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Beach Patrols

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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. Council now uses the MyBeachInfo app to inform the public of patrol times and the status of our beaches. You can down load the app for free for either andriod or iphone.

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.

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 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. 

Beach Patrol Times 2016 - 2017

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 24 September 2016 - 25 April 2017

Beach Patrol Times 2016 - 2017

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 24 September 2016 - 25 April 2017


Beach Patrol Times 2016 - 2017

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 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.

Beach Patrol Times 2016 - 2017

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 2016 - 2017

Darlington/Lorikeet:

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 proposed to patrol this location during the Christmas School Holidays. We encourage all users to swim at the patrolled area.

Beach Patrol Times 2016 - 2017

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 24 September 2016 - 25 April 2017.  


Beach Patrol Times 2016 - 2017