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Coffs Harbour to Broken Head drive

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Coffs Harbour is a popular coastal holiday spot, far enough north to be semi-tropical but conveniently close to Sydney and Brisbane. The well-known surfing spot has resorts and apartments, hinterland hills and mountains covered by forests, banana plantations and farms. It is where the Great Dividing Range meets the Pacific Ocean.

The Getaway team started their road trip to Broken Head at Boambee Beach, just south of Coffs Harbour. The beach is not patrolled but is very popular with fishermen, horse trainers, joggers, jet-skiers and 4WD enthusiasts — and dogs are allowed there off the leash.

Boambee Creek Reserve is a popular area for locals with young children. It has shallow water and playground facilities, barbecue facilities, shelters and takeaway food. Boambee Headland is the perfect location for winter and spring whale-watching.

Angourie is a small village famous for its surf and and has become home to some of Australia's top surfboard shapers. There are only around 100 houses — many are available for rent. There are some great walks at Angourie Point, including a five kilometre track which winds down the headland into the Yuraygie National Park and back beach.

Ten kilometres further on is Yamba on the mouth of the Clarence River, the biggest on Australia's east coast. It is surrounded by Yuraygir National Park. There is plenty to entertain and good restaurants.

The Yamba Pacific Hotel was built in 1934 and despite many changes over the years, retains its old hotel charm. The old whitewashed pub clings to a cliff above Yamba's surf beach and bistro meals are well priced.

Just over an hour's drive north is Broken Head. It's heaven on earth only four kilometres south of Byron Bay, with secluded beaches fringed with rainforest and tea tree lakes on a comparatively unspoilt pocket of the Byron coastline. It has a wealth of birdlife — both sea birds and rainforest dwellers. Follow the meandering track from the caravan park through the reserve and to the beaches.

Broken Head Holiday Park is on the beachfront, surrounded by national park and with marvellous views north to Byron Bay and south to Ballina. A stroll along the Reserve track gives views of the Pacific and amazing rock formations.

They have powered and unpowered sites and four styles of self-contained cabins. There are free barbecue facilities, kiosk, toilets and showers, laundry facilities, chemical dump point and powered sullage sites.

KEA Campers' comfortable two, four and six-berth campervans, motorhomes and 4WDs are the perfect way to discover Australia. The Kea 2+2 berth fliptop campervan is descended from the VW Kombi. It is well equipped and doubles as an efficient family wagon with automatic gear box and efficient diesel consumption. It has precision European engineering and elegant styling and quickly transforms into a top-class campervan.


Broken Head Holiday Park cabins start at $69 a night for up to five people. Unpowered campsites start at $26 a double a night.

Kea Campers Flip Top campervans can be rented from $125 a day.

Virgin Blue has flights to Coffs Harbour.

One-way fares from;
  • Sydney, $85
  • Brisbane, $149
  • Melbourne, $179
  • Hobart, $235
  • Adelaide, $240
  • Perth, $310

There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are one-way on the Net. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at July 19, 2007 and are subject to change.


The north coast of New South Wales.

For further information

Kea Campers Australia
Ph: 1800 252 555; (02) 8707 5540

Pacific Hotel Yamba
18 Pilot Street
Yamba NSW 2464
Ph: (02) 66462125
Fax: (02) 66462662

Broken Head Holiday Park
Beach Road
Broken Head NSW 2481
Ph: (02) 6685 3245
Fax: (02) 6685 4810

Virgin Blue
Ph: 13 6789

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