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    • Day Spas Coffs Harbour

      Day Spas Coffs Harbour

      As mums we don’t take time out for ourselves and pampering is usually sacrificed. As much as we love our little ones ‘me time’ could be just what the doctor ordered. So why don’t you spoil yourself and indulge in some pampering, enjoy the peace and quiet, even better...

    • You Know You’re a Mum When…

      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...

    • It’s Time For You Chookado

      It’s Time For You Chookado

      So you’re a mum now. And the second that baby was born this deep seeded emotion you can’t control suddenly entered your life. Guilt. It hits you like a cold day in numerous ways. It haunts you on a range of topics – feeding, sleep, play, education… It hits you when...

    • Parenting

      All things parenting on the Coffs Coast. From recipes and time hacks to the day to day ups and downs of motherhood.
    • Fathers Day 2019

      Fathers Day 2019

      The 1st of September is Father’s Day in Australia, the perfect time for honoring fathers or the important male figure in your life.  We often forget the sacrifices and contributions they have made in our lives. This Father’s Day, show him how much you appreciate all...

      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...

      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...

    • 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.
    • Christmas Day Lunch around Coffs Harbour

      Christmas Day Lunch around Coffs Harbour

      If you plan on hanging up the apron this year and want to get in to the holiday spirit what better way than starting with a perfect meal. Sharing the Christmas meal with family, friends and loved ones is the best way to celebrate the festive season, which is all about...

      Shop Local Christmas Gift Guide 2019

      Shop Local Christmas Gift Guide 2019

      Keep on giving this Christmas by supporting Coffs small businesses and “shop it local” these holidays. Finding the perfect Christmas gift is easy with our Christmas ideas guide. We have pulled together a list of some of our favourites, buy local this Christmas! Gifts...

      Where To Go for Santa Photos in Coffs Harbour

      Where To Go for Santa Photos in Coffs Harbour

      Capture that special moment in your child's life sitting on Santa's knee before he or she is all grown up. Here is your guide on where to find Santa in Coffs Harbour this season. Coffs Central Santa Photos Don’t queue, book in your private Santa Photos and enjoy the...

      Christmas Carols around Coffs Harbour 2019

      Christmas Carols around Coffs Harbour 2019

      Nothing says Christmas like the joyous sounds of carols sung together with family and friends by candlelight. If you love singing your heart out to Christmas Carols, there are some great free community events to attend throughout December. Here is the Coffs Coast...

      October School Holiday Guide

      October School Holiday Guide

      Wow…another term has gone by and the spring school holidays are upon us. The burden of finding things to fill the itinerary and keep the kids entertained is looming, so we have found some of the activities scheduled to take that burden away. Coffs has some great...

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      From beauty, career, fashion, health and fitness, money, home, real estate and relationships. You will find it all the relevant info for Coffs Coast Mums.
    • 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...

      Earn Cash with these Cashback and Survey Sites

      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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Deciding on an area to live and building a life with your family can be a tough choice to make.  Many factors come into that process, and deciding on what your family’s priorities are, will not be the same for everyone.

So, let’s think about Coffs Harbour as a location, it ticks some pretty cool boxes, but does it appeal to everyone?  Why do we want to call Coffs Harbour home?  Let’s have a look at some of the key factors that make Coffs an appealing destination and a good place to live for families.

Coffs is an Outdoor Playground

You have to admire the huge variety of beautiful and natural places in our backyard.  Coffs Harbour has something for everyone making it a great family destination.

The stunning beaches along the Coast each offer something different making it easy to enjoy every water sport imaginable.  There are plenty of opportunities for fishing, surfing or general picnicking and relaxing with the family.

You can surround yourself with nature and enjoy the National Parks, mountain biking, walking tracks or wildlife watching.

For those that love sport and also have children, Coffs Harbour is renowned for its sporting opportunities, there is a huge variety of sports which you can get involved in on the Coffs Coast and connecting with a local club is easy.  Coffs Harbour has produced a number of national and even international sporting stars.

Climate

People’s attitudes seem noticeably different from the sunshine. Research shows warm weather can have a positive influence on your mindset.  In saying that, Coffs Harbour’s weather is superb and it has been assessed as being the most liable climate in Australia by the CSIRO.

Its warmest month of the year is January with an average temperate of 23.4C and July has the lowest temperate for the year of 13.1C.  It offers a sub-tropical year-round climate making it easy to get out and about with the little ones.

Location and Accessibility

Coffs Harbour is located approximately halfway between Brisbane and Sydney.  The local airport is only 4km away from the town centre, and one of the busiest regional airports in New South Wales.  It has eight one-hour flights to Sydney daily and direct flights to Melbourne and Brisbane making it easy enough for those that want to commute weekly to major cities for work if desired.  The flexibility of having both lifestyle and access to other major cities is definitely a drawcard.

Shopping

Coffs Harbour offers various shopping experiences, from boutiques to markets.

Coffs Harbour is renowned for its markets, including the Growers Markets, Jetty Markets, Twilight Markets and Uptown Markets, as well as the Car Markets, the Made with Love Markets, the Bollywood Markets and more.

Markets are also held in the towns of Glenreagh, Woolgoolga, Sawtell, Bellingen and Dorrigo. The Dorrigo Markets, on the first Saturday of the month, are known for arts, craft and fresh local produce. Bellingen Community Markets, on the third Saturday of the month, is one of the largest regional markets in Australia with 250 stalls, children’s activities, live music and camel rides.

Education

Coffs Harbour has a variety of Early Childhood Facilities.  It has 21 Primary and 9 Secondary Public, Private and Alternative Schools allowing you a range of opportunities in making the right choice for your children in their Education.

For the older ones the Specialist Education Facilities including Southern Cross University, TAFE Colleges, National Marine Science Centre and the Rural Medical School.

Employment and Career Opportunities

This is, unfortunately, one of the biggest fears people have when moving and that is the availability to find work.  Coffs Harbour is typical of all coastal destinations and the struggle to find work is real.  So if you are looking to move here, make sure you have work lined up or understand it may take time to find employment, have a strategy in place.

Major construction and infrastructure on the highways have brought more work and job opportunities to the area, but the main key industries in Coffs are primarily Health, Education, Tourism, Retail, Construction and Agriculture.

It has been recorded for the June 2018 quarter, that the unemployment rates were 7.71%. 

Something for Everyone

If you value the importance of family time, then living in Coffs Harbour is an easy choice.  The relaxed lifestyle being away from the hustle and bustle of a big city, the sense of community spirit mixed with its affordability is a great motivator.  Being able to nip into a sizeable town for work and shopping also adds points.

For a coastal town – Coffs really does have it all, a great balance for working and living in amongst a natural environment.

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