If you are here on holidays there is no better time for adventure on the Coffs Coast! Home to beautiful beaches, lush national parks, eco-adventures, fabulous food and outdoor activities galore, the Coffs Coast shines its very brightest during the warmer months.
Experience interactive wildlife encounters, conquer the treetops, paddle open waters, or experience nature on horseback these holidays, and create epic memories that will last a lifetime. Looking for something a little more laid back? Enjoy outstanding views from Sealy Lookout, stroll the incredible Solitary Islands coastal walk, or experience Gumbaynggirr culture. Whatever your cup of tea, there is something for everyone at the Coffs Coast these holidays!
Giingan Gumbaynggirr Cultural Experience – 9 December Coffs Harbour
Enjoy this award-winning Indigenous cultural tourism experience at the iconic Sealy Lookout (Niigi Niigi) in the Orara East State Forest. Held monthly, the Giingan Experience is a two-hour interactive and informative tour. Immerse yourself in Gumbaynggirr culture through language, dance, storytelling, damper making and much more.
Coffs Jetty Carnival & NYE Fireworks – 26 Dec to 21 January 2024 Coffs Harbour
The Coffs Jetty Carnival is back for 2023! Thrill rides for every member of the family. Dagwood dogs and sideshow alley under the romantic glow. New Years Eve fireworks at 9.30pm
WORKSHOPS & TOURS
Double Cream Brie Cheesemaking Class – 8 December Emerald Beach
Learn how to make Double Cream Brie at home, the history of Brie, understanding the difference between the variety of white moulded cheeses and how to pair your cheese with wine.
Botanic Garden Discovery Tour – Every 3rd Thursday of the month Coffs Harbour
Learn about the plants and animals in the garden on this introductory tour with a volunteer guide. Gently glide along the main path in the electric buggy under the canopy of the natural forest and through the international planted garden areas. Take a short stroll around the picturesque lake and the Japanese Garden at the far end of the garden before returning to make a short stop with a guided tour of the Glasshouse plants.
Nightlife Wildlife at the Botanic Garden– 1 December Coffs Harbour
Join the volunteer guides of the garden for a magical evening to search for possums, gliders, bats, maybe koala …and other little critters whose eye shine in the dark! This 2km night walk follows paths through natural forests and planted gardens. We pause along the way to learn how the wild creatures live, what they eat and why they make such strange noises in the dark.
Dorrigo Rainforest Aboriginal Cultural Tour – 27 Dec, & 10, 17 24 January 2024 Dorrigo
Bring the whole family to meet Ranger Matt, a local Gumbaynggirr man. He’ll welcome you to country in language that’s been spoken on this land for thousands of years. Ranger Matt will invite you to smell, touch and sometimes even taste seasonal fruits and materials of the rainforest. Throughout the tour, he’ll share his language and culture, which have been part of this landscape for thousands of years. It’s a fantastic opportunity to listen to stories from country, on country.
Dorrigo Kids Nature Play: 5-12 Years – 17 & 24 January 2024 Dorrigo
Join us for a fun tour in Dorrigo National Park, near Coffs Harbour. Kids aged 5 to 12 years can reconnect with nature through play. Bring the kids to enjoy a 1.5 hour ranger-guided tour of seasonally varied discovery, learning and play in the World Heritage-listed Gondwana rainforest at Dorrigo National Park.
LEARN SOMETHING NEW
Solitary Islands Surf School – most days, Northern and Southern Beaches
Learn to surf these holidays with Solitary Islands Surf School! Local professionals will guide you step by step, helping you ride waves on some of the best beaches in NSW.
School holiday opening hours
The Big Banana Fun Park – Open every day in school holidays 9am – 5pm.
Enjoy a huge range of fun activities such as the Water Park, Ice Skating, Tobogganing, Laser Tag, Mini Golf, Reptile World, Giant Slide, Laser tag and Candy Kitchen.
Coffs Harbour Butterfly House – Monday – Sunday // 10am – 2pm.
Wander amongst hundreds of live Australian butterflies in an indoor subtropical rainforest setting, experience a life-sized dinosaur show and get up close and personal with baby dinosaurs!
Coffs Coast Wildlife Sanctuary – Monday – Sunday // 10am-2pm.
Sea Lions and dolphins and penguins – marine life presentations daily..
Solitary Islands Aquarium – Monday – Sunday // 10am – 4pm.
Explore the unique marine environment of the Coffs Coast through amazing aquariums, guided tours and interactive displays.
Treetops Adventure – Monday – Sunday // 9am – 5pm.
Test your skills on more than 110 high rope challenges and 20 ziplines, and enjoy the bush from a new perspective!
Carobana Confectionery – Monday – Sunday // 8:30am – 4pm.
Watch skilled confectioners in action and experience plenty of tempting aromas. Enjoy the covered outdoor dining area and ample grounds for the kids to play. Pet-friendly and free entry.
The Clog Barn – Monday – Sunday // 8am – 4pm.
Enjoy the model Dutch village, daily clog-making demonstrations, Big Oma’s Coffee House (pancakes recommended!) and the Dutch gift shop.
North Coast Regional Botanic Garden – Monday – Sunday // 9am – 5pm Open Every Day
Featuring a section of natural forest and mangroves; plantings of rare and endangered Australian species, Australian rainforest species, and exotic plants from other sub-tropical regions of the world, the garden has something special for everyone!
iPlay Bowling Alley & Amusement Centre– Monday – Thursday // 10am – 9pm
Friday – Sunday // 9am – 11pm
STRIKE! With thirteen lanes of full bowling, plenty of arcade games along with a fully licensed bar, iPlay can
cater to anyone’s taste during these school holidays!
The Fairy Room – Mon-Sun 10am-5pm (closed Tuesdays)
Step into a magical fairy wonderland at the Fairy Room. This is a specially designed space, decorated ceiling to floor and wall to wall as an enchanted fairy forest, with high tea parties and special functions.
Yarilla Arts & Museum – Tues-Sun 10am-4pm Tues-Fri 10am-2pm Sat/Sun
The dynamic exhibition program spans a range of inspiring local, regional, touring and in-house curated exhibitions. Encompassing art, social history and natural history, these exhibitions change regularly ensuring an enriching experience for all. YAM’s digital exhibition space is designed to attract ground-breaking digital creations that challenge the boundaries of art and storytelling.
Wajaana Yaam Gumbaynggirr Adventure Tours
Experience a paddle tour in a beautiful marine park setting, learn to SUP board, collect, connect and prepare bush medicines and taste seasonal bush foods with Wajaana Yaam Adventure Tours.
Jetty Dive Adventure Whale Watch & Swim With the Whales
Jetty Dive schedules 3 Adventure Whale watch trips daily from the Marina at Coffs Harbour.
Coffs Harbour Trike & Private Tours
There are many beautiful places to visit around the Coffs Coast and surrounding townships, but with Coffs Harbour Trike & Private Tours it is the ride itself that will be unforgettable!
C Change Adventures
The friendliest Kayaking, Canoeing and Stand up Paddling experiences in Coffs Harbour – tours and hire.
HWH Stables Horse Riding Tour
Ride horse back through the Coffs Coast’s lush bushes, picturesque beaches and gorgeous freshwater rivers with HWH Stables.