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Australia Travel Guide: Coffs Harbour Travel Update 2021

You might be planning to fly to Coffs Harbour for pleasure or business purposes and ask if it’s worth visiting. This question is quite relevant as Australia prepares to open its border to international travel as restrictions ease from the COVID-19 virus. Coffs Harbours has so much to offer visitors not only the giant yellow banana that has become a necessary stop-off spot on any seaside road trip through the region. 

Coffs Harbour is the ideal coastal retreat filled with family-friendly attractions, wildlife tours, and action-packed adventures. In this article, we’ll discuss the travel update and some things you can do here. 

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For Coffs Coast visitors and locals safety, there are current COVID-Safe guidelines. These new rules, according to coffscoast.com.au, apply effectively from 11 October to NSW, and all NSW residents should follow the rules around fully vaccinated and exempt people, guidelines for people who are not yet vaccinated and rules for businesses. If you want to know what type of businesses can be open and other updated rules, read more here. 

COVID-Safe General Information 

  • Don’t go out if you’re sick or ill. 
  • Facemask is a must at all indoor non-residential established, and organized outdoor events. 
  • Practice physical distancing. 
  • Sanitize or clean hands generously for at least 20 seconds with soap and water, or alcohol. 
  • When you need to cough or sneeze, make sure to cover your nose with a flexed elbow or a tissue. 
  • Check places you would visit as individual businesses might have restrictions. 
  • About the vaccination, ask your GP first. 
  • Determine the testing hubs in Coffs Coast. Just in case you start to feel unwell while you’re here, it’s recommended that you get tested and quarantine for the necessary time period. 
  • Broaden the list of places you’ll visit, from pristine beaches to lovely hinterlands, discover them all. 
  • Book earlier for activities or events and restaurants or try ordering online. 
  • Make sure that you use the QR Code Check-In at all outdoor organised activities and indoor venues. 
  • Opt for contactless payments if available. 
  • Download the app for COVID-Safe. 

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  • In NSW, from February, it’s required for everyone (12 years of age and above) to wear a facemask indoors at all NSW airports and on domestic commercial flights out or into NSW. For instance, if you’re flying from Coffs Harbour to Brisbane or vice-versa, a facemask is still mandatory. 
  • It is mandatory in NSW for everyone (12 years of age and above) to wear a facemask indoors in several settings and at outdoor events. 

For more information on travel restrictions to Regional NSW, visit the official NSW Government’s website. 

Coffs Harbour Accommodation Recommendations 

There are many hotel choices in and around the city of Coffs Harbour, being midway between Brisbane and Sydney. It’s a great halfway stopping point for those who are road-tripping and looking to separate the trip between the two great cities. There are various accommodation options to fit all sorts of different budgets from fancy resorts to caravan parks. 

If you’re looking for an amazing resort experience in your stay in Coffs Harbour, here are some of the best recommendations we have for you: 

  • BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort 
  • Ramada Resort by Wyndham Coffs Harbour 
  • Absolute Beachfront Opal Cove Resort 

Meanwhile, if you want to find a quick relaxing overnight stop before you get back on the road, here are some suggestions: 

  • Aquajet Motel
  • Bentleigh Motor Inn

These two accommodations are near the Pacific Highway and close to dinner options too. You won’t have to return to your car after you’ve checked in after a long day of driving. 

For families who are travelling, here are some of the best options for value and convenience: 

  • BIG4 Park Beach Holiday Park 
  • Sapphire Beach Holiday Park 

How to Get Around Coffs Harbour white and red air plane flying during daytime

You can divide Coff Harbour into a couple of sections, although the major part of the city along the Pacific Highway is somewhat easy to walk around. If you have a car then it’s easier to go elsewhere in the city. Once you begin going to major tourist attractions, especially the National Parks then having a car would be a requirement. 

With that being said, there is a public bus service around Coffs Harbour, however, it essentially interlinks the closeby towns. The #365 will bring you between the middle of town, the jetty and the primary shopping centre. Try to check Busway’s website for more information. 

Things to Do in the Evenings 

If you’re looking for things to do in the nighttime or where you can find amazing food, we recommend two places for that! Along the Pacific Highway in the middle of town, you’ll discover a great selection of cafes, restaurants, and bars that are perfect for a variety of tastes and budgets. It would be impossible not to find something to suit what you are looking for in this part of the city. 

Furthermore, if you prefer something more delightful end of the spectrum, with lovely views over the water, then you can find cafes and restaurants in the harbour foreshore area that are surely worth checking out. 

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