Posted by: hightideholidays | March 26, 2012

The Fascination with Coffs Harbour in New South Wales

For something different, consider a holiday to some place you’ve never been.  Sometimes you go to a place to experience the culture and its history.  Sometimes you go to places just for the sheer enjoyment of it, especially when you’re with your family and you want to do so many activities together.  There are still those holidays where you all just want to relax and take it easy and let the frenetic pace of the city leave you.

If you’re looking for a destination that offers relaxation, adventure and pure outdoor fun, check out Coffs Harbour located on the east coast of Australia between Sydney and Brisbane although it’s part of the area called Coffs Coast, also known as the North Coast of New South Wales.

What can you expect when you get to Coffs Harbour?  First, since Coffs Harbour is located on the coast, you can expect some of the best beaches to swim in.  Along the breakwater of the harbor, people take their time admiring the view and the breathing the fresh air.  The meandering path leads to Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve that sits on the hill overlooking the marina.  You’ll also find a number of cafes and restaurants along the Harbour on the Jetty Strip.  There are also shops and malls within the city center and just a few minutes away from the harbor.

Be sure to check out the riverside town of Bellingen. Nestled in the heart of the green and lush Bellinger Valley between the coast and the Dorrigo Plateau on the scenic Waterfall Way. Home to a large number of people who moved there to enjoy a laid-back and creative, artistic or alternative lifestyle, Bellingen is buzzing with markets, cafés, galleries, festivals and events.

It is the wonderful combination of Bellingen’s turn-of-the-century ‘main street’ village atmosphere, rich architectural heritage, rural charm, bohemian atmosphere and thriving cosmopolitan culture that seems to capture people’s hearts.

The beautifully restored timber, stone and iron lace Hammond & Wheatley Emporium dominates the townscape. It shares the main street with an equally beautifully renovated country pub – the Federal Hotel – and eclectic shops and boutiques, clothing and general stores, bakeries and award-winning cafés and restaurants.

The Old Butter Factory, more than a century old, now houses a range of art, craft and gift shops in a garden atmosphere. Its café looks out onto the green open spaces of the local golf course and borders the Bellinger River that traverses the town.

With around 250 stalls and live music, the monthly Bellingen Community Markets always attract great crowds. The Jazz & Blues Festival and the Global Carnival are just two of the many festivals and events that liven up the town throughout the year, while you can catch live entertainment in pubs and clubs every week.

Because Bellingen is a fabulous place to live it up and lap up the good life – think private luxury guesthouses, health retreats, superb dining options and day spas – the place is also a favourite romantic destination for couples and makes a great girls’ getaway.

To enjoy all these activities, you need to stay in accommodations luxurious enough to pamper you but also comfortable enough as to be practical for the whole family.  You won’t be disappointed when you stay at either Bangalow Waters, Smugglers on the Beach or Wyndham Coffs Harbor.  Any of these lodgings are perfect getaways to suit your taste and budget.  Visit Hightide Holidays or give us a call on 1300 769 765 to find out more.



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