what's better coffs harbour or byron bay

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Doing a trip later this year from sydney to gold coast and was just wondering which is the better place to stay, coffs harbour or byron bay. As a person from the West coast have no idea on either place. Any advice.



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Reply By: Member - DW Lennox Head(NSW) - Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 at 15:04

Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 at 15:04
Even better is to stay at Lake Ainsworth caravan park in Lennox Head. It is quiet but only metres from the ocean and fresh water Lake Ainsworth.

There are numerous nice cafes and shops. It is 20 kms south of Byron Bay where paid parking is around the CBD. It is 10 kms from two big shopping centres in Ballina.

Coffs Harbour has its beautiful areas but does have the Pacific Highway running through the middle of town.

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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 at 15:35

Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 at 15:35
Both are beautiful areas, but if you can indicate how long you want to stay and the sort of things you want to see and do then maybe we can give you a better answer.

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Follow Up By: Member - Alan K (QLD) - Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 at 23:56

Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 at 23:56
Try South West Rocks, quieter wth river and sea fishing as well as National parks and the Old Gaol. There is a lot more to that coast than those two main towns. I am sure other Exploroz readers will have plenty of them
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Follow Up By: Member - escapesilv - Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 07:50

Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 07:50
Yes I agree South West Rocks is a much quieter place and in my opinion better fishing.

But if you prefer NP go North of Coffs to Yuraygir NP, a beautiful spot, I prefer Station Creek Campground that's on the south side.

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Reply By: Member - John G - Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 08:27

Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 08:27
G'day Mac

If those are your two options, then Byron Bay.

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Follow Up By: Penchy - Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 10:07

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 10:07
agreed, if they are the only options
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Reply By: Steve M1 (NSW) - Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 09:00

Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 09:00
Byron smaller than Coffs, trendier boutiques cafes etc. Nice beach and less than 1 hour from Surfers.

Don't personally like Coffs itself - too big, busy and ugly but immediate surrounds are nice and plenty of day trips around the place and 4x4 action.

We're off to SW Rocks in a week or so.

Depends what kind of place you want. There are other options apart from these too.
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Reply By: Member - John and Lynne - Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 13:29

Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 13:29
The town of Coffs is big and busy with nothing much to recommend it. If you are after a lovely beach and just normal services like supermarket etc there are many nicer places to stay along that stretch of coast, Woolgoolga for one.
Byron Bay is trendy, usually crowded and very expensive but a bit more interesting than Coffs with lovely country around it.
Is there any special reason you have chosen these two places out of all the NSW coast? Do you need to book ahead? Unless you are travelling in school holiday time or under a sadly tight schedule, just try leaving Sydney, heading north and checking out a few places. The local tourist info centres all have heaps of stuff and will usually post local guides etc to you if you contact them. Lynne and John
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Reply By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 17:09

Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 17:09
I live in Coffs Harbour.
All the replies are true.
There is vacant land down at the Coffs foreshores where people have been stopping overnight.
The council have deemed it is not going to continue and will fine you and move you on.
So not friendly to free campers in the area.
There is no parking for vans etc. near the supermarkets unless you arrive there early.
Fuel is expensive unless you shop at Woolworths.
Twenty five minutes to the north you will find Woolgoolga.
The Pacific Hwy now bypasses this town.
It has three supermarkets and a soon to be commenced Woolworths.
One fuel station
The caravan park on Lake road is on the beach and has no jumping castles etc. is tidy and well maintained and if you wish to have an evening walk on a pristine ocean beach twenty metres from your caravan this your place.
There is a pub and restaurants and you can walk back home along the the beach.
Thirty minutes further north You will find Yurigur NP and Station Creek ( which we like to keep a secret)
Emerald Beach is another nice caravan park between Coffs and Woolgoolga.
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Reply By: Member - IH8TRMAC - Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 18:37

Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 18:37
My wife found these places and said these could be ok to stop at but since we haven't done any travel on the east coast other then to major cities we don't know where to stop.

She was looking for something halfway between Sydney and gold coast.

We also have the kids in tow so like to get them out of the car when we can. Since we won't be in our rig just a hire car it won't have the dvd players and gear so they won't last overly long without fighting.

We are thinking that Byron bay is too close to gold coast and we could just drive in if we went there. So something about halfway would be ideal.
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 20:31

Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 20:31
If you are looking for an overnight stay I would suggest that you look at Nambucca Heads, Valla Beach, Urunga, Sawtell to the south of Coffs, or any of the beachside places north of Coffs Harbour - Emerald Beach, Woolgoolga etc. That stretch of the north coast is quite scenic with lots of good swimming beaches and estuaries - and hence plenty of tourist accommodation. Coming from WA you wont be disappointed.

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Reply By: Member - Mark (Tamworth NSW) - Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 19:45

Monday, Jan 27, 2014 at 19:45
I presume you won't be stopping for long, you will just be driving through?

IF you haven't travelled to regional NSW before the big contrast to WA (I travelled the WA wheat belt often), is that to a Sandgropper what looks on a map like a town with population 2000 people, will in fact be 10-15 000 people.
So any place will be fine.
IF you are just passing through, it makes no difference where you stop, the country either side of Coff's or around Byron is picturesque, different to anything in WA.

Coff's will be just over half way, if before May, you may want to stay in a cabin in one of the numerous caravan parks on the beach from Sawtell just south of Coff's to Corindi 40km north of Coff's and let the kids go swimming.

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Reply By: Sawtybt - Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 15:40

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 15:40
We live in Sawtell and highly recommend the caravan park. I'm sure it will tick all your boxes.
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Reply By: Member - John and Lynne - Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 09:04

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 09:04
Another thought to consider. Compared to travelling up the West Coast you will find the Pacific Highway from Sydney to Qld very slow! Once you are past Taree there are many two lane stretches and currently lots of road works with extensive 40k zones and, of course, many trucks. To reach Byron Bay would be a long hard trip. With children in the car you might have a much more enjoyable trip with two stops or one longer stop close to a good beach for the kids. Lynne
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Reply By: DES, LYNLEY & MILLIE - Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 21:51

Wednesday, Jan 29, 2014 at 21:51
The lorikeet Tourist is a perfect place, 5 hrs from Sydney, 4hrs fromGold Coast
It is a top tourist park, small but really lovely, and 100 mtrs from a lovely beach. They have a heated spa to relax in after your day driving, and you can get the amble Inn to collect you and yours for a nice meal 5 min from park I their courtesy bus.
Check this on your computer, we use it all the time.
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