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Updated by Lucie Aurore on Jan 30, 2015
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Top 5 Fun Things To Do in Coffs Harbour - Five Engaging Holiday Activities in Coffs Harbour

As one of NSW's premier vacation hubs Coffs Harbour is an active holidaymaker's dream come true. From exploring national parks to kayaking down rapids here are the top 5 activities in the area.

Explore Dorrigo National Park

Explore Dorrigo National Park
As a world heritage zone that is also ranked among the most accessible rainforest reserves in Australia Dorrigo National Park is a must-visit highlight for all. Spread out across a vast expanse some of the best activities on offer at his lush, verdant national park include bushwalks which takes visitors across well-trodden trails laid across the park and skywalks atop the foliage. Home to more than 120 bird varieties the venue is a bird watcher's dream while other wildlife inhabiting the space includes possums, lace monitors and red-necked pademelons. The Wonga Walk is another favorite activity among seasoned visitors to the park as this engaging tour takes one to two of the rainforest's most breathtaking waterfalls the Tristania Falls and Crystal Shower Falls.

Kayaking Down Boambee Creek

Kayaking Down Boambee Creek
Often regarded as the most exciting water sports activity available in Coffs Harbour kayaking down the rapids in the Boambee Creek Reserve is a once in a lifetime adventure for adrenalin junkies. Located in Sawtell the Boambee Creek Reserve is a stunning bay area complete with golden beaches, lush foliage and vibrant marine life. Although canoeing, swimming and fishing activities are also available in the area the most popular activity to date remains kayaking excursions down Boambee Creek. As a scenic creek that criss-crosses diverse inland terrains kayakers can expect to come across breathtaking natural surrounding at every turn. Single and double kayaks are available for hire from a variety of vendors and tour operators with C-Change Adventures being one of the leading operators.

Ice Skating in Subtropical Coffs Harbour

Ice Skating in Subtropical Coffs Harbour
Located in The Big Banana Coffs Harbour's most famous ice skating rink is another hotspot that should not be missed by tourists and family vacationers. The indoor ice rink is one of the largest in Coffs Harbour are offers a spacious area for families to skate the day away. Visitors based in a conveniently located Coffs Harbour hotel such as the Country Comfort Coffs Harbour will enjoy easy access to the rink and other attractions around the city.

Bellingen Markets

Bellingen Markets
Tipped to be one of the most unique retail experiences available in Coffs Harbour exploring the thoroughfare known as the Bellingen Markets is a must for shopaholics. As a collection of more than 250 vendors the make shift stalls that prop up under the trees in the park is the best way to spend an afternoon. As a decidedly laid back local market the venue offers visitors a glimpse in tot local culture and various lifestyles and consumer goods available through albeit quirky stall owners. With massage tents and tarot card reading sessions also taking place within one space the eclectic marketplace offers a welcome respite from more commercial retail hubs in the area.

Whale Watching

As a popular whale watching hub in New South Wales Coffs Harbour is a marine life enthusiast's dream come true. Frequented by whale watchers from around the country and the world at large whale watching season is also prime tourist season in this seaside hamlet. Falling on the months between May and November visitors can take part in a whale watching cruise to witness the largest mammal on earth in its oceanic habitat or head to popular lookouts in the headlands such as The Rotary Lookout, Smoky Cape and Crescent Head. A regular part of coastal walks organized in the area other headlands offering views of humpback whales while Muttonbird Island is other hotspots.