Coffs Harbour’s historic Jetty (1892) is a great destination any time of day or year, but the atmosphere can be especially magical around sunset. Not to mention when there’s a full moon as well, rising from behind Muttonbird Island.
I dare say that the Jetty at sunset is the top choice for local couples to have their bridal pictures taken, and you’ll see at least one bride and groom there most Saturday afternoons or early evening.
The Coffs Harbour Jetty (which is heritage protected) juts out into the harbour and you’ll get a good look, from many angles depending on where you stop to enjoy the view, at:
- the International Marina with its yachts and fishing vessels,
- Muttonbird Island and people walking up and down its path,
- the southern breakwall, Corambirra Point, the Deep Sea Fishing Club and the boat ramp,
- relatively flat and safe Jetty Beach with the vegetated foreshores behind it,
- Coffs Harbour’s popular Jetty residential area with expensive apartments up on the hill,
- people swimming and canoeing in the harbour,
- kids jumping off the Jetty (in summer mostly),
- people fishing off the Jetty (all year round),
- and possibly (have a good look down and around from the end of the jetty…) dolphins and turtles in the water.
No matter how many times you have walked on the Jetty, or walked below it on Jetty Beach, it’s always a great way to spend half an hour or an hour before or after dinner in the evening.
You could get a nice big ice cream first from Cold Rock at the nearby Jetty Strip of restaurants (Harbour Drive) and see if it lasts you until you reach the end of the Jetty. Or take the walk before or after you have dinner at one of the dozen or so restaurants there.
Want to feel the sand between your toes? Get onto Jetty Beach and walk to the Deep Sea Fishing Club at the southern end to enjoy an affordable dinner with an incredible view from inside their restaurant or the big wraparound veranda.
And if the sky and clouds look promising, don’t forget to bring your camera!