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Coffs Harbour – Toormina

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North Coast

The coastal resort town of Coffs Harbour is known for its banana plantations, mild climate, beaches and fishing. Toormina is a southern suburb of Coffs Harbour.

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Location

Located on the north coast of NSW, Coffs Harbour is 525 km (5.5 hr drive) from Sydney and 389 km (4.5 hr drive) to Brisbane. It is 153 km (1.6 hr drive) from the major regional centre of Port Macquarie.

The suburb of Toormina is 9 km (10 min drive) from the centre of Coffs Harbour.

 

How to get there

Coffs Harbour Airport is located 4 km south of the Coffs Harbour town centre. The airport is serviced by Fly Corporate (flights to Brisbane), Tiger Air (flights to Melbourne and Sydney), Qantas (flights to Sydney) and Virgin Australia (flights to Sydney).

Coffs Harbour is serviced by NSW TrainLink with northbound trains to Brisbane and southbound trains to Sydney daily.

Population

The population of Coffs Harbour - Toormina is almost than 55,000 people, the median age of residents is 44 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up approximately 6% of the population.

Coffs Harbour is located in the North Coast Primary Health Network, this needs assessment provides an insight into population health across the North Coast community.

Healthcare facilities

Coffs Harbour Health Campus was built in 2001 and is the major referral hospital for the Coffs Network of the Mid North Coast Local Health District. It is a 292 bed facility and provides a broad range of services including day surgery, planned and emergency theatre service, coronary care (including coronary angiography unit), intensive care, obstetrics, paediatrics, 24-hour emergency department, oncology, palliative care, rehabilitation, stroke, acute renal dialysis, high dependency and mental health and an extensive range of outpatient clinics.

A range of allied health services are also available on the campus.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Coffs Harbour.

Accredited GP practices

  • CHC Medical
  • Coffs Central Medical Centre
  • Coffs Harbour Women's Health Centre
  • Coffs Medical Centre
  • Galambila Aboriginal Medical Service
  • Northside Health
  • Plaza Medical Centre
  • Toormina Medical Centre

  • Industry

The major industry sectors employing residents of Coffs Harbour are: aged care residential services, hospitals, supermarket and grocery stores, other social assistance services, and cafes and restaurants.
  • Education

Coffs Harbour has a well-established education network that includes public and private primary and high schools, as well as Steiner and Montessori options. There is also a specialised senior college for Year 11 and 12 students. The Coffs Harbour Senior College is co-located with TAFE NSW and Southern Cross University.
  • Childcare

For young families the Coffs Harbour region offers a wide range of options for occasional care, long day care, out of school hours care, family day care and preschool.
  • Shopping

Coffs Habour offers a wide range of shopping experiences from boutique shopping by the waterfront to shopping centres such as Park Beach Plaza containing more than 120 specialty shops and major stores including Target, Big W, Woolworths, Supa IGA, Aldi and JB Hi-Fi. Coffs Harbour also has a many local markets.
  • Places of worship

There are many places of worship in Coffs Harbour including Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, C3, Christian Outreach Centre, Church of Christ, Methodist, Seventh Day Adventist, United Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Salvation Army, and Uniting churches. There is also a Buddhist community and Islamic musallah in Coffs Harbour and a Sikh Temple in Woolgoolga (20 min drive from Coffs Harbour).
  • Points of interest

Coffs Harbour is famous for the Big Banana, however there is much more on offer from the Solitary Islands Marine Park and beautiful Coffs Coast beaches that provide a range of water based activities, to cultural activities including galleries, museums and the Jetty Theatre, to walking tracks, cycleways, horse riding and other nature based activities. The many local events in the area are listed in the Coffs Coast Event Directory.
  • Sporting activities

The Coffs Harbour area boasts many sporting clubs and sport facilities. The climate allows outdoor sports year-round including: AFL, baseball, rugby league, golf, soccer, rugby union, basketball, hockey, netball, cricket and water sports. Many local sporting clubs are listed in the Coffs Harbour Community Directory.
  • Community groups and activities

Local Coffs Harbour community groups and volunteer organisations include: Red Cross – Coffs Harbour, Coffs Coast Outrigger Canoe Club, Coffs Harbour & District Sporting Car Club, Coffs Harbour City Orchestra, parkrun - Coffs Harbour and GO Girls Coffs Harbour. A listing of groups and their contact details are available in the Coffs Harbour Community Directory.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life and sport in the Coffs Harbour area, a good place to start are the Facebook pages and groups: Coffs Coast, Coffs Coast AdvocateCoffs Harbour City Council, Coffs Harbour Sell Swap and Buy and Coffs Harbour Community Information.