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10 Things to do in Winter on the Coffs Coast



One month into winter and the maximum temperature today was 22 degrees! Glorious! While some winter days on the Coffs Coast can be raining and miserable here, this winter so far we’ve had a lot of gorgeous, sunny days which means we can head outside and enjoy our beautiful Coffs Coast – even in Winter!

Here it is! Our list of 10 Wintertime Activites in Coffs for Kids:.

1. Sawtell Chilli Festival

Saturday July 7th is the 20th Sawtell Chilli Festival. First Avenue in Sawtell is taken over by all-things Chilli. This year features the Chilli Kids Hotspot with loads of activities, information, 100 stalls, freebies, competitions, live music, activities for the kids and HEAPS more.

Click here for more information.


2. Buster the Shipwreck

A local secret is that we have our very own shipwreck! Visit beautiful Woolgoolga, head to the Beach Reserve and about a 10 minute walk up the beach North you’ll come across “Buster” which was shipwrecked in 1893. Sometimes it is very exposed whereas other times a fair bit of Buster is covered in sand.

Woolgoolga has an awesome fenced in kids’ playground and a fantastic fish and chip shop called White Salt.

Click here for detailed history on the shipwreck or here for more information on other shipwrecks in the area.


3. Bellingen markets

It gets a little brisk in Bellingen in winter so make sure you wear a nice warm jacket when you visit the Bellingen Markets. On the third Saturday of every month (July 21st, 18th August), there are tonnes of really unique and different stalls. Keep an eye out for the organic donuts (trust me, you’ve never had anything like them!) and lots of other yummy treats as well.

Click here for more information.

While you are in Bellingen wander around the town, we always have to go to the very funky retro Gelato Bar, Kombu Wholefoods and the Swiss Bakery (Wildberry Dampers are TO DIE for!)

4. Jetty Area

A real favourite amongst locals. Head down to the Jetty, park anywhere, then walk towards Muttonbird Island. If you are feeling energetic you can walk (be warned: it is quite steep) over to the other side where there is a whale-watching platform. We are right in the middle of whale season so take your binoculars – you are almost certain to see a few whales!

Click here for more information.

For an easier walk, check out the new plaza and park area then head to walk along the historic jetty. Make sure you keep an eye out for any turtles & dolphins..

5. School Holidays

The NSW winter School Holidays are from the 8th July until 19th July. There are always lots of free and lost cost activities for kids and families to do around Coffs during the holidays. Our School Holidays page will be updated as the holidays approach.

There is also a load of events & activities coming up you can check out under the EVENTS tab on our Facebook page.

6. Sealy Lookout

The turn-off to Bruxner Park is about a 2 minute drive past the Big Banana heading North. The road winds up through banana plantations with some amazing views. Head up to Sealy Lookout and the Forest Sky Pier where you can see a fantastic view of Coffs Harbour and surrounding beaches. There are lots of picnic areas and walking trails around Bruxner, a perfect sunny winter’s day activity!

Click here for more information.

The newly opened Treetop Adventure Park is an amazing and very memorable experience. Take a look at the website for more information on the various courses and prices.



7. Big Banana Ice Rink

Rug up with your warmest jacket, scarf and gloves and head to the rink for some awesome family fun.  Check out the Big Banana Big Day Out deal for just $29.90 per person.

Click here for more information on prices and session times..

8. Butterfly House

From ice to the tropics, if you need a bit of warmth head out to the Butterfly House.  The average daytime temperature inside is 29 degrees! If you have never been I definitely recommend going. Everyone will love it, the kids and adults alike find it fascinating and a very beautiful experience to be able to walk with butterflies fluttering all around you.

Click here for more information..

9. Head to the Beach

While it might be a tad cold to go for a swim you can still head down to your favourite Coffs Harbour beach for a walk, an explore, to fly a kite or a scavenger hunt. One of our favourite beaches is Charlesworth Bay, dogs are allowed and there are so many parts of the Bay to explore.

Click here for my post on the nature scavenger hunt – the boys loved it!



10. Made in Dorrigo Hickory St Market & Teddy Bears Picnic

Being held on Saaturday 14th July. Take a toy or book to donate to charity.


For more kids winter activities,

head over to the Coffs Harbour page on


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