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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.

Several beaches are ideal for surfing while others are more protected and better suited for swimming 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.

Read the Lifeguard Services Annual Report (2.6MB)

Below is some information on each patrolled beach within the City.

Park Beach:

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 2015 until 18th September 2015,
  • Monday – Friday (5-days per week by CHCC Professional lifeguards) and Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays by Coffs Harbour Surf Lifesaving Club from 21st September 2015 until 25th April 2016 
  • Monday – Sunday (7-days per week CHCC Professional lifeguards ) from 26th April 2016 until 30th June 2016. 

Beach Patrol Times 2015 - 2016

Sawtell Beach:

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 19 September 2015 - 25 April 2016

Beach Patrol Times 2015 -2016

Woolgoolga Beach:

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 19 September 2015 - 25 April 2016

Beach patrol times 2015 - 2016

Diggers Beach:

Diggers Beach is a patrolled beach just North of Coffs Harbour, turn right while heading North opposite the Big Banana. Diggers Beach is an 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.

Beach patrol times for 2015 - 2016

Emerald Beach:

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.

Beach patrol times 2015 - 2016


Darlington/Lorikeet:

Information on Partols for 2015/16 will be available shortly.

Red Rock:

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 19 September 2015 - 25 April 2016.  


Beach patrol times for 2015 - 16