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Bushwalking in Coffs Harbour can vary widely, from beaches and foreshores to wild Forest Mountains, where rivers pass through rocky gorges and from fantastic falls and rocky pools. 

The Coffs Harbour Landscape
The always-present visual element is the coastline, composed of a series of long open beaches, broken by smaller pocket beaches in the Macauley's and Mullaway areas. Headlands which rise above their surroundings, dominating the coastal view, protrude between the beaches and provide extensive views of the picturesque Solitary Islands and offshore reefs.
Behind the urban areas of the coastal plain the land rises through a series of ridges running from the main Great Dividing Range, and covered by a rich tapestry of banana plantations and stands of eucalypts. The dramatic contrasts make the hinterland an area of particular scenic beauty and a delight for the more energetic bushwalker.


Bindarri National Park 

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The park is located 20 kilometres west of Coffs Harbour. Access is via Upper Orara, on Dairyville Road from the east, or from Ulong on the plateau to the west. All vehicle access within the park is on rough, dry-weather only, four-wheel drive roads. 

Bongil Bongil National Park 

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The park lies between Sawtell and Mylestom on the mid-north coast of NSW, 20km south of Coffs Harbour. Present vehicle access to the park's southern section is via Tuckers Rock Road, east of Repton. A boat ramp off Lyons Road on the Bonville Creek bank provides easy boat and canoe access to the park's northern estuaries. 

Dorrigo National Park 

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Included on the World Heritage List in 1986, Dorrigo National Park is recognised as an area of exceptional natural beauty with significant habitats of outstanding universal value to science and conservation. One of Australia's most accessible World Heritage rainforests, the Park provides all visitors with an opportunity to experience and appreciate this unique environment. 

Nymboi-Binderay National Park

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White water enthusiasts will find plenty of excitement along the river, but other visitors can also enjoy the riverside camping areas and quiet forest roads. Experience bushwalking, swimming, mountain bike riding, bird watching and photography on a pleasant day trip or a camping holiday.

Pleasure Walks can give your holiday that extra dimension, by providing an insight into the surrounding natural environment. Around Coffs Harbour you will find some of the worlds finest natural features are at your feet.

Muttonbird Island Walk - Time 1hr

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Park at the Fisherman's Co-0p, or the Yacht Club car park. 
The walk features spectacular coastal and hinterland views. Walk out along the northern breakwall past the marina where the local fishing fleet and pleasure boats are moored. 
At the foot of Muttonbird Island, read the display boards on local history, and the nature reserve. The paved walk commences with a medium grade, but the views, and interpretive signage on the Muttonbird habitat are worth the effort. It is very beautiful in the early morning with the sun on the marina and banana clad hills. 

Coffs Creek Walk - Time 2hrs
Park either in Coffs Street opposite the Council Chambers, or at the Yacht Club Car Park. A very pleasant creek walk from the City Centre to the Harbour (or the reverse direction). This quiet easy walk follows Coffs Creek, with possible detours to visit the historic Cemetery, Botanic Garden, and Pet Porpoise Pool.

Charlesworth Bay Walk - Time 1hr
Drive through Pacific Bay Resort and park at the beach amenities block.
Follow the path past Grandmas Collection, to the Headland, and look back to Diggers Beach.

Botanic Garden Walks - Time 1 - 2hrs

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Park at the end of Hardacre Street, off High Street. 
Enjoy the beauty of native and exotic flora.
Allow at least an hour to wander around this scenic 20ha site. There are 6km of easy walks, through woodland, endangered species planting’s, rainforest planting’s, and along mangrove boardwalks.

Bruxner Park Walks - Time 1 - 3hrs
Turn west off the Pacific Highway 1km north of the Big Banana, and drive through the bananas, and avocados to the Gap parking area. A map and signposts will direct you to the walks, and numerous attractions in the Flora Reserve.

Rainforest Walks – Park at the Gap for an interpretive (1.6km) walk through the rainforest.

Sealy Lookout – Expansive views over Coffs Harbour with picnic, barbecue, and toilet facilities available. Cycad Walk (M), features black-boys and unusual vegetation.
Korora Lookout Trail
Go to the parking area on Sealy Lookout Road, an easy return walk with extensive north and south coastal views.

Macauleys Headland Walk - Time 1 – 2hrs
Park at the northern end of Park Beach for views of the coast, city and aboriginal site. Walk north over the Headland, following the coastal cliffs, to Diggers Beach, return along Richmond Drive.

Boambee Creek Walk - Time 2 - 3hrs
Park at Harbour Boat Ramp. For pleasant (long) walks, walk 4km along Boambee Beach to the Railway Bridge at Boambee Creek, return along tracks in the dunes parallel to the beach.

Moonee Nature Walk - Time 4hrs
Park at Moonee Beach Reserve, A medium grade walk featuring coastal heath, estuary, and abundant bird life with wildflowers in spring.
Wade across the estuary then follow the track through the littoral rainforest to the beach. Walk along the beach or dunes until you meet a track, follow this track to the bank of Moonee Creek, then cross the estuary and return to the start.

Remember walking is safe, healthy & highly rewarding activity if you plan ahead. 
For more information about Nature Walks & Parks
National Parks and Wildlife Services
Phone: 1300 361 967 (within NSW) or (02) 9253 4600
E-mail: info@npws.nsw.gov.au

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