With school holidays and warmer weather around the corner, it’s time to start planning your next family road trip. Have you been to Coffs Harbour? If the answer is no – we’ve got your next road trip destination. If you have, then you’ll surely be thinking it’s time for a re-visit.

How to get to Coffs Harbour

Nestled almost equal distance between Sydney and Brisbane, this diverse seaside town is easily accessible from either city, so collect your family car from a Thrifty car hire location and enjoy the 5-6 hour coastal route.

For those coming from afar, Coffs Harbour Airport is only 4 kms from the city centre and conveniently, there’s a Thrifty Coffs Harbour Airport location here too.

Where to stay in Coffs Harbour?

As you might expect, there is ample accommodation in Coffs Harbour – ranging from camping and caravanning to waterfront resorts. We recommend the Reflections Holiday Park Coffs Harbour as an ideal family-friendly spot to call home base for a few nights. The weather in Coffs Harbour is idyllic, especially as we head into Summer.

What to do in Coffs Harbour with the family?

Beautiful Beaches of Coffs Harbour

As you’d imagine from a stunning seaside town, the beaches in Coffs Harbour do not disappoint. Pack the towels, floaties and hit the white sands of beaches Jetty, Sawtell, Park, Diggers, Moonee or Emerald. The only question is – how long have you got? From sheltered covers to epic surf breaks, there’s a beach to suit all types of families.

Don’t forget to make time for the Solitary Islands coastal walk, a gorgeous trail linking beaches with rainforest along Coffs Coast.

Big Banana Fun Park

Dubbed the biggest and best fun park on the Northern NSW coast, it would be unthinkable to head to Coffs Harbour and not visit the Big Banana Fun Park. Set amongst the banana trees overlooking the coast, the fun doesn’t stop; complete with rides, games and adventure aplenty. Don’t miss the opportunity to slide down the biggest slide in the country, fully immerse yourself in the 4D Ride Simulator, and of course, there’s the Water Park which is an experience in itself.

Entry to the park is free (yes, free!) with rides priced individually and plenty of spots to enjoy lunch and periodic breaks (if you can get the kids off the rides, that is!).

Coffs Harbour Butterfly House

Stroll amongst hundreds of beautiful Australian butterflies in one of Coffs Harbour’s most remarkable attractions. The award-winning Coffs Harbour Butterfly House is set in an indoor subtropical rainforest and allows visitors to observe the many types of native butterflies in their natural habitat.

Visitor tip: The butterflies are typically most active between 10 am and 2 pm due to the light, temperature and humidity levels so it’s highly recommended to visit in those hours.

Dolphin Marine Magic

Dolphin Marine Magic is a rescue and rehabilitation centre, providing care for animals that have been injured or cannot be returned to the wild. The engaging crew allow visitors to get extremely up close and personal with the animals, which makes for an incredible experience. Animal lovers will jump at the opportunity to swim with or kiss the dolphins, feed a seal and watch live shows.

The ideal blend of relaxation, adventure and natural attractions – there’s no doubt that Coffs Harbour is an ideal destination for your family road trip. There’s fun for the entire family-, in all shapes and sizes, so simply sort out your Thrifty car hire and set off ASAP!