5 Best Picnic Spots in Coffs Region

Published: 03 May 22

At Taste North Coast we go the extra mile by thinking of all the extra’s that make your picnic memorable for all of the right reasons!
Our Top 5 Picnic Spots on the Coffs Coast are based on accessibility, amenities, parking and the natural environment.
Forest Sky Pier, Niigi Niigi, Sealy Lookout
Located in the Bruxner Park Flora Reserve Sealy Lookout offers spectacular views of the Coffs Coast & Hinterland.
Only a short drive off the Pacific Highway from Coffs Harbour, the Forest Sky Pier at Niigi Niigi /Sealy Lookout sits within a flora reserve in Orara East State Forest – part of the amazing State Forests of the Coffs Coast.

A 10-minute drive from Coffs Harbour up through banana plantations reaches the lookout – it’s open to vehicles during daylight hours, and your visit is free.

Here, the Forest Sky Pier offers magnificent coastal views over the city of Coffs Harbour and up and down the coastline. There are walking tracks through the rainforest, ranging from one to three hours, and picnic tables and composting toilets are provided. A covered picnic shelter is available for those with mobility issues, and the Forest Sky Pier is accessible from the car park. Coach parking is also available.

Whilst at the lookout, grab a coffee from Nyanggan Gapi cafe, or walk 500 metres down the road to the beautiful Gumgali Track (which ends at Korora Lookout). Gumgali Track shares the Gumbaynggirr story of Gumgali the black goanna in sculpture, art and sound.

Forest Sky Pier at Sealy Lookout – an NSW gold award-winning tourist attraction!

Charlesworth Bay

Close to Coffs but away from the Tourists Charlesworth Bay is the perfect location for a quiet picnic or BBQ.

Featuring Picnic tables, BBQ’s, ocean views to the Solitary Islands, parking & toilets this is the perfect location close to town. Take a moment and explore the nearby rainforest and enjoy the Solitary Islands Coastal Walk to Korora in the North or Diggers Beach to the South.

Moonee Beach Reserve

Moonee Beach is a fabulous spot to spend time with friends and family soaking up the great outdoors.

Moonee Beach Reserve, where Moonee Creek meets the beach, is a shaded, pet-friendly picnic area perfect for a day by the water. Take the kayak out for a paddle or float your way day the creek while the kids play at the waters edge. The Reserve boasts a playground, picnic shelters, barbecues, toilets, beach showers and plenty of parking.

Take in the natural beauty along Moonee Creek and paddle to Moonee Beach, a highly valued Gumbaynggirr area. Wajaana Yaam Gumbaynggirr Adventure Tours offers paddleboard, kayak, and hiking eco-tours of this beautiful marine park creek.

Nature lovers, keep your binoculars out for spotting white-bellied sea eagles, ospreys and brahminy kites hunting along the coast. You may even spot a whale or two!

Jetty Beach Reserve

Vast parkland with Picnic Tables, toilets, parking, kids playground and dog friendly are located in the Jetty and Marina precinct. Accessible picnic locations, walking tracks and views of the Coffs Coast and Hinterland are all on offer in this diverse parkland. Take a stroll along the historic Jetty for a slice of the Coffs Coast, or walk the Northern Breakwall to Muttonbird Island and see the fleet of boats in the Marina. Fresh Seafood available everyday at the Coffs Harbour Fisherman’s Co-op and the Sunday Markets are on weekly from 8am to 2pm.


Woolgoolga known to locals as Woopi, curves to the Woolgoolga Headland, in the gorgeous Coffs Coast Regional Park. With spectacular views, the headland is one of the best vantage points in the region for spotting whales during the annual migration between May and November.

Popular for surfing, fishing, diving and snorkelling, Woolgoolga Beach is home to the Woolgoolga Surf Life Saving Club and is patrolled daily during most of the summer.

Woolgoolga Beach boasts tidal rock platforms which are popular with the children, a boat ramp, beach showers, toilets, and change rooms. The beach is within close proximity to cafes, boutique clothes shops, accommodation, children’s playground facilities, electric barbecues, and sheltered picnic areas.

Take a stroll along Woolgoolga beach and see the shipwreck ‘Buster’ when the tide is right!
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