A Perfect Three-day Nature Getaway in Coffs Harbour and Bellingen

A Perfect Three-day Nature Getaway in Coffs Harbour and Bellingen

If you want to escape and immerse yourself in nature, a three-day trip to Coffs Harbour and Bellingen is a fantastic option. Mixing the two areas brings you pristine beaches, nature reserves, mountains and more. So, let’s explore what each day of this nature getaway can offer.

Day 1: Coffs Harbour Heights and Sights

Morning

Kickstart your nature getaway with a stunning view from the Forest Sky Pier at Niigi Niigi. It’s located a short 15-minute drive from Coffs Harbour. The route takes you through lush banana plantations to this breathtaking lookout. Here, gaze out over the Orara East State Forest and the sparkling northern and southern Coffs coastline.

Afternoon

Next, head down to meet a local celebrity of sorts: the Big Banana. It has to be done! This iconic fruit sculpture symbolises the region’s extensive banana farming history. In fact, we’ve had banana farms here since the 1800s. After your selfie spree, indulge in a treat at the Going Bananas café – maybe a banana split or a frozen chocolate banana. Furthermore, browse the boutique businesses onsite and then maybe take an exhilarating toboggan ride!

Evening

Later on, meet with the locals at the Harbourside Market. Held every Sunday on the beautiful Jetty Foreshore, these markets are perfect for finding local produce, crafts, and live music. Pick a spot on the grass, settle in, and enjoy the music and evening vibe. Afterwards, take a stroll through the gorgeous harbour to Mutton Bird Island.

Day 2: Nature Getaway – Coastal Charm and Mountain Escapes

Morning

Rise with the sun and make your way to the charming village of Sawtell, just a 15-minute drive away. Take a stroll down the wonderful fig tree-lined main street and choose a perfect spot for a coffee. How about breakfast at The French Basket? Next, check out the soothing sands of Sawtell Beach.

Afternoon

After your beach time, it’s off to the hills! Drive the scenic Waterfall Way to the unique town of Bellingen. Hunt for treasures at Sourced Salvage Studio, have fun browsing the eclectic mix of shops and cafes and grab a wood-fired pizza from Diavoletyo Pizza in town beside the idyllic Bellinger River.

Evening

Step back in time as you shop at Emporium Bellingen, set in a historic building. Lastly, follow this with dinner at The Diggers Tavern or The Bellingen Brewery.

Day 3: Rainforest and Waterfall Wonders Nature Getaway

Morning

Now it’s time to go deep into the rainforest. Dorrigo offers a range of stunning walking tracks, like the Wonga Walk, surrounded by ancient trees and vibrant bird calls. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, drive to the end of Dome Road and take a track from there. These walks are off the tourist trail and offer a more rugged but quieter experience. You can pick up a map from the Rainforest Centre. It’s a fabulous few hours.

Afternoon

Conclude your nature getaway at Dangar Falls. A quick drive from Dorrigo, these falls are a natural wonder. You can view them from the top or hike down for an up-close experience.

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