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Fun With the Kids - Outings and Activities in Coffs Harbour

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Coffs Harbour is a classic family destination, and there’s plenty here to guarantee a memorable vacation for all of you. The town has a child-friendly feel, the beaches are clean and safe, and the Big Banana has been thrilling kids for generations. You can meet dolphins, learn to surf, and when you’re hungry, there are lots of restaurants that cater specially to families.

A day at the beach in Coffs Harbour

 

A trip to the beach is the perfect day out for the family. There’s nothing like splashing about in the water, building sandcastles, or just relaxing on the sand. And it needn’t cost you a cent. The calm waters of Jetty Beach are ideal for families, and Park Beach is lifesaver-patrolled, so you can take to the waves safely.

 

Lee Winkler's Surf School

 

If the little ones want to learn to ride the waves, Lee Winkler's Surf School specializes in lessons for kids, individually or in groups.

 

Tel: +61 2 6650 0050

 

Lee Winkler's Surf School website

 

Mangrove Jacks Cafe and Canoe Hire

 

If calmer waters are more your scene, Coffs Creek is the perfect spot to try stand up paddleboarding, or go exploring in a kayak. At Mangrove Jacks you can hire boards, kayaks, and canoes.

 

321 Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450. Tel: +61 2 6652 5517

 

Mangrove Jacks Cafe and Canoe Hire website

Australia’s biggest banana

 

Coffs Harbour’s landmark the Big Banana, offers not only culinary delights like banana fritters or choc-coated bananas, but also a “bunch of fun” for the whole family. There’s a laser tag game, water park, 650-meter toboggan run, and even an ice-skating rink.

 

The Big Banana

 

As well as thrills and spills, the Big Banana attraction hosts a high-tech presentation on the history and different uses of bananas. You can take a walk through a plantation, and climb inside the Big Banana itself.

 

351 Pacific Highway, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450. Tel: +61 2 66 524 355

 

The Big Banana website

 

Animal encounters in Coffs Harbour

 

The Coffs Coast offers you and the family a host of opportunities to get close to local wildlife. A walk on Muttonbird Island takes you into the wedge-tailed shearwaters’ breeding grounds, and it’s a good vantage point for spotting dolphins and whales. The Solitary Islands Aquarium lets you meet clownfish and many other species that inhabit the marine park.

 

Dolphin Marine Magic

 

This marine park showcases the natural abilities of seals and dolphins, and you'll get a wet kiss from the stars. You can also get into the water for a dolphin experience, and hand feed little blue penguins.

 

65 Orlando Street, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450. Tel: +61 2 6659 1900

 

Dolphin Marine Magic website

 

Coffs Harbour Butterfly House

 

The Butterfly House lets you wander among the colourful flying inhabitants in an indoor subtropical rain forest. You can also have fun testing your butterfly knowledge in the outdoor maze.

 

5 Strouds Road, Bonville NSW 2450. Tel: +61 2 6653 4766

 

Coffs Harbour Butterfly House website

 

Family-friendly dining in Coffs Harbour

 

Coffs Harbour has always been a family destination and has a kid-friendly atmosphere, so children are welcome almost everywhere. There are plenty of restaurants with kids’ menus, and many have play areas, so you can relax and enjoy your meal. And for dessert there’s a big choice of ice-cream parlors around town.

 

The Hoey Moey

 

The Hoey Moey is right on Park Beach and does kids’ favorites like dinosaur chicken nuggets and crumbed calamari. There’s a game centre, and a playground attached to the beer garden.

 

90 Ocean Parade, Coffs Harbour NSW 2450. Tel: +61 2 6652 3833

 

The Hoey Moey website