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Coffs Coast is a seaside region in New South Wales located roughly 550 kilometres north-east of Sydney, the state capital. Situated close to the north-eastern edge of the state, the area forms part of Australia's eastern borders. Its coastline stretches between the towns of Red Rock (its northern end) and Nambucca Heads (its southern end) for a distance of about 122 kilometres.

Geographically, Coffs Coast is the junction between the Great Dividing Range (an Australian mountain range, also known as the Eastern Highlands) and the Pacific Ocean to the east. With Coffs Harbour as its main city, the region is composed of ten other towns and suburbs, namely Bellingen, Coramba, Dorrigo, Karangi, Nambucca Heads, Nana Glen, Red Rock, Sawtell, Upper Orara, and Woolgoolga.

Coffs Coast takes its name from Coffs Harbour, although this is not how it was first known. The city was originally named Korff's Harbour, after John Korff, who took refuge in it during a storm in 1847. During an 1861 survey, the surveyor misspelled the locale's name as he reserved land in the area. The name has, since then, become official.

Aside from the numerous beaches that line its entire length, Coffs Coast has a wide variety of attractions for locals and visitors alike. The region has several parks and reserves for nature lovers to explore, such as the Bindarri National Park, Bongil Bongil National Park, Bruxner Park Flora Reserve, Cathedral Rock National Park, Dorrigo National Park, Guy Fawkes National Park, Moonee Beach Nature Reserve, New England National Park, Nymboi Binderay National Park, and Sherwood Nature Reserve. Alternatively, local landmarks that are worth the visit include the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden, Coffs Harbour Marina and Jetty Area, and South Solitary Island and Lighthouse.

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