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Encyclopedia > Coffs Harbour

Coffs Harbour is a coastal city and Local Government Area in northern New South Wales, Australia. It is a popular vacation spot for locals and tourists because it is far enough north to be semi-tropical, but relatively close to Sydney (a mere 550km along the Pacific Highway). The population is estimated at 48,047, by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in June 2003. The surrounding region is dominated by resorts and apartments along the beach with coastal hills and mountains covered by forests, banana plantations, and other farms.

Coffs Harbour owes its name to Captain John Korff, who named the area Korff's Harbour when he was forced to take shelter from storm in the area in 1847. Its name was accidently changed by the surveyor for the crown when he reserved land in the area during 1861.

Coffs Harbour is the hub for a thriving banana industry. One of the biggest attractions is the Big Banana, one of Australia's Big Things, celebrating the region's best known export. There is also a popular underwater diving spot on a small natural reef.

Directly out to sea from Coffs Harbour adjacent to the man-made breakwater is Muttonbird Island. The island is an Australian National Park protecting unique muttonbird nesting sites. The well_known film actor Russell Crowe lives inland from Coffs Harbour at Nana Glen.

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Coffs Harbour travel guide - Wikitravel (1291 words)
Coffs Harbour is a town on the north coast of the Australian state of New South Wales, approximately two thirds of the way from Sydney to Brisbane.
Coffs Harbour is a 570 kilometers drive north of Sydney and 350 kilometers south of Brisbane on the Pacific Highway.
Coffs Harbour is a nine-hour train ride on Countrylink (ph 132232) from Sydney via the Central Coast, Newcastle and the north coast.
Coffs Harbour Tourism. Coffs Harbour Accommodation. Coffs Harbour holidays (176 words)
Coffs Harbour is located in New South Wales Australia between Sydney and Brisbane.
Coffs Harbour tourism is well developed with many activities including surfing, whale watching and visits to icons such as the Big Banana.
For the more active Coffs Harbour has a number of adventures including white water rafting on the Nymboida river or perhaps sea kayaking where you might well be up close to whales and dolphins.
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