The local's Coffs Harbour
Coffs Harbour may be known for big waves and the Big Banana, but beyond the popular tourist attractions there's stacks of things to see and do on the Coffs Coast of NSW. From beachside brunch spots to late-night cocktail lounges.
Our local legend, Katie Pitsis, knows where to find all of Coffs Coasts' best kept secrets. Go like a local and see them all with us today.
Sit down for breakfast at Salute Espresso
Before you dash off for the day, make the most of your morning with a relaxed coffee and a bite to eat at Salute Espresso in Coffs Harbour. Grab a seat at the sunny front bar and warm up with a bacon and egg roll or, if you're on a health kick, choose your favourite fillings and build your own smoothie bowl.
Save room for lunch at The Surf Club
From town, head towards the coast for a seafood lunch by the water at the Surf Club Restaurant and Bar. Pick up a bottle of bubbles from the bar before heading out to the ocean view balcony, where you can kick back with a seafood box of local king prawns and oysters as you watch the rolling waves.
Try one of Coffs' best burgers
Tucked away in one of Coffs Harbours colourful laneways, Carney & Earl's is a local takeaway joint with a gourmet twist. Using the French cooking method of sous vide, the team are able to seal the juices inside of each grass fed angus beef patty before they hit the grill – bringing out the best burger flavour in every bite.
Sip wine at the Spare Room
After a round in town, see another side of the local bar scene at the Spare Room in Sawtell. From French Rosé to Spanish Tempranillo, their wine list features a range of drops from around the globe, while their kitchen serves up dishes showcasing the very best local produce.
Grab a drink
Surrounded by the palm trees of Park Beach, The Hoey Moey's laid back atmosphere makes it a top spot for late afternoon drinks. And with regular live entertainment scheduled throughout the week, you can always stick around for a big night if the mood strikes.
Or, wind down with a nightcap at Element Bar. With an ever-growing spirits menu and a rotating tap list, Element Bar has quickly become the place to go for craft beer and cocktails on the Coffs Harbour Jetty strip. But if you're more interested in dinner than daiquiris, the bistro has pizzas and share plates available till' late.
Start your day at Woolgoolga Beach
Whether you're planning to see the sunrise from the sand or take a hike along the headland, Woolgoolga Beach is the perfect place to spend a morning on the Coffs Coast. After daybreak, stick around for swim in the surf or, if you're keen to continue your adventure, take the short walk over to Woolgoolga Lake and cast a line in one of the many local fishing spots.
See the sights at Sealy Lookout
For unbeatable coastal views, journey through the banana plantations and avocado groves to Sealy Lookout. From the Forest Sky Pier, grab a coffee at the Nyanggan Gapi Café before you head out for a nature walk or simply take in the sights from one of the nearby picnic tables.
Explore the coastline at Digger's Beach
Once you've seen the lay of the land from Sealy Lookout, head down to Digger's Beach for a closer look at the coast. Snap a photo of the Solitary Islands before following the oceanside trail to Charlesworth bay, where you can cool off after your journey.