Coffs Harbour (map) is a coastal city and local government area approximately 550km north of Sydney (population circa 62,902).  Coffs Harbour is the hub for a thriving banana industry.  The surrounding region is dominated by hinterland hills and forest covered mountain. It is the only place in Australia where the Great Dividing Range meets the Pacific Ocean.

Coffs Harbour owes its name to Captain John Korff, who named the area Korff's Harbour when he was forced to take shelter from storm in the area in 1847. Its name was accidentally changed by the surveyor for the crown when he reserved land in the area during 1861.

The local government area has recently expanded to include the localities of Red Rock, Corindi and Upper Corindi, previously part of the former Pristine Waters local government authority, the balance of which has been amalgamated into the Clarence Valley Council to the north. Since this amalgamation the Coffs Harbour Local Government area has expanded to cover 1,163 km˛.  

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