Nambucca and Coffs Harbour are a stone's throw away from each other. Both popular holiday destinations in NSW, they offer a list of attractions to keep visitors to the vicinity entertained. Whether you're just passing through or staying a while, here are some ideas on where to go.
1. Nambucca V-Wall
Like art? Check out this unique outdoor gallery with the backdrop of the Nambucca River mouth. Over the years, these breakwall rocks have become canvases for those visiting the area.
The communal creative space has been painted in holiday memoirs, pop culture references and inspirational messages. The space is dynamic too, with more being added to the collection every day. Why not add yours?
2. Wellington Rock
At the end of the V-Wall walk sits a small beach towered over by Wellington Rock. The picturesque platform is surrounded by rock pools. I wonder what will be swimming in them today. There was also this neat little shelter made from sticks but I'm not sure if that's a permanent feature.
To the north of Wellington Rock is Shelly Beach, popular with photographers and artists for its beauty. It's more of a paddle beach than a swimming beach. Be cautious either way as it isn't patrolled and is reef-dominated.
Close to the beach is Captain Cook lookout offering panoramic ocean views. If fishing is your thing check out Jewie Hole, also nearby.
4. Valley of the Mist
Unfortunately we 'mist' this one on our trip, but as a nature-lover I'd love to take this Nambucca tour sometime. You'll be personally guided through rainforest by foot, and will get to canoe along wetlands running through the valley. Enjoy a diversity of plants and wildlife.
Take the leisurely 40 minute drive up the coast from Nambucca and you'll reach Coffs Harbour. The city is home to The Big Banana. Fifty years ago, this Aussie icon was just a roadside banana stall.
Kudos John Landi!
Since, it has grown into not only a monument that's a 'bunch of fun' to see up close, but an amusement park for all ages. Between laser tag, tobogganing, water park rides, eating bananas, and much more, you'll be busy for hours.
6. Coffs Harbour Marina & Jetty
The marina is where the best of both Coff's natural and commercial worlds meet. The old timber jetty and breakwall are great spots to take in views of headlands, beaches and estuaries of the Solitary Islands.
It's a good hike up and across the island, but the scenery and serenity are worth it. With a panorama of ocean and Solitary Islands, tiny mutton birds and their burrows, and whales in the winter, this place is a mystical paradise.
8. The Clog Barn
Take a journey to traditional Holland without leaving Coffs. The shop features live clog-making shows. Venture out the back and you'll find a miniature Dutch village. The garden is teeming with intricately recreated villages, churches and more, and is full of life.
Enjoy a coffee at Big Oma's while you're here. If you fancy you can even stay in their convenient family-friendly motel.
9. Pet Porpoise Pool
Otherwise known as Dolphin Marine Magic, the marine animal park has been in Coffs Harbour since 1970. I remember the joys of seeing the dolphin performances, and getting up close and personal with these clever creatures as a kid.