Made up of charming seaside towns, hinterland-flanked villages, and prosperous farmlands, the Coffs Coast is one of Australia’s favourite playgrounds.
Bordered by the mountains of Great Dividing Range and the cobalt waters of the Pacific Ocean, the Mid-North Coast is a fertile food bowl, and consequently a foodie’s paradise.
Home to a prominent growing community, the region fosters a vibrant and expanding food culture, which is passionately promoted and highlighted by local business people.
Fresh local produce like Bellinger River oysters, Orara Valley vine-ripened tomatoes, Dorrigo potatoes, Coffs Harbour bananas, beef and dairy from the Tableland pastures, and local wines rank among the best in the country, and can be enjoyed at an abundance of Coffs Coast restaurants, cafés, bistros, markets and speciality stores.
The community is so passionate about the region’s native produce that local food authorities host the annual Local Food Film Festival to promote and pay respect to the region’s growing splendours. This year’s event is set to showcase the theme of “local food creates healthy communities” at the Bowraville Theatre (20 October 2012), the Bellingen Memorial Hall (28 October 2012), and in Coffs Harbour at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery (3 November 2012).
While the area enjoys a reputation as a preeminent food region, it’s also well-reputed as an adventure seeker’s wonderland. Water sports and activities are particularly popular on the Coffs Coast, specifically surfing, rafting and encounters with sensational marine life.
Feel the thrust of the ocean with a surfing lesson in the warm waters of Coffs Harbour. Experience the heart-pumping thrills and spills of a white rafting adventure, navigating the rapids of the scenic Goolang. Or dive with friendly turtles, grey nurse sharks and masses of schooling fish at one of Australia’s top ten dives locations, Fish Rock.