The Hotel: Sanctuary Resort Motor Inn
Set just back from the coastline in natural bushland, Sanctuary Resort Motor Inn is a relaxing location for travellers to rest and recharge their batteries. Resort-style facilities rise out of green gardens to greet guests on arrival, including a 15-metre pool with a twisting waterslide and BBQ area. Easily accessible from the Pacific Highway, the property is minutes from Coffs Harbour Airport and town centre.
Shacking up in a King Room, Groupies can spread out in their new dwellings and enjoy a bottle of wine and nibbles to kick-start their stay. Décor is stylish and contemporary, with facilities including broadband internet, Austar channels, and air-conditioning. A $20 dinner voucher ensures tummies are filled at Tree House Restaurant& Bat on the final day is an added indulgence before guests depart the resort.
Executive King Room
- Bed size/type: King bed
- Standard occupancy: Two people
- Maximum occupancy: Three people
- The room features a furnished balcony, bathroom with shower, dining and lounging area, and flat-screen TV.
The Area: Coffs Harbour, NSW
Sitting halfway between Brisbane and Sydney, Coffs Harbour has long been a favourite Aussie destination for relaxed weekends away. Imbued with a friendly seaside atmosphere and the buzz of casual holidaymakers, the area contains a scenic stretch of coastline, pristine bushland, and countless opportunities to view a range of marine life in their natural habitat. Home to a series of events around the year, Coffs Harbour is also known for its quirky galleries and homespun markets.
The area is brimming with plenty of options to entertain travellers no matter what their preference. From May to November each year, the coastal area comes alive with migrating humpback whales, which can be spotted by walking out to Muttonbird Island or jumping aboard a charter cruise and venturing out to the turquoise waters. The Solitary Islands Marine Park is a prime location for a day of diving, where scuba enthusiasts can hope to spot moray eels, kingfish, and green turtles.
For a dose of culture, folks can head to the historic town of Bellingen with its heritage buildings and quaint shops or, instead, step into a World War II bunker and see quirky art at the Bunker Cartoon Gallery. Even more out of the ordinary experiences can be found with a visit to the miniature Dutch village or famous Big Banana, the original Australian “Big Thing”. When the sun is shining, peeps can back their swimsuits and hit the beach for surfing, splashing about, or sandcastle-making. And on the weekend retail addicts find their version of heaven at the weekly Jetty or Harbourside markets.