Canopy Cafe in Dorrigo National Park is a great place to eat near Coffs Harbour, offering fresh contemporary cuisine in a stunning forest setting, with all day breakfast and lunch, and great coffee.
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For those into kayaking, canoeing or fishing, Moonee Creek canoe route is the ideal alternative way to enjoy the reserve. This pristine estuary is at the southern end of Moonee Beach.
Warrell Creek offers opportunities for kayaking, canoeing and fishing, with nearby places to picnic and secluded camping sites
Woolgoolga Lake is a great place for canoeing, kayaking, swimming and birdwatching. Make a day of it - pack a picnic or barbecue to enjoy at this scenic spot.
Adventurous canoeists, kayakers, and stand up paddleboarders will enjoy this downstream route along pristine Pine Creek, a wildlife haven in Bongil Bongil National Park, near Coffs Harbour.
Enjoy a scenic cycling route through the rainforest on Cascade mountain bike trail, only an hours' drive from Coffs Harbour, and spot lyrebirds, reptiles and other wildlife along the way.
The views are fantastic along this 70km scenic drive. Stop for a swim, picnic or camp overnight at one of the remote, picturesque spots provided by the river.
The 185km Waterfall Way scenic drive links Coffs harbour and Armidale, passing rainforest, river valleys and waterfalls, including New England and Dorrigo national parks.
While car touring, stop off and go walking among the trees or swimming in the river and have a picnic on Moonpar Forest drive, a 75km circuit through Cascade and Nymboi–Binderay national parks.
If you're in Nymboi-Binderay National Park, go walking and sightseeing on the half-day circuit of Moonpar Forest drive and enjoy a picnic surrounded by majestic trees which are around eight centuries old.
Enjoy driving through diverse landscapes on Sherwood Forest Drive. This scenic trail offers picturesque places to picnic, lookouts and spectacular views along the way.
Explore Aboriginal history and hear Dreamtime stories of Giidany Miirlarl, also known as Muttonbird Island on a guided tour with an Aboriginal Discovery ranger.
The Eastern Side lookout offers spectacular views of the Solitary Islands. A short walk from the carpark, it’s a great place for whale watching in the heart of Coffs Harbour.
Attached to Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, Skywalk lookout offers superb views over Dorrigo National Park and encompasses Bellinger Valley to the coast.
Kosekai lookout offers a scenic lookout over the expansive Nambucca Valley all the way to the coast, with picnic tables and good opportunities for birdwatching.
Enjoy a picnic among tall old-growth trees and historic logging relics at Norman Jolly picnic area in Nymboi-Binderay National Park, not far from Dorrigo.
Never Never picnic area is a quiet alternative to The Glade picnic area in Dorrigo National Park, with barbecues, birdwatching, walking tracks, and access to waterfalls.
Bongil picnic area in Bongil Bongil National Park near Coffs Harbour is a great spot for a picnic. It has gas barbecues, a shelter and you can fish nearby.
The Glade picnic area is part of Dorrigo National Park near Coffs Harbour on the NSW north coast. This pretty rainforest clearing offers a great spot for a picnic or barbecue and lots of rainforest walks.
For scenic views across spectacular wilderness, Vista Point picnic area offers birdwatching and World Heritage rainforest in Mount Hyland Nature Reserve, near Dorrigo.
Woolgoolga Creek picnic area is the ideal destination for a family daytrip. There are picturesque places to picnic, barbecues, excellent birdwatching and a nearby walking track.
Soak up views of Solitary Islands Marine Park from Arrawarra Headland and Beach near Coffs Harbour. Fishing, surfing, swimming – it’s all here waiting for you to enjoy.
Woolgoolga Beach and Headland has the best whale watching in the Coffs Region, plus great surfing, fishing and picnics and scenic views.
Walk the break wall path from Coffs Harbour to Muttonbird Island and join this short evening tour. You'll come up close to the birds who give Muttonbird Island its name.
Walk through lush rainforest to reach Crystal Shower Falls in Dorrigo National Park near Coffs Harbour. Enjoy spectacular views from the rocky cavern behind the waterfall.
Solitary Islands coastal walk traverses 60km of beaches and rainforest on the Coffs Coast. Enjoy whale watching, birdwatching and swimming on your journey from Red Rock to the coastal village of Sawtell.
Dammerels history walk is a short, easy stroll taking in historic sites, scenic views and the pioneering heritage of South Solitary Island. Whale watching and birdwatching is recommended.
The Clarence Coast’s Freshwater track is a captivating short walk. Starting at Pebbly Beach campground near Red Rock, its highlights include swimming at Freshwater Beach.
It’s an easy hike along Look At Me Now Headland walk, with scenic views all the way and a lookout over Moonee Beach. This is a great place for whale watching in winter and birdwatching in spring.
Lyrebird link is an easy walking track in Dorrigo National Park near Coffs Harbour. It is a great spot for birdwatching and there are picnic and barbecue areas nearby.
If you’re keen on bushwalking, the 6.4km Blackbutt walking track winds through lush rainforest, offering scenic views of Dorrigo National Park.
Corkwood and Scribbly Gum walking track, in Yuraygir National Park, is a short walk from Station Creek campground through coastal forest with birdwatching opportunities.
Wind through the trees on wheelchair-accessible Walk with the Birds boardwalk and spot some of the 150 bird species found in Dorrigo National Park.
Ideal for school groups, Bluff loop walking track, in Bongil Bongil National Park, is a short easy walk offering Aboriginal Discovery tours, picnicking and koala spotting.