Emerald Beach is a great destination for a family holiday, just south of Woolgoolga and about 15 minutes north of Coffs Harbour.

It’s a quieter atmosphere than some of the other beaches along the Coff’s Coast, as well as being a safe option for swimming. When the little ones are finished swimming, you can take them on a beach walk around to Look At Me Now Headland or head to the playground in the park behind the beach.

Emerald Beach caters for surfers too, boasting an excellent beach break, along with a southern left-hand reef break. You can even walk your dog on a lead north of Fiddamans Creek and south of Diggers Head.

You’ll find Surf St Cafe just across from the beach, where you can enjoy a meal while taking in spectacular coastal views or pick up a coffee to take on your way.

Dammerels history walk is a short easy stroll with a superb view out to Solitary Islands, named by Captain Cook. Learn all about the workings of an historic 19th century lighthouse with a kerosene light and the signal station that provided its only link to the mainland. Hear the story of the Dammerel family and of the collision in 1886 of Keilawarra and Helen Nicoll. Only two bodies of the 48 who died in the accident washed ashore, and their graves are on Dammerels Head.

Watch for wildlife like grazing eastern grey kangaroos, wallabies, goannas and pythons. Pack a picnic and enjoy the scenic views and this fascinating portion of Australian history.