Park Beach, Coffs Harbour

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Park Beach is a suburb of Coffs Harbour, northern New South Wales, located in the north eastern part of the town. It has a population of around 5,000 which swells during summer as it is a coastal tourist destination containing a large number of motels, backpackers and other forms of accommodation. The suburb of Park Beach is generally considered to be the area within the Ocean Parade and Orlando Street intersection at the south, the Orlando Street and Woolgoolga Road intersection, the turnoff from the Pacific Highway onto Macauleys Headland Drive, and the southern end of the Coffs Coast Regional Park.
Park Beach lies largely at sea level and is bordered on the eastern side by the Pacific Ocean. The beach itself (also named Park Beach) is a prominent part of the geography, and runs onto the elevated Diggers Headland and Coffs Coast Regional Park in the north. At the western side it is bordered by the suburb of North Coffs, while at the south lies North Wall, infamous for its strong rips which contributed to a 2009 drowning, and the Coffs Harbour Jetty.
The BeachThe beach itself is a patrolled scenic surf beach facing east onto the Pacific Ocean, with Diggers Headland and the Coffs Coast Regional Park at the northern end, and North Wall and Little Muttonbird Island at the southern end. The Coffs Harbour marina is clearly visible at the south. The beach is around 1.8 km long and runs north to south. It is Coffs Harbour's main patrolled surf beach and was used by 55,548 people between April and September 2011. As a result, it is now patrolled year-round.
Its surroundings consist of bushland and a caravan park, and a toilet, showers, a car park and a picnic area are all available. The Macauleys surf break is popular with both local and visiting surfers; other popular activities at the beach include sunbathing, swimming, kite surfing, diving, fishing, snorkelling, spear fishing and walking. The nearby Solitary Islands are also a popular destination for diving and boat tours, many of which depart from Park Beach.
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  • Trip down memory lane, used to go camping holiday at park beach when I was a child. Could camp right near the beach. Glad that the foreshore has been turned into park. Families can access the beach...  more »
  • This beach is accessed through the sand dune tracks and bush, The well maintained park has picnic facilities and toilets. The beach has lifeguards at the south end but not right along the 2 km. sand.....  more »
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