John Korff accidently discovered Coffs Harbour back in 1847 when sheltering from a storm, awaiting better weather to sail up the Bellinger River to load timber destined for Sydney. Over the years the name Korff’s evolved to Coffs. The hinterland came alive with timber getters looking for red cedar in which some of the world’s best still comes from the Dorrigo area. Gold was discovered near Mount Coramba, and the rush was on. It is reported that some 150 mines were registed and mined from the 1880’s till the early 1900’s. Some mines have been revisited in such times as the depression years, the 60’s and even now prospectors still look for their fortune in them thar hills. Mind you not many nuggets were found, this was a hard mining area where the quartz had to be move over several miles sometimes just to get to a crusher, and then worked with chemicals to find specks. It was a hard life. Gold was found in the hills, on headlands, some beaches were dug up and even out on one of the solitary islands.

Bananas soon became a fruitful industry, when Herman Reick introduced them in 1881. He planted Fijian bananas which were an instant success, and steamrolled when the north-coast railway was constructed, along with Tourism- bananas are considered an important part of Coffs lifestyle.

With pristine beaches, stunning rainforests, unique National Parks and World Heritage listed areas it is no wonder the Coffs Coast is regarded as on the best holiday destinations in Australia. Enjoy the Coffs Coast, from extreme sports to the natural beauty that we have to offer, there is something here for everyone. Temperate winters and mild summers make it a great place to stay for that all important holiday. Right in the middle of Sydney and Brisbane, it is also a popular destination for those wanting a weekend breakaway. From bush camping, caravanning, or 5 star luxury, to pampering at any of the many luxury bed and breakfasts, the Coffs Coast has it all.

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