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Carobana Factory Visit

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We weren’t able to go away these school holidays so we thought we’d do a few touristy things in our own town.

So when I suggested to my boys we go visit Carobana Factory they jumped at the chance! I mean, how could you say no?

Carobana is located on James Small Drive at Korora and has been there since 1982. You might’ve seen Carobana products stocked in a lot of local shops but if you’ve never visited the factory it’s well worth the visit!

They are open Monday – Saturday 10am-4pm but the best time to visit is Monday – Thursday during the morning when they sre in production.


We watched peanut brittle and rocky road being made and chocolate honeycomb being covered in chocolate then sent on a 45 metre “cooling tunnel”. The best thing was when we were given a small sample of freshly made peanut brittle. We also had a chance to sample some other products in the retail shop and make some purchases.

The staff there were very friendly and helpful, loved to explain what they were doing and how things were made and answer any questions.

Best of all, it is free to visit but make sure you take some money to buy some goodies!

You can find out more about Carobana on their website or visit their Facebook page.

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Coffs Physie & Dance Enrolling NOW!

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Time Out Adventures

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My family and I were very lucky to be invited to an afternoon visiting Time Out Adventures last Saturday afternoon. Located amongst the gorgeous grounds at Pacific Bay Resort, Time Out is open to the public which is good for us Coffs locals!

There are SO many activities to do at Time Out, the hardest thing would be choosing which activity to do! So whether it be a fun afternoon of family bonding, something to occupy the kids during the school holidays or weekend, a special treat or even a birthday party, Time Out is the perfect place to spend an hour or two.

Here are some of the activities we did:


The best thing about this activity is it can be enjoyed by anyone. You don’t need any special sporting skills (I certainly don’t have any!) and it is SO much fun. Not only that, even if you aren’t “on field” it’s hilarious to watch. I couldn’t stop laughing.

Simply crawl inside the big blown up balls, and try your best to run around and stay on your feet. There are games played as well, such as last “bumper” standing and bumper soccer.

You can have any number of people particating as the activity can be quite tiring, so it’s good to have a rest and sit back and laugh watching the others get bumped around. I would also suggest this activity is good for ages 8 years and upwards.

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Splash Golf is heaps of fun, especially for those who have never played golf before! My kids loved it! Step up to the platform, grab a ball from your bucket and aim for the floating targets. There are even prizes to be won for hitting a target or getting a hole in one. The lagoon where the splash golf is played is just gorgeous, what an amazing setting for some family fun! The youngest in the family even enjoyed this, so probably fine for 5 year olds upwards.

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By far the number #1 favourite activity of everyone for the afternoon. You’ve seen segways before but not many people have a chance to try one. Well, cruising around on the paths at Pacific Bay is the perfect opportunity for an introduction!

Riding a Segway is quite simply amazing; it feels like nothing you’ve experienced – because there’s never been anything like it. It’s very easy to learn and our instructor was very helpful and hands on. Please note, Segways are only available for kids over 28kgs.

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The newest addition to the Time Out Coffs family, these are SO much fun for the whole family. They can seat four and it’s a lovely little ride out around the lagoon. Perfect lazy afternoon activity and getting out in the fresh air. Just make sure Dad is in the front to paddle!


Another favourite, and also very funny to watch for those not participating. It’s hard to describe what these are if you’ve never seen one in action before so here’s a short time lapse:


Once inside your Ozbobble (it’s like a Zorb ball but on water) you will run, float, somersault and more on water without getting wet. Then afterwards go for a swim in the lovely pools to cool down and relax. Access to the pool is included in the price of the Ozbobble fun.

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And at the end of all that fun and activity, of course we needed to sit down for that well earned ice-cream. Also available at the Time Out Cafe are snacks, coffee, slushies and other food and drinks.


There are other activities to do at Time Out such as the gorgeous 9 hole golf course, archery and bopping heads music video. You can combine activities or get special packages. AND don’t forget, Time Out is the perfect place to have a birthday party for the ‘older kids’ who have outgrown places like Tabatinga and Springloaded. My 12 year is old is begging for his next birthday party to be an OzBobble pool party!

Time out is probably the first place that I’ve taken my kids that I’ve enjoyed as much as they have, and they’ve been talking about it non-stop since we went. It’s one of those experiences we will all remember, we definitely made some memories that afternoon!

A BIG thanks to Glen, the manager, for personally escorting us and showing us around all the activities. Glen and his staff are very friendly, relaxed and easy going and definitely made the afternoon a lot fun for us.

You can find out more by clicking on the website (just hit NSW and then “Coffs Harbour” to search for our location)

You can also call 02 6659 7006 or 1300 090 767.

The Time Out “Activities Hut” is located at Novotel Pacific Bay resort, the entrance is on the left just past the Marine Science Centre.

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Things to do – Winter School Holidays

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Whether you are visiting Coffs Harbour or somewhere else on the Mid North Coast these school holidays, here are a few ideas to keep the kids entertained:

1. Check out the SCHOOL HOLIDAYS page on this website where I have listed activities and events on locally for kids. You can also check out websites such as “Kids Port Macquarie” if you will be in the Port area at all.

2. The National Parks NSW website is a great place to head to find out about things do to in the great outdoors. You can do a search based on location, activity and time of year. Find a great walking track, waterfall, bike tours, horse riding and more.

3. The beach can be enjoyed in winter as well! Go searching for rockpools, build a sandcastle or do a scavenger hunt like my kids and I have done on a sunny Winter’s Day. Click here for my scavenger list! (you can also do this hunt in any park, or even your backyard!)

4. Winter is Whale season! There is a fantastic website where you can locate viewing hotspots, tips and guidelines, whale facts and learn about the “Wild about Whales” free app, the kids will love it!


5. Visit the vistnsw website for events that are happening on the North Coast or anywhere else in NSW!

6. Get the kids to jump on the Wilderquest website (part of NSW National Parks), learn how to become a Wilderquest ranger, discover amazing places, play games, earn points and collect badges. They can also learn of any special programs running for kids in your local National Park.

7. Search for your local library, museum, theatre etc for any special holiday activities on these school holidays.

8. If you feel like a little road trip or couple nights away and visit the Hunter Valley Gardens, they have a really amazing “Snow Time in the Garden” running these school holidays.

9. Do a day trip in your local area and act like a tourist! There are so many amazing places to discover on your doorstep that we often forget about. Look up Google Maps and find a spot to head to and explore for the day. Or let your kids choose where you’ll go for your family adventure.

10. If you want a quiet indoor activity I just came across this fantastic website, “Sew a Softie“. Sew a Softie is an initiative that aims to ignite a love of hand sewing in a new generation. It encourages parents and children to turn off their computers, put down their smart phones and discover the fun and fulfillment that comes from creating a simple-to-sew softie together. There are tutorials, a gallery and your kids can even become ambassadors! Love it!


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