Best School Holiday Activities in Coffs Harbour December/January Summer

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This summer get into some amazing school holiday activities in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. With a range of December/January summer school holiday activities as long as your arm, you will wish you had booked a longer holiday!

Parents will love this beautiful part of the coast while the kids will love all the school holiday fun on offer. Exploring beaches and getting out and about in nature are just some of the things to do in school holidays in Coffs Harbour. We have you covered with kids school holiday activities that are sure to leave them wanting more.

We know that you can’t get out and about every day, so we have included some school holiday ideas for staying at home as well. However with so many school holiday activities in Coffs Harbour, we know that the kids (and you!) won’t be sitting around bored.

We have compiled the complete guide to the best school holiday activities in Coffs Harbour over the Sept/Oct school holidays to help make your life so much easier!

State schools finish on Friday 17 December and return to class on Friday 28 January 2022.

Summer school holidays in NSW are Saturday 18 December to Thursday 27 January 2022.

Fun things to do for the Coffs Harbour school holidays

We have broken our list of Coffs Harbour school holiday activities into sections to help you:

As with everything at the moment, please check with the venue directly (either by their website or social media pages) to ensure they are open during the times you wish to attend. You should also check their current policy around advanced bookings, entry requirements/timings and social distancing rules.

10 fun free school holiday activities

Who doesn’t love a free day out with kids! Add these free activities to your list these holidays.

Jetty Beach

It goes without saying that a trip to the beach is always a great day! Coffs Harbour has a number of beaches to choose from, but we love Jetty Beach as it is really family friendly. This picturesque beach is calm and perfect for little swimmers. Kids will love playing under the jetty and on the playground nearby. Bring the bikes and scooters to enjoy the paths. Families tip: Restaurants are close by so why not stay for lunch or dinner after.

Read about Jetty Beach.

Bellingen Community Markets

Visit these markets in beautiful Bellingen park and support local traders, artists and producers. Spend time under the majestic trees listening to live music and sampling the best of the what the region has to offer. With more than 200 stalls, it is sure to be a great day out.

Check out the markets before you go.

Coffs Harbour Library

With three libraries in the area, you are spoilt for choice. Rhyme Time and Story Time are always on offer, as well as other events throughout the holidays. Enjoy some downtime with a book these holidays.

Find a library here.

Coffs Harbour Regional Museum

This museum focuses on the history of Coffs Coast region, particularly the coast and waterways. Built in 1907 the museum was originally a courthouse and police station. There are interactive displays to entertain and educated the kids and even a treasure trail to follow.

Click here for the website

Brelsford Park

Looking for a playground that caters for toddlers and bigger kids? Check out Brelsford Park, with a multi-story climbing tower, winding stainless steel slide, sandpit, digger and much more. Bring a picnic and find a table to sit back and watch the kids play. Families tip: There is a skatepark nearby for those who love to skate.

Address: 6 Earl St, Coffs Harbour

The Clog Barn

Get a little taste of Holland at this unique attraction. Watch a clog making demonstration or take a walk through a miniature Dutch village. After, taste some Dutch Delights at Big Oma’s Coffee House. The only one if its kind in Australia, this destination is one that has to be seen to be believed.

Visit the website here.

North Coast Regional Botanic Garden

Just a short walk from the City CBD is the Botanic Garden. This beautiful garden is the perfect place for a morning or afternoon stroll and to spend some time in nature while in town. A number of walks are on offer including a rainforest walk, mangrove walk and even a paperbark boardwalk. Ask all your questions at the Information Shop before enjoying a snack at the café.

Click here for the website.

The Honey Place

The Honey Place is a hive of activity! Get safely up-close to bees and watch them through a glass display hive. Taste samples of different types of honey then stop off for a coffee and scone in the café. Snap a photo in front of the giant beehive for a memorable souvenir.  

Visit the Honey Place online.

Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve

If you are looking for some fantastic views, then head to Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve. Once an island but now connected to the mainland, this island is important to the Gumbaynggirr people. Visit the outdoor learning space to explore Aboriginal history and hear Dreamtime stories. Families tip: Download the Muttonbird Island app prior to your visit to take your own self-guided tour.

Find out more here.

Carobanana Confectionary

Take a trip to Carobanana to see carob being made in the factory. Peak into the kitchens and check out the packing room on a self-guided tour. You are welcome to chat to the friendly staff to ask any questions you have. Enjoy a free sample along the way – yum!

Check out the website. 

10 fun cheap school holiday activities

Good fun doesn’t have to be expensive. You just have to know where to find it – and we do! Take a look at these cheap ideas for the school holidays in Coffs Harbour.

C Change Adventures

Get out on the water with an SUP or kayak these holidays. Take a tour or go on your own, but either way, this is a great way to explore the waterways. Double kayaks are on offer so you can even paddle with the kids. There advantage of the option to get dropped up the creek and simply paddle back!

Check out their website for more info.

Butterfly House

Butterfly enthusiasts can walk through the indoor setting among hundreds of  butterflies and if you are lucky enough, have them land on you. But Coffs Harbour Butterfly House has much more than butterflies on offer. You can also visit a fairy garden, get lost in a maze or watch a dinosaur show! Have your photo taken with a life sized dinosaur egg then enjoy yummy handmade food at the café.

Read more here.

The National Cartoon Gallery

Housed in an old World War 2 bunker and the only gallery of its kind, the National Cartoon Gallery is a unique holiday experience. The Gallery has ongoing exhibitions as well as school holiday workshops for kids so they can try their hand at cartooning! Take a walk through this colourful gallery and see the best of what the cartoon world has to offer.

Click here for the website.

Sherwood Archery

If you have always admired Robin Hood, now is your chance to try archery! Sherwood Archery offers holiday ‘Come and Try’ sessions to give an introduction to the sport. Challenge your family to see who can get a bullseye. The indoor location means it is perfect activity, no matter the weather.

Find out more about archery.

Go Cycling

Hire a bike these holidays and explore this beautiful part of the world. On two wheels you can experience a whole other perspective of Coffs Harbour. Ride the country or the coastline and feel the wind on your face. Montem Bike Tours do bike hire, tours and even school holiday bike clinics to build your child’s confidence.

Visit their website for more information.

Steve McEwans Reptile World

Conveniently located at the Big Banana Fun Park, this reptile park allows you to get up close and personal with snakes, lizards, crocodiles and frogs. If you have always wanted to have your photo taken with a snake or help feed a crocodile, this is the place to do it. Whatever you do, it will definitely be a story to tell when you get home.

Click here for the website.

Putt Putt

Challenge the family these holiday to a game of putt putt. Each unique hole will keep you wanting more and the friendly staff are on hand to answer any questions you have. This 18 hole course is conveniently located near the driving range, so parents can hit some full sized balls afterwards.

Find out more here.

Solitary Islands Aquarium

Education and science come together at this aquarium which is part of Southern Cross University. It provides an intimate experience for guests to learn about and to interact with the marine life of the Coffs Coast. This indoor venue (perfect for a rainy day!) offers guided tours and interactive displays.

Read about the Solitary Island Aquarium.

Kanga Kidz

Kanga Kidz is a multi-sports holiday program that lets kids try out different sports in a safe and fun environment. Kids can try out nine activities while building their confidence and skills. Activities range from tennis to sack races and basketball to keep kids interested and entertained.  

Find out more about this program here.

PCYC

The Police Citizens Youth Club is a great space for kids to get out, get social and get active. The school holiday program has a range of activities for kids to participate in, including art and science, and is a chance for kids to try something new. PCYC NSW is  passionate about empowering young people to survive, and thrive so come along and check out what’s happening.

Take a look at the website for all the information.

10 BIG days out in Coffs Harbour these school holidays

Big days out are sure to tire them out and leave them wanting more. Take a look at our ideas below.

The Big Banana Fun Park

No trip to Coffs Harbour is complete without visiting The Big Banana. One of Australia’s original ‘big’ icons, this destination has something for everyone. There are rides, slides and of course, bananas! Catch a reptile show, play mini golf or just enjoy a banana split. Make sure you get a family photo in front of the big banana to remember the day.

Find out more about The Big Banana

Dolphin Marine Conservation Park

Conservation and education are the focus at this unique marine park. Kids can see dolphins, penguins, turtles and seals on display or watch one of the many daily shows. Treat the kids to an animal encounter or visit penguin beach to see the Little Blue Penguins, the smallest penguins in the world!

Check out the website here.

The Play House

This indoor play centre is heaven for kids. They can race down slides, jump on trampolines, climb a tower of nets and much much more. There is even a chill out zone when the kids need a break. Parents, you get to enjoy a good coffee at the café while they play!

Read up about The Play House here.

Treetops adventure park

This one is for your adventurous kids and those who love being outside. Climb, weave and fly through the treetops as you embark on this self-guided ropes course. There are two areas, separated by age so you don’t have to worry about bigger kids being mixed with little ones. Test your skills these holidays.

Find out more here.

Surf School

Holidaying on some amazing beaches means a surf lesson is a great option this summer! Take a surf lesson and give your kids the confidence to get out on the water. A surf lesson includes ocean awareness and safety skills – essential skills for a surfer! Take a group lesson, one-on-one or go for a multi-day course.

Take a look at the program for more information.

HWH Stables

Imagine riding a horse along the beach and going in and out of the waves. Or maybe you prefer riding in a river with your horse then going for a swim. Or perhaps just a ride through the bush. Whatever you are up for, HWH has a ride to suit your family. For something more, HWH also offers a riding school and clinics.

Take a look at their website to find out what’s right for you.

Segway Tours

Looking for something fun and do a little exploring? Join a guided Segway tour around Coffs Harbour and be taken on an exciting adventure with beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. All riders will be provided with training and instruction on how to ride a Segway but beginners will find these fun machines very easy to use and be riding around within minutes.

Book your tickets here.

Dorrigo National Park

Just outside Coffs Harbour you will find some spectacular scenery that feels like a world away from the coast. Dorrigo National Park is a gem of the area and must be added to your list. Start with a stop at the visitors centre before choosing a walk to do. The park is famous for dramatic waterfalls and pristine rainforest so it is easy to spend a day here exploring.

Check out Dorrigo National Park.

Buy your tickets to the waterfall and rainforest experience here.

Take a drive along Waterfall Way

Grab the keys and jump in the car for a scenic drive. Waterfall Way is a drive through a number of national parks that boast spectacular waterfalls and nature. Stop along the way and take advantage of hiking trails and swimming spots. Your photo album will be full by the end of the drive!

Read up on this scenic drive here.

Visit the Forest Sky Pier

Bring the kids to brave the sky pier! Located in the Orana East State Forest is a spectacular skywalk, jutting out more than 20m from the edge and 300m above Coffs Harbour. The state forest is home to a number of walking tracks and lookouts, so it is easy to spend a day here exploring.

Find out more about Orana East State Forest and the Sky Pier here.

5 things to do at home these school holidays

Staying at in doesn’t have to be boring. Make some time and memories at home these school holidays.

Make an A-Z scrapbook

Using magazines see if you can find a picture of something that begins with each letter of the alphabet. To make it more difficult, try to choose a theme ‘animals’ or ‘places’ beginning with every letter of the alphabet. If you get stuck you could draw some of the things in.

Have a living room disco

Crank the music and get dancing! Pick your favourite tunes and dance around the living room. Close the curtains for a darker, more ‘disco’ atmosphere.

Listen to audio books

There is nothing better than curling up with a good book, so we know the kids will be enthralled by a good audio book. Why not pull the mattresses off the beds and make a cosy corner to listen in.

Write a letter to a friend

Get out the paper and pens (no devices, that’s cheating!) and handwrite a letter. If the kids are too little, draw a picture instead. Then next time you are out, get them to post it in a postbox.

Do chalk drawing

Take out the coloured chalk and get drawing on the driveway. This is also a great way to meet your neighbours and for the kids to make new friends.

Theatres with kids shows on in Coffs Harbour these school holidays

Nothing beats a good kids show for entertainment. Take a look at our suggestions to add to your school holiday list.

BCC Cinema

When the weather isn’t great, or you just need a break, take the kids to the movies! BCC has all the latest movies on 5 screens, 7 days per week. In addition, they have Bring your Baby sessions, Sensory Movie days and family fun days throughout the year. The kids will love you for it!

This article tells you about school holiday movies with trailers.

See what’s on.

Jetty Memorial Theatre

The Jetty Memorial Theatre is a hub for community art and performance. With a strong focus on community and amateur theatre, there are wide range of performances – music, comedy, theatre and movies – happening all year round. Add some culture to your holiday this December/January summer.

Click here to see what’s on.

Coffs Harbour kids holiday ideas

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Soooo…. what do you think? Plenty of Coffs Harbour days out ideas here to keep you and the kids entertained for the whole school holidays? These Coffs Harbour holiday ideas are updated every term, so remember to bookmark this page.

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Let us know if we missed your favourite or if you would like us to add your venue or event!  

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