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Our Trip to the Cold – Part 1

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I suppose like most of us, my family haven’t really left the Coffs Coast since lockdowns began at the end of March. With not a lot of time off work for me these school holidays I decided to take the kids on a little trip out West for three nights.

I wanted to spend some money in smaller communities really suffering from drought and fires (and of course, Covid!) plus we had quite a few adventures that we’ve never had before as you will see!

YES it was cold, but that all added to the fun. And while we didn’t see snow we will try to go back again one day soon.

Here are some of the things we did:



First stop, Bellingen.

From Coffs to Bellingen it’s around a 30 minute drive.

I got coffee from Swiss Bakery and the kids went into Sweet Bellingen and got a $5 bag of mixed lollies (photographed below).

I also popped into Kombu Wholefoods for some fruit and some other healthy snacks.

Next stop: Dangar Falls.

From Bellingen to Dangar Falls it’s around a 35 minute drive.

I would normally go to the Rainforest Centre at Dorrigo and do a little walk or the SkyWalk but we had been there only a couple weekends before, so we headed straight to Dangar Falls.

We parked at the picnic area and took a walk down to the bottom of the falls. The walk is suitable for children, it’s about a 10-15 minute walk down, a combination of paved and raised boardwalks. At the bottom there are rockpools and the waterfall is amazing!!! Definitely worth the walk.

Next stop: Ebor

From there it’s a winding 40 minute drive to Ebor and boy, was it COLD there!

We headed straight for Ebor falls. In November last year the Bees Nest bushfires tore through here and you can still see the destruction. The upper viewing platform was burnt entirely and the lower platform and access is blocked off due to dangerous trees. There is evidence of the fires everywhere. It’s quite sobering yet beautiful at the same time. We caught a glimpse of the falls and had a look at the amazing burnt trees then headed back into Ebor to Fusspots for some good old fashioned country cooking / lunch.

Next stop: Guyra

From Ebor to Guyra it’s just under an hour drive.

I booked us into the Summit Caravan Park, (Australia’s highest caravan park!) they have a cute little 3 bedroom for $130 a night. Complete with fireplace, full kitchen and great views. Cheap! We stayed there for 2 nights and the owner was so lovely. Would definitely recommend (if you do book make sure you ring up and book direct. I checked out the room types etc on Wotif but then rang direct. The accommodation booking sites take a big chunk of commission, so it really helps the owners to pick up the phone and book directly with them).

The choices for dinner in Guyra are pretty limited, so we went to the Bowling Club then settled in for some board games.

And YES it was cold! But we loved it! While there wasn’t any snow the kids were so excited the next morning when there were icicles hanging off the water tank!


Next post coming up: Our day trip to Green Valley Farm.

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Buy Local!

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One thing that has come out of the Covid crisis for myself is a renewed focus on buying local.

Facing empty shelves made me realise how fragile out food security is and how much we rely on goods from overseas.

So my focus is not only buy Australian, but take that one step further and by locally made and produced, where possible. It might be a little less convenient than picking something up when I’m at the supermarket. It might mean spending a little more. But for me, peace of mind and quality mean so much more.

This post I am going to highlight local fruit and vegetable suppliers who deliver and also meat.

Of course, many of these things can be purchased at your local farmer’s and grower’s market. They are all over our region on different days. But if you can’t make it, this is the next best thing.




Subscription based fruit & veg delivery service.

Also attends local markets and you can drop into their warehouse 2/36 Ann St, Coffs. Every Friday 12-5pm for market day!


Local owned and operated, suppliers of quality fresh fruit, vegetables & peeled products.


Fresh local fruits and vegetables, the finest in imported and specialty products.


Locally grown pesticide free greens home delivered. Promoting healthy eating through fresh greens. Large box $30 medium box $20 small box $16 Delivery included.


Slav’s Fruit and Veg is a local Coffs Harbour business. We sell our locally grown bananas and a variety of different fruits when in season.  Drop by our stall on Coramba road opposite the Loaders Lane turn off or contact us for delivery! Stall open, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Delivery Available on these days also.


We produce seasonal, spray free veges and pasture raised eggs for the local markets. Delivers Thursdays or find them at the Harbourside Markets every Sunday.
We distribute local organic & chemical free produce that is ethically grown, affordable, healthy and picked fresh to order every week. With home delivery service from Coffs Harbour, North to Woologoolga & South to Macksville.
‘Promised Land Produce’ deliver fresh produce straight from local farms every week. Ross sends out an email every Sunday night with price list and you simply reply with your order and it is delivered the following week. Can order fruit and veg as well as eggs, nuts, cured meats, coffee beans, smoked trout, etc. email:
Fresh fruit and vegetable delivery service in Coffs Harbour.




Milk N More is a local business providing a home, office, factory delivery service for you. From cheeses, meats, fruit, veggies, drinks and much more.


Boxes of beef, direct from the farmer. Ethical beef producers from Northern NSW with a focus on the best life for every animal, and top quality fresh produce as a result.


Farm to freezer is an Australian owned, family operated business, Our farm is tucked away in the beautiful green pastures of the Nambucca Valley in N.S.W.


Family business from Taylors Arm suppyling bulk hormone free meat packs that are cut up & packaged on our farm delivered direct to your door


Locally owned retail/wholesale butchery supplying meat from Lower Clarence to Coffs Harbour.
We source our meat from local farmers ensuring fresh and quality products for our customers.


Rivermead Farms ethical producers of premium F1 Wagyu beef offering “paddock to plate” service.


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I started compiling this over the past week or so then have just been finishing it off when we’ve been recommended to keep kids at home where it is “practically possible.”

It’s going to be a strange and tough time to get through but as I said to my friend today, take one day at a time. Find little sparks of joy in everything. Get back to basics. Do gardening, have a picnic in the backyard, play boardgames, teach your kids to cook. Bake bread! This is an opportunity for us to slow down, revaluate our lives and hit the ‘pause’ button. It will all end in time but for now, try and embrace our new lives. And remember, your kids are just as confused and scared and anxious as you are. But we are all in this together and we WILL get through it.

So, from opera to kid’s workouts, live cam of Melbourne Zoo to cooking lessons, there’s a great range of activities here and I’ll be adding to it.

Best wishes, stay safe! x Alison

Coffs Libraries

Click on the “Young People” tab for some great links to resources

Blueberry Beetle Art Challenge

Submit a drawing, based on a theme given. Upload picture to win a prize.

Melbourne Zoo Live Cam

Watch ‘Penguin Cam’, ‘Giraffe Cam’, ‘Snow Leopard Cub Cam’ and more!

Scholastic Learn at Home

Day by day projects to keep kids reading, thinking and growing.

National Geographic Kids Australia

Fantastic site with interesting stories, competitions, games and more.

Smithsonian TT Junior

Interesting articles and facts.

12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours You Can Take on Your Couch

Includes British Museum in London, Guggenheim in NYC and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Daily Drawing Classes with Mo Willems

Well-known illustrator Mo Willems has announced that he’ll be doing Lunch Doodles for kids on YouTube!

Colouring-in Pages to Download

Created by Nathan Patterson,  artwork with a mixture of contemporary designs using traditional techniques that incorporate the dreamtime stories.

The Paris Opera

Screening its performances online for free – various shows coming up.

The Metropolitan Opera NYC

Another option to see opera, new shows every 24 hours.

Storyline Online

A collection of books read by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation.

Great Wall of China

Take a virtual tour!

Yellowstone National Park

Take a virtual tour of various sections of this amazing park in America.

Kid’s Cooking Classes

This is an American site, but still a really easy and simple way for kids to learn how to cook.

35 Recipes to Make with Your Kids

Kid workout site

Various programs just for kids to stay active.

PE with Joe

PE lessons every weekday to keep the kids moving.

Online Science Lessons with Street Science!

Explore the properties of energy.

30 Days of Lego Play














We have the rest of your week sorted with our daily animal live streams! ?

Start by watching us feed our mammoth Saltwater Crocodile, Rocky, today at 2:30pm.

At 11:30am tomorrow, head on over to @sealifesydneyaquarium to watch feeding time with the penguins.

And then tune in back with us on Friday to watch some adorable Quokka cuddles with Davey at 3pm

Labcoat Learning

Fun science lessons for kids.

Audio Elevenses

David Walliams is releasing a FREE audio story every day for the next 30 days.

ABC Radio School: Become a nature detective with Costa Georgiadis

Listen to how your kids can become nature detectives while staying at home.

And finally! Here’s a BIG list of education websites offering free subscriptions due to school closings.


If you know of or come across any other websites good to keep the kids busy leave a comment or send me an email –

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Week #2 – Mother Nature’s Challenge

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I am super excited to be partnering with Mother Nature’s for a weekly challenge.

Basically each week I am given a hamper of the weekly specials and my challenge is to cook at least ONE meal using one of the specials.

This week’s specials:


We are loving the new season apples, they are so crunchy and perfect for lunch boxes! The kids quickly took to the oranges and love when I freeze segments, perfect for hot summer afternoons!

Since I had an abundance of apples I decided to make some apple muffins. My kids love apples, but I found a recipe that disguses the apple, for those fussy eaters!

Recipe from Kidspot.


  • 2 cups self raising flour ( I used 1 cup white / 1 cup wholemeal)
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar (I used 1/4 cup)
  • 1/3 cup (80mL) olive or vegetable oil (I used melted butter)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 medium apples, peeled and grated
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon caster sugar, extra


Preheat oven to 180°C and place paper cases in muffin tray. Sift flour into large bowl, add caster sugar and mix well. In a glass jug, measure out oil (to 1/3 cup), add milk (to 1/3 cup), eggs and vanilla, whisk to combine. Pour liquid into dry ingredients, add grated apple and stir or beat well to combine. Sprinkle with combined cinnamon and extra caster sugar. Bake for 20-25 minutes until a skewer inserted into the muffin comes out clean.

These weekly specials are available until next Tuesday or unless sold out.

Visit Mother Nature’s located at Coffs and Woolgoolga.

Make sure you follow them on Facebook to see their specials and competitions.


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