Go camping in Coffs Harbour and you’ll be smack-bang in the middle of the stunning North Coast NSW, 5.5 hours from Sydney and 4.5 hours from Brisbane. While it’s best known as the birthplace of the first of Australia’s “bigs”, the Big Banana, don’t let that overshadow everything else Coffs has going for it. With incredible beaches and marine sanctuaries to the east, and lush rainforests to the west, there’s no shortage of nature-based adventures to be had.
Stroll, surf, snorkel and swim the days away at Diggers Beach, tucked between rocky headlands, or discover a secluded beach with a day trip into Bongil Bongil National Park. Get up close and personal with dolphins and seals at the famous porpoise sanctuary. Witness marine life in the wild with a whale watching cruise or dive trip to the Solitary Islands. Watch and learn about local shearwater birds at the Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve. For an immersive experience of the region’s Indigenous community, walk the 400m Gumgali Track which interprets a Gumbayggirr Dreaming story before opening up to views from the Korora lookout.