6.5 out of 10

Coffs Harbour

Ranked 14th best suburb in Mid-North Coast
-30.283898192279 153.118812337917
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  • Parks & Recreation
  • Public Transport
  • Shopping Options
  • Parking
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Reviews

1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 2/5
Nov 25, 2016

"A small town with small minds."

Dont come to coffs Harbour if your single and in your 40s. No stylish night life for adults not even a nice wine bar with good music, only dirty old pub, RSL club and basic restaurants that close around 9 pm. There is no atmosphere the shopping is appauling for a beach town absolute rubbish .. Not to mention everyone knows everyones business..
Beaches are lovely but the town itself is grubby old and rundown ,the council should be ashamed of itself.. i wont be here much longer an absolute disapointment. This is a great town to lose your sanity in.
Pros
  • beaches
Cons
  • Aging population not open to change
  • Intolerance small-minded conservatism
  • Drug problems
  • Highway has been completed so Korora - Saphire areas are accessable easier now
Recommended for
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Beach Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 1/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Nov 23, 2016

"Mt Druit By the Sea"

Geographic paradise Demographic Cesspit a town for the retired retarded repatriated and of course the unwashed unemployed
Believe me I know this place intimately. Upon greeting my friends upon arrival at the airport my opening remark is . Welcome to the land of the rubber thong flannelette shirt and the fibro house. Having most regrettably left Sydney 28 years ago, the real world I mean, I moved here with my newly pregnant wife with the sincere ambition of a lifetime of work. I must say I have done well on Coffs Harbour standards. What a fool I was, I purchased Real Estate in this conservative backwater. My networth would be quadruple what it is today had I not made that nave foolish decision. You purchase property here ,say good bye to Sydney forever. Inlaws and aquaintences with regular impunity said , Oh its the lifestyle here, What nonsense I came here to work to make money so that I could have a lifestyle. The amount of good intentioned cashed up people who I have seen come to this town simply go broke after 12 months or so it is a tragedy. There is Nothing here! No industry No Commerce. You have what I refer to as, The Illiterate millionaire ruling class families, they being a dozen or so, that still own and run this town after 60 years . I have never seen such wealth in such a small area surrounded by such appalling mediocrity and ignorance. Fifteen years after my arrival I was still being asked. Are you a local. My response, please don't insult me . . Im amongst you however not one of you. Anglican Church National Party and the Freemasons that's Coffs Harbour and it has not changed in 29 years if anything got worse. It is the dumping ground for the unwashed unemployed of South western Sydney. Why be cold and poor in Sydney when you can be warm and poor in Coffs Harbour.There is an absolute seaboard suburb of Coffs harbour refered to as Park Beach, 29 years ago it was a slum, and guess what it still is. You can rent a 2 bedroom brick and tlle apartment here for $ 250 Aus per week 100 metres from the Eastern Seaboard of Australia. My friends in Sydney say Ive got to kidding I don't believe you Believe me. Fish and chips hambugers Go Lo Buy lo second hand clothes shops and junk retail outlets that's the limit here. Hi end products class style or sophistication forget it.
There were two major very large recreational facilities here in Coffs established for many years . The Fishing Club and the Catholic club. Both gone broke. How can you possibly go belly up serving beer and poker machines. Answer. Not enough disposable incomes
Why no incomes. A school teacher policeman or nurse guess what . Your rich! No David Jones Myer why no disposable incomes.
The ruling class have the ignorance to state , Oh but the National party is doing such a wonderful job. This is the ignorance that I speak of. Ive heard it so often . We don't want it like The Gold Coast . Do you remember the movie Deliverance some 35 years ago that's typical of the parochial insular narrow minded ruling class that runs this place.
My time here is thankfully coming to a close Im shortly moving to a 3rd world South East Asian country Laos ,where in the heart of the capital city I have a house and even in that 3rd world country and city Vientiane there is 1000 percent more style class and sophistication than I have ever witnessed in 29 years of living in this Cesspit Coffs Harbour
Craig Lawton
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Pros
  • beaches
Cons
  • No Industry
  • No Commerce
  • No Foresight
  • Aging population not open to change
  • Intolerance small-minded conservatism
  • Drug problems
Recommended for
  • Retirees
  • Beach Lovers
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1/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
Oct 08, 2016

"Racist"

Visiting on a road trip. There does not appear to be much nightlife beyond 10pm. Having just come from Byron Bay, I thought Coffs would have something similar to offer but bigger with better township infrastructure with more to do. However, talk about disappointment!
I'm Chinese in appearance but born in NZ, educated and in my mid-thirties. I dress well by Parisian standards and is well travelled. To my surprise I felt shunned in a Mexican restaurant in Emerald beach with my white French partner. We had lunch and dinner at perhaps the most expensive restaurant in town and honestly I'm unimpressed by the prices equivalent to Melbourne/Sydney with lesser views and lack lustre atmosphere. I believe the negative reviewers are right about this place. My general feelings are that people here are narrow minded, mostly badly dressed and not very pleasant toward foreigners unless they are foreigners themselves. The place creeps me out and invokes feelings of unease at the thought of local KKK Clan coming to taking me away! It's 2016, and to feel this way is very unpleasant. Call me sensitive, but this is my feeling. Having lived in Paris for 3 years, I think this is an extremely intolerant town with backward notions, and gives off a vibe of bigotry that's most undesirable and alarming. Yes, by all means live here if you're white and not after much mental stimulation. As for me, I'll pass and happily converse with the perhaps better educated refugees.
Pros
  • beautiful
  • beaches
Cons
  • Racism
  • Bad fashion
  • Ugly houses everywhere
  • Aging population not open to change
  • Intolerance small-minded conservatism
Recommended for
  • Beach Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Aug 21, 2016

"Internationally self-important"

A town that rates itself very highly, but doesn't live up to its delusions of international importance. Summers are very hot and humid, holiday crowds are tiresome.

A conservative place. Very intolerant and unfriendly to refugees, the homeless, and mentally ill. Scratch the surface and there is dysfunction. A high suicide rate, and drug problems. The coast and beaches are probably the highlight. The tourist attractions are tacky such at the big banana and clog barn. The solitary islands aquarium is worth seeing and so is the butterfly house. Whale watching are well worth experiencing.

Coffs Creek is a lovely bushland area in the heart of Coffs. The Coffs Harbour Botanic Gardens is also a beautiful spot. I really enjoy the orchid house display.

Coffs rates itself as the home of any sporting side that trains there, but doesn't provide facilities for its own young people.
The Coffs Harbour International sports stadium is laughable, a poorly designed regional stadium at best. There isn't even an all seasons athletics track.

A town where its elected rep wanted to close borders to refugees. Coffs is a conservative place, a safe seat for the nationals. The locals are very parochial. Like it or leave attitudes are prevalent.

Coffs calls itself a city, but there is suffocating small town backwardness that hides under the surface of the charade of friendliness and welcome.

I have lived here for 20 years too long. I moved here during a work restructure, I will never call it home. The last two years I have felt relieved to be on a plane out of here.

I came here in good health, but it has declined since living here. Of all the places I have lived Coffs is the only town I have come to fear.
Cons
  • Drug problems
  • Islamophobia
  • Intolerance small-minded conservatism
SarahP3
SarahP3 This is extremely incorrect. I have been living in Coffs Harbour all my life and it is a beautiful town. Everyone is lovely and of course the beaches are going to be packed in summer if it is 'hot and humid.' It has everything to offer. Dont comment horrible things on the internet unless it is true.
Aug 14, 2016
PaulS15
PaulS15 My experience of Coffs is as valid and as correct as yours. I have lived in several towns and cities and they were all more welcoming and liveable than Coffs. It seems that locals that have live here all their lives are extremely sensitive to any criticism of this claustrophobic fishbowl of a place. The love it or leave attitudes I mentioned. You seem to love it, I don't. In my experience Coffs is an overrated hole, which I will never call home. It seems I am not alone. Are you going to shout down the other poor reviews. There are 3 now, almost 50%. Perhaps you could take your parochial blinkers off and realise not everyone shares your vuews of Coffs.
Aug 16, 2016
sarahc13
sarahc13 I agree totally i have lived here for 12 months and i am read to leave next year before i lose my mind. I am a 45 years old female . This town is an absolute backwater full of uncultured small minded yobbos. The only ones that like it here are the those that have been born and breed here and never left they dont know any different.
Nov 25, 2016
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
Jul 07, 2016

"Where people come to die"

I am a single mum who had to leave my husband because of domestic violence. There is a stigma attached to women in my situation have lived here for two years and was unable to get a rental if it wasn't for the refuge we would be homeless I am moving because of this reason and the fact that my older children can not get work. not a place for families or young people you will be sorely disappointed.
Coffs Harbour is a hell hole where people come to die.
Cons
  • Aging population not open to change
Recommended for
  • Retirees
PaulS15
PaulS15 I agree. Hell hole and purgatory are words I use to describe coffs. I hope to escape Coffs one day, I don't want to die here.
Aug 18, 2016
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1/5
Nov 09, 2015

"Good for a visit only"

Good place to visit or stay if you are white. People need to open their mind to other nationalities.
Pros
  • beautiful
Cons
  • Aging population not open to change
Recommended for
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Fabulous city so much to do and see - so many cafes, beautiful beaches, markets, entertainment, great place for everyone all ages"

Coffs harbour is one of the most beautiful areas anyone could live. The Ocean Parade area is accessible to beaches, parks, cafes, jetty, shops and an extension has just been completed at Park Beach Plaza. The weather is perfect all year round and hardly ever needing a heater in winter. There is no annoying winds here as I have lived on the South Coast previously and had to move. The winters are like summer. There are galleries and markets and any age group would truly love it here.
Pros
  • everything you would want in a City including country
  • beaches
  • beautiful
  • nice people
  • hinterland
  • love the beaches
Cons
  • Highway has been completed so Korora - Saphire areas are accessable easier now
3/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"Coffs - A balanced Opinion"

Coffs Harbour is a nice town which is slowly becoming a city. It had a boom a few years ago which saw the prices of properties, and the cost of living rise -but little has been done to really capitalise on this boom. It has 2 major 'ish' shopping plaza's but due to the lack of competition the prices are quite steep compared to major cities.
The cost of living is quite high in this area and there are several social issues which mar this region including unemployment, drug abuse and poverty. The price of petrol is more expensive here for some reason , and the rate of unemployment is very high. Usually you will not even be considered for a job unless you know the person hiring you or are close family. What this has led to is people in roles that they are totally unsuitable or unqualified for, which is a real problem in this area; and which further contributes to the region's inherent social issues .
Youth social issues are particularly prevalent due the lack of things to do for young people and the lack of employment opportunities. There is a real humanitarian focus in this area as there has been an influx of refugees and asylum seekers being moved into houses across Coffs Harbour. If you are on Centrelink, you will be penalised for moving here due to the lack of employment opportunities and will have to serve a waiting period.
There is really not much to do unless you love the beach or love hanging around doing nothing. Public transport is very limited and you really need a car to get around to places. The main crimes committed in this area according to statistics are theft from cars, armed robberies and muggings which is not really surprising considering the higher than usual unemployment rate. If you are particularly skilled and wish to work, you will most probably end up stacking shelves at Woolworths ; so if you are looking for a career - steer clear from Coffs Harbour and go for a more promising area.
There are a lot of volunteer positions that you can go for in Coffs Harbour if you want to give something back to the community, and the area has a higher than usual volunteer rate. This has been attributed to several factors - firstly that most people in Coffs Harbour are retired and want something to do with their time, and it can often be a useful way to make contacts in order to find employment.
Be careful however of unscrupulous companies/individuals who try to capitalise on the high unemployment in Coffs Harbour and get you to "volunteer" (i.e: work for free) in their companies for years with a vain hope of employment. I have heard this story from many people in Coffs Harbour who are asked to work for free under the guise of volunteering in a faint hope of an offer of employment that never comes. Be aware of your rights in Coffs Harbour and be prepared to stand up to these people.
There is a university and a TAFE in Coffs Harbour if you wish to pursue a higher education. They have a variety of courses on offer and there are a few trades available although competition is fierce. Many of the people who grew up here eventually leave Coffs Harbour in order to enhance their prospects in life although there has been a drive from the university and TAFE's to retain locals in the area to stop the gradual "brain drain" occurring in Coffs Harbour. As the majority of the people in the area are high school dropouts there are very few skilled people in the area, as these go for more promising affluent area's. I am studying nursing at the moment and most of the people I attend university with are planning to move out of Coffs Harbour as soon as they finish their degree in order to get good employment and to have a better chance.
If you are retired and wish to make a seachange and have a bit of money behind you then this is the area for you. I would not recommend it for anyone else unless you have a job lined up already or some kind of contact here. There is very little change in this area and it isn't really progressing anywhere - I've heard it called a 'welfare wasteland' by the Daily Telegraph and 'halfway to nowhere' by most people who grew up here. It does feel a bit backwards here and it isn't keeping up with the times at all. The shopping complexes are dowdy and there is vey few services here.
If you wish to start up a business here, make sure you have a lot of money behind you as you will struggle in this area. A few businesses I am aware of have had problems generating an income in this area due to the low elasticity of the market and have faced problems with the council who keep raising rates and ban advertising on roadways and in major traffic area's which in turn works against small businesses. Big businesses like Woolworths and Coles have squashed out the majority of the local florists, butchers and grocers so there isn't a lot of independents here and the lack of competition means that food prices are very expensive here.
Most of the locals are elderly and retired and resist any proposed change which could enhance the community. As the largest demographic they have the major vote in the area so little is done in Coffs that doesn't suit its largest demographic. Looking to the future I don't see any real future for Coffs Harbour unless there is another boom or unless some drastic changes are made. This saddens me because I believe that so much can be done to the area to improve it with some time and investment. Properties are expensive and it is difficult to get rentals in the area so even moving here can be quite a challenge unless you have some serious money behind you or family in the area.
On the plus side it has some beautiful beaches and some stunning vistas, and a few national parks scattered around. It is a great holiday destination if you want to get away from the city for a few days and out of the rat race. I would advise anyone thinking of moving here to think very carefully about what they want out of their life - if you want a good stable career, with employment prospects and opportunities for growth, a stable future for your family, opportunities' for your children or if you want a lucrative business - stay away. If you want a seachange, to retire somewhere pretty, want a break from the city for a year, a holiday or are happy to live on welfare - then Coffs is the place for you
Pros
  • beaches
  • beautiful
Recommended for
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
SueL2
SueL2 I'm afraid I disagree with a lot of what's mentioned here. If you look at Bureau of Stats figures for the area, you'll see that the age demographic is fairly evenly spread and this is no longer a retiree-dominated area. Compared to regional Vic (where we moved from this year), the bus services are fairly good. As Coffs isn't huge, if you do have a car, getting around is easy. Yes, employment is a problem for a lot of people. Fortunately my husband and I have very marketable skills and he had no problem getting his business up and running here. I do some work interstate so my earning capacity hasn't been particularly badly affected. I realise that's not the case for everyone. There are great cafes, new housing going up, excellent beaches, and some very good schools (part of the reason why we were willing to move here with our two boys). Aside from the beaches, there are great walks, good bike paths, the Big Banana, marekets, a cinema in town as well as the re-furbished Sawtell cinema etc. I think the area is gradually improving and in time, this will translate to increased work being available for those who wish to be employed. If you can afford to get started, being self-employed may be easier! :)
Jan 01, 2016
SteveP2
SteveP2 I too disagree with alot of this commentators words.Seems to me you have been blinded by your own enviroment for to long .If I read this article and no other I wouldnt consider buying and moving there in the near future as im about to. Your unbalanced opinion is inherently unfair and as I have spent time in Coffs over my 60yrs on earth as well as having the pleasure to have known the Landi family who built the BIG B very well you are wrong in a lot of what you say, eg, I have lived here in Perth for the last 10 yrs. Properties are expensive ,cost of living expensive, fuel,gas petrol expensive ,local gvt irrational and inneficient although improving presently, demographically West Australians are as belligerent as anywhere Ive ever been maybe more so and the least friendly, should I go on. If you have an axe to grind its very easy to put up misrepresentative comment if you go looking for it as you can see, so I hope anyone else that reads this takes a large grain of salt with it as I have.
Im aware of the age of this article so I hope the author has moved on succesfully and is reflecting on where she came from with a bit of home sickness. :)
Coffs isnt on its own with unemployment and crime you need to look across all the states to see the similarities in statistics, opportunity abounds if you put your mind to it and I for one look forward to moving to a town with a great future soon.
And by the way the beaches there are second to none on the coast and they get surf , we dont here in the west unless you want to drive 300 ks south to over crowded and aggressive surfing spots.
May 14, 2016
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4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+
Lovely place to live, nice climate and you can be out of the centre of town in minutes up the mountain or at the beach. One of the nicest place I have lived. However like many towns of this size - just too big so that we dont all know (and care about) each other - the council is shocking, inefficient and expensive with overly high rates, any charge they can think of, and a real "big I am" attitude. Only other thing I dont like is the bloody highway which runs right through the centre of town. There has been a bypass planned since Adam was a boy, but noone has the oney to build it.
LIke all larger towns there are nice areas to live - and not so nice.
Pros
  • beaches
  • beautiful
  • nice people
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"nice area"

this is the best street i have ever being in with the water on one side and the houses on the other it just couldnt get better than this i just love it best decision i have made to move here i encourage anyone to come and live in this awesome place
Pros
  • love the beaches
  • beaches
  • beautiful
  • nice people
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"great area"

great area love it here so many options to do what ever we want
Pros
  • beautiful
  • beaches
  • nice people
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5
2yrs+

"Great place to visit"

If you have ever driven from Sydney to Queensland more than likely you have stayed at coffs harbour and or visited the famous Big Banana! Lovely place Amazing beaches and great resorts if you have children they are going to love it!
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"If you are not yet ready to simply roll over"

Unlike some other places on the north coast Coffs Harbour has a more vibrant feel & energy to it. Younger lifestyle, good shops, reasonable eateries (needs an excellent deli though) and a beautiful setting make for a great lifestyle. I also love a lot of the satelite towns around Coffs such as Bellingen, Coramba, Mylestrome, Gleniffer & Dorrigo. Lots of beautiful small waterways, forest areas, national park walks make for some very peaceful & energising walks or lazy picnic spots. Everything is so close & you can fly back to Sydney it needed in only 50 minutes. Coffs Harbour - just love it
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Coffs Harbour - A Coastal Paradise"

Coffs Harbour has it all - an excellent range of shops (Park Beach Plaza, Palms Centre, Jetty Village Shopping Centre), restaurants (City Centre, Jetty Strip), sporting facilities (BCU International Stadium, York Street Playing Fields) and clubs (Northern Storm Football Club, Coffs United Football Club, Coffs Comets Rugby League Club, Coffs Breakers Rugby Union Club, Coffs Swans AFL Club), accommodation (Pacific Bay, Aanuka), tourist attractions (Big Banana, fantastic beaches - Diggers, Korora, Sapphire, Jetty, Charlesworth Bay etc), beautiful walks through the hinterland... the list goes on. A fantastic place to live for anyone from young families to retirees.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"The best of everything"

Coffs Harvour was voted the most miveable city a few tears ago and has been a finalist ever since. The climiate is superb = summer temps are temperd by the sea breezes and winters are very mild. To the east you gace the Pacific Ocean with mant grear, uncrowded beaches and just 10 minutes to the west you have the natural beauty of the Great Dividing range with large area of untouched forests and rain forest areas. There are many Nayional Parks close by. The area is a holiday and sports mecca with many sporting codes holding national titles in the area each year. There are lots of great golf courses in and around Coffs as well as great shopping options. The marine park and marine study centre are well worth a look. Coffs has traditionally been a stop over point between Sydney and Brisbane nut it is well worth an extended stay.
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+
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4/5
2yrs+

"A large town with a laidback coastal feel"

Coffs Harbour absolutely buzzes. It is a busy spot with lots of people, lots of tourists and great beaches.

The population is growing rapidly. There are a number of schools in the area, so it is a great spot to raise a family. The commercial hub absolutely thrives, with shopping centres and malls, various businesses and all of the essential services.

Situated about 550 km north of Sydney, it is a popular holiday spot. The area is really popular with tourists, largely due to the fantastic climate all year round, beautiful beaches, and surf.

The area is serviced well by multiple flights per day and buses, and there are major highways here.
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5/5
2yrs+

"Coffs Harbour - Ideal Holiday Location"

Coffs Harbour is home to the “Big Banana” a large replica of a banana situated at the front of the tourist information centre and rest stop on the Pacific Highway in northern NSW. Coffs as it is known has a friendly laid back holiday style atmosphere and has some beautiful beaches that are patrolled and great for families whilst other beaches offer great surf. There are numerous parks and picnic areas offering BBQ facilities and play areas for the kids. Check out the scenery from one of the lookouts or explore the hinterland. There are restaurants and fast food venues to suit all tastes and accommodation ranges from hotel and motel to caravan parks and backpacker accommodation.
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4/5
2yrs+

"Coffs Harbour is a place that seems a little bit out of the way, but it has a lot to offer."

Coffs, as it is called by the locals, is a mixture of flat and hilly areas. This creates an interest and also gives rise to various activities around the area.

It is a great family area, big enough to keep the kids interested but does not have all the problems that some of the larger cities do.

Activities available are: surfing, mountain bike riding, whitewater rafting, bush walking, scuba diving, yachting, bowling, golf, and more.

There really is no need to be bored in Coffs.

The fishing and banana growing industries are very strong in this area and support the area very well.

Tourism is quite strong, but the area is not reliant on it as some coastal cityies are.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Best Streets in Coffs Harbour

-30.2877498744 153.1214484362
"Very handy location, a flat walk to everything"
-30.2823369495 153.128592814

Unranked Streets in Coffs Harbour

Antaries Ave

4.5/5
-30.28016 153.11277

Edinburgh St

3.5/5
"Very central location"
-30.3081174985 153.1361196825

King St

3.5/5
-30.2904648746 153.1055067746

Ocean Pde

4.5/5
"Great Spot To Visit"
-30.2832146288 153.1397260224

Pearce Dr

3.5/5
"No flood problems at this location"
-30.2764 153.09739
"A Perfect Location"
-30.2694 153.13767
"A good place to live, although a little congested..."
-30.2802844776 153.1377725883
-30.292179252 153.1378135694