Coffs Harbour is the prized jewel of the magnificent Coffs Coast – a stunning stretch of coastline on Australia’s eastern seaboard, in the north of New South Wales.

With golden-sand blue-water beaches set against a backdrop of mountains tumbling down to the sea, Coffs Harbour is a year-round beach destination, known for its world-class whale watching and iconic Big Banana monument. A medley of natural delights and man-made wonders, it’s the kind of place people leave and immediately dream of returning to.

Join us as we take a deep dive look at the city and check out a few of the best hotels in Coffs Harbour.

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What is the best area to stay in Coffs Harbour?

Many visitors to Coffs Harbour come for the serenity, and a tranquil, quiet place by the sea – because sometimes you just want to put your feet up next to the ocean and dive into a good book.

The most popular rest and relaxation spot in Coffs Harbour is almost certainly Charlesworth Beach. Home to a trio of standout 4-star hotel resorts, and the stunning beach itself, the resort hotels at Charlesworth Beach are all located within 200 metres of each other, with an impressive 9 hole golf course (complete with water features) sitting in between. 

All three resorts come highly recommended and are worth a look in for a luxurious resort-style getaway:

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What are the best luxury hotels in Coffs Harbour?

If travellers are looking to travel in style and stay in luxurious comfort, Club Wyndham Coffs Harbour should be on your list. With its 16 stylish rooms, the property offers a boutique luxury experience and gives guest access to the nearby Pacific Bay Resort Precinct facilities, where guests can enjoy the day spa, restaurant and bar, tennis courts, golf course and more.

Balancing the old with the new, The Pier Hotel is a newly refurbished boutique hotel located on the waterfront of Coffs Harbour Jetty, blending contemporary architectural design with the vintage coastal warmth and design the city is known for. Those looking for a sundowner will enjoy The Pier Hotel’s Cellar Lounge – reminiscent of the Melbourne bar scene, The Pier Hotel and Cellar Lounge is a breath of fresh air in historic Jetty Beach. Highly recommended.

What are the best hotels on a budget in Coffs Harbour?

Visiting Coffs Harbour on a budget is made easy by the hotels and motels around Park Beach which are great value for money, putting guests right in the heart of the action with easy walks to the beach, cafes, pubs, and excellent free outings like visiting nearby Muttonbird Island and the historic Coffs Harbour Jetty at hand.

Recommended budget accommodation providers in the Park Beach area include:

If those properties are on the high side of the budget, bargain hunters may look further inland as there are a few numerous quality accommodation providers in Downtown Coffs Harbour, such as CBD Motor Inn, who receive near perfect ratings on a regular basis. 

What are the best hotels with a view?

Those longing for sea views usually look at the trio of resorts in and around Charlesworth Beach:

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What are the best hotels for sightseeing?

Among the many attractions Coffs Harbour has to offer is the abundance of natural walks, sights, and bountiful wildlife. While there are many fantastic locations for nature-loving adventurers to explore around the region, the area known as Coffs Harbour Jetty is a hidden gem.

Hiding in plain sight right on the central waterfront, Coffs Harbour Jetty is perfectly placed for dolphin and whale watching expeditions, with no shortage of landlubbing or seaborne experiences to offer – including nearby Muttonbird Island, which can easily be reached via a causeway walking bridge, and the wonderful Dolphin Marine Conservation Park

Sitting in close proximity to some of the best hotels in Coffs Harbour (going by reviews) such as The Pier Hotel, Pacific Marina Apartments, and The Observatory Self Contained Apartments, Coffs Harbour Jetty is an ideal base of operations for explorers of all ages.

What are the best hotels for solo travellers?

With its awesome assortment of pubs, restaurants, and bars (including the iconic beachfront pub Hoey Moey), Park Beach is an excellent starting point for solo travellers to be in the heart of the action. Whether swimming, surfing, picnicking, socialising with a sundowner, or simply people watching – Park Beach is a winner and a must-see on many holidaymakers’ hit lists.

Right next door to Hoey Moey are Ocean Park Motel & Holiday Apartments and Ocean Paradise Motel & Holiday Units – both venues are affordable options for solo travellers, and are sure to delight with their lush tropical garden settings, and the ocean on the doorstep.

What are the best hotels for families?

A must-do on every family’s list, The Big Banana is one place that everyone wants to visit at least once with the kids when in Coffs Harbour. With the biggest indoor giant slide in Australia, an excellent toboggan ride, reptile world, and laser tag arena, The Big Banana Fun Park provides guaranteed fun for the entire family!

For sheer proximity, Country 2 Coast Coffs Harbour Motor Inn is the spot to be, a 3-star motel with dedicated family room accommodation, located right next door to The Big Banana Fun Park and only 800 metres from popular Diggers Beach.

But there’s more to Coffs Harbour than just The Big Banana – located right on the doorstep of the beloved lifeguard-patrolled Park Beach, Ocean Paradise Motel & Holiday Units is a popular option for families. 

What are the best hotels for couples?

Whether travellers are planning a romantic getaway, a weekend away from the kids, or simply looking for some downtime to rekindle their relationship, Coffs Harbour has some great options for couples.

For chilled out ‘island in the sun’ style R&R, Smugglers On The Beach is a warm, beachfront property set amongst tropical gardens on the shores of Korora Bay to the north of Coffs Harbour. The property is regularly listed as one of the best hotels for a romantic getaway to Coffs Harbour, and has numerous reviews full of glowing praise by couples. 

For those happy being inland (but only by about 500 metres), Korora Bay Village Resort is another top pick, and is also consistently rated well by couples.

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What are the best hotels by the airport?

Located right next door to the airport (well, across the creek), Boambee Bay Resort provides everything you’d expect of an affordable family resort. Set amongst well-maintained sub-tropical gardens, and mere metres away from Boambee Beach, Boambee Bay Resort is definitely an option for those looking to stay close to the airport. 

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By Dean Elphick

Dean is the Senior Content Marketing Specialist of Little Hotelier, the all-in-one software solution purpose-built to make the lives of small accommodation providers easier. Dean has made writing and creating content his passion for the entirety of his professional life, which includes more than six years at Little Hotelier. Through content, Dean aims to provide education, inspiration, assistance, and, ultimately, value for small accommodation businesses looking to improve the way they run their operations (and live their life).