The Coffs Harbour coastline stretches over more than 60 kilometres featuring a total of 32 beaches from Bonville in the south to Red Rock in the north. Many of our beaches are ideal for surfing while others are more protected or patrolled and better suited for swimming, snorkeling or diving.
With the growing popularity of other sports, such as personal water craft (Jet Skis) and Kite Surfing, users should check local and state legislation to ensure that they may use the area intended. Users of these types of craft should also be mindful of other beach users regarding impact of noise, danger from craft themselves and in particular, their own safety.
The Lifeguard Service runs regular education programs for schools, community groups and clubs. You can
find out more about the programs that we offer and make a booking by calling 0428 285 073.
Information on our patrolled beaches
Park Beach is Coffs Harbour's main patrolled beach, serviced by both Coffs Harbour City Council's Professional Lifeguards and Coffs Harbour Surf Lifesaving Club. Coffs Harbour City Council Lifeguards patrol Park Beach all-year round:
Monday – Sunday (7-days per week CHCC Professional lifeguards ) from 1st July 2016 until 23th September 2016,
Monday – Friday (5-days per week by CHCC Professional lifeguards) and Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays by Coffs Harbour Surf Lifesaving Club from 24 September 2016 until 25th April 2017
Monday – Sunday (7-days per week CHCC Professional lifeguards ) from 26th April 2017 until 30th June 2017.
Park Beach Patrol Times 2017/18
Sawtell Beach is Coffs Harbour's southernmost patrolled beach, serviced by both Coffs Harbour City Council's Professional Lifeguards and Sawtell Surf Lifesaving Club.
Council lifeguards patrol Sawtell Beach Monday-Friday while Sawtell Surf Life Saving Club patrol weekends and public holidays from 23 September 2017 - 27 April 2018
Sawtell Beach Patrol Times 2017-2018
Woolgoolga Beach is located approximately 24km north of Coffs Harbour, it is serviced by both Coffs Harbour City Council's Professional Lifeguards and Woolgoolga Surf Lifesaving Club.
Woolgoolga is protected from the South and frequently experiences little to no surf, it is considered the areas most child-friendly open beach.
Coffs Harbour City Council lifeguards patrol Woolgoolga Beach Monday-Friday while Woolgoolga Surf Life Saving Club patrol weekends and public holidays from 23 September 2017 - 27 April 2018.
Woolgoolga Beach Patrol Times 2017-2018
Diggers Beach is a patrolled beach just North of Coffs Harbour, turn right while heading North opposite the Big Banana. Diggers Beach is a 900m long bay with large headlands at either end.
Coffs Harbour City Council lifeguards patrol Diggers Beach Monday-Sunday during the Sept/Oct, Christmas and April School Holidays.
Diggers Beach Patrol Times 2017-2018
Emerald Beach is located approximately 18km north of Coffs Harbour. It is patrolled by Coffs Harbour City Council's Professional Lifeguards 7-days per week during the Christmas School Holidays.
Emerald Beach Beach Patrol Times 2017-2018
Darlington/Lorikeet is a privately funded patrolled beach. Darlington Park Resort and Lorikeet Tourist Park are located approximatly 29km North of Coffs Harbour. Coffs Harbour City Council Lifeguards patrol this location during the Christmas School Holidays. We encourage all users to swim at the patrolled area.
Darlington/Lorikeet Beach Patrol Times 2017-2018
Red Rock Beach is Coffs Harbour's northern most patrolled beach.
Council lifeguards service Red Rock Beach Monday-Friday during the Christmas School Holidays while Red Rock Surf Life Saving Club patrol weekends and public holidays over the entire surf season 23 September 2017 - 27 April 2018.
Red Rock Beach Patrol Times 2017-2018
Visit the Lifeguard Team's Facebook page or follow them on Twitter for the latest updates on beach conditions as well as tips on keeping safe around the water.