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Coffs Harbour

Feeling like Queensland when you're still in NSW

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Coffs Harbour (Population 70 000)

How Coffs Harbour has grown since we last saw in in 1999! It is a beautiful sub-tropical city known for Mutton Bird Island (attached with a wall, making it a peninsula really) that houses thousands of breeding pairs, and some lush mountainsides and banana plantations. Oh, and of course because Russel Crowe lives here ;-)The town reminded us of Cairns even though we’re not even in Queensland yet.

We camped near the centre on town and enjoyed exploring both the familiar (nostalgia) and places we’ve not seen before. The beautiful botanic gardens have not changed much, but some areas have just grown beyond recognition.

Our caravan park has lots of tame bunnies and ducks with chicks you could hand feed.

We went to the Friday night food market next to the beach, visited the Big Banana (including the lolly shop, the cheese makers, and the opal shop. The highlight was having the best banana smoothie we’ve ever tasted.

Then it was up to the Forest Sky Pier and Korora Lookout for spectacular views and a great place for a picnic. We visited the Clog Barn (including a Dutch miniature village of famous building replicas) and walked the parks.

On Sunday we made it to the local Uniting Church (the caravan park was within walking distance) before heading north towards Byron Bay.

The viewpoint

The viewpoint

The Big Banama

The Big Banama

Our own zoo in the caravan park

Our own zoo in the caravan park

One of the locals in the Botanic Gargens

One of the locals in the Botanic Gargens

Looking north towards QLD

Looking north towards QLD

Live music at the night music

Live music at the night music

Dutch miniature village

Dutch miniature village

Coffs Harbour from the mountains

Coffs Harbour from the mountains

Posted by ChrisHenriette 13:00 Archived in Australia

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I love the little village!
Chris: There were rows of replica buildings. Very well done, and free entry.

by Suret

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