Situated centrally in Coffs Harbour we are less than ten minutes’ walk from the city centre, or similar drive to the beach and airport. A handful of great restaurants and bars are also in close proximity with many more throughout town. Right beside the Pacific Highway the Matador is both easy to find and simple to access. We’re happy to help you find the things you’re looking for to enjoy the best of Coffs Harbour.
The Matador is within a short drive of the regional airport and train station, and walking distance of the coach services.
Travelling North, pass uphill through a short winding cutting before your reach town, turn right at the traffic lights into Albany street, and we are immediately on your right. You’ll see our signage on the corner to your right from the main highway.
Heading South, pass through town and past the service road on your left, then turn left at the traffic lights into Albany street, and we are immediately on your right. You’ll see our signage across the corner to your left from the main highway.
Coffs Harbour is a regional gateway to countless pristine beaches, nature and recreational parks, and local botanical gardens. From surfing and sunbathing, to bike rides and nature walks, you will be surrounded with access to outdoor sites and activities.
Within an hour of Grafton to the north and Dorrigo, and just thirty-minutes from Nambucca Heads, Coffs is perfectly located to see the region by car, including the nearby historical beach township of Sawtell.
Situated on the Mid North Coast of NSW and nestled between the mountains and the sea is the Coffs Harbour Golf Club, the regions premier golf course. Minutes from the airport and in the heart of town, this 27 hole championship golf course is the perfect location for you next corporate event. In addition to three immaculately groomed courses our facilities also include three function areas; our Auditorium, our Kingsley room and our large L shaped balcony overlooking the 18th, the perfect location for your meeting or post game presentation.
Our driving range, putting greens, chipping green and practice nets are all available to members to help improve your game. Enjoy a cool drink on the balcony or a bite to eat in our fully air-conditioned, newly renovated clubhouse. Visitors welcome!
Without a doubt, Coffs Harbour’s best-known landmark, the Big Banana Fun Park is the BIGGEST and BEST Fun Park on the Northern NSW coast. It’s a full day of fun for the entire family set amongst the bananas, overlooking the amazing Coffs Harbour Coastline. Now boasting 9 fantastic attractions including a 6 lane Giant Slide known as “The Racer” which is the biggest slide of its kind in the country, a 600m Toboggan ride, a state-of-the-art Laser Tag arena, Water Park including 4 heart stopping thrill slides and kids aqua play area, Magnificently sculpted 36 hole Mini Golf course, Theatre and Plantation tour, Ice Skating rink, Go Bananas Fun Zone featuring some of the latest Ticket Redemption gaming machines along with a free toddler play area and coin operated fairy floss machine and our latest attraction, a 4D Ride Simulator! The park also features a Café, Gift Shop, Candy Kitchen, Cheesemaking Workshop and Opal Centre.
OZTAG is a popular non-tackling game and the rules are designed to encourage this. Passing, catching, tagging, evasive and kicking are the skills utilised in OZTAG. It is played over two 20 minutes periods with eight players from each team on the field – 70m x 50m (half a soccer/Rugby field). The object of the game is to score tries. Defenders prevent this by tagging the ball carrier (removing the tag from the shorts). Players must wear official ‘OZTAG shorts’ with a velcro patch on each side and a ‘tag’ (a strip of cloth is attached to the Velcro) – supplied at the venue. Tagging instead of tackling is great for players of all skill levels, size and weight to compete evenly.
With regular weekly local games and frequent regional competitions, Harbour Leages Club at Advocate Park is only seven minutes’ drive from the motel, making the Matador a popular location for families and teams.
Whether you live on the Coffs Coast, are visiting in search of sun, surf and adventure or just looking to relax, there is one activity you really deserve to experience….that’s whale watching aboard our family friendly charter boat Pacific Explorer! Whale Watch Experience and Pacific Explorer are the second longest continuous whale watching operation in New South Wales, with an impeccable safety record and a crew that loves giving guests the experience of a lifetime.
Having a maximum of only 23 guests each cruise and with 3600 uninterrupted views, 60 sqm of open deck space to move freely around, we are the Coffs Coast favourite boat with locals, visitors and international tourists. Specifically designed for whale watching and the open ocean Pacific Explorer provides a safe, stable, peaceful ride that also avoids annoying the whales. It is the undeniable affinity that whales have with Pacific Explorer that makes our whale watching so successful. We promise you the real ECO experience, without the crowds!
There are simply too many eateries and restaurants in Coffs Harbour to list, offering a wide range of styles, cuisine, and flavours to suit every palate. Just in walking distance from the Matador are a selection of Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Korean, Swiss, Pizza, Fish & Chips, and Kebabs. A short drive will get you to Indian and Bavarian, Steak & Ribs, amd the Surf Club, Yacht Club, and local RSL Club.
Raleigh International Raceway is a CAMS licensed circuit offering a multitude of Motorsport activities. The venue is available for hire for a variety of events for Motorsport organisations, clubs or individual competitors and enthusiasts. The venue is privately owned and has operated since 1983 when the first ever Autocross event was held. Since then Hire Karts, Lap Dash, Hillclimb and more recently Drift, Rallycross and Off Road have been introduced making the venue the centre of Motorsports in regional New South Wales.
Dolphin Marine Conservation Park is famous for its activities & exhibits where guests enjoy many options for a fun filled experience.
Dolphin Marine Conservation Park is the only zoological park in New South Wales exhibiting dolphins and the two daily presentations are the Coffs Coast region’s star attraction. Through the fun and educational ‘hands-on’ experience we offer with our animals, Dolphin Marine Conservation Park hopes to inspire life changing habits within our guests which will make a real and measurable difference in the conservation of the marine environment.