Local's Guide to Coffs Harbour

Enjoy the subtropical climate, tranquil rainforests and clean uncrowded beaches of Coffs Harbour on the New South Wales north coast. Local's Guide to Coffs Harbour
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Local's Guide to Coffs Harbour

Enjoy the subtropical climate, tranquil rainforests and clean uncrowded beaches of Coffs Harbour on the New South Wales north coast.


시드니(Sydney)브리즈번(Brisbane) 중간에 위치하고, 아열대 기후에 평온한 열대우림과 깨끗하고 한적한 해변이 있는 콥스 하버(Coffs Harbour)는 뉴 사우스 웨일즈(New South Wales) 북쪽 해변에서 가장 인기 있는 가족 휴양지 중 하나로 각광받고 있습니다.

콥스 하버 지역의 원래 주인은 굼바잉가 부족입니다. 이들의 영토는 남쪽의 남부카 강에서 북쪽의 클라렌스 강을 거쳐 서쪽의 그레이트 디바이딩 산맥에 이르기까지 광활합니다.

자동차로 금방 갈 수 있는 도시 북서쪽에 있는 브뤼스너 공원의 실리 전망대부터 콥스 하버 관광을 시작해 보세요. 이곳의 포레스트 스카이 피어에서 도시와 해변을 내려다보며 아름다운 경치를 즐기실 수 있습니다.

이 도시의 역사적인 오래된 목재 부두와 해변 산책로를 거닐어 보세요. 근처 선착장에는 낚시꾼이 운영하는 피시 앤 칩스 가게가 있습니다. 피시 앤 칩스를 맛보며 어선에서 막 잡은 고기를 내리는 광경을 감상해 보세요. 본토에서 머튼버드 섬(Muttonbird Island)까지 산책하실 수도 있습니다. 머튼버드 섬은 태평양, 섬, 선착장, 산을 360도로 볼 수 있는 멋진 전망으로 유명합니다.

콥스 하버에는 모든 연령을 위한 다양한 액티비티가 준비되어 있습니다. 빅 바나나, 버터플라이 하우스, 펫 포퍼스 풀, 콥스 하버 동물원 및 국립 해양 과학 센터 수족관은 특히 아이들이 좋아하는 인기 관광 명소입니다.

Coffs Harbour highlights

TOP THINGS TO DO IN COFFS HARBOUR

See the sights of Coffs
Coffs Harbour is edged by forest covered hills and leafy banana plantations on one side, and golden coloured beaches on the other, and the best way to take it all in is at Sealy Lookout, a 10 minute drive from the city centre. Here you'll find the aptly-named Forest Sky Pier, a purpose-built "pier" that juts out 21 metres (68 feet) from the lookout and hovers 15 metres (49 feet) above the forest floor. It offers superb views of the city, beaches and coastline and is a great way to orient yourself with the landscape.

Follow the Arts & Culture Trail
Originally a thriving timber production town, Coffs Harbour has become known for its banana plantations, that thrive in the warm, sub-tropical weather. Follow the Arts & Culture Trail to learn more about the history of Coffs Harbour and see some of its beautiful gardens, architecture and art. The majority of the trail can be explored over several days on foot, but neighbouring towns such as Bellingen and Urunga are also itinerary options.

Eat at the Fishermen's Co-op
Stroll along the foreshore promenade of popular local spot Jetty Beach and you'll see an old timber jetty worth exploring. The Fishermen's Co-op shop, located on the jetty, has been owned and run by 45 local fishermen since 1950 and sells freshly caught seafood at very affordable prices. Order its wildly popular fish and chips and watch the fishing boats unload fresh catches, then stroll to the very end of the jetty, which connects the mainland to Muttonbird Island. Here you can learn about the area's local history on a free guided tour with an Aboriginal ranger, or simply admire the spectacular 360 degree views of the Pacific Ocean, islands, marina and mountains.

See the Big Banana
You can't miss the The Big Banana when you're here. Adjacent to the highway, this enormous replica of the yellow fruit was Australia's first "big thing", kick-starting a playful national trend for building various enormous replicas. (Australia now has more than 150 such monuments: The Big PineappleThe Big Golden Guitar and The Big Mango). The Big Banana Fun Park is home to a water park with four large thrill slides, a toboggan ride, mini golf and a café (try its chocolate-covered frozen banana).

Enjoy the many family-friendly activities
Coffs Harbour is an excellent destination for families. Take time out at Butterfly House and stroll among hundreds of live Australian butterflies in a beautiful indoor rainforest. Kids aged six and older can swim with dolphins and seals at Dolphin Marine Magic, while younger kids, or those who prefer not to swim, can still get up close to a seal and dolphin with a Meet the Stars experience. If you're seeking action and adventure, learn to surf with Lee Winkler's Surf School. Winkler is a legendary local surfer who spent 15 years as a pro on the world tour. There is also white water rafting adventures to be had on the nearby Nymboida River with Wildwater Adventure. You can also take a 4WD tour along forest tracks or explore the countryside on horseback or mountain bike, soar over the beaches and mountains of the Great Dividing Range on a scenic helicopter flight, or try the thrill of tandem skydiving over the beach with Coffs Sky Divers.

Get in and on the water
Warm waters and a rich variety of marine life make Coffs Harbour a delight for scuba divers, snorkellers and fishermen. The Solitary Islands Marine Park is the third largest marine protected area in New South Wales, extending 75 kilometres (46 miles) along the coast. It's an excellent spot for both beginners and experienced divers to explore. Between May and November watch humpback whales from a headland or lookout, or join a whale-watching cruise for a closer look. Jetty Dive will take you out to see the whales, and they can also help you with dive courses and charters. You can see dolphins surfing the waves all year round. The Coffs Coast is also renowned for its excellent fishing. Cast a line from the beach or jetty, or join a fishing charter with Cougar Cat 12 or Coffs Coast Sport Fishing for a deep-sea fishing adventure or eco estuary tour. 

Enjoy a little luxury
Check in to the luxurious Liapari Beach House with direct access to beautiful Sapphire Beach, or try the Novotel Pacific Bay Resort just outside the city centre. Nautilus Resort is about 10 minutes north of Coffs Harbour and has a range of delicious dining options such as Latitude 30 for modern Australian dining with a view and Saltwater Cafe, a favourite with locals. Back in town, Fiasco Ristorante does a great woodfired pizza and has an award-winning wine list.   

Take a day trip
Coffs Harbour is a great base for setting out on day trips. Dorrigo National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area has stunning scenery millions of years in the making. You can also easily explore the pretty riverside town of Bellingen. One of the highlights here is the Old Butter Factory, where you'll find a great café open for breakfast and lunch, as well as shops and independent galleries. At Macksville enjoy top-notch fishing and boating. The nearby town of Urunga has two interesting galleries to visit: Sharkey Fibre Art and Island Art Shop and Studio. 

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활 동적인 모험을 찾고 있다면 청명하고 고요한 바다에서 서핑, 수영, 서핑보드 타기를 배워보거나 님보이다 강의 급류에서 카약이나 래프팅을 즐겨보세요. 산림의 트랙을 따라 4륜구동 투어를 떠나거나 말, 산악자전거 또는 흥미진진한 비치 버기를 타고 전원 지역을 둘러보실 수도 있습니다.

콥스 하버는 훌륭한 낚시터로도 유명합니다. 해변이나 선착장에서 낚시줄을 드리우거나 바다 낚시배를 타고 깊은 바다로 낚시 모험을 떠나보세요.

관광 헬기를 타고 그레이드 디바이딩 산맥의 해변과 산들을 감상하거나 해변 위에서 스릴 있는 텐덤 스카이다이빙을 시도해 보세요.

따 뜻한 수온과 풍부한 해양 생물 덕분에 콥스 하버는 스쿠버 다이버와 스노클러들에게 각광받는 장소이기도 합니다. 사우스 솔리터리 아일랜드 해양공원은 초보 다이버와 숙련된 다이버 모두에게 훌륭한 장소입니다. 5월과 11월 사이에는 헤드랜드나 전망대에서 혹등 고래를 감상하거나, 고래 관광 크루즈에 참가해 좀 더 가까이에서 고래를 관찰해 보세요. 일년 내내 파도를 타고 노는 돌고래를 보실 수 있습니다.

좀 더 여유롭게 관광하고자 한다면 콥스 하버의 관광 드라이브 코스, 갤러리, 역사적 건축물과 세계 유산 등재지를 모두 둘러보는 것도 좋습니다. 다양한 예술과 문화 트레일이 주요 타운과 관광명소를 이어줍니다. 콥스 하버 내륙으로 가는 길에 북부 해변의 해안 마을도 둘러보세요. 콥스 하버 주변에는 다양한 국립 공원, 자연보호구역 및 해양 공원이 있어 자연 산책로나 긴 숲길 산책로에서 산책을 즐기실 수 있습니다. 원만한 워킹 트랙을 찾으신다면 도리고 열대우림 센터로 가보세요.

콥스 하버는 시드니 북쪽에서 540km, 브리즈번 남쪽에서 400km, 골드 코스트(Gold Coast) 남쪽에서 320km 거리에 있습니다.
시드니와 브리즈번에서 매일 열차가 운행되고 있으며, 콥스 하버와 시드니 및 기타 호주의 주도를 잇는 비행편도 매일 운항됩니다.

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