Rally in Spectacular Surroundings
There’s no more beautiful location for Kennards Hire Rally Australia than the Coffs Coast region, based on the beachside city of Coffs Harbour, approximately 540kms north of the New South Wales State capital, Sydney. The stages pass through fast flowing shire countryside and sub-tropical forests. Steep green hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean are laden with Coffs’ most famous product, bananas.
The vibrant beach lifestyle is complemented by a full range of facilities. The region is easily accessible by daily flights on three major airlines, plus by NSW Trainlink and coach services. Coffs Harbour has a well-protected international marina with all facilities to service a large fleet of pleasure and commercial vessels, including deep-sea fishing charters.
The visitor has a wide choice of accommodation, restaurants and tourist and recreational attractions not only in Coffs Harbour but also in surrounding beachside and hinterland towns including Nambucca, Bellingen and Bowraville. Experience pristine beaches, rainforests, waterfalls, adventure activities, abundant produce and the wonderful indigenous culture.
Where To Eat
The locals at Coffs Coast take advantage of their abundance of fresh produce, using their skill and flair to make delicious, memorable dishes. So where should you dine? With over 100 amazing restaurants catering for different styles and cuisines, you will have plenty of places to choose from. Whether you are looking for bistros, wineries or produce markets, Coffs Coast will have you covered.
At Coffs Coast there are plenty of things to see and do. If you are looking to explore the local arts and culture, you’ll find plenty of galleries, museums and craft markets; or engross yourself in the Aboriginal Culture in Yarrawrra to Muttonbird Island. Experience the natural wonderland Coffs Coast has to offer, including over 20 national parks, birdwatching, bushwalking, marine parks, as well as the headlands and lookouts that are great for whale watching and picnics.
When it comes to shopping, Coffs Coast has the lot. Explore their boutiques by the water front, or make a day of it in their shopping centres or high street mall.
Key shopping precincts to check out are:
- Coffs Central and the Coffs Harbour City Centre mainstreet
- The Promenade boutique precinct
- Park Beach Plaza with big names and over 120 specialty stores
- Sawtell Village with its boutique stores
- Bellingen village offering quaint, arty and quirky shopping
Spend the day going for a drive to the Stunning Waterfall Way through Dorrigo National Park or getting in touch with our native animals through our wildlife encounters. Relax in the sun and discover one of Coff Coast’s beautiful beaches or take the day to watch humpback whales migrate north along the east coast. Whether if be birdwatching, fishing or strolling through national parks, you’re sure to find an abundance of relaxing experiences at Coffs Coast.
One of the jewels of the Coffs Coast is without doubt the award winning Raleigh Winery.
Located just 15 minutes south of Coffs Harbour the Raleigh Winery is a great spot to enjoy as part of the Rally activities.
The Raleigh Winery is a destination with the lot; great views, free wine tasting on arrival and its close enough to ‘Coffs’ to enjoy a short scenic drive as a getaway for an hour or two and see a little more of the Coffs Coast beauty.
Sample the range of unique Boutique Wines, Red and White Ports and their famous handmade Brandy Cremes in a variety of delicious flavours which can include Choc/Coconut, Coffee, Butterscotch, Jaffa and Choc/Mint flavours. Sometimes they even create a Mango/Passion fruit flavour!
You can stay a while and relax with a tasty cheese platter on the riverside deck and soak up the breathtaking views across the Bellinger River to the mountains.
Open Wed to Sun 10am-5pm. 7 days during NSW school holidays.
Group bookings by appointment. Disabled access and facilities available.
State Forests of the Coffs Coast
The State Forests of the Coffs Coast have more to offer than just a fantastic area for the World Rally Championship. The 26 local State Forests offer a myriad of outdoor opportunities, from exquisite coastal views at spectacular lookouts to scenic forest drives, four-wheel driving and mountain biking. Sealy and Korora Lookouts in Orara East State Forest offer views up and down the coast, picnicking and bushwalking in spectacular forest. Coffs Coast State Forests are renowned for the quality of the four-wheel driving and Coffs Coast Mountain Biking have a specialised single track in Pine Creek State Forest open to the public. As with all State Forests they are free of charge and dogs are welcome.
Sealy Lookout, Orara East State Forest
Get your bearings of the Coffs Coast and visit the award-winning Forest Sky Pier at Sealy Lookout, just 10 minutes from the town centre. This amazing structure extends out over the forest canopy and offers views from mountains to the sea. Enjoy a picnic under shady trees or take in the comforts of the sheltered picnic area with views over the coast. Walking tracks such as the Rainforest Loop Track at The Gap provide an authentic and beautiful North Coast forest experience.
Gumgali Track & Korora Lookout, Orara East State Forest
Korora Lookout is a special place. Gumgali Track, developed in collaboration with Gumbaynggirr Elders, tells the story of Gumgali the black goanna who burrowed through the escarpment beneath the lookout to emerge in the sea. A series of sculptures and mural art finishes at the lookout where visitors can then listen to the story of Gumgali spoken in Gumbaynggirr language at the Korora Lookout
sound bar. The viewing deck offers panoramic views over ocean and north up the coastline whilst church pew seating under a towering eucalyptus offers peace and tranquillity. Gumgali Track can be found in Orara East State Forest, on the Scenic Drive up to Sealy Lookout just north of Coffs Harbour, start the walk at Korora Lookout carpark. When you’ve finished enjoying Korora Lookout, don’t forget to drive 500 metres up the road to Sealy Lookout and the famous Forest Sky Pier.