Coffs Harbour is a coastal city in the north of the Australian state of New South Wales. The city is located about 540 kilometers north of Sydney, 400 km south of Brisbane and has 26,353 inhabitants. It is the administrative center and the center of the local administrative area Coffs Harbour City.
The area around Coffs Harbour is dominated by resorts and apartment complexes, surrounded by mountains, banana plantations and farms.
The name of Coffs Harbour can be traced back to Captain John Korff, who named the area Korff 's Harbour when he sought protection from a storm in 1847.
Coffs Harbour is the center of a thriving banana industry. One of the biggest attractions is the Big Banana, the biggest banana in the world ( concrete) as a symbol of the best-known export good of the region within which one can learn about growing bananas more. In addition, a popular dive center exists in a small natural reef.
Other attractions include the zoo Pet Porpoise Pool ( dolphin and seal shows ), the Historical Museum ( images, tools and memorabilia from the early days ) and the Botanical Gardens on the banks of Coffs Creek with plants from subtropical and temperate zones.
The city hosts the Coffs Harbour Education Campus, a partnership between Southern Cross University and the Coffs Harbour Senior College.
In the east, a small marina is located. Coffs Harbour is also a small airport and it performs an important main road (Pacific Highway) from Sydney to Brisbane through the city. In addition, Coffs Harbour can be reached by railway to the main route Sydney - Brisbane.
2001 was the Australian national football team four World Cup qualifiers in Coffs Harbour from, including on April 11 with the 31:0 won against American Samoa game in which it is the highest international match victory of all time. For hosting the Rally Australia, which is one of the World Rally Championship in 2011, the area was chosen in and around Coffs Harbour as a venue.
- Marjorie Jackson, Australian athlete and politician ( born 1931 in Coffs Harbour )
- Emanuel Oppliger, Australian -Swiss snowboarders (* 1975 in Coffs Harbour )
- Mervyn Rose, Australian tennis player ( b. 1930 in Coffs Harbour )
- Russell Crowe, actor resident here
- Simmone Jade Mackinnon, based here actress