Welcome to Coffs Harbour, a place well-known for its beautiful beaches, stunning landscapes and tourist attractions. But did you know it’s also the habitat of some of Australia’s best-loved celebrities? So, let’s explore some of the Coffs local celebrities and personalities who call Coffs Harbour home or love visiting often.
Coffs Local Celebrities – Russell Crowe: Hollywood Star with a Local’s Heart
Firstly, the internationally acclaimed actor Russell Crowe has long had an affinity for our relaxed coastal town. Not only has he been spotted in local pubs such as the Coffs Hotel, but he’s also performed in the past with his band at the Plantation Hotel and the Hoey Moey. It’s quite a sight to see a Hollywood star chilling out with locals without any pretensions and dressed in his trackie daks!
George Negus: A Regular at Local Markets
Next up is George Negus, another Coffs Harbour dweller with national fame. This seasoned current affairs journalist can frequently be found at the Bellingen Markets, usually deep in conversation or shopping for local produce. Although he is one of our Coffs local celebrities, his down-to-earth manner means you could easily mistake him for your next-door neighbour.
Coffs Local Celebrities – Jack Thompson
Let’s not forget about Jack Thompson. This multi-talented actor and AACTA award-winner resides in the lovely coastal town of Woolgoolga, just a short drive from Coffs Harbour. Jack’s commendable body of work spans decades, managing to captivate audiences all around the globe. Not just cinematically gifted, Jack also creates his unique range of condiments.
Dick Smith: Entrepreneur & Adventurer
Then there’s Dick Smith, the famous businessman, adventurer, and philanthropist. Renowned for his love of all things Australian, Dick has supported several local initiatives in and around Coffs Harbour. There’s a decent chance you may stumble upon him at a community event in town.
Coffs Local Celebrities – Jon English & Wendy Matthews
Of course, we couldn’t forget Jon English and Wendy Matthews – two of Australia’s most loved musicians. Though Jon English has passed away, his memory lives on in his music loved around the country. On the other hand, Wendy Matthews still graces our town with her presence, occasionally serenading us with her distinctive melodies.
David Helfgot: Magic on the Keys
Finally, though he’s no longer with us, an honorary mention goes to David Helfgot, the prodigious pianist. David had made a home in The Promised Land, Bellingen. In addition to international recitals, David would delight locals with impromptu performances. His music, much like his memory, continues to live on.