The Coffs Harbour Jetty foreshores offers an incredible family holiday experience and makes for a whole day of family fun. Just 10 minutes’ drive from Pacific Bay Resort, simply follow the tourist drive past Park Beach and head toward the Jetty. With ample parking, simply find yourself a spot, unload the family and get ready for some fun! Here’s our insider’s guide to a full day out and about on the foreshore.
WHAT TO PACK
COFFEE COMES FIRST!
For your daily fix, go no further that Salute espresso located near the big fish (You’ll see it) at the northern end of Jetty beach. Take some time to sit and do some people watching while you await your chariot.
Image courtesy: Salute Espresso
CONNECT YOURSELF WITH MONTEM BIKE TOURS.
The best way to see the entire area is by bike and Montem will take all the hassle out of it for you. Their fleet of easy to ride bikes, together with their tour guides will get in in the saddle and on a journey around the harbour. Do not miss your opportunity to ride all the way around to the end of the south wall. This incredible ocean amphitheater offers some incredible views. Watch out for dolphins and turtles as you make your way along the water. Call Montem bike tours on 0487 600 839 or go to www.montembiketours.com.au
Image courtesy: Montem Bike Tours
TIME FOR A DIP
All that riding calls for a dip and a relax. The calm waters at the northern end of the Jetty beach offer the best place for a relaxing swim and a lay on the beach. The Jetty beach is patrolled during holiday periods, it’s safe and inviting! For the adventurous, there is the allure of the famous Jetty Jump but don’t forget to swim out to the jump off spot – it’s cheating if you walk out along the jetty! For the surfers among us, the North Wall, within a stones throw of the Jetty to the north offers a great right hand wedge on a south-easterly swell.
A LEISURELY LUNCH
You just can’t go past fish and chips on a beach day…or can you? Stop in at the ‘Award-Finning’ (LOL) Coffs Harbour Fisherman’s Co-op for the freshest local fish and chips and head to a grassy spot to indulge. OR, if you’re really in holiday mode, Attitude burgers has you sorted – did we mention they have cold beer on tap…?
Image courtesy: Attitude Burgers
WORK IT OFF
Don some walking shoes and get ready to experience Muttonbird Island, or to the local Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal people, Giidany Miirlarl, meaning ‘Moon Sacred Place’. The moon is the island’s protector, guarding the Muttonbirds as a food source and protecting them from over-harvesting.
This time take the north wall, to the other side of the amphitheater. After a super steep (but short) initial climb onto Muttonbird island, it’s time for a totally insta-worthy selfie #CoffsCoast #NaturallyConnected and be sure to take some time to learn about the local inhabitants through the interpretive signage which adorns the island.
From May to September each year, the annual whale migration takes place along the east coast so make your way to the eastern side of the island to watch nature turn on a show. Seriously, they come right past the island – you can almost reach out and touch them!
Image courtesy: www.coffscoast.com.au
HOT TIPS FOR HOLIDAY MAKERS
Visiting on a Sunday?
Spend some time perusing the Jetty Markets for some great locally hand-crafted goods, some live music and some family feels.
The Ocean Harvest festival runs every August.
Seafood lovers rejoice – this annual celebration of seafood makes for a great excuse to visit the Coffs Coast this Winter. www.oceanharvestfestival.com.au
Love to dive?
Jetty Dive offer incredible day trips into the Solitary Islands Marine Park where turtles, grey nurse and over 550 types of reef fish and over 90 varieties of hard coral can be found. Call Jetty Dive on (02) 6651 1611 or go to www.jettydive.com.au
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