Adventure Trails on the Coffs Coast
Check out this stunning part of the world with a relaxed morning stroll, a calf-pumping bushwalk or a mountain biking expedition. Coffs Coast is surrounded by lush forests and national parks – the perfect place to get lost in nature and find your adventurous self. Here are some of Cb’s favorite trails.
Moonee Beach Reserve
Getting there: Take Emerald Beach exit off Pacific Highway once in Emerald Beach, turn down Dammerel Crescent. Park in the Look At Me Now carpark and follow the signs for these two scenic coastal walks.
Look At Me Now Headland Walk
Distance: 1.6 km loop
Time: 15-45 mins
A short walking route with fabulous scenic views far out to sea, a lookout and beach access. You can see eastern grey kangaroos nibbling on the grass and white-bellied sea eagles, ospreys and brahminy kites soaring above the coastline. Pack a picnic lunch and blanket to sit amongst the grassy heath.
Moonee Nature Walk
Distance: approx. 5kms
Time: 4 hrs return
Grade: Medium (Low tide access only)
Park at Moonee Beach Reserve. This walk features coastal heath, estuary and abundant bird life with wildflowers in spring. Wade across the estuary then follow the track through the littoral rainforest to the beach. Walk along the beach or dunes until you meet a track, follow this track to the bank of Moonee Creek, then cross the estuary and return to the start. There is also a shorter walk across the bridge to the edge of the reserve.
Bruxner Park Flora Reserve – Orara East State Forest
Getting there: Turn west off the Pacific Highway 1km north of the Big Banana, drive through bananas and avocados to the Gap parking area. These walking tracks are only a 10-minute drive from Coffs Harbour.
Rainforest Walks: Rainforest Loop (easy) & Gumgali Track (medium)
Distance: 600m – 1.6km
Time: 10 – 60 mins
Grade: Easy-Medium (varying slopes & steps)
These walking tracks lead you through the wonder of a subtropical rainforest. And don’t forget the insect repellent– you’re in a rainforest and can expect mosquitoes and other insects as well as possibly leeches sometimes, particularly after rain and in summer.
Forest Sky Pier at Sealy Lookout
Drive a further 2km from The Gap car park to Sealy Lookout to enjoy expansive views over Coffs Harbour with a picnic, barbecue, and toilet facilities available. An impressive new Sky Pier with viewing platform opened at Sealy Lookout in late 2011 providing awesome views over treetops.
Muttonbird Island walk – Coffs Harbour Marina
Getting there: Follow Harbour Drive, then take Marina Drive to the waterfront and marina.
Distance: 1.2 km loop
Grade: Medium (well-maintained pathways, some steep slopes)
It’s an extraordinary place to take a short walk, and the unforgettable views will be well worth your effort. The best way to find out more about the Aboriginal stories of Muttonbird is on an award-winning guided Discovery tour conducted by local Gumbaynggirr rangers.