Scott, Josh, Steve and Trish Waterhouse enjoying holiday number 14 in Coffs Harbour.    Photo: TREVOR VEALE 06090903A
Scott, Josh, Steve and Trish Waterhouse enjoying holiday number 14 in Coffs Harbour. Photo: TREVOR VEALE 06090903A

Keep coming back

Keep coming back

By ANNE-MARIE MAY

THE spring school holidays are something the Waterhouse family looks forward to every year.

For two weeks parents Steve and Trish and their sons Scott and Josh say goodbye to their busy lives in Sydney to enjoy a relaxing time under the Coffs Coast's popular sun.

It's a tradition started 14 years ago, and one they don't plan on ending anytime soon.

"We first came to Coffs for our holidays 14 years ago and we have been back the same time every year since," Mr Waterhouse said.

Among what brings them back each year is the area's casual attitude and great beaches.

"We take the kids to the beach, fish and just relax. It's great," Mr Waterhouse said, although Mrs Waterhouse points out the lack of fish caught this holiday has been a little disappointing.

Discovering the Coffs Coast for the first time is Trevor Brennan.

It has taken Mr Brennan 50 years to get himself and his family to Coffs Harbour, but now that he is finally here, believes it to be worth the wait.

"I have driven through many times over the past 50 years but never stayed. Earlier this year I decided it was time to see what Coffs Harbour was about and have bought the family back for the school holidays," the Sydney grandfather said.

Just a few days into their week-long stay, Mr Brennan and his family ? grandchildren Alex, Isabelle, Aaron and Alysha and son-in-law Simon Perry ? have already sampled a number of the Coffs Coast attractions.

"On Saturday we went Glenreagh Mountain Railway, which was something different for the kids," Mr Brennan said.

And today, come rain or shine, it's beach time with Alex and Aaron signing up for surf school and the girls hoping to tackle the art of sandcastle making.



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