Bellinger River oysters, Orara Valley vine-ripened tomatoes, Dorrigo potatoes, Coffs Harbour bananas, fresh seafood from the Pacific Ocean, beef and dairy from the Tableland pastures, and local wines – Coffs Coast local fare is amongst the best in Australia.
The Jetty Strip in Coffs Harbour is one of the area’s most popular eat streets. The promenade features a wide variety of restaurants and cafés, covering everything from seafood to Chinese and Modern Australian to Thai.
The rejuvenated Surf Club Restaurant and Bar at Coffs Harbour Surf Lifesaving Club is one of the area’s biggest success stories. Open daily for breakfast and lunch, the Surf Club enjoys an absolute beachfront location and a menu brimming with fresh local produce.
The small town of Bellingen, in the Coffs Coast hinterland, has been long renowned for its locally farmed and organic produce, off-the-land lifestyle, and relaxed ethos.
A seemingly sleepy seaside village with a surprising multicultural population, Woolgoolga is the Coffs Coasts go-to for Indian cuisine. Impressive temples draw attention to the hills, highlighting area’s notable Punjabi and Sikh influence.
A tourist hotspot – a travellers’ halfway point between Sydney and Brisbane – the Coffs Coast prides itself on its thriving retail scene and services.
As the region’s leading business hub, Coffs Harbour has a wealth of shopping opportunities. Park Beach Plaza is the largest regional shopping centre between Newcastle and the Gold Coast, boasting close to 120 shops – including national chain retailers, exclusive boutiques and supermarkets. The Palms Shopping Centre, in Harbour Drive, the city’s main retail thoroughfare, also hosts a range of stores. While the Jetty area boasts promenade shopping overlooking Coffs Creek.
North of Coffs Harbour, amid the hinterland’s lush rainforest sits Bellingen, a charming town with a unique shopping scene. Bellingen’s main streets bound with an eclectic mix of designer names and outlets that appeal to the town’s arty nature. For a true taste of the town’s distinctive shopping scene, drop into the historic Hammond and Wheatley Emporium – a nineteenth century department store that houses jewellery and home wares from global brands and upmarket clothing ranges.
As common in regional areas of all over Australia, the Coffs Coast hosts a series of weekly markets, with stalls selling locally-created produce, music, arts and crafts. The Coffs Harbour Jetty Markets is held every Sunday; with travelling markets held in Dorrigo on the first Saturday of the month, Woolgoolga on the second Saturday of the month, and Bellingen on the third Saturday of the month.