Located in Australia, on the north coast of New South Wales is the beautiful coastal city of Coffs Harbour. This beachside city is located almost half way between Brisbane and Sydney and is the vibrant heart of the Coffs Coast. Boasting a spectacular coastline, Coffs Harbour is the perfect destination for those looking to partake in water sports. Coffs Harbour is a friendly and relaxed city that is home to numerous attractions. These attractions are suitable for the young and old, therefore making the city the ideal destination for a family holiday. It is uniquely located where the Great Dividing Range escarpment meets the Australian East Coast. The city is a mix of lush green hills and sparkling blue waters; being surrounded by National Parks and is home to numerous pristine beaches. Muslim visitors must be aware that it will be difficult to locate Muslim-friendly facilities in Coffs Harbour.
For nature lovers, the Bruxner Park Flora Reserve is the ideal attraction. Located just 10 minutes away from the city of Coffs Harbour, Bruxner Park is one of the most popular reserves in the area. Home to several walking trails, picnic areas, beautiful flora, picturesque lookout points, and more, this park will also prove to be a fun day out for the whole family. Another place for those who love the outdoors is the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden.
A unique, must-visit place in Coffs Harbour is Muttonbird Island. This island is a sacred place to the local Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal people and is a protected Nature Reserve that is home to thousands of muttonbirds, or wedge-tailed shearwaters. It is a fabulous place for exploring as well as bird and whale watching. Muttonbird Island is easily accessible as it is connected to land.
When with kids, a visit to Dolphin Marine Magic is a must. This unique, award-winning marine park offers a once in a life time opportunity. Visitors get the chance to get up close and personal with and interact with dolphins and seals. Those visiting the popular park will also come across peacocks, turtles, tropical fish and little blue penguins.
As it is located on the coast, Coffs Harbour also offers opportunities for swimming, scuba diving, paddle boarding, surfing, kayaking, white water rafting, and other water related activities. The uncrowded beaches are ideal for Muslims looking for some privacy, as well as for those looking to relax and escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
The closest airport to Coffs Harbour is Coffs Harbour Airport, which has domestic flights and is located about 5 kilometres from the center of the city. For international flights, tourists will have to travel to either the Gold Coast Airport or Brisbane Airport, which are located about 311 kilometres and 410 kilometres, respectively.
There are no known Halal restaurants in Coffs Harbours. Muslim visitors will have to dine on seafood or vegetarian dishes in non-halal restaurants. They will however have to ensure that the ordered item does not contain any non-halal ingredients. These restaurants are also known to serve alcohol. Muslims visiting Coffs Harbour could also make inquiries at the local mosque regarding Halal food in the area.
There is one known mosque in Coffs Harbour. Muslim tourists will be able to offer their prayers at the Coffs Harbour – Southern Cross University Musalla. They could also make inquiries while there, about other prayer areas in Coffs Harbour.