Coffs Harbour officials re-focus on cruising

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Will popular family holiday destination Coffs Harbour soon become a cruise ship stop-over?

It’s certainly looking likely, after it was revealed in The Coffs Coast Advocate last week that officials were asked to support the recommencement of investigations into cruise ship visits to the harbour.

Additionally, the motion also calls for Coffs Harbour is become a member of Cruise Down Under, the organisation of cruise shipping in Australia.

The motion is being put by Councillor Rodney Degens, who recently backed Councillor Nan Cowling’s motion for significant funding cuts to the council departments of Economic Development, Marketing and Sport.

The agenda papers for the meeting held last week did not indicate where funding for the cruise ship investigations or membership would be sourced. They did, however, highlight a study undertaken by Geelong City Council and figured from the Port of Newcastle were noted. According to the papers, the Port of Newcastle found an economic impact of $7.5 million a year from stopovers by cruise ships.

About Coffs Harbour:

The coastal city of Coffs Harbour is located on the north coast of New South Wales, approximately 550km north of Sydney and 400km from Brisbane. This is a popular destination for both holidayers and residents who want to get away from the bigger cities. As a result, Coffs Harbour is growing at an exceptional rate.

The city is generally regarded as less trendy than Byron Bay and Noosa, but the great beaches, variety of accommodation and well developed tourism industry makes this location a big hit for holidaying families.

The location is beautiful too, with a mountainous backdrop and a plethora of unspoiled beaches for revellers to explore.

There’s plenty to do in the city, no matter what your interests.  If shopping is your thing, you’ll enjoy the three major shopping centres in Coffs Harbour, while outdoors-types can explore the huge range of National Parks (and Marine National Parks) that surround the city.

National parks and Marine Parks surrounding Coffs Harbour:

  • Bellinger River National Park
  • Bindarri National Park
  • Bongil Bongil National Park
  • Cascade National Park
  • Coffs Coast Regional Park
  • Dorrigo National Park
  • Hayden Dent Nature Reserve
  • Junuy Juluum National Park
  • Moonee Beach Nature Reserve
  • Nymboi-Binderay National Park
  • Solitary Islands Marine Park
  • South Solitary Island
  • Ulidarra National Park
  • Yuraygir National Park

Other tourist activities in Coffs Harbour:

  • Coffs Harbour Regional Museum
  • Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery
  • Bunker Cartoon Gallery
  • “The Big Banana”
  • Butterfly House
  • Botanical Garden and Creek-side Broadwalk
  • Dolphin & whale watching cruises
  • Scuba diving in the Solitary Islands
  • Scenic helicopter flights
  • Markets:  Jetty markets, Harbourside markets & Parkbeach markets

Image copyrights:  Trevor Veale / The Coffs Coast Advocate & Cookaa / Wikimedia. 

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Lily Egge

Lily is in her mid 60’s and loves cruising. She and her partner have cruised on at least 40 cruises so far and there is much more to see. They usually travel on a balcony cabin, especially at Christmas where they celebrate on the cruise with the family. She lives in Manifold Heights in Victoria. Lily writes for Cruise 1st on a regular basis.

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