Things to do on the Coffs Coast this summer

Stand-up paddle boarding a fun way to get fit.
Stand-up paddle boarding a fun way to get fit.

# 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.

Jetty Dive Centre has diversified into adventure tours using its new adventure boat ‘Wild Fin’.
Jetty Dive Centre has diversified into adventure tours using its new adventure boat ‘Wild Fin’.

#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.

The views over Coffs Harbour don't get much better than from Muttonbird Island.
The views over Coffs Harbour don't get much better than from Muttonbird Island.

#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.

The Waterfall Way in name and nature.
The Waterfall Way in name and nature.

#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.

Go to http://www.coffscoast.com.au.

Japanese Garden at the Coffs Harbour Botanic Gardens
Japanese Garden at the Coffs Harbour Botanic Gardens

#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.

Park Beach Plaza Boxing Day Sales: Kaitlyn Grant finds a bargain. Photo: Rob Wright / The Coffs Coast Advocate
Park Beach Plaza Boxing Day Sales: Kaitlyn Grant finds a bargain. Photo: Rob Wright / The Coffs Coast Advocate Rob Wright

#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.

 

MARINE MAGIC: The young stars of Blue Zoo taking a break with one of their aquatic co-stars. Photo: Contributed
MARINE MAGIC: The young stars of Blue Zoo taking a break with one of their aquatic co-stars. Photo: Contributed Contributed

#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.

Take a camel ride on Boambee Beach this summer.
Take a camel ride on Boambee Beach this summer.

#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.

March Amusements Coffs Harbour carnival runs each evening.
March Amusements Coffs Harbour carnival runs each evening.

#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.



Sawtell in the pink

Sawtell in the pink

Sneaking suspicion of an upset at Coffs

Sneaking suspicion of an upset at Coffs

Club championships at Coffs Harbour Golf Club start today.

Hartsuyker bypasses questions on leadership vacancy

Hartsuyker bypasses questions on leadership vacancy

Hartsuyker won't be making any further statements at this time.

Clyburn keeps challengers at bay at Bonville

Clyburn keeps challengers at bay at Bonville

Overnight leader maintains two shot Australian Ladies Classic lead.

Local Partners