Things to do in Coffs Harbour

Things to do in Coffs Harbour

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Best things to do in Coffs Harbour

With stunning beaches and hinterland – like the Dorrigo National Park and Orara East State Forest – on its doorstep, Coffs Harbour’s appeal to local and visitors of all ages is easy to understand.

A popular stop off point on road trips along the Pacific Highway on Australia’s east coast  (it’s well worth adding to your Sydney to Byron Bay or Brisbane itinerary), Coffs has plenty to offer adventurers and nature lovers of all ages. If all you know about this coastal region is the famous Big Banana, then prepare to be pleasantly surprised!

As well as impressive natural attractions and wildlife, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Coffs Harbour and the surrounding area to keep you entertained all year long. Whether you’re just passing through, or putting together your Coffs Harbour holiday itinerary, make sure to check out these must-do activities while you’re in this awesome part of New South Wales.


Experience the unique adrenaline rush of skydiving in Coffs Harbour. Try a tandem skydive strapped to an experience instructor from 15,000ft or 7,000ft, or learn to skydive with the AFF course stage 1. Whatever option you go for this bucket list adventure is something you’ll be talking about for years to come.

High ropes and ziplines 

Swing, jump and climb through the trees at Treetops Coffs Harbour. Expert instructors will be on hand to lead the way as you tackle obstacles, zoom along ziplines and take in scenic views on this thrilling tree top adventure at Sealy Lookout, Orara East State Forest.

Whitewater rafting 

Take on world-class grade 3-5 rapids on with this exhilarating whitewater rafting experience on Upper Nymboida River. This is a real must-try for anyone with a sense of adventure and a love of the great outdoors. Enjoy the thrills and spills of this epic ride, passing through lush rainforest and stunning gorges. Transfers to and from Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay, Dorrigo and Grafton included.

Heli fishing overnight adventure

If it’s bucket-list worthy experiences you want, this heli fishing adventure with an overnight stay at Bass Lodge definitely falls into that category. This is fishing taken to the next level – literally! Soak up breathtaking bird’s eye views of the Macleay River and let your local expert fishing guide show you all the best spots for bass fishing. This experience departs Port Macquarie but is well worth the journey.

Things to do in Coffs Harbour with kids

There are all kinds of fun things to do with kids in Coffs Harbour. So, whether you’re looking for school holiday activities or something to liven up a rainy day, don’t miss our exciting family-friendly adventures.

Stand up paddle boarding

Get ready to explore, have fun and get active all in one with stand up paddle boarding.  You’ll paddle through the Solitary Islands Marine Park, learning about the traditions and dreamtime stories of the local Gumbaynggirr tribal nation as you go. This is an experience the whole family will enjoy.

Treetop adventure

Little ones aged 3-9 can enjoy the specially designed children’s treetop adventure course. There are beginner, easy, medium and difficult levels to try and you’ll be there alongside a friendly instructor to support your child through this great experience. Older children, teenagers and adults can tackle more challenging obstacles.

Find the best things to do around New South Wales

Don’t forget to check out our huge range of experiences across New South Wales. Explore our selection of exciting activities and attractions in Port Stephens, Newcastle, Hunter Valley, Central Coast and more. Perfect for adding adventure to your next holiday or taking a day out to new levels.