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      Bonville Headland Sawtell

      Some of the best views on the coast can be found at Bonville Headland - which is great because it's also a fun place to take children. To keep toddlers entertained, bring some old bread to feed the seagulls. They will swarm and provide endless entertainment for kids...

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      Coffs Harbour Markets

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      Visiting the Promised Lands

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      The Best Burgers in Coffs Harbour

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      You Know You’re a Mum When…

      From the time you find out you are pregnant, you start to realise that there is a lot in your life that is going to change. You also become aware that your priorities will become very different than what they were pre-kids. But sometimes it is the little signs that...

    • Local Mum Feature – Celeste Lord

      Local Mum Feature – Celeste Lord

      This week’s lovely local mum is Celeste Lord. Having only recently moved to the area she fills us in on what she loves best about raising a family on the Coffs Coast. Where and how long have you lived in the area and what do you love about it? I have lived in Coffs...

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      It’s Time For You Chookado

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    • Local Mum Feature – Nicki Jeffery

      Local Mum Feature – Nicki Jeffery

      This week’s lovely local mum is Nicki Jeffery. She has lived in the area for more than seven years and is passionate about offering support for mums battling perinatal mental health issues. Where and how long have you lived in the area and what do you love about it?...

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      All things parenting on the Coffs Coast. From recipes and time hacks to the day to day ups and downs of motherhood.
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      Creative Easter Recipe Lunchbox Ideas

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      Bulk Billed Doctors GP’s Coffs Harbour

      Bulk Billed Doctors GP’s Coffs Harbour

      Finding a new GP and or bulk billed surgery can be time-consuming.  Taken from recommendations of our local mums we have collated a list of some of the bulk-billed GP’s and surgeries around Coffs Harbour. We have also included a couple of private practices which have...

      Active Kids and Creative Kids Rebate

      Active Kids and Creative Kids Rebate

      Have you heard of the Active Kids Rebate and Creative Kids Rebate?  From January 2018, the NSW Government initiated the rebates to assist parents, guardians and caregivers to contribute towards the cost of their child’s fees and assisting with getting them more...

      I Will Never be “That” Mum, and That’s OK

      I Will Never be “That” Mum, and That’s OK

      You know the mum. The one who shows up to the gym with their perfect hair and colour coordinated outfit. They have an organic eco-friendly meal plan stuck to the fridge. A master chef in the making, ensuring their kids have the perfect balance of macros each week. She...

    • Holidays and Travel

      Holidaying with kids? Check out our top tips to make travelling with kids a breeze. We are blessed to be based here in Coffs Harbour with an awesome holiday vibe all year round. Find out the best the region has to offer for school holidays.
    • July 2019 School Holidays in and around Coffs Harbour

      July 2019 School Holidays in and around Coffs Harbour

      And that’s a wrap, Term two is just about done and dusted.  Now what the kids are longing for is School Holiday fun. To help keep the kids entertained and active these holidays, we have pulled together a guide to some events and activities for the kids around Coffs...

      School Holiday Activities

      School Holiday Activities

      School is out! Which means you will need to find ways to keep your kids entertained throughout the holidays. Here are some affordable and free options to help you survive the next two weeks. Keep them Active with Sports and Workshops Kids DIY Easter Craft Workshop...

      Christmas Day Lunch in Coffs Harbour 2018

      Christmas Day Lunch in Coffs Harbour 2018

      Do you want to take the hassle out of Christmas Day Lunch? Why not enjoy your day at one of the many Restaurants around Coffs Harbour that are organising a great lunch. Many have Santa visiting which is great for the kids. Make sure you book soon as I’m sure places...

      Christmas Family Traditions

      Christmas Family Traditions

      Looking for new Christmas traditions for your family?  Start the season of merry and bright with one of these festive, fun ideas.  We have compiled a list of 25 traditions that you can start with your kids this year.  I'm sure you will cherish them as much as we do!...

      Christmas Carols on the Coffs Coast 2018

      Christmas Carols on the Coffs Coast 2018

      Meet up with friends and family and sing along to your favourite Christmas Carols. Here is a list of the free Christmas concerts around Coffs Harbour. Carols by Candlelight at Alumy Creek December 1 @ 6.30pm – 9.00pm Alumy Creek Reserve, Grafton Grafton Midday...

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    • Mother’s Day Events and Gift Ideas Coffs Harbour

      Mother’s Day Events and Gift Ideas Coffs Harbour

      Did you know that Mother's Day is celebrated in Australia thanks to Mrs Janet Heyden, who helped pioneer it after she started a campaign in Sydney to raise money to buy gifts for lonely or forgotten mothers?  The original meaning of Mother's Day was to acknowledge and...

      Easter Gifts – That Are Not Chocolate

      Easter Gifts – That Are Not Chocolate

      Regardless of how you celebrate Easter, one thing is certain it doesn't have to be all about chocolate. If you are looking for something a little different this year or just wanting to cut down on the sugar intake there are plenty of alternatives to ensure that your...

      Creative Easter Recipe Lunchbox Ideas

      Creative Easter Recipe Lunchbox Ideas

      Kids love finding surprises in their lunchbox and with the Easter countdown, it is an especially fun time to add a little bit of seasonable love into the lunchboxes.  With so many fun Easter cutters, food picks and moulds its easy to get creative in the kitchen.  We...

      Great Teacher Gifts That They Will Love

      Great Teacher Gifts That They Will Love

      With the end of the year approaching, it’s natural to want to say thank you for all the teachers' amazing efforts with our kids throughout the year. Here are our ideas for group gifts or individual presents to say thank you for making the difference in our child’s...

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      Earn Cash with these Cashback and Survey Sites

      Back in my university days and when I was saving for an overseas holiday I was always looking for ways to save a bit more. One thing I stumbled across from recommendations from a savings forum I was a part of, was to complete online surveys and to be members of...

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This weekend sees the first celebration for the year and public holiday.

Australia Day is a day for celebrating the Australian people and its history.  It is also a day to celebrate our newest citizens to Australia.

To celebrate the day Coffs Harbour and surrounds will have plenty of family-friendly events to mark this occasion.

COFFS HARBOUR

Jetty Foreshore

This year’s Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year Award winners will be announced at the Australia Day Ceremony at the Jetty Foreshores on January 26, 2019 where the latest new Australians will also receive their Citizenship – and all are very welcome to attend.

The ceremonies will be held from 8.30am as part of the Saltwater Freshwater Festival – a showcase of the best of the old and the new in regional Aboriginal culture.

Jetty Foreshore Australia Day

Salt Water Festival

This much-loved free, all-ages festival will run on Australia Day, 10.30am to 5pm Saturday 26 January,  2019. It will be a waterfront event, taking place for the first time on Coffs Harbour’s landmark Jetty Foreshores, amid the culturally significant Gumbaynggirr sites around the harbour.

Headlining the music program are Queensland duo Busby Marou and 2018 ARIA-nominated singer songwriter Emily Wurramara, with more acts to be announced shortly. Also on the main stage will be finalists from the Made Deadly open-mic series, which has travelled around five community regions unearthing Aboriginal musical talent. Plus:

  • Aboriginal cultural stalls
  • Workshops including dance, art, weaving, canoe-making, didgeridoo playing and language.

Further information can be found at Salt Water Festival

Toormina Hotel – Australia Day Garden Party

Join us at our Australia day weekend garden party.

Saturday the 26th – Show off your skills at our 3rd annual prawn peeling competition from 1PM.  The winner of the tinny competition will be drawn from 3PM (must be here to win)

End the day PHAT TRACTA will be playing all Aussie music from 8:30PM

Sunday 27th – Listen to the Triple J’s Hottest 100 playing from first to last in the grassy beer garden

Putting Challenge all day Saturday and Sunday

Further information can be found at : Toormina Hotel

Smileys Disco – C. Ex Woolgoolga

Welcome to our Australia Day-themed SMILEYS Disco.  Come in all of your favourite Australiana outfits!!

The SMILEYS will be here to dance and groove the night away! (5.00pm – 8.00pm)

Tickets are $6.00, this entitles a child to:

  • One disco ticket
  • One kid’s meal
  • One kid’s drink
  • A whole night of fun!

Seaview Tavern Woolgoolga

Start the Australia Day long weekend with an all Australian music experience with The AFTERSHOCK OF AUSTRALIAN ROCK!

This is followed on Saturday with local favourites Son of Jaguar + the Fingerz.

Finish the weekend on Sunday with The Triple J Hottest 100 broadcast as well as the waterslide for the Kids from 4pm.

Hoey Moey

Come and enjoy the Australia Day long weekend Sunday Session with Lisa Hunt!  Sunday 27th, 3.00pm to 5.00pm.

Tickets are $10 at the door.

Lisa Hunt is an American born, Byron Bay based Soul Sensation! Her show ‘Forever Soul’ (a retrospective of Motown, Soul, Funk and Disco) has been wowing audiences here in Australia for a decade.

Lisa has performed, recorded and toured with some of the most legendary people in show business including Aussie icons such as Jimmy Barnes, Diesel, Tina Arena, Darren Percival, Jon Stevens and Midnight Oil.

On the international scene, her credits include the one and only Luciano Pavarotti, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, James Brown, Ronan Keating, Macy Gray, Dionne Warwick, Joe Cocker, Miles Davis, and Andrea Bocelli.

Incredible some would say for someone you may have never heard of.

URUNGA

Morgo St Park Urunga

Urunga is having a combined culture Australia Day at Morgo Street Park starting at 8.00 am with an Indigenous Smoking Ceremony and some aboriginal history.  Citizenship Awards will be given by the Mayor at 9.00.  Urunga Lions will be cooking Bacon & Egg rolls for gold coin donation.  Following, there will be egg & spoon races, three-legged races, jumping castle, pony rides etc.  Tea, coffee and lamingtons also provided.

Further information can be found at: Urunga Australia Day

CLARENCE VALLEY

Coutts Tavern

Crab Races at 2.00pm, Live Music from 3.00pm, Casting Competition, prizes, giveaways and more!

Grafton Service Club

Barefoot bowls from 4pm and free entertainment from 6:30pm

Iluka Bowls Club

Sausage sizzle, backyard cricket and live music.  Inflatable water slides and other games.  $10 per person for the inflatable water slides includes sausage sandwich and cup of chips.

Iluka Community Hall

Flag raising ceremony, ‘Citizen of the Year’ and morning tea.

Lawrence Historical Society, Golf Club & Over 50’s

9.30am – Flag raising
10.00am Australia morning tea
10.00am-12.00pm – Museum is open free of charge
12.00pm – BBQ, games and entertainment at Lawrence Golf and Sports Club. Bar will be open. Come dressed in best Australian outfit.

Maclean Bowling Club

Free entertainment with 2 Way Street, Barefoot bowls $5 per person.

Sausage sizzle, Raffles and lucky door prize, all ages welcome, Held in the BBQ area.

Wooli Caravan Park

Sausage Sizzle at the Caravan Park.  Anyone who would like to attend is welcome. Please bring a plate + sweets or nibbles to share.

Wooloweyah RFS

Flag raising ceremony and breakfast. Station open.

Port of Yamba Historical Society (Yamba Museum)

Live music – Welcome to Country and flag raising ceremony and then damper and tea afterwards.
Free admission into the Museum and Old Kirk exhibition until 12 noon

Guest Speaker Hayley Talbot, first person to kayak 400km of the Clarence River.

Yamba Bowlo

BBQ, Jumping Castle, Music, Prizes and Giveaways, Face painting, Barefoot Bowls

St Matthews Anglican Church

A celebration of thanks for Australia. Well known colonial era hymns will be sung. After the service people are invited to stay and share fellowship together.

For the Saturday 6pm service please bring your favourite pie or pies (peas and tomato sauce followed by pavlova will be provided)

The Service will be repeated at 8am on Sunday 27th January, with damper and lamingtons.

Hotel Motel 5

Live Music in the beer garden. Waterslide for all ages.

Thong Throwing Comp. BBQ Lunch, And the all-new 5 MILE BIG BASH teams of 8 people needed.

To register your team please call the hotel on 6642 2555 with team name and names of people registering.

Trophy and prizes for winning team.

For further information on the Clarence Valley events:  Clarence Valley

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