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Upper Orara

Upper Orara is a suburb of Coffs Harbour, located on the northern NSW coast, 540 kilometres north of Sydney. Coffs Harbour is one of NSW's most popular tourist destinations. With an average maximum summer temperature of 27 degrees Celsius, which drops to a mild 19 degrees average in mid-winter, Coffs Harbour gets the scientists' vote for the best climate in Australia. Toss in pristine beaches, a lush hinterland, fishing, challenging golf courses, cavorting whales and dolphins and a variety of theme and adventure parks, and Coffs has it all.

Families have been holidaying at Coffs Harbour since the 1880s. While its natural beauty, enhanced by the fact that it is the only point on the east coast where the Great Dividing Range kisses the ocean, remains much as it did back then, the man-made attractions of Coffs Harbour keep it in the vanguard of modern tourist destinations.

If all the action begins to take its toll, you can recharge the batteries taking time out in the regional Botanic Gardens. Located in the centre of town, the botanical park features tranquil walkways through the sub-tropical flora typical of this singular corner of NSW.

The region boasts a great diversity of landscapes, from the banana-clad hills (over 50% of the state"s bananas are grown here) of the Great Dividing Range to the west and the pristine beaches of the Pacific Ocean to the various national parks, nature reserves and state forests that occupy almost half of the city area.

Captain John Korff, who ferried timber cutters to and from the forests, first appreciated the potential in the 1840s, and the area was named Korffs Harbour in 1847, which was changed to the anglicised Coffs Harbour in 1861.

The diving is excellent out of Coffs Harbour, particularly off the Solitary Island Marine Park, where more than 100 different types of coral and numerous species of exotic fish can be seen.

A few kilometres north of Coffs is that singular attraction, The Big Banana, which celebrates and markets the product of one of the district"s staple industries.

Upper Orara: Where To Go / Sightseeing

S and K Horse Connections Equine Education Centre and Riding School

Located just out of the centre of Coffs Harbour (five kilometres) at the beautiful Boambee Valley. Offering a range of Equine Education programs and Kids Holiday programs.

Enjoy two hours of fun with their beautiful horses (drop off and pick up).

Book a full day, from 9am to 3:30pm, spending time with the beautiful horses learning about them and how to look after one for the day. Other activities include arts and crafts, damper making, games and more (drop off and pick up).

One on one riding lessons are available. Horses with hearts (for additional needs in children and adults). A one hour session (minimum of two) brush, decorating and lead ride.

Bookings essential

85 South Boambee Road
Boambee South, NSW, 2450

Located 8.0K from Upper Orara

Pine Creek State Forest

Pine Creek State Forest is located outside Coffs Harbour and is a great example of today's ecologically sustainable forest management practices.

Pine Creek State Forest is a forest with long management history with beachside flora reserve, a rest area on the highway, a forest drive, a lookout and numerous two wheel drive roads.

Pacific Highway at Repton
Coffs Harbour, NSW, 2450

Located 8.4K from Upper Orara

Wood We Create

Wood We Create gallery contains work from resident artist, David Barden, and other local and Australian artists, capturing the story of the timber in the designs.

They create one off original wood turned items for the discerning collector, a giving piece of nature for the environmentally conscious or a functional item for any home maker. Like the wood from which they evolve, each piece is original and unique. Crafted on site using the craftsmanship and artistic abilities of the creator, each item highlights the natural beauty and versatility of wood - enhancing the many colours, textures and uses of timber.

You have the opportunity to not not only watch these creations being made, but you can purchase a piece to take home with you.

191 Lindsays Road
Boambee, NSW, 2450

Located 8.6K from Upper Orara

The Big Banana

The Big Banana is Australia's original and most famous 'Big Thing'. No trip along The Coffs Coast is complete without a stop!

The Big Banana Fun Park now boasts a brand new Water Park with four huge thrill slides making it the biggest Water Park between Sydney and The Gold Coast

Ride the famous 650 toboggan overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Enjoy a game of Mini-Golf on their 36 hole Mini-Golf course. Enter the Alien world in their State-of-the-art Laser Tag arena. Join in the fun with a session in their Ice Rink.

Experience the World of Bananas Theatre and plantation tour. For the sweet tooth, no trip to The Big Banana Fun Park is complete without a visit to the Candy Kitchen. Grab a spot of lunch at their wonderful Cafe, then shop to your hearts desire in their Gift Shop.!

351 Pacific Highway
Coffs Harbour, NSW, 2450

Located 8.6K from Upper Orara

Watsons Caravans and RV's

Watson's Caravans and RV's Coffs Harbour have all the modern facilities to make your caravan purchase experience first class, with a massive spare parts and accessories section, customer lounge, undercover delivery bays and a fully equipped separate workshop. At Watson's Caravans and RV's Coffs Harbour, you will find a large range of new and used caravans, campers, pop-tops and Expanda's as well as the new Fiat Motor Home and the exciting new Toy Haulers by Jayco.

See why many people choose to buy their second, third and even fourth caravan from the team at Watson's Caravans and RV's Coffs Harbour.

Pacific Highway,
Corner North Boambee Road
Coffs Harbour, NSW, 2450

Located 8.7K from Upper Orara

Elite 1 Paintball

Elite 1 Paintball is the newest paintball field on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales.

They are located approximately 10 minutes or 10 kilometres south of Coffs Harbour just off the old Pacific Highway near the Coffs Harbour Butterfly House.

Elite 1 Paintball is perfectly located for one of the fastest growing recreational activity and sports with immediate access to both North and South bound traffic off the Pacific Highway.

44 Strouds Road
Bonville, NSW, 2441

Located 9.2K from Upper Orara

Upper Orara: Events

Coramba Chamber Music Festival

In the picturesque town of Coramba, a beautiful 15 minute drive through the rolling green hills west of Coffs Harbour, sits a beautiful 102 year old concert hall with perfect acoustics. Wooden floors, high ceilings, picture windows and the sound of birds in the trees outside set the scene for a festival that brings together some of Australia's best classical musicians, to play an outstanding and unique program of seven concerts over three days, in May 2017.

Artistic Director Trish O'Brien with Artistic Advisor and Patron Paul Dean are bringing together their friends and colleagues to delight audiences with an unadulterated and unreserved 'hit list' of their favourite works. Presented by the Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium in association with Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, the festival nurtures the young with a strong educational component and delight the senses of all music lovers with the highest professional standard of performance.

Event Dates
      12th May
      13th May
      14th May

Dorrigo Street
Coramba, NSW, 2450

Located 7.2K from Upper Orara

Touch Football Australia National Touch League

The National Touch League (NTL) is the premier event for Touch Football Australia and is held in March each year.

The aim of the tournament is to showcase representative Touch Football on a national stage, as well as provide an opportunity for the country's best athletes to come together and compete against each other.

The event has proven to be a highlight on the Touch Football calendar, and every year shows the further development of the sport.

All participants who attend the event are offered the challenge of improvement in their chosen field. These improvements and ideas are taken back to all parts of Australia.

All participants, wherever they come from and for whatever purpose, play a role to grow and develop the sport of Touch Football in Australia.

Event Dates
      8th Mar
      9th Mar
      10th Mar
      11th Mar

Stadium Drive
Coffs Harbour, NSW, 2450

Located 9.1K from Upper Orara

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