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Two Spectacular Holiday Destinations on the NSW North Coast

Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour on the North coast of New South Wales is a wonderland of attractions, including an ancient rainforest, a pristine marine park, the Big Banana Fun Park and gorgeous beaches. It's no wonder that people keep coming back every year.

Explore the underwater world with a jetty dive or cruise to see the whales between May and November. Coffs Harbour is also one of the only places where you can swim with Humpback whales.

Feed penguins at the Dolphin Marine Conservation Park, marvel at colourful clownfish at the Solitary Islands Aquarium and walk among hundreds of fluttering butterflies in the Coffs Harbour Butterfly House.

In the waters off Coffs Harbour Marina is the Solitary Islands Marine Park, home to abundant wildlife, seasonal whales and coral reefs. Just east is the Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve, with its large population of Wedge-tailed shearwater birds and learning centre.

The bustling Harbourside Market is held in the reserve every Sunday. Along the jetty strip, you'll find delicious restaurants and cafes. Pop into the fish shop of the Coffs Harbour Fishermen's Co-operative for the daily catch. Head out and enjoy fun adventures such as kayaking, surfing and mountain biking, or go bushwalking and discover spectacular lookouts.

Coffs Harbour is a 5hr 40min drive north of Sydney and just over four hours from Brisbane. 

Nambucca Heads

Nambucca Heads is a relaxed seaside town at the mouth of the meandering Nambucca River. Natural beauty abounds, from the uncrowded beaches to the sparkling estuary where dolphins play, and you can also explore the amazing rainforest in the coastal national park.

The name Nambucca is derived from the Aboriginal word meaning 'entrance to waters'. Explore the tranquil waterway with Nambucca River Cruises, where Bottlenose dolphins frolic.

For sweeping views of Nambucca beaches and beyond, the Captain Cook Lookout above Shelly Beach is a great vantage point. Look out for the majestic Humpback whales migrating along the coast between May and November.

Beach fishing is popular, there is a boat ramp at the southern end. Other great beaches nearby include Beilbys Beach and Main Beach, home of the Nambucca Heads Surf Life Saving Club.

There are plenty of accommodation options available, from caravanning and camping in holiday parks to luxury retreats.

Nambucca Heads is halfway between Sydney and Brisbane and only a 40min drive south of Coffs Harbour.

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