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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.

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) from 1st July 2014 until 19th September 2014, Monday – Friday (5-days per week) from 22nd September 2014 until 24th April 2015 & Monday – Sunday (7-days per week) from 27th April 2014 until 30th June 2015. 

Beach patrol times for 2014-2015

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. 

Beach patrol times for 2014-2015

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. Woolgoolga Beach service is also under review.

Beach patrol times for 2014-2015

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 2014-2015

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 for 2014-2015


Darlington/Lorikeet:

Coffs Harbour City Council will NOT be patrolling this area during 2014/14 and encourage all users to swim at the patrol at Corindi.

Beach patrol times for 2014-2015

Corindi Beach:

Corindi Beach will not be patrolled in 2014-2015. See the patrol times for Red Rock and Woolgoolga.

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.

Beach patrol times for 2014-2015