Coffs Harbour is a popular tourist destination 7 hours drive north of Sydney and 4.5 hours south of Brisbane. The population of Coffs Harbour and the surrounding area is 67,442 (June 2005 ABS Data) and the area is famous for its magnificent beaches and banana-covered hills. The Big Banana is a famous Coffs Harbour icon and well worth a visit. The city has the fastest growing regional airport in NSW and regular flights between Coffs Harbour and Sydney occur each day via Qantas and Virgin. Park Beach Plaza is a major regional shopping centre with excellent stores and supermarkets. Harbour Drive is the main road in Coffs Harbour and passes through the town centre which contains many excellent shops, cafes and commercial facilities. The town is well served by caravan parks and attracts many visitors because of a climate claimed to be the best in the world.