When to fly:
Coffs Harbour is a regional coastal city located halfway between Sydney and Brisbane. Visitors have been booking flights to Coffs Harbour for decades because it's one of the original beach destinations and blessed with Australia's most liveable climate, being near national parks, reserves and forests there is plenty for tourists to explore.
The school holidays during December to late January, are a high season for the beaches. Whale lovers tend to fly to Coffs Harbour during Whale-watching season which runs from June to November.
May to August is low season in Coffs Harbour, however events such as the Coffs Harbour Gold Cup Day bring a day of fun and festivities to the colder winter months. Thousands look forward to dressing up to watch the horse racing which has 8 races held throughout the day and to enjoy the delicious food and drink on offer.
September to December, February and March are shoulder season months when Coffs Harbour is not as busy with tourists, although crowds may be larger than usual in September due to locals and travellers attending The International Buskers and Comedy Festival. The festival lasts over six days and is filled with laughter and happiness spread out over 15 different venues. There is a variety of family entertainment and evening entertainment usually on offer from artists locally and further afield.
Coffs Harbour has bananas (and a trend-setting Big Banana), beautiful beaches, national parks and lots of childhood memories. Many holidaymakers who once played on these beaches - and ate chocolate-covered bananas at the Big Banana - enjoy cheap flights to Coffs Harbour so their own families can experience some wonderful memories.
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 or surf rafting, fishing or whale watching or bush walking.
There is a boardwalk close to the jetty area and 19 hectares of lush, botanical gardens close by. Another Coffs Harbour institution is the Coffs Harbour Butterfly House, which is home to a large variety Australian butterflies and opened 7 days a week and most of the year.
Off the coast, Muttonbird Island, part of the Solitary Islands Marine Park, is popular with bird watchers, whale watchers and scuba divers.