Sightseeing north of Coffs Harbour

The main places we’ve visited are Grafton, Yamba, Woolgoolga, Emerald Beach, Corindi and Arrawarra Headland. I’ve included some short descriptions and photos. I hope you enjoy a glimpse of what we’ve seen. 


Grafton is known for jacaranda blossoms and the annual festival it holds (but not this year – 2020). We stopped in Grafton for breakfast before driving along the Clarence River to Yamba. But because we went there in August, the jacarandas weren’t blossoming. However, one of the images below I attribute to


Yamba is at the mouth of the Clarence River. The first European to visit the area was Matthew Flinders, who stopped in Yamba Bay for six days in July 1799.

When we (eventually) leave Coffs Harbour, we’ll do a trip up the Clarence River to Grafton. There are lots of townships where we can tie up to jetties and visit local pubs!


Woolgoolga, the town named after the Aboriginal word for bush plum, has a British history, but its current culture is more a Punjabi Culture. There’s an interesting article and documentary about the story behind Australia’s earliest Indian community. Did you know Sikhs earned a lot of fame and fortune through blueberry farming?

But several times now I’ve heard it referred to by its nickname ‘Woopi’! 

Red Rock

Red Rock is a small hamlet in the northern beaches of the Coffs Harbour coast beside the banks of the Corindi River. The red colour of some of the rocks is due to presence of iron oxide. Exposure to the elements caused iron minerals to rust, resulting in their colour.

Emerald Beach

Emerald Beach is located near Look-at-me-now Headland, 20km from Coffs Harbour, and is a local surfing hotspot. 

Corindi and Arrawarra Headland

Corindi is the site of the Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre, which provides information on the Gumbayngirr Aboriginal people’s history and customs. Corindi and surrounds is a major blueberry producer and there’s some serious netting in these areas.

Arrawarra Headland provides great views of the Solitary Islands Marine Park. I’ll take some photos from the ocean next time!

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