Wind your way through banana plantations on the 10-minute drive from Coffs Harbour to Sealy Lookout in the Orara East State Forest. A short cantilevered walkway juts out 15m above the forest with views sweeping across to Coffs and the surrounding hinterland. There are a few walking trails in the area, including the 600m Gumgali track from the Korora car park to Korora Lookout – an interpretative walk that tells the story of Gumgali, the Black Goanna, part of local Gumbaynggir culture.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Coffs Harbour attractions

1. Big Banana

1.53 MILES

Built in 1964, the Big Banana started the craze for ‘Big Things’ in Australia. Admission is free, with charges for associated attractions, such as ice…

2. Solitary Islands Aquarium

1.67 MILES

On weekends this small aquarium belonging to Southern Cross University's Marine Science Centre is open to the public. Touch tanks and enthusiastic, well…

4. Diggers Beach

2.08 MILES

Diggers is popular with surfers and good for beginners, with swells averaging 1m to 1.5m. Access is via a turn-off from the highway near the Big Banana.

5. Little Diggers Beach

2.12 MILES

Naturists let it all hang out at Little Diggers, an unofficial nude beach, just inside the northern headland.

6. North Coast Regional Botanic Garden

2.27 MILES

Immerse yourself in the subtropical surrounds of the greenhouses, sensory gardens and lush rainforest of these botanic gardens. The 8km Coffs Creek Walk…

7. Park Beach

2.35 MILES

A long, lovely stretch of sand backed by dense shrubbery and sand dunes, which conceal the buildings beyond.

8. Bunker Cartoon Gallery

2.66 MILES

Displays rotating selections from its permanent collection of 23,000 cartoons from the 1920s to current day in a WWII bunker.