Coffs Harbour is a straight out of California type town. Fully reliant on the motor car and has rapidly grown since WW2. Everything is ‘new’ and with the exception of the Pier Hotel and the coastal PO, no heritage exists.

The Coffs Harbour region though is a nice location and there is plenty to visit in the area.

Coffs Harbour owes its name to John Korff, who named the area Korff's Harbour when he was forced to take shelter from storm in the area in 1847. Its name was accidentally changed by the surveyor for the crown when he reserved land in the area during 1861.

By the early 1900s, the Coffs Harbour area had become an important timber production centre. Before the opening of the North Coast Railway Line, the only way to transport large items of heavy but low value, such as timber, was by coastal shipping. This meant saw millers on the North Coast were dependent on jetties either in rivers or off beaches for exporting their timber.

According to the CSIRO, Coffs Harbour has the most liveable climate in Australia, and it is nestled between a high mountain backdrop and dozens of "unspoiled" beaches. Coffs Harbour's economy is based mainly on farming (of bananas), tourism, and manufacturing.

The Coffs Harbour War Memorial is near the 'cannot be missed' RSL.

The three Hotels in Coffs are mid 30’s and early fifties.

The Catholic Church is a mid-fifties build and is a quite impressive church. The other congregational churches are in modern buildings. The old United at least still stands.

There is unfortunately evidence of ugly at work though.

The Big Banana and The Jetty are still Coffs Harbour number one attractions, but  the banana is unsigned within the town.

Allow up to a week when visiting the region.

Heritage diary

Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course