There is a lot to love about this walk – its so easy you can take grandma with you. There’s a handy play area for the kids, photographers can snap away, history buffs can read all the info signs, and flaneurs can people-watch. You can even take your dog who can twitch with frustration on the end of her leash at all the seagulls. Afterwards, grab a coffee from Salute.
Coffs Harbour was settled in the mid 19th century by timber-getters chasing Red Gold (cedar). The logs were floated down Coffs Creek and loaded onto ships anchored off Muttonbird Island. The danger to shipping led to the construction of the Jetty from local turpentine. It opened in 1892 and was 500m long, with a crane and single railway line.
In 1914, the Jetty was extended to 97.5m and then further extended in the 1940s. Harbour breakwaters were built, but the construction of the north coast railway provided an alternative to shipping, and numbers dwindled until shipping ceased totally in 1975. The Coffs Coast Heritage blog has a more detailed stories on the Jetty.
The jetty is now over 100 years old, popular with tourists and locals alike, and state significant heritage as a rare example of a surviving wooden ocean jetty.
Note: no dogs on Jetty Beach or play areas.