Coffs Harbour is located halfway between Sydney and Brisbane. Blessed with Australia's most livable climate, it's one of the original beach destinations. The beaches, starting from the south are Boambee Beach, Jetty Beach (close to the marina) and Park Beach, the main beach on Ocean Parade. Should you tire of making sand castles, there are plenty of activities including scuba diving, surf rafting, fishing, whale watching or bush walking.
There is a boardwalk close to the jetty area and 47 acres of lush, botanical gardens close by. Another Coffs Harbour institution is the Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, which is home to 400 live Australian butterflies.
Off the coast, Muttonbird Island, part of the Solitary Islands Marine Park, is popular with bird watchers, whale watchers and scuba divers.