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The road trip to the Coffs Harbour region is now a rather civilised 6 hours drive from Sydney. And with over 30 beaches, stunning rural towns and areas of coastal rainforest it is a fabulous location for combining photography with a family surfing holiday.
Coffs Coast from a high vantage point.
If you visit this stunning area, take the time to have breakfast or lunch at the wonderfully named Sunken Chip Cafe at Sandy Beach. It's around 20 minutes north of Coffs, great coffee and food in a peaceful location opposite the beach.
The popular little town of Belligen is a joyful 30 minute drive south from the centre of Coffs Harbour. We decided to take a detour to a swimming hole on the Never Never Creek, Promised Land. With a name like that how could you pass this up? The swimming area is located in a magical forest on a dirt road about 20 minutes out of Belligen.
Old timber bridge on the Never Never River.
For a little bit of Australian literary history on the way back to Belligen you will pass the church hall that inspired the Booker winning novel by Peter Carey 'Oscar and Lucinda' that was turned into a film in 1997.
Glennifer Church Hall
If you have the time, make sure you explore some of the beaches that Coffs has to offer. From Arrawarra about 25 minutes north to Sawtell about 15 minutes south, you will find amazing beautiful and pristine beaches. And quite likely have the place to yourself.
Looking south at Fiddamans Beach. This artwork in available as a limited edition print titled 'Native Grasses' available from my print shop gallery.
Walking trail south of Sandy Beach.
Wave perfection, secret location!
This artwork in available as a limited edition print titled 'Pandanus at Sapphire' available from my print shop gallery.
And lastly, don't miss the Forest Sky Pier, Sealy Lookout. Its only 10 minutes from Coffs Harbour on the Scenic Drive off Bruxtner Park Road, Korora. Just back down the road from the lookout are some stunning walks in the remnant coastal rainforest. A reminder of how our coasts used to be!