We rocked up to Coffs Harbour at sunset and were overjoyed to be spending the night in a warm bed. The Coffs Harbour YHA is clean, comfortable and spacious, and located in a convenient and quiet area that is close to the beach and Muttonbird Island. If you’re not busy checking out the local attractions or lazing by the swimming pool, there’s plenty of awesome Australiana hanging from the walls of the common areas, and if you’re lucky, you might even get to meet Mr Kitty.
The Coffs Harbour YHA has 92 beds in multi-share dorms, twin or double rooms and even ensuite rooms. It can accommodate families and groups and the rooms have keyless entry.
Downstairs are all the common areas. There is a big lounge room with internet access and board games, and just outside the window is the outdoor area with picnic tables, a swimming pool and sun chairs. Hostel surfboards, body boards and bikes are available for hire.
The large kitchen has gas cooking, plenty of preparation space and a large walk in fridge. The adjacent dining room has plenty of seating and a large wall covered in blackboard paint so you can leave some words of wisdom.
Parking is available at the rear of the building and there is even a courtesy bus that can shuttle you to the city centre. The tour desk at reception is the best place to book all your tours. Activities include 4WD tours, whale watching expeditions and even wine tasting tours, with great discounts available.
- Supermarket – the closest supermarket is across the road, but if you’re looking for a bigger one, you’ll have to go to the city centre.
- The Beach – a short 500m walk towards the marina will bring you to Jetty Beach.
- Dolphin Marine Magic – previously known as the Pet Porpoise Pool, this attraction is 600m north of the hostel and is a great opportunity to meet marine animals like dolphins and seals.
- Muttonbird Island – a quick 1.3km walk past the marina will bring you to Muttonbird Island, a nesting area for muttonbirds, or wedgetailed shearwaters. When they’re not around, the whales arrive and there’s a viewing platform on the far side of the island.
- The Big Banana – 4km north of the hostel on the Pacific Highway is the Big Banana, one of Australia’s first big things. Apart from eating a chocolate coated banana from the cafe, you can enjoy tobogganing and ice skating.
- Sealy Lookout – check out the view of Coffs Harbour from the Forest Sky Pier. It’s amazing – and worth the 11km drive.
The Coffs Harbour YHA is located at 51 Collingwood Street. The reception desk is open from 9am to 9pm, check in is from 2pm and check out is at 10am. For more information, contact the hostel on 02 6652 6462, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website.