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WINNERS! 2014 Excellence Awards




We had a fantastic response to the 2014 Coffs for Kids Excellence Awards with hundreds of votes received.

Congratulations to all the winners listed below:

1. Best Playground – Brelsford Park

2. Best Beach for Kids – Jetty Beach

3. Favourite place for a picnic or BBQ – Boambee Beach Reserve

4. Indoor Activity – Springloaded

5. Outdoor Activity – Big Banana Waterslides

6. Favourite Local Tourist Attraction – Pet Porpoise Pool

7. Local Shop for Kids Stuff – Curious Minds

8. Best place for an organise Party – Tabatinga

9. Family Event – Buskers Festival

10. Swim Centre – Coffs Harbour Olympic Pool

11. Best kids facilities/activities at a Club – The Greenhouse

12. Place to buy Healthy Food – Coffs Growers Markets

13. Fish and Chip Shop – Jetty Co-op

14. Place to get Ice-cream – Cold Rock

15. Favourite Bakery – K’Pane

16. Best school holiday activity – Tabatinga

17. Best New Kids/Family related business – Springloaded

18. Favourite Restaurant – The Greenhouse Tavern

19. Favourite Cafe – Twisted Sister

20. Favourite Pizza Place – Almalfi’s.

Special mentions:

As a family of swimmers & water babies we found Harbour swim school to tick all the boxes. Fantastic instructors, very organised & helpful (kids in lessons at same time or as close together as possible) close to all services, warm water, clean, family orientated & water safety a big part of every swim lesson. – John

Boambee Swimcare is amazing. They have really bent over backwards to accommodate my son with special needs. I can’t speak highly enough of them. – Laura

Boambee swimcare, AMAZING!!! My boy went from kicking and screaming near the water to swimming laps in 18 months I was so happy!!!! – Bianca

Bush n Beach Orienteering Club – just started up in Coffs Harbour. Great focus on getting the children involved. – Jenny

Carla at Coffs Kids Health Club. Carla has an amazing way with children and is fun, energetic and very kind. Carla is always happy and genuinely cares for the health and well being of ALL children. Carla offers professional services for our kids and has a huge impact on any child she comes into contact with. – Debra

Coffs Coast Child magazine is something that the area has needed for so long! Thumbs up to the initiators & contributors of this great free magazine! – Donna

Coffs coast kids club! Great new sports for kids on the coast! And affordable! – Fauve

Coffs for kids Facebook page keeps me updated with everything going on in coffs I love it! – Debbie

Coramba Bakery has the best bread in the Coffs district! Puts all the other bakers bread to shame. – Rebecca

Curious minds, for the amazing educational and fun kids games they hold in stock. – Kelly

Deep sea fishing club. friendly service and great food. Tabatinga for its great giveaway and specials – Donna

Family friendly nature based child care centre in Boambee. Treehouse Early Years Learning centre! – Kathryn

Family fun day @ Club Coffs – Harrison

For the kids, springloaded is one of the best places to go as it keeps the kids active and it is inside so you can go any day. – Jenny

Foreshore jetty markets that organizes kids entertainment and music every sunday. My son loves the market – Verne

Greg and Nicole from curious minds have always been fabulous to us. – Jocelyn

Had a great time at THE COVE MINIATURE GOLF very friendly and helpful Highly recommended – Don

Had a phenomenal day at The Cove Miniature Golf for a childrens birthday party. All the kids and parents were happy with how the day went. – Steven

I had my 11 year old son’s birthday party at the cove miniature golf course. They had an absolute fantastic fun time, also as it was in Feb which was still summer, they also had their water park open which is called The Wet Zone, they had loads of fun in there as well. I found the water park great as it is only for Primary school age children. They also have a huge pool with the water balls which is open to any age, wow, did everyone love those. A great day out for everyone who attended and reasonably priced as well. – Katrina

I have lived in gold coast and tweed Heads area as well as coffs harbour and I have never found a swimcentre that comes even close to the teaching ability or the safety and organisation of SWIMCARE at boambee. – Narda

I would like to make mention about The Cove Miniature Golf, it’s an awesome 18 Par 3 mini golf Australian themed real grass greens course. Each hole is themed something about Australia and has an information Plaque to read the holes significance. It’s great to play on real grass opposed to the artificial at other mini golf setups, I like it because it is an original idea and I don’t believe there is another like it anywhere. Alot of thought has gone into this idea, I know my kids learnt some new things by playing this course about Australian History that they didn’t know. Worth a play for the whole family. – Kristina

Kirstys Childminding service. Donates heaps to all fundraisers around town. Well done – Aaron

Living doll hair stylist on the jetty strip coffs harbour. The ladies are just lovely they treat my 4 year old like a princess while she’s her cut. – Stacey

Love Andrew Smiley from Smile Productions. He is always at every festival, street parade, event or kids party we go to! – Fiona

Made with love markets !!! Rock !!!! – Karla

Moonee beach tavern is fantastic place for the whole family. Something for everyone, Kids and adult,great food, great service and entertainment. Enjoy going here with my family. – Shannon

My 12 year old daughter just had her birthday party at Timeout recently, we found the staff there were so helpful and friendly, all the children at the party were having so much fun with the Segway fun ride, the splash golf and walking on the OZ balls etc! Some of them reckoned it was the best party they ever been! As a parent i just love the fact that i don’t have to worry about what activities can the kids do at the party, instead i had the camera in hand the whole time to catch the fun times the kids were having! Perfect place for kids party and we absolutely loved it, thanks Timeout, we would love to come back again soon! Cheers! – Xia

Playsession at TAFE is amazing! And twisted sisters is awesome. The staff are lovely and the food is amazing. – Laura

Segways, walk on water balls and action zone for my kids bitthday was absolutely fantastic. Really refreshing having new activities for locals in coffs. Timeout adventure team were lovely and a lot of fun – Bernard

sawtell pharmacy (blooms) EXCELLENT customer service they always go above and beyond so thankful I have found a place with the good old ethics and values of what a pharmacy use to be and should be like. – Joshua

Small Steps at Sawtell Public School run an amazing program for kids from 6 months up. Sami is amazing. Also, the Conservatorium of Music offers a wonderful program of early childhood music for kids from 2 years and up – Rebecca

Smileys for entertainment at many children and community events. Awesome and very engaging for children – Rebecca

smiley’s is the best kids entertainment i’ve seen..great entertainer – Col

The Greenhouse Tavern has come a long way over the last few years, their kids facilities are awesome, they support many local sporting associations and give members of these sports many discounts,the food is always great, can’t fault them! – Nicole

The Smileys are absolutely amazing! The man who runs the show is incredibly friendly, and they can make even the ‘coolest kid’ who thinks it’s babyish- join in and have fun!!! He even had my eldest daughters laughing and joining in the fun activities at my little boys bday party. Highly recommended!!!!! – Christie

Twisted Sisters Cafe at the Jetty is fantastic. The owners and staff are lovely and always greet and interact with the children. My girlfriends and I love that they know our childrens names. They have a back play area full of toys for parents to sit and have a bite to eat or drink whilst watching their children play. I take my 5 month old and 2 year old frequently. Such a warm and friendly environment for young children. They makes fresh fruit drinks and have a childrens menu. Best Cafe I have seen in the heart of Coffs! Definitely worth a visit – Alyssa

Went to butterfly house early April, new owners have done an amazing job compared to what premises were like 12mths+ prior visit. They were welcoming, staff were extremely happy,friendly. Made a lovely cafe area now. More to look at. Owner found out it was my sons 2nd birthday and gave him and his sibling a little gift. The overall improvement is a credit to the new owners. – Andrea



Thanks again to Big 4 Sunshine – South West Rocks who donated a prize package including 2 nights in a Luxury cabin for up to 6 people valued at $650.00.


Jodi Murray! Congratulations Jodi!          Ph: (02) 65-666-142

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