Things to do on the Coffs Coast this summer
# 1. Stand Up Paddle Boarding
SUP or stand up paddle-boarding is like walking on water.
If you want to try something new, the Coffs Coast is a great place to get on a SUP.
It suits all ages and levels of board riding experience.
Have fun on a SUP on our beautiful waterways with Mangrove Jacks, C Change Adventures, Coffs Jetty Stand Up Paddleboard Hire and Solitary Islands Surf School.
Find yourself paddling at Coffs Jetty, Boambee Creek, Bonville or Pine Creek, on the Northern Beaches and at Red Rock.
#2. Scuba Diving
WITH names like Manta Arch, Grey Nurse Gutter, Turtle Cove, Cod Rock and Fish Soup, it's easy to see why the Solitary Island Marine Park is such a popular diving location.
Tropical waters of the north and cooler southern ocean currents create ideal sites for new and experienced divers.
Meet our resident underwater turtles, sharks, fish and even Nemo - the clown anemone fish endemic to these waters with Jetty Dive, Bananacoast Divers and Dive Quest Arrawarra.
#3. Have a Round of Golf
WITH nine golf courses to choose from including Australia's best voted golf resort, you will never be short of a tee or a green.
Be it coastal or bushland settings, the Coffs Coast boasts some beautiful and challenging courses.
Our nine courses include: Bellingen RSL Country Club, Coffs Harbour Golf Club, Dorrigo Memorial RSL, Bonville Golf Resort, Sawtell Golf Club, Woolgoolga RSL Golf Club, Novotel Pacific Bay Resort, Opal Cove Resort and Urunga Golf and Sports Club.
#4. Stroll Muttonbird Island
PART of the Solitary Islands Nature Reserve, Giidany Miirlarl, the Gumbaynggirr name meaning 'moon special place', also known as Muttonbird Island is easily accessible and connected to the mainland by a breakwall.
Walk the island, take in a sunrise or sunset and meet wedge-tailed shearwaters, extraordinary migratory birds that nest on the island over the summer months.
National Parks also offer guided tours with Gumbaynggirr elder and ranger Mark Flanders to learn of the history, stories, highlights and Aboriginal significance of the island.
#5. Scenic Drive
IF you look up 'scenic drive' in your dictionary you are sure to find Coffs Coast.
Well ... if not, it should be, as the region here provides stunning landscapes from ocean and beach scenes to alpine through to subtropical, rainforest and pastoral farmlands.
For some top touring routes try Waterfall Way, Northern Forests Dr, Southern beaches, touring route 19, World Heritage Wanderings and more.
#6. Botanic Gardens
THE Coffs Harbour Regional Botanic Garden is a hidden jewel tucked into a bend of Coffs Creek, showcasing rare and endangered Australian species, a variety of native habitats and rainforests, as well as exotic plant species that thrive in the Coffs Coast climate.
Enjoy free guided or self-guided walks through a world of plants, mangroves, boardwalks, glasshouse exotics, bush tucker and sensory areas, garden cafe and tea house.
#7. Go Shopping
FOR the boutique, unique or high street stores visit these shopping precincts:
Park Beach Plaza, Coffs Harbour; Coffs Central and Coffs Harbour city centre; The Promenade, Coffs Harbour;
Toormina Gardens; Woolgoolga town centre; Bellingen; Dorrigo; and Urunga.
#8. Swim with dolphin, kiss a seal
STEP through the doors of Dolphin Marine Magic and you will be surrounded by peacocks, little penguins and turtles, but it's the dolphins and seals that are the main attractions.
Don't miss out on meeting Cindy, Maxine, Athena, Adelaide, Rocky or any of the other resident Australian seal lions for your free wet kiss or take to the pool as nowhere else can you enjoy such a close encounter with dolphins. Otherwise take in the shows of this award-winning attraction.
#9. Beach Camel Rides
HAVE you tried camel riding? Climb aboard Aussie, Moose, Jack, Zowie or Monkey - the bevy of five beauties with Coffs Coast Camels.
Enjoy a unique ride along the pristine stretch of Boambee Beach's golden sands and experience the thrill as these gentle giants take you for a splash in the surf.
A must-do for the entire family.
#10. Go to the Carnival
IT wouldn't be the summer holidays on the Coffs Coast without March's Amusements' carnival on the Jetty Foreshores.
Complete with show rides, dodgem cars, clowns, jumping castles and giant slides, the carnival runs every evening up until Australia Day and will go off with a bang tonight as the harbour becomes the showpiece of the Coffs Coast's New Year's Eve celebrations.
Keep reading The Advocate for our summer Things To Do series highlighting the well known, new and not so common attractions of the Coffs Coast.