Coffs Harbour Regional Boat Ramp


Project overview

Transport for NSW Maritime has upgraded the Coffs Harbour Regional Boat Ramp to increase the size of the ramp, provide more facilities and improve parking options. The boat ramp and pontoons have been completed, and we are now working on the finishing touches to the carpark and facilities.

The Coffs Harbour Regional Boat Ramp project comprises of 2 stages of work: Stage 1 (the boat ramp and pontoons) is complete, and we are now in Stage 2 (the car park and facilities). Transport for NSW Maritime is also implementing measures to resolve sand build-up in the channel. For information about sand management, click here.

Coffs Harbour Boat Ramp webcam

Transport for NSW have installed webcams along the NSW coast to give the community a live feed of coastal conditions, and to help boaters and skippers prepare for a safe trip. For up-to-date views and information about the conditions at the Coffs Harbour Boat Ramp, click here.

Latest news

February 2024: Finishing touches being made to the area around the boat ramp

The transformation of Coffs Harbour regional boat ramp is complete, with Transport for NSW opening the upgraded carpark and facilities.

Over the past twelve months, Transport for NSW Maritime has been working hard to ensure construction was completed in time for the holidays.

The community can now enjoy a more spacious carpark, new toilet block, upgraded cleaning tables, and a shared path for pedestrians and cyclists. 

Finishing touches to landscaping, handrails, line marking, stormwater and pedestrian access (refuge) will continue into February.

These upgrades show Transport for NSW is listening to the community, providing more facilities and improved parking access for one of the busiest boat ramps in the state.

For older news, please visit our news archive.

Project information

What are we doing?

The proposed project will be designed and constructed in two stages.

Stage 1 would include:

  •     extending the existing breakwater by 75m
  •     widening the existing boat ramp, adding an additional two lanes
  •     new top surface over the existing boat ramp area
  •     extending the existing pontoon
  •     adding two new pontoons
  •     dredging the existing boat ramp basin and channel as part of an ongoing dredging program at this site.

Stage 2 (late 2022) would include:

  •     extending the existing main carpark to include additional parking for cars, boats and trailers
  •     new carpark entrance at the western end of the carpark
  •     blocking the entry adjacent to the boat ramp off Jordan Esplanade (for safety reasons)
  •     diverting traffic along Jordan Esplanade road opposite the main carpark
  •     new road signage
  •     new rigging and de-rigging bays around the main carpark
  •     a new shared pathway (2.5m) for walking/cycling
  •     new amenities facility
  •     new Lighting and signage
  •     recreational furniture including seating and tables
  •     pedestrian pathway on south side of Jordan Esplanade with access to Gallows beach carpark and to amenities facility in the main carpark area
  •     landscaping
  •     extending services, including water, power and sewerage.


The Coffs Harbour boat ramp is located in a small basin on the southern side of the harbour. The original boat ramp and basin was constructed in the mid-1970s, and there is a history of reports by boaters of the difficulties launching and retrieving boats and navigating vessels through the entrance channel to the boat ramp.

The boat ramp basin regularly suffered from water level surges, making it difficult to secure boats coming into or leaving the ramp and operational difficulties were also experienced in the vicinity of the boat ramp during times that north-easterly swell entered the harbour.

In 2015 the boat ramp basin was extended to reduce some of impacts of the wave action on the structure. There are still impacts from the waves, particularly during low tide that are being addressed by the upgrades proposed in this project.

The Coffs Harbour Regional Boat Ramp Precinct Enhancement Committee (CHRBRPEC) comprises local boat ramp users who have a vision to develop the boat ramp precinct into a world class facility that will meet existing and future demands from local and visiting mariners.

The CHRBRPEC identified the need to upgrade the boat ramp to address safety and congestion concerns after a number of boating incidents. In particular over the 2018 Easter holiday period, over a dozen boats were washed onto rocks at the entrance to the boat ramp basin. Harbour City Council (CHCC) have endorsed the need for the project, and funding has been approved by Transport for NSW to undertake improvement works at the boat ramp facility.

Community information

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Contact us

You can contact the project team in the following ways:


Phone: 1300 778 928 Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Mail: Coffs Harbour Boat Ramp, Transport-Maritime, Locked Bag 5100, Camperdown, NSW 1450

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