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.
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.