

Soak up stunning mountain views from our undercover deck beside the beautiful Bellinger river. Sample unique boutique wines and our famous handmade Brandy Créme liqueurs. Enjoy a tasty cheese platter.

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Just 15 minutes drive south of Coffs Harbour!

WINERY

36 Queen Street Raleigh NSW 02 6655 4388 w:raleighwines.com Open Wed - Sun 10am - 5pm 7 days during NSW school holidays Raleigh Winery supports the responsible consumption of alcohol

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Gliding down the foaming face of a breaking wave, thundering through rapids or paddling through mangroves on a calm river reach. Somewhere along one of the coast’s beaches, estuaries or rivers, you’ll find an exhilarating experience to match your sense of adventure and excitement.

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HIRE A CANOE

Take a map and discover the scenic creeks and estuaries of Bellingen

GUIDED TOURS

An experienced guide will take you to the most picturesque spots on the Bellinger

SUNSET CANOE TOURS

Paddle at twilight and watch the sun setting over our spectacular mountains

FULL MOON TOUR

Paddle under the night sky – be in awe of the stars and moon, hear the sounds of nature at night www.canoeadventures.com.au www.canoeadventures.com.au

ly Fun Great Fami Open 7 Days

6655 9955

“I had a Bellingen Canoe Adventure, now people find me strangely attractive”

SKEE

Kayak Centre

Over 100 kayaks on display!

• Personalised sales & service • Sea Kayaks • Recreational Kayaks • Fishing Kayaks • Sit on Kayaks • Propel Kayaks • SUP Boards

TY JET p S F U COFand t le S Just bring yourself – we provide the gear right there on the beach!

Early Morning SUP & Kayak Instruction

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Learn good techniques to keep you fit an healthy. Suitable for beginners. Call for registration and days on (02) 6654 2962

Experience the most invigorating sport that is easy to learn and fun to master for all ages.

10 MULLAWAY DRIVE, MULLAWAY

Every Saturday and Sunday, School & Public Holidays AVAILABLE 7 DAYS A WEEK BY BOOKING – PH. 0422 391 951

(02) 6654 2962

OPEN TUES–SAT.

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Liquid Assets Adventure Tours ater Waves, Wildlife & Whitew Experience the excitement our Oceans and Rivers offer with Liquid Assets Adventure Tours. Our guided tours will help you reconnect with nature…naturally!

Liquid Assets Booking Office

The Jetty Beach Shop 38 Marina Dr, Coffs Harbour Marina 6658 0850 • www.surfrafting.com

• Whitewater rafting, Nymboida River: one or two day trips • Sea kayaking: half day • Surf rafting: half day • Bongil Bongil National Park kayaking: half day • Surf lessons: three hours • Sea kayaking and surf rafting combo: half day


Time to Go

Just because you are on holiday doesn’t mean that you have to leave the pleasures of retail therapy behind.

The Coffs Coast has everything from modern plazas to eclectic boutiques and handcraft galleries. Enjoy the numerous popular shopping precincts of Coffs and Sawtell or find fashion with an alternate twist in Bellingen. Located on the Pacific Highway on the northern side of Coffs CBD, Park Beach Plaza is the largest shopping centre between Newcastle and the Gold Coast.

THE LOCAL MARKETS ARE GREAT FOR UNEARTHING ONE-OFF TREASURES, HANDMADE JEWELLERY, IMPORTED GARMENTS AND RETRO GEAR. TRY BELLINGEN COMMUNITY MARKETS (3RD SATURDAY OF EACH MONTH) AND COFFS HARBOURSIDE MARKETS (EACH SUNDAY).

Indulge your appetites at: Coffs Central and the Coffs Harbour City Centre The Promenade precinct Park Beach Plaza (over 120 specialty stores) Bellingen’s upmarket Emporium and unique boutiques Sawtell Village

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COOL, CLASSIC & CASUAL FASHION Antipode has no age barrier, catering to a personal attitude where the style is relaxed, it’s fresh, feminine and easy to wear. Gifts for all occasions, beautiful homeware and decorator items. www.antipoderetail.com.au


Time for a

Imagine returning from a holiday even healthier and more beautiful than when you set out. On the Coffs Coast there are an abundance of ways to pamper yourself, reset and de-stress. If you’re ready to jettison baggage or in need of repair after a few days of indulgence, then you’ll relish the vast range of body and soul reviving remedies on offer. Spoil yourself with a spa treatment, let mind and body run free with a muscle-relaxing massage or regenerate with aromatherapy, yoga and more. Shed the old skin and discover a new you. There’s no better place to find yourself than the Coffs Coast.

PHOTO:PARIS SKYE

Let us take you on a journey of indulgence… Mesotherapy Injections to reduce unwanted fat & localised cellulite deposits Promoitalia Thread face & neck lift Other Treatments available – • Laser hair removal • Skin rejuvenation • Tattoo removal • Capillaries, pigmentation and IPL and RF • Injectable dermal fillers and lip enhancement – long lasting or permanent • Acne treatment and micro-dermabrasion • Chemical, Green, Clay and Glycolic Peels • Yaffa Zhav Dynamic Lift and LED Therapy face and body lift • Beaute Pacific products, Yaffa Zhav Beauty with Nature and Aspect Dr products • Injectable anti-wrinkle treatment for the removal of crows feet, frown lines and forehead lines • Total non-surgical face and body rejuvenation for men and women • PRP Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy – dermapen rejuvenation, scar, face and body treatments, anti-aging facial and body rejuvenation

• Aromatherapy, hot stones and Swedish massage – a specialty • Deluxe facials • Pedicures • Waxing • Special occasions and wedding make up. Contact us for full spa and beauty menu and full wedding preparation plan. • Be suntan ready with That’s So Sun spray tan • Angelic Reiki Clinic on Tuesday afternoons • Relax in our 4-person sauna or our 8-person spa. • We have many other treatments to pamper and indulge you. For further information contact us on 02 6652 8943 or email lafleurdalyse@bigpond.com for a full spa and beauty menu. • Spa parties and hens parties – a special package for groups of 8–10.

ALL OUR PRODUCTS CONTAIN ACTIVE INGREDIENTS, E.G. 24 CARAT GOLD, CRUSHED PEARL, VITAMIN E, C AND DEAD SEA CLAY.

Dr J.C. Wenman MBBS, FRACP

Sister Barbara Wenman RN, BA Dip Soc Sci.

296 Harbour Drive COFFS HARBOUR 02 6652 8943 www.lafleurdalyse.com.au


Things to Do

DEVELOP THE ART OF THE MICRO CONVERSATION ON THE BOARDWALK AT URUNGA.

ONCE YOU’VE STARTED EXPLORING THE WONDERS OF THE COFFS COAST, YOU’LL UNDERSTAND WHY SOME PEOPLE NEVER LEAVE.

Don’t go home without …seeing fabulous flipper-fuelled feats and kissing a seal at Dolphin Marine Magic – Coffs Harbour’s multi-award winning home of marine mammal marvels …playing a round on the fabulous fairways, sleek greens and bewitching bunkers of beautiful Bonville International Golf Course ...wandering a boardwalk across waterbird filled wetlands at Urunga, canoeing the Bellinger River or roaming remnant Gondwana rainforest at Dorrigo …spotting a whale from Woolgoolga Headland

Selling locally made wood art from salvage and native timbers.

…walking out above the world on The Forest Sky Pier in Coffs or Dorrigo National Park’s Skywalk

Open 10am–4pm Monday to Friday or by appointment.

…taking a happy snap in front of the Big Banana!

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WOODTURNING GALLERY

191 Lindsays Rd, Boambee (south of Coffs Harbour) Contact David on 02 6658 3819 or 0412 085 634

David Barden

WOOD WE CREATE GALLERY

www.woodwecreate.com.au


Pasfields Restaurant Bar Deck

675 Pacific Highway, Korora - 02 6653 7710 Modern Australian cuisine with a classic twist

Places to Eat Coffs Harbour Beachside Bistro @ The Hoey Moey 84 Ocean Parade - 02 6652 3833 Home of the $9.50 feeds

Cafe Aqua

57 Ocean Parade - 02 6652 5566 Landmark local cafe serving breakfast & lunch

Charlie’s Restaurant

Novotel Pacific Bay Resort - 02 6659 7000 Full buffet breakfast, lunch & dinner

Creekside Cafe

Orlando St @ Dolphin Marine Magic - 02 6659 1911 Superb water views, coffee, delicious meals

Fiasco Ristorante + Bar

22 Orlando Street - 02 6651 2006 Award winning Italian restaurant

Finz on the Beach

Cnr Ocean Pde & Surf Club Rd - 02 6652 9870 Ocean front restaurant, open all day

101 Hyde St - 02 6655 1870 Award winning gelato bar & cafe with a 50’s atmosphere

The Big Windmill Restaurant

The Old Butter Factory Cafe

168 Pacific Highway - 02 6652 2933 Unique dining experience

1 Doepel St - 02 6655 2150 Licensed cafe surrounded by boutique stores & galleries

Waves Bistro @ The Pier Hotel

Dorrigo

356 Harbour Drive - 02 6651 8222 Delicious, great value bistro food

The Brasserie @ C.ex Coffs

Ground floor, C.ex Coffs, Vernon St - 02 6652 3888 Modern Australian cuisine

Sawtell Cafe TREEO Sawtell

18 First Avenue - www.cafetreeo.com All day breakfast, tasty lunch & superb coffee

Split Cafe & Espresso Bar

Shop 3/4 First Ave - 02 6658 3026 Fresh espresso, breakfast & lunch with integrated bike store

Bonville

Going Bananas Cafe

Bonville Golf Resort, North Bonville Rd 02 6653 4002 Awarded 1 Chefs ‘Hat’, SMH Good Food Guide Awards

Horizons Restaurant & Bar

Opal Cove Resort - 1800 008 198 Modern Australian cuisine with creative flair

Bellingen Gelato Bar

Surf Club Restaurant & Bar

Aanuka Beach Resort - 02 6650 2400 Seaside dining for breakfast & dinner Located @ the Big Banana - 02 6652 4355 Open 9am daily for breakfast & lunch

Bellingen

Flooded Gums Restaurant The Butterfly House Cafe

5 Strouds Rd, Bonville - 02 6653 4766 Peaceful setting overlooking lush gardens

The Clog Barn

Free Family Fun Activities!

The Clog Barn is a ‘must see’ Coffs Harbour attraction.

F R EN ET R Y E

to our fantastic miniature Dutch Village & Clog Making demonstrations everyday 11am, 2pm & 4pm.

• See the miniature Dutch village with working model railway set in beautifully manicured gardens. • Enjoy delicious homemade Dutch foods. • Experience the culture, colour & charm of Holland. • Stay with us in our clean affordable holiday park right in the heart of Coffs Harbour. • On site Cabins, Caravan & Camping sites & Guest Pool.

02 6652 4633 215 Pacific Highway Coffs Harbour NSW 2450 w: clogbarn.com.au

Thirty Three on Hickory

33 Hickory St - 02 6657 1882 Organic sourdough pizzeria

Canopy Cafe

@ Dorrigo Rainforest Centre - 02 6657 1541 Open daily from 9am, just metres from the famous Skywalk

Heritage Hotel Motel Dorrigo Bistro

Cnr Hickory & Cudgery Streets - 02 6657 2016 Pub style bistro with original 1925 decor

Northern Beaches Moonee Beach Tavern

2 Moonee Beach Road - 02 6653 6199 Bistro famous for their gourmet pizzas

Seaview Tavern

51 River Street, Woolgoolga - 02 6654 1206 Famous for their $10 meal deals


The Taste of

The Coffs Coast overflows with gourmet delights. A mouthwatering abundance of locally sourced foods is complemented by inspiring dining locations. This region is fast becoming the north coast’s culinary capital. Stylish restaurants, chic cafés, exotic cuisines and classic pubs abound - and there’s always the option of stocking up on gourmet goodies at a local grower’s market and rolling out a rug by a river. Every type of produce imaginable thrives in this subtropical climate. Savour wild caught seafood fresh from the Pacific, plump oysters from river estuaries, beef raised on some of Australia’s richest alluvial pastures and the sun-ripened fruits of a subtropical paradise. You've never tasted bananas, mangoes, avocados or macadamias like these.

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YOU CAN'T THROW A BRICK WITHOUT HITTING AN AWARDED CHEF ROUND HERE


PHOTOS: NORTHFARM.COM.AU

Ristorante + Wine Bar

Multi-award winning Authentic Italian Cuisine Extensive international and Australian Wines and Beers Fiasco Bar open Tuesday–Saturday from 5pm Fiasco Ristorante Tuesday–Saturday from 6pm

22 Orlando Street @ the jetty Bookings 6651 2006 www.fiascorestaurant.com.au

In the sunny climes of the Coffs Coast, outdoor dining is a year-round pursuit. Try the shaded tables at the cafés cosied up French style near the river in Bellingen’s Church Street or the rows of restaurants along Coffs Creek and at the Jetty Precinct. The pubs are great too – Dorrigo’s Heritage Hotel Motel is a perfectly preserved shrine to country hospitality, where even the counter lunches in the nostalgic dining room are at historic prices! Local sports, services and recreational clubs are also excellent for a meal out that won’t break the bank.

Since 1905

BRAND NEW BOUTIQUE ACCOMMODATION AVAILABLE

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WAVES BISTRO

open 11.30–2.30pm & 5.30–8.30pm, 7 days

LIVE MUSIC

Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights

356 HARBOUR DR., COFFS HBR 02 6652 2110

WWW.PIERHOTELCOFFS.COM.AU


Eat, Listen and

The three entertainment complexes operated by the C.ex Group in Woolgoolga, Coffs Harbour and Urunga incorporate a diverse variety of familyfriendly restaurants including contemporary Australian and Asian cuisine. The Pier Hotel is located in Coffs Jetty Precinct and serves up an entertaining menu of live music from Thursday to Saturday. Both the front bar and Waves Bistro offer tasty food at digestible prices.

MANY OF THE COAST’S HOTELS AND CLUBS OFFER HIGH QUALITY DINING AND REGULAR LIVE ENTERTAINMENT FROM BANDS TO DJS, COMEDY TO CABARET.

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The Hoey Moey on Ocean Parade in Park Beach is one of the coast’s most popular venues presenting both big name touring acts and local favourites. The Sunday afternoon crab racing sessions are legendary in these parts and the Oceanside Bistro offers appetising specials every day of the week.


Splendour on the Beach

Set amidst a thoroughly unspoiled band of green, gold and blue is one of NSW’s premier holiday destinations. The region surrounding Coffs Harbour is the traditional home of the Gumbaynggirr Nation, who thrived on the bounty of these superb subtropical marine, river and mountain environs. The city is named for boatbuilder John Korff, who took refuge from a gale here in 1847 and gave rise to the founding of a port. Banana growing, celebrated by the iconic Big Banana, has been a feature of the region since the late 19th century. For over ninety years, people have been coming to Coffs Harbour to enjoy its natural delights.

Pleasures And Treasures This friendly and relaxed city on the surf looks out over the islands and reefs of the precious and world-renowned Solitary Islands Marine Park. An irresistible range of shopping, dining and entertainment experiences complements Coffs’ popular yet uncrowded beaches. Located between sparkling ocean and verdant ranges, this is the perfect base from which to explore the delights of the Coffs Coast.

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COFFS IS A CLASSIC HOLIDAY DESTINATION THAT ALSO OFFERS AN ABUNDANCE OF ADVENTURES. IT’S YOUR CHOICE – GET AWAY FROM IT ALL OR GET INTO IT ALL.


VIEW OF COFFS HARBOUR FROM MUTTONBIRD ISLAND PHOTO: WWW.COFFSJETTYICON.COM.AU

Walk on Water Balls

Action Zone with Inflatables

Splash Golf


Walk On

Just five kilometres from Coffs Harbour, the Forest Sky Pier offers a jaw-dropping panoramic view from mountains to the Pacific coast. The Pier juts 21 metres out from Sealy Lookout and rises 15 metres above the forest floor.

WHY SHOULD THE BIRDS HAVE ALL THE FUN?

The Forest Sky Pier is located within Bruxner Park Flora Reserve. To get there, head north from Coffs on the Pacific Highway, turn left on to Bruxner Park Road (just north of the Big Banana) then left again at the ridge top onto Scenic Drive. Parking, picnic tables and toilets are available and the Sky Pier is open from 8.00 am to dusk.

Another holiday camping in the backyard? Give me a break. With an unbeatable location, BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort is the perfect base to explore the New South Wales Mid North Coast Positioned beachfront and set amongst 15 acres of tropical gardens, BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort offers the perfect blend of health, recreation and relaxation. Whether you’re travelling or on your own, on a romantic getaway or a family holiday, BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort offers a range of accommodation. From hotel style rooms and paradise spa bures to selfcontained two and three bedroom villas, BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort caters for everyone.

11 Firman Drive, Coffs Harbour Call 132 007 or visit www.aanuka.com.au

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Walk On

Take a stroll along the Jetty foreshore and Marina with its bobbing fishing boats and glorious harbour views – or take a cruise and see it all from the blue.

At the eastern end of the breakwall is Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve, where thousands of migratory shearwaters nest every year after winging in from the Philippines. The short walking track to the island’s peak commences at the award-winning Giidany Mirlarl Outdoor Education Space and offers panoramic views across Coffs Harbour. This is a place of high significance to the local Gumbaynggirr people and a fascinating Aboriginal Discovery program is offered by local National Parks rangers. Protecting the wonders of the ocean beyond, Solitary Islands Marine Park is one of Australia’s most famous underwater diving and photography locations. The waters here are home to the world’s biggest colony of anemones and clown fish (think "Finding Nemo"). There are also sharks, giant squid, sea turtles and manta rays. Learn to dive and go down to see for yourself. If all that sea air is making you hungry, there’s a huge range of multicultural dining choices along the breakwall and in the Jetty precinct.

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SOUTH SOLITARY, VISIBLE FROM THE BREAKWALL, IS ONE OF ONLY TWO LIGHTHOUSE ISLANDS IN NSW. ITS ORIGINAL LANTERN BURNT CONTINUOUSLY FOR 95 YEARS UNTIL THE LAST RESIDENT KEEPER LEFT THE ISLAND IN 1975. THE SURROUNDING REEFS AND WATERS ARE HOME TO A VAST COLONY OF CLOWN FISH


Indulge your senses...

and experience 4 star luxury in the heart of the beautiful Coffs Harbour Jetty precinct

1, 2 and 3 bedroom luxurious and modern air conditioned apartments – all with extra large balconies offering either a superb landscaped garden outlook or pristine harbour and ocean views. Perfectly located for strolls to beaches, the jetty and marina, award-winning restaurants and cafés, the famous Pet Porpoise Pool, Mutton Bird Island and Botanical Gardens. See whales in season, dolphins frolicking, sea turtles and an abundance of sea life and fauna.

...the

w you no p e rfe c t holid ay destionation is waiting for

Enjoy the two pools and BBQ area, free Austar, wireless broadband, direct lift access and secure undercover parking. 4 star rating AAA Tourism

22 Orlando Street, Coffs Harbour | FREECALL 1800 127 466 or 02 6651 7955

LUXURY APARTMENTS Email: sales@pacificmarina.com.au Web: www.pacificmarina.com.au

Opal Cove Resort 1800 008 198 • Nestled amongst 36 hectares of native bush land overlooking the magnificent ocean • Resort rooms with garden or ocean view and private balconies • Self contained 2 and 3 bedroom villas and 4 bedroom ocean view units • Largest Conference and Wedding facilities • Horizons Restaurant and Bar – open 7 days for breakfast, lunch and dinner • 9 hole Golf Course • 18 hole miniature Golf Course • 3 flood lit Tennis Courts • Massage and beauty retreat • Large swimming pool with slide and sauna • Fitness Room • Games Room • Happy Hour daily 5pm–6pm

…where you can do as much or as little as you like!

Phone 1800 008 198

Opal Boulevard, Coffs Harbour www.opalcove.com res@opalcove.com


and Play

WHETHER YOU'RE HERE FOR ROMANCE, A RELAXING GETAWAY, OR A FUN FILLED TIME WITH THE FAMILY, YOU'LL FIND A HUGE RANGE OF ACCOMMODATION

Staying on the Coffs Coast is all about enjoying your holiday, your way. There is an astounding array of accommodation choices from budget to boutique, retreats to resorts. Many holiday apartments are located in the Park Beach area, just across Coffs Creek from the Jetty precinct, while a string of luxurious beachside resorts are found to the north. Well-equipped cabins, caravan and camping facilities, many with direct beach access, are plentiful right along the coast. When you’re not kicking back on the beach there are a huge range of water-based experiences on offer including canoeing, kite surfing, cruises, whale watching and ocean sports fishing.

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THE COAST HAS A HOST OF SUBLIME SURFING SPOTS - SOUND OUT THE LOCALS TO FIND THE BEST SWELLS.


The ultimate in Quality • Magnificent ocean & mountain views • Stroll to safe beach, swimming, surfing or fishing • Spacious 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments, fully self contained, all with balconies • 20 metre heated pool, spa, sauna, barbecues & tennis court • Close to clubs, restaurants & major shopping complex • Undercover security parking available

Telephone (02) 6652 3460 121 Ocean Parade, Coffs Harbour www.pacifictowers.com.au e: reservations@pacifictowers.com.au

Web: www.tahitian.com.au Email: info@tahitian.com.au

THE ALL NEW STUNNING

Pasfields Restaurant @ PARADISE PALMS RESORT 675 Pacific Highway, Korora, Coffs Harbour

• A-La-Carte and Casual Dining • Pizza • Extensive Drinks and Cocktail List • Kids Menu • Happy Hour daily • See website for Lunch and Breakfast times • Dinner daily from 5pm • Full quality renovation • Stunning Views • Functions and Weddings

VARIOUS TYPES OF ACCOMMODATION INCLUDING SPA BURES www.paradisepalms.net.au for room layouts (some sea views) and the best rates always! P: (02) 6653 6291 www.pasfieldsrestaurant.com.au for menus and details P: (02) 6653 7710

Sun, Surf, Sand at beautiful Park Beach… Sunny, comfortable, self-contained apartments, across the road from the beach, close to the bowling club, shops and restaurants. We offer you a warm welcome for a friendly, relaxed, stress-free holiday. All apartments are air conditioned, with private balconies overlooking the sparkling pool and spa. Free wireless internet, Austar and direct dial phones.

27–29 OCEAN PARADE, COFFS HARBOUR | 6652 2399


More to

A GREAT FAMILY BEACH AT SAWTELL - BELOW: COFFS CREEK BOARDWALK

Find it all by foot or cycle. Commencing at the Botanic Gardens, follow the boardwalk along Coffs Creek, and continue down to the harbour and Coffs Jetty. There’s a marina full of whale watching, cruise and charter boats waiting for you to board. Coffs is surrounded by some of NSW’s best beaches. Start out at Sawtell to the city’s south and explore Diggers, Sapphire, Moonee and Emerald Beach to the north. Surfing, fishing, diving, canoeing and boating for those who like to get out on the water – or endless sands and quiet inlets for those who just like to walk, wade and let time drift away. Big festivals and events are an intrinsic part of the Coffs lifestyle. Each September, the Coffs International Buskers and Comedy Festival brings to town some of the best pavement performers from around Australia and the world. In July, the Short Sharp Film Festival rolls out the red carpet for cinematic treats from far and wide. Art lovers will enjoy the high quality exhibitions at Coffs Regional Gallery and the cartoon oriented collection stowed at the historic Bunker Gallery (an original World War II bunker on City Hill).

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BOTANIC GARDENS

DIGGERS BEACH

THE REGIONAL GALLERY


Luxury villas & townhouses on 4 acres of lush tropical gardens, surrounded by peaceful lagoons with ducks, lizards, turtles, abundant birdlife, 2 pools (1 with disabled access), playgrounds SPECIALISING IN LARGE ACCOMMODATION, IDEAL FOR FAMILY REUNIONS, SPORTING GROUPS, ETC. 10 Tropic Lodge Place KORORA BAY COFFS HARBOUR

02 6653 6129

www.tropicoasis.com.au

1–5 bedroom fully self contained free-standing villas, sleeps 2–16 guests. Air cond., spa, dishwasher, u/c parking and disabled access.

PET FRIENDLY

Affordable holiday accommodation

Coffs Harbour: A Holiday Mecca From the Big Banana to the Pet Porpoise Pool Coffs Harbour has so much to offer.

Great Location Sandcastles Holiday Apartments are located opposite main beac h, Park Beach bowling club, close to restaurants & shops 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments spacious, fully self-contained with own priva te balconies and air conditioning. 12m Heated Pool & hot spas, sauna, BBQ’s & U/C security parking Plus Austar, and free broadband (Conditions Apply)

Freecall 1800 025 163

63 Ocean Pde. Coffs Harbour · 02 6652 6599

www.sandcastlesapartments.com.au www. apartments.com.au

WYNDHAM VACATION RESORTS COFFS HARBOUR 1, 2 and 3 bedroom self-contained apartments with private balconies. The excellent facilities available include a heated pool and spa, gym and barbecue area, as well as access to a nine-hole golf course, two additional pools, tennis courts, games room, day spa and restaurant and bar all within the Pacific Bay Resort precinct. • Standard and Deluxe Rooms, Grand and Presidential Suites • Selected rooms overlook the golf course and/or the forest • Full kitchen or kitchenette • LCD TV, DVD/CD player • Washer and dryer

Book now!

6 Resort Drive Pacific Bay Resort Coffs Harbour NSW 2450 +61 2 6659 2988 coffsharbour.reception@wyn.com www.wyndhamap.com/hotels/coffsharbour-treetops


Creative Culture

THE RIVERSIDE TOWN OF BELLINGEN NESTLES IN THE HEART OF THE BELLINGER VALLEY BETWEEN THE COAST AND DORRIGO PLATEAU ON SCENIC WATERFALL WAY

Once a timber port and farming hub, Bellingen has been transformed into a vibrant cultural village quite unlike any other on the NSW coast. Bellingen today is abuzz with markets, cafés, galleries, festivals and events. It is the combination of Bellingen’s turn-of-the-century architectural heritage, rural charm, bohemian outlook and thriving creative culture that captures people’s hearts.

MORE FESTIVALS PER HEAD OF POPULATION THAN ANY OTHER PLACE IN THE WORLD

The town is brim full of restaurants and eateries. Speedy baristas serve up designer lattes and cafés double as bookstores, secondhand shops and galleries. On Church Street, there is a range of shaded outdoor eating options and Kombu Wholegoods sells organic produce to satisfy stomach and soul. Main street clothing boutiques include Vivid, featuring gorgeous garments and eclectic giftwares.

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Boutique S hopping Bellingen S tyle Giftware Licensed Cafe Wood Craft Furnishings Leather...

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the old butter

FACTORY

bellingen 1 Doepel Street · 6655 2150 theoldbutterfactory.com.au


It's Famous

THE BIG TURNING POINT CAME IN THE LATE ‘70S WHEN ‘ALTERNATIVE LIFESTYLERS’ BEGAN ARRIVING HERE. ARTISTS AND ARTISANS TOOK THEIR INSPIRATION FROM THE REGION AND BROUGHT THEIR OWN VISION TO IT. With over 250 stalls, the sprawling Bellingen Community Market is among Australia’s biggest. Held on the third Saturday of each month, stalls include locally produced foods, not-so-shabby chic clothing, arts, craft, plants, pre-loved treasures and new age oddities, all accompanied by live music. Haggle for a bargain or watch the passing parade. Live music of every description (both locally made and touring performers) is regularly on offer at the town’s many and varied venues.

welcomes you to the Mid North Coast’s best

location, location, location

9 Church Street · Bellingen

6655 2458

www.guysaddleton.com.au

Your affordable healthy living and organic grocery store

Make this a

HOLIDAY

for your BODY, too!

1300 741 192 Clothing | Shoes | Jewellery | Giftware

46-48 Hyde St – 6655 0353

Fill it with local organic veggies, cover it with non-toxic sunscreen, cool it with handmade icypoles...

1 Church St · Bellingen · NSW · 2454 www.kombuwholefoods.com.au

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NOT TO BE MISSED: A DIP IN THE CRYSTAL CLEAR WATERS OF THE PROMISED LAND

A river runs through it Bellingen is a fabulous place to lap up the good life – think private luxury guesthouses and spa retreats. If it’s time for a me-change, revive body and mind with a feel-good range of treatments from aromatherapy to therapeutic massage at Alchemy in Hyde St. Visit the Old Butter Factory for galleries spread around a garden courtyard presenting sculpture, glasswork, leatherwork, paintings, woodcraft, ceramics and more. When you’ve had your fill of fine art, linger for lunch at the café or enjoy a memorable river tour through serene green countryside with Bellingen Canoe Adventures. Afterward, feed your inner child with a guilt-free organic ice-cream at the award winning Gelato Bar. Bellingen is living proof that paradise doesn’t have to come at a price – pack a picnic and head down to the riverbanks by Lavenders Bridge or venture out into the aptly named Promised Land, with its spectacular mountain backdrops and sparkling streams.

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BELLINGEN’S

BEST PLACES TO STAY

Enjoy �our Stay!

A variety of award winning, beautifully appointed and delightful accommodation options. Choose the magic of the Promised Land, the stunning scenery of the Kalang Valley, the charm and serenity of the beautiful Bellinger River valley or perhaps the convenience and unique ambience of our Bellingen village.

0413 269 002 www.bellingenaccommodation.com.au

Bellingen Valley Lodge & Conference Centre

27 air-conditioned motel rooms set on acreage with extensive garden surrounds. Stunning views over Bellinger Valley to the Dorrigo mountains.

(02) 6655 1599

1381 Waterfall Way Bellingen

just 1km west of Bellingen

Fully licensed restaurant with winter log fires and alfresco dining featuring local grass-fed beef.

www.bellingenvalleylodge.com.au contact@bellingenvalleylodge.com.au

Comprehensive range of complimentary therapies

Massage | Acupuncture | Colon Hydrotherapy Naturopathy | Homeopathy | Osteopathy Over the counter herbal advice | Reiki Counselling | Psychic Guidance | Art Therapy Far-Infrared Sauna | Chlorine Free Spa

lily pily

country house

Sophisticated modern Australian country house just 5km outside Bellingen. The house and rooms on this 80 acre rainforest and riverways property overlook stunning scenery. all rooms have private decks with river views rooms with double spa baths with private outlooks fully air conditioned guest lounge with log fire champagne & afternoon tea on arrival goumet breakfast on balcony overlooking Kalang River country house free wifi award winning design that captures the magic of Bellingen LUXURY HHHH

lily pily

54 Sunny Corner Road, Bellingen Ph. 02 6655 0522 reservations@lilypily.com.au

BED & BREAKFAST

Bellingen • NSW

www.lilypily.com.au

NORTH FARM EVENTS • ACCOMMODATION • FOOD

+612 6655 1948 • northfarm.com.au 165 Hydes Creek Road, Bellingen

Ph.6655 0429

1/105-109 Hyde St, Bellingen Open 6 days, Monday to Saturday

…welcoming and magical, North Farm is a lovely place to be, just minutes from Bellingen. Enjoy comfortable, wheelchair-accessible, pet-friendly accommodation (2 night minimum), relax in the saltwater pool, meet the adorable goats, learn about cheese and nourish your soul with delicious, biodynamic food.


and the plateau

High above the Bellinger Valley is some of the best mountain scenery in NSW – and one of its classic country towns. Broad streets and heritage-listed buildings give Dorrigo a delightful retro flavour. You can’t miss the striking 1920’s facade of the Hotel Motel Dorrigo at the main intersection - slip inside and enjoy a beer for old times sake. A wander through town reveals a charming cluster of shops that include a bookstore cum café and a sprawling corner collectables store. Thirty-three on Hickory devises delicious organic pizzas in a relaxed setting. Just down the road at Dorrigo National Park are the wonders of the Gondwana Rainforests – walk the trails, visit the Rainforest Centre and savour the culinary delights of the Canopy Café.

Thirty Three on hickory.

pizzeria • restaurant • eat-in • takeaway open for dinner wed to sun 5pm–9pm, sunday lunch 12–2pm

33 hickory street, dorrigo • 02 6656 1882 www.thirtythreeonhickory.com.au

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In the hillsides Arts and crafts feature prominently in local lifestyle. The annual Folk and Bluegrass Festival (October) is renowned for pulling in pluckers, strummers, bush poets and blow-ins from all over.

ROLLING GREEN, LUSH AND LEAFY, WITH RIVERS IN BETWEEN.

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55 Hickory Street · Dorrigo

canopycafe

6657 2521

www.guysaddleton.com.au

Fine cuisine above nature’s best

02 6657 1541

www.canopycafedorrigo.com Open 7 days from 9am–4.30pm

AT THE DORRIGO RAINFOREST CENTRE, DOME RD, DORRIGO

Lunch 11:30 to 2:00

Dinner 5:30 to 8:00

Heritage Accommodation Verandah & Spa Suites Park at the door Motel Suites

Guest Lounges

Pool Tables TAB

Heritage Hotel Motel Dorrigo Phone: (02) 6657 2016 www.hotelmoteldorrigo.com.au


Perfectly Proportioned

Just south of Coffs Harbour, this cosmopolitan beachside village set between two headlands is a favourite destination for visitors and locals alike. Sawtell’s leafy main avenue with its enticing array of boutiques, cafés and restaurants is just a moment’s stroll from the popular two kilometre long ocean beach. Split Café & Espresso Bar is especially popular with the local cycling crowd while Café TREEO offers a tasty all-day breakfast. Set directly above the sands, the café at Sawtell’s surf lifesaving club provides al fresco eating with views to dine for. With the calm waters of Boambee Creek to the north and Bonville Creek to the south, Sawtell abounds with opportunities to swim, fish, canoe or kayak. C-Change Adventures offers kayak hire from Boambee Creek reserve and also runs a range of exciting tours. Boambee and Bonville (Sawtell) Headlands are ideal for spotting migratory whales as they cruise by on their marathon trek (May to November) and are easily accessible by foot and vehicle. At the southern end of Sawtell Beach is Sailors Bay, an area sheltered by a small island that can be reached at low tide. There is also a boat-launching ramp and tidal rock pools. On the south side of the

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headland is Sawtell Memorial Rock Pool, providing the perfect protected location to cool off with a view. Immerse yourself in nature with a walk or mountain bike ride along the well marked trails of Bongil Bongil National Park, an easy walk from Sawtell’s main street and adjacent to the ideally situated Sawtell Beach Holiday Park. The Park offers direct beach track access and the neighbouring aquatic centre, bowling, golf and tennis clubs make it a great holiday base for rest and recreation. The surrounding bushland is also home to a large range of native creatures.


NOT TO BE MISSED: FISH AND CHIPS AT SOUTHSIDE ON SUNSET

Sawtell Beach Holiday Park

THE GREAT TIDAL POOL

Rainbow Cycles

02 6651 5943 | 4b/4 Moonee St, Coffs Harbour www.rainbowcycles.com.au

Split Espresso

02 6658 3026 | Shop 3/4 First Ave, Sawtell www.splitcafe.com.au

Come in & peruse the Ride Menu, a guide that tells cyclist when and where that day’s ride takes place whilst enjoying all press coffee, tea tonic teas, Whisk and Pin cookies and Split’s delicious homemade cakes. Open 7am–5pm daily.

• Ocean View Villas • Games & TV Room • Children’s Playground • Camp Kitchen & Free BBQ’s • Powered, Unpowered & Ensuite Sites

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Book your holiday on… www.coffsholidays.com.au Reservations: 1800 200 555


Urunga, Mylestom and Repton

GET OUT WHILE THE SUN IS YOUNG FOR A STROLL ALONG THE BOARDWALK

This is classic beach vacation territory – without the crowds. The name Urunga derives from ‘Urungoo’ – a local Gumbaynggirr word meaning ‘a long spit of sand’ (perfect for long summer days!) Just off the Pacific Highway, the relaxed villages of Urunga, Mylestom and Repton bring ocean and freshwater recreation within walking distance. This is where the rivers meet the sea - locals will happily let you in on the secrets of the best places to fish, surf, watch the sun set or dolphins and whales cruise by. Urunga opens out onto a tidal inlet complete with sandy shores and a magnificent kilometre-long wetlands boardwalk. Beyond is a staggering sweep of surf as Hungry Head beach reaches south (patrolled in holiday season).

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GRAB A MEAL AT THE POPULAR NORTH BEACH BOWLING CLUB ON THE BANKS OF THE BELLINGER RIVER AT MYLESTOM

Seaside Treats Spoil yourself with a night or two at The Kabana luxury B&B in Urunga Stock up on local seafood and have a swim in the Mylestom river pool Meet local artist Judy Bailey at her studio gallery in nearby Raleigh

JUDY BAILEY

STUDIO GALLERY

Original Watercolour & Mixed Media Paintings

JUDY BAILEY

STUDIO GALLERY

Original Watercolour & Mixed Media Paintings

Facilities include – Award winning Chan’s Chinese Restaurant Surfside Pizzeria TAB, KENO, Austar & ATM

429 River Rd, Mylestom 2454 Phone: 02 6655 4691 Email: judy.bailey@bigpond.com 60 Old Pacific Highway Raleigh NSW 2454

Phone: 02 6655 4691 Email: judy.bailey@bigpond.com

02 6655 4293

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Wonderful

"BUSTER", A SHIP WRECKED IN 1893 PUTS IN A RARE APPEARANCE AT WOOLGOOLGA

Woolgoolga’s nostalgic holiday atmosphere inspires sauntering in the shallows at sunset, endless games of beach cricket and big barbecues with family and friends. This is truly a leisure destination – what it lacks in theme parks and expensive resorts, Woolgoolga makes up for in a wealth of nature-based activities that won’t hurt your pocket. Swimming, surfing, kayaking, mountain biking, horse riding and bushwalking are perennial favourites in a place that is naturally blessed.

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In Woopi Life There is more to Woopi (as the locals call it) than meets the eye. It also offers a fascinating fusion of cultures that becomes apparent from the moment you spy the white domes of the Sikh temple at the highway turnoff. For many years, Punjabi community members have brought the spice of Indian life to this Aussie beach town, flavouring local restaurants and culminating in the irresistible and hugely popular Curryfest each March. More intrigue lies beyond. A flightless helicopter near the RSL on Turon Parade marks the entrance to the Woolgoolga Art Gallery, showcasing the works of regional artists.

WAITING FOR THE WHALES

Walk up to the impressive headland, where sweeping views across ocean and coast provide one of the premier whale watching spots in NSW. Mid year is renowned as peak hour for migratory traffic, but keep your camera (or binoculars) handy as there’s a good chance of sighting whales breaching and blowing any time between May and November.

Woolgoolga Arts & Crafts Gallery Varied

and unique display of arts and crafts from local artists showcasing the vast talent in the region. On display pieces include paintings and watercolours, wooden sculptures, pottery, jewellery and fibre craft.

Like many places that lie unmarked on the average tourist map, Woopi offers a laid-back holiday experience laced with hidden pleasures.

gourmet food business specialising in all things berry!

Turon Parade 6654 1054 • Woolgoolga

www.blueberrylicious.com.au P: 02 6654 7359, M: 0437 047 029 Our blueberry products include jam, raspberry & vanilla jam, decadent dessert drizzling sauce, blueberry pancake mix, blueberry relish, blueberry vinaigrette, blueberry bourbon BBQ sauce and blueberry basil marinade

HHHH (AAA Tourism ‑ Australian Standard) 3 ARTHUR STREET, WOOLGOOLGA P: (02) 6654 1335 M: 0419 248 081

www.solitaryislandslodge.com.au


The Amazing

Park Beach Holiday Park Camping on the Coffs Coast is a fantastic way to connect with family and friends. Relax in a rainforest, pitch a tent by a river or settle into an oceanside site and let the waves soothe you to sleep. Whichever way you choose to get away, there are options to suit every budget. Many of the national parks, among Australia’s most beautiful, also offer campsites. All you have to do is let nature provide the fun and take home the memories. If you like camping but appreciate creature comforts, there are plenty of well-equipped facilities to choose from. North Coast Holiday Parks are located in some of nature’s most inspiring coastal and riverside locations with an abundance of water-based activities to enjoy. All of their parks offer good-sized sites, well maintained facilities and safe, secure environments. Park Beach Holiday Park is located beside one of Coffs Harbour’s most popular beaches. It offers family fun resort activities including a swimming pool complete with water slides, fountains and water guns. For more information on caravan and camping facilities drop into any Visitor Centre or call 1300 369 070.

Spacious Modern Villas • Spacious • Resort Resort Pool & Jumping Pillow • Games Room & Children’s Playground • Powered Slab, Ensuite & Drive Thru Sites

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Book your holiday on… www.coffsholidays.com.au Reservations: 1800 200 555


BRISBANE 104KM Tweed Heads

BRUNSWICK HEADS BRYON BAY LENNOX HEAD BALLINA EVANS HEAD

Grafton RED ROCK CORINDI MOONEE COFFS HARBOUR MYLESTOM URUNGA HUNGRY HEAD NAMBUCCA HEADS SCOTTS HEAD

Port Macquarie BONNY HILLS NORTH HAVEN Taree TUNCURRY FORSTER SEAL ROCKS HAWKS NEST Newcastle

SYDNEY 160KM


You don’t need a good reason

ALL OF THESE UNFORGETTABLE JOURNEYS START FROM THE VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE IN ELIZABETH STREET, COFFS HARBOUR. From ocean to mountains, rivers to rainforest, it’s amazing what you can experience in a single day around the Coffs Coast and its beautiful hinterland.

Bellingen – A Town for All Tastes Drive south on the Pacific Highway, take the Waterfall Way exit and head to Bellingen. Build up an appetite canoeing on the Bellinger River, satisfy it at one of the many cosmopolitan cafés and wile away the afternoon devouring the hippy meets high class delights of the local shops and galleries.

and flora on one of the ample walking trails. A timber suspension bridge at Crystal Falls leads to a track directly behind the tumbling waters. More watery wonders await at Dorrigo - turn right up the main street and just a little way beyond town you will find the impressive Dangar Falls and a trail winding down to the river below.

Just on the edge of town, a bevy of boutiques clustered around a charming rustic courtyard at the Old Butter Factory showcase the work of the region’s artists and artisans. On the way back, detour to Raleigh Winery (off Old Pacific Highway) to sample locally grown pleasures of the vine.

Dorrigo – Waterfalls and Wilderness Head west through Bellingen and follow the iconic Waterfall Way up the rainforest-clad escarpment, with its roadside cascades and exhilarating views back across the valley. Before you reach the plateau town of Dorrigo, turn right to Dorrigo National Park and Rainforest Centre. Discover the global significance of the World Heritage listed Gondwana rainforest, walk out across the treetops on the spectacular Skywalk and see unique birds, fauna

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DANGAR FALLS, DORRIGO

Woolgoolga – Wonders of Woopi Beyond Coffs Harbour, the inviting ocean villages and sands of Sapphire, Emerald, Moonee and Sandy Beach lead north to Woolgoolga (known as Woopi to the locals). Near Moonee Beach, take a stroll along Serenity Bay and over Look At Me Now headland to see kangaroos in their natural habitat. You can’t miss the turnoff to Woopi, at which stands one of the coast’s most striking landmarks - the towering


white façade and minarets of the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple. The town is renowned for its Punjabi culture and you can get a taste at the delectable annual Curryfest. Continue through town to the headland, a favourite whale watching spot between May and November. A little further north is spectacular Arrawarra headland, with its rockpools, beaches and views over Solitary Islands Marine Park. Head inland from Woolgoolga to visit the subtropical rainforest and sandstone ranges of Sherwood Nature Reserve (pack a picnic).

Bonville – Butterflies and Bunkers Venture south on the Pacific Highway and take the Tourist Drive 18 exit to Bonville. Stop in to witness the wonders of metamorphosis and savour a Devonshire Tea at the Butterfly House on Strouds Rd. Even if you aren’t a golfer, Bonville Golf Resort’s acclaimed course (voted the Australian mainland’s most beautiful for 12 successive years) is a fabulous place to pause for coffee or dine at the ‘chefs hatted’ Flooded Gums restaurant. Back on the highway, turn left at Lindsays Rd and travel to Wood We Create Gallery where resident artist David Barden creates nature-inspired pieces from local and Australian timbers.

Sawtell – Sun, Surf and Style Travel south down the Pacific Highway, take the Lyons Road off-ramp and follow the road until you come upon the stylish seaside village of Sawtell. Follow the signs up to Sawtell Headland, a panoramic lookout from where you can scan the waves for whales and dolphins. Cool off with a swim with a view in the adjacent Sawtell Memorial Rock Pool or sink into the expansive sands of Sawtell Beach. The town’s leafy main strip boasts a browse-worthy collection of specialty shops and boutiques. Afterward settle in for lunch at one of the award-winning restaurants and cafés under the shade of giant fig trees.

Repton/Mylestom – River and Rainforest R ‘n R Continuing south, take the Pacific Highway to the Repton/Mylestom exit. Drive through Repton toward the beach and follow the dirt road through Bongil Bongil National Park, stopping off for a soul-reviving stroll on the one kilometre littoral rainforest walk (1km). Get the sand between your toes by walking behind the dunes to the point and back along the beach. Just south of Repton is the popular fishing, water-skiing and holiday hamlet of Mylestom. Take a dip in the safety netted pool on the Bellinger River or hit the surf – they’re only a few hundred metres apart on this narrow sandy peninsular. There’s also a well-stocked local store for refreshments and plenty of shaded grass for a picnic with glorious river views.

Urunga – Rivers Meet the Sea A few kilometres further south along the Pacific Highway is the vilage of Urunga with its calm river lido and fascinating wetlands boardwalk. As you head across the bridge over the Kalang River, Anchors Wharf Café rests on the south bank below. Stop in at the Visitor Information Centre on your right and follow the road around to discover the town nestled along the inlet where river and ocean converge. Stretching nearly a kilometre from riverbank to surf beach, the wetlands boardwalk offers plenty of surprises from bustling crowds of blue-shelled crabs to myriad species of wetland birds.

SAWTELL

At Thrifty Coffs Harbour we have a great range of vehicles and can get you on the road in no time. For all your vehicle rental requirements, call us!

6652 8622

Cnr Pacific Hwy & Marcia St, Coffs Harbour www.thrifty.com.au


Guide

Aquajet Motel Coffs Harbour: 49 Park Beach Rd Friendly service and great facilities at affordable prices. Quiet, off-highway position, short stroll to major shopping centre, clubs, restaurants, pubs and the beach.

Coffs Harbour

www.motelaquajet.com

Coffs Beach Houses

Self Contained

ph. 02 6652 6588

Smugglers on the Beach

Self Contained

Korora Bay: 36 Sandy Beach Road

Korora Bay: 36 Sandy Beach Road

Specialising in holiday letting of superb quality houses, townhouses and apartments in the Coffs Harbour area. All in close proximity to beautiful beaches and wonderful attractions.

Absolute beachfront resort accommodation, just 5 minutes north of Coffs Harbour’s city centre. Nestled amongst tropical gardens, with 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments custom furnished.

 Fully self contained  All linen and bedding provided  Properties both large and small available  Close to beaches  Some are pet friendly

www.coffsbeachhouses.com.au

ph. 02 6653 7144

 Fully self contained  All linen and bedding provided  LCD TV, DVD players, air cond.  Free wireless internet  Verandah/patio overlooking the pool, flood-lit gardens

www.smugglers.com.au

ph. 02 6653 6166

Big Windmill Motor Lodge

Dolphin Sands Holiday Villas

Coffs Harbour: 168 Pacific Highway

Coffs Harbour: 16 Prince Street

41 rooms set on 4 acres in a bushland setting with landscaped gardens. Large well appointed rooms – all rooms are ground floor, with parking outside your door.

A flat stroll to the bowling club, pub, restaurants, shopping centre and great fishing spots. The perfect place from which to explore the many attractions Coffs Harbour has to offer.

www.bigwindmill.com.au

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 Many rooms with pool and garden outlook and private patio area  Free WiFi and Foxtel TV  Undercover BBQ area  Reverse cycle air conditioning

 Wireless broadband & Foxtel  3 pet-friendly rooms available  15m pool, heated spa  BBQ facilities  Within 2 minutes of the Coffs Harbour City Centre ph. 1800 062 116

www.dolphinsandscabins.com

Self Contained  Relax around the inground pool and spa  100m from Coffs main beach  Fully self contained  Free pay TV  BBQ area ph. 02 6652 9550 CONTINUED...


Royal Palms

The Pier Hotel

Coffs Harbour: 87 Park Beach Road

Coffs Harbour: 356 Harbour Drive

Quality Motor Inn situated in tranquil surrounds close to Coffs Harbour’s beautiful Park Beach. Well appointed 1 and 2 bedroom units. Guest laundry, barbecue and great pool area.

Our brand new, premium boutique pub accommodation is now open for business. 1 bedroom flat equipped with kitchen/bathroom, single and twin share rooms for nightly or weekly bookings.

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Tea/coffee, bar fridge, toaster Cable TV Direct dial phones Reverse cycle air conditioning Off-street parking Disabled unit available

www.royalpalms.com.au

ph. 02 6652 4422

 Quality bedding  New vanities  LED TVs  Free wifi access  Ensuite and non-ensuite rooms

www.pierhotelcoffs.com.au

ph. 02 6652 2110

Bellingen, Urunga, Dorrigo Malibells Country Cottages

Self Rated

Self Contained

Brierfield: 1600 Bowraville Rd

Bellingen: 54 Sunny Corner Road

3 cottages set on a picturesque rural property 16km from the heart of Bellingen. A great place to stay, ideal for group bookings.

Sophisticated modern Australian country house, just 5km outside Bellingen. The house and rooms on this 80 acre rainforest and riverways property overlook stunning scenery.

02 6655 1109 info@malibells.com.au www.malibells.com.au

CasaBelle is a charming, relaxing and utterly romatic Tuscan-style award winning B&B. Stunning views and gardens, spa baths, log fires, massages. Set on 13 tranquil acres.

www.casabelle.com

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 All rooms have private decks with river views  Fully air conditioned  Guest lounge with log fire  Free wifi  Gourmet breakfast on balcony

www.lilypily.com.au reservations@lilypily.com.au

CasaBelle Country Guesthouse Bellingen: Gleniffer Road

Lily Pily Country House

ph. 02 6655 0522

Afterglow Cottages B&B

 Air conditioned guest suites  Sumptuous gourmet breakfasts  Complimentary port and chocolates and afternoon tea and cake ph. 02 6655 9311

Self-Contained

Bellingen: 259 Kalang Road Romance and luxury in a picturesque natural landscape. Enjoy the sunset from your private deck, indulge in a relaxing spa or sit back and watch the native birds and wallabies.

 2 spacious self contained cottages with full kitchens  Air conditioning  Queen size bed  Large deck with BBQ and spa  Undercover parking

www.afterglow cottages.com.au

ph. 02 6655 2215


Bellingen Riverside Cottages

Self Contained

Diggers Tavern & Motel

Bellingen: 224 North Bank Road

Bellingen: 30 Hyde Street

Enjoy the tranquility of this retreat overlooking the river, only 2km from Bellingen. 3 beautifully appointed, very private cottages.

Affordable accommodation (with private ensuite), one disabled access, reverse cycle air conditioning, tea/coffee facilities, tv.

0413 317 635 info@bellingenriversidecottages.com.au www.bellingenriversidecottages.com.au

02 6655 0007 info@diggerstavern.com.au www.diggerstavern.com.au

Verandah and spa suites, park at the door motel suites. Family bistro open 7 days, guest lounges, pool tables, TAB.

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FARMSTAY

02 6657 2016 contact@hotelmoteldorrigo.com.au www.hotelmoteldorrigo.com.au

The Kabana Luxury Accommodation

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Dorrigo: Cnr Hickory & Cudgery St

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Bellingen Farmstay

Heritage Hotel Motel Dorrigo

Self Rated

Self Contained

Urunga: 30 Shortcut Road Private luxury villa on 2 acres with stunning views, B&B and self contained, resort-style pool and spa, lush gardens. 02 6655 6582, 0402 863 226 info@thekabana.com.au www.thekabana.com.au

Self Contained

Bellingen: 417 Martells Road Organic farm on the Kalang River. Three self contained cabins. Feed animals, boat, fish, swim and explore. Perfect for getaways. 02 6655 2786 contact@bellingenfarmstay.com.au www.bellingenfarmstay.com.au

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BY CAR

Pacific Highway upgrades have brought the Coffs Coast closer than ever. It is now a comfortable 5½ hour drive from Sydney and less than 4 hours from Newcastle. It is just 4½ hours from Brisbane, less than 2½ hours from Armidale and 3½ hours from Tamworth.

BY RAIL

Enjoy a leisurely journey to the Coffs Coast by rail. NSW TrainLink operates daily train and coach services from Sydney and Brisbane connecting with over 360 destinations in regional NSW and beyond. There is a choice of economy or first class seats with sleeping berths available on overnight services and a buffet car offering a range of hot and cold food and beverages.

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BY AIR

A 45 minute flight from Sydney delivers you direct to Coffs Coast’s ocean shores. Step off the plane and within minutes you can be making footprints in the sand. Virgin Australia, Qantaslink and Tigerair operate 62 flights per week between Coffs Harbour and Sydney with convenient connections to all major capital cities. Virgin Australia also operates a direct flight from Melbourne every Saturday and Brindabella Airlines provides daily flights between Coffs Harbour and Brisbane.

Go by train. Relax on our air-conditioned, scenic economy or first-class service. Direct from Sydney to Coffs, and complete with an onboard café. So many places to visit, people to connect with and things to see by train all over NSW.


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Coffs Coast Explorer - Visitor Guide 2014  

Let warm sub tropical waters revitalise you; fresh mountain air invigorate you; fun-filled adventures engage you, cool festivals connect you...

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Let warm sub tropical waters revitalise you; fresh mountain air invigorate you; fun-filled adventures engage you, cool festivals connect you...

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