Coffs Coast & Clarence Coast

Coffs Coast & Clarence Coast

Pocket of Paradise



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Major Destinations

A picturesque coastal village, surrounded by glorious bush land, golden beaches and a serene environment, lies Arrawarra. The islands, ocean, headlands and estuaries in this area are within Solitary Islands Marine Park where warm ocean currents from the north meet with colder southern currents and there is an amazing diversity of marine life, including soft corals.

Corindi Beach is a beach and small seaside town located 33 kilometres north of Coffs Harbour.

Things to See & Do

  • Arrawarra Headland Reserve
  • Solitary Islands Marine Park
  • Mullawarra Beach
  • Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre
  • Surfing, Swimming & Snorkeling
  • Local Parks & Walks

The perfect place to relax and unwind, Brooms Head offers stunning beaches and a perfect viewing platform at Brooms Head Lookout to spot migrating whales and pods of dolphins. Ideal for the avid fisherman and perfect for keen bird watchers the area is filled with things to do and see while the relaxed lifestyle slows the pace for a calm holiday getaway.

Things to See & Do

  • Yuraygir National Park
  • Brooms Head Lookout
  • Fishing, Swimming & Surfing

Coffs Harbour is full of things to do and to entertain the active traveller. Try some surfing and swimming, fishing from the jetty, or go-karting.

Sealy Lookout, only 12 minutes drive from the city centre, offers truly mesmerising sights with tall flooded gums, tree ferns and dense foliage framing the views of a country town.

At the Jetty, stroll the marina boardwalk past sleek yachts and weathered fishing boats and between June and November you can board a whale-watching cruise from the marina to see mighty Humpback whales or enjoy wild dolphins which regularly accompany the cruise boats all year round.

Things to See & Do

  • Pet Porpoise Pool
  • Big Banana
  • Sealy Lookout
  • Butterfly House Maze and Tearooms
  • International Buskers and Comedy Festival (Sept)

Emerald Beach, a small seaside village located 17kms north of Coffs Harbour, offers visitors a beautiful coastal landscape and a temperate climate.

It is a great spot for families, with terrific swimming, surfing and nature walks. Migrating humpback whales can often be seen offshore from June to November.

Things to See & Do

  • Moonee Beach Nature Reserve
  • ‘Look At Me Now’ Headland
  • South Solitary Island and Lighthouse

One of Australia’s most beautiful cities, Grafton is renowned for its Jacaranda trees, graceful old buildings, sporting and cultural facilities and its location on the banks of the Clarence River. One of Australia’s most majestic waterways, the Clarence River is a dominant feature in Grafton’s landscaped lifestyle.

Things to See & Do

  • Grafton Regional Gallery
  • The Clarence River
  • Bridge to Bridge Ski Classic
  • Grafton July Racing Carnival

Iluka, Woombah & Yamba are the perfect holiday destinations with spectacular beaches on which to enjoy a swim or bathe in the warm sunshine. Fabulous seafood is a specialty of the area, with Yamba being the home port to one of the largest commercial fishing fleets in the state.

Fishing enthusiasts head to Yamba for its great fishing opportunities. Cast a line at the beach, hire a boat, or take the easy way out and let the local chefs do the hard work for you. Choose from a variety of award winning restaurants for a spot of lunch or soak up the ambience at a gourmet cafe to take in the atmosphere of the area. With the ideal climate,

Iluka is a peaceful and scenic town with superb fishing and beaches. The Iluka Nature Reserve contains the largest remnant of littoral rainforest (where trees obtain water via filtration through coastal sand) in NSW, and supports a rich vegetation and abundant bird and animal life.

As you come off the Pacific Highway you will pass through the lovely bushland village of Woombah. This peaceful hamlet is located at the southern end of the Bundjalung National Park and is home to a large koala colony. There is a pottery gallery to visit, a coffee plantation (one of Australia’s southernmost) and the old school house all open by appointment to visitors. The fishing in this area is also good with blackfish, whiting, bream and flathead often caught from the shore and rocks.

Things to See & Do

  • Iluka Bluff
  • Iluka Nature Reserve
  • Bundjalung National Park
  • Pippi Beach Yamba
  • Woombah Pottery Gallery
  • Woombah Coffee Plantation
  • Yamba-Angourie Surf School

Known as The Scottish Town in Australia, you instantly recognise the Scottish influence when visiting Maclean, with many street signs carrying a Gaelic translation and more than 100 telegraph poles that have been painted in the tartans of local Scottish clans. Maclean is also well known for its river fishing and its easy access to coastal national parks and holiday resorts.

Tyndale lies to the south of Maclean and is the most southerly location of the sugar cane industry in Australia. Visitors are able to see the growing and production of sugar cane in the area as well as visit national parks or nearby beaches in Yamba, Iluka and Brooms Head.

Things to See & Do

  • The Clarence River
  • Witzig Gallery
  • Herb Stanford Memorial Park

Wooli is a beach town on the coast near the mouth of the Wooli River.

Surrounded by Yuraygir National Park, Minnie Water is a small coastal village that offers visitors a tranquil getaway. Enjoy beaches, fishing, boating, swimming, picturesque walks and over 120 species of wildflowers.

Things to See & Do

  • Yuraygir National Park
  • Angophora Grove Walk
  • Rocky Point Walk
  • Solitary Islands Marine Park
  • Wooli Deep Sea Tour

Moonee Beach is very popular with fishing enthusiasts and visitors with small children. Moonee Beach Nature Reserve offers shallow water and shady trees, making it perfect for the little ones.

Moonee also offers magnificent scenic views and a glorious coastline and is a great place for picnicking, hiking, canoeing, bird watching and seasonal whale watching.

Things to See & Do

  • Moonee Beach Nature Reserve
  • Bare Bluff
  • ‘Look At Me Now’ Headland
  • Bush Paths

The areas of Mylestom and Repton offer all the family fun of glorious beaches and ideal picnic spots to stop and stay a while. Or enjoy a day trip on one of the areas many scenic drives.

Things to See & Do

  • Bellinger River
  • North Beach Mylestom
  • Water sports

A quite fishing village, Red Rock is nestled in the unspoiled surrounds of the Yuraygir National Park at the mouth of the Corindi River. Fishing enthusiasts enjoy a trip to Red Rock and surfing and snorkeling are also popular pastimes.

The beaches, lagoons and headlands are worth exploring and there are a number of bush walks available to keep the active camper entertained.

Things to See & Do

  • Yuraygir National Park
  • Angourie Coastal Walk
  • Fishing, Surfing & Snorkeling
  • Lynch Cottage

Urunga has a unique seaside village character with plenty to do for all the family and numerous eateries to tempt your palate. Urunga is the gateway to a tidal lagoon and a sweep of beautiful beaches to the north and south with a friendly seaside village atmosphere.

Urunga’s beaches are accessible via a 800 metre boardwalk across Urunga Lagoon with the subtropical climate warming the shallow waters of the lagoon to create a tranquil swimming pool for year round enjoyment.

Things to See & Do

  • Bellinger and Kalang rivers
  • Urunga Lagoon
  • World Heritage Dorrigo National Park
  • Toast Urunga (September)

The stunning white domes of a Sikh Temple will welcome you to Woolgoolga, just 25 kilometres north of Coffs Harbour. The Indian architecture and cuisine offered by the sizeable Sikh community adds interest to this small seaside town which forms one of Australia’s unique multicultural communities.

With approval, visitors may enter the temple to experience this special and sacred place. Boasting some of the best coastal views in NSW the Woolgoolga Headland will reveal spectacular sights of beaches and headlands stretching north and south to the horizon.

Things to See & Do

  • Wedding Bells State Forest
  • Woolgoolga Creek
  • Yuraygir National Park
  • Woolgoolga Curryfest (April)

Popular Things To See & Do

  • Angourie Blue Pool
  • Big Banana
  • Bundjalung National Park
  • Butterfly House Maze and Tearooms
  • Dolphin Marine Magic
  • Dorrigo Rainforest Centre & Skywalk
  • Grafton Regional Gallery The Clarence River
  • Iluka Bluff
  • Iluka Nature Reserve
  • Legends Surf Museum
  • Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve
  • Sealy Lookout
  • Yuraygir National Park

Touring Routes

This route takes in the beaches and seaside towns and villages of Sawtell, Mylestom, Urunga, Valla Beach, Nambucca Heads and Scotts Head, and the Bongil Bongil and Hungry Head nature reserves.

This route provides a long stretch of rivers, villages and coastal views including:

  • Historic Buildings, galleries and antique shops of Ulmarra
  • Squatters Rest Private Museum, Tucabia
  • Yuraygir Coastal Walk, Yuraygir National Park
  • Diggers Camp Headland

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