Today we took a one hour drive south from Grafton to Coffs Harbour, a coastal city located on the north coast of New South Wales about 540 km (340 miles) north of Sydney,  and 440 km (275 miles) south of Brisbane.   The region has a wintertime population of over 70,000 people that swells to 100,000 in the holiday seasons. Popular with people wanting to relocate from big cities to small towns on the coast.  Coffs Harbour is reputed to have the most livable climate in Australia, and it is nestled between a high mountain backdrop and dozens of “unspoiled” beaches. Coffs Harbour’s economy is based mainly on the farming of bananas and tourism, and is home of The Big Banana!

The Coffs Harbour Jetty is an historically important timber wharf where coastal shipping once moved the timber from the hinterland.  We walked out to the end of the jetty where we found local youths doing what youths do – jumping off the jetty into the water!

Nearby, the Solitary Islands Marine Park preserves a diverse underwater ecosystem that mirrors the terrestrial biodiversity, covering the southern limit of northern tropical species and the northern limits of the southern temperate species. Directly out to sea from Coffs Harbour adjacent to the breakwater is Muttonbird Island.

Coffs Harbour is a very pleasant holiday town and we enjoyed a picnic and spent time one one of the gorgeous sandy beaches on this very sunny day.