Boredom busters

SCHOOL holidays coupled with spring weather spells outdoor fun.

For local Year 12 graduates, the holidays will be full of study notes and revision before the HSC, with maybe a swim or two snuck in. John Paul College school leavers marked their last day of school with a group jetty jump.

During the holidays the jetty will undoubtedly be a bustling scene of families soaking up the sun and kids hurling themselves from great heights.

Another favourite spot will be the adventure playground at Brelsford Park, which provides a welcome energy-exhauster with stacks of equipment to swing, climb, balance and spin on.

Why not get immersed in nature with the National Parks and Wildlife Service's (NPWS) tours?

Every Tuesday and Thursday there will be guided walks through Dorrigo National Park where you can learn why the park is part of the Gondwana rainforests of Australia's World Heritage area.

On October 4 at 11.15am or 1.45pm, learn about the birds of the forest from a NPWS ranger at Dorrigo National Park. Cost is $4 adults, $2 kids.

To see the full range of NPWS activities on offer go to and search Upper North Coast. Or call Coffs NPWS on 6652 0900 or Dorrigo on 6657 2309.

October 7 is the Headspace Block Party youth event at Northside Shopping Centre, Coffs Harbour. The event will include bands and DJs, mural painting, circus performers, dancers, open mic, prizes and a sausage sizzle. It will run from 11am to 3pm - check out or for updates.

It is also a great time to go whale watching and for just $18 per person, you can have a close encounter of the humpback kind while enjoying a cruise along the Coffs Coast shoreline. To book through the Spirit of Coffs Harbour Cruises. Call 6650 0155.

To avoid cabin fever when rain forces you indoors, check out the National Marine Science Centre's Solitary Islands Aquarium in Charlesworth Bay. It's open 10am to 4pm every day of the school holidays.

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