Seal Kiss Pet Porpoise Pool Coffs Harbour NSWMy husband, Greg, and I have just returned from our week away in Coffs Harbour in the Mid-North Coast of NSW, on the East Coast of Australia. In total we traveled 942km over the week.

Over the coming days we will be sharing with you some of the fun places we visited and the different activities that we enjoyed.

Fredos Pies, Frederickton near Kempsey, NSWHere is a list of some of the places we were able to go to:

We had such a lovely time over these few days.

  • A Relaxing walk on the beach that looks out over the Solitary Islands marine park.
  • Sunset at Coffs Marina Jetty, NSW.
  • A Sunset walk out on the Marina Jetty in Coffs.
  • Another sunset walk on the Urunga Boardwalk that ends where the river mouth meets the ocean.
  • Receiving Dolphin and Seal kisses at the Pet Porpoise Pool.
  • Enjoying toboggan rides down the hill at the Big Banana.
  • One and a half hours of ice skating also at the Big Banana.
  • Having gorgeous butterflies landing on us in the Butterfly House at Bonville.
  • Finding our way through the Maze also at the Butterfly House.
  • A scrumptious Devonshire tea with home made scones at the Butterfly house.
Big Banana, Coffs Harbour, Mid-North Coast, NSW

These are just some of the highlights of our trip to Coffs and the surrounding region over this past week. We look forward to going into more details of each place we visited.

So keep your eyes open and check back for updates as we release them over the coming days.

In three weeks time we fly down to Hobart to enjoy 8 nights in Australia’s beautiful State of Tasmania. We will also have lots to share with you from this upcoming holiday.

Until then, Remember to Enjoy Life, Smile at a stranger and Make a Difference in the World.

Leanne Annett <><



The video above shows aerial shots of locations around Coffs Harbour on the North Coast in eastern New South Wales.

These locations are as shown below:

Sawtell is approximately 12 km south of Coffs on the coast in North NSW. It is lovely coastal town that is surrounded by golden beaches, mountains and beautiful creeks.

Sawtell is also almost the midpoint between Sydney and Brisbane.

Boambee Creek is just north of Sawtell with the creek opening out into the Pacific Ocean.

Coffs Harbour is located approximately 534 km north of Sydney and approx. 420 km south of Brisbane. It is well known for the iconic landmark of the Big Banana that was officially opened in 1964. The Big Banana has been a popular tourist attraction for over 4 decades now.

Muttonbird Island is located on one side of the harbour at Coffs and it provides protection and shelter to the harbour. The island is connected to the mainland via a breakwall that runs along next to the International Marina.

The muttonbirds return to Muttonbird Island each August after spending the Australian winters in South-East Asia.

Coffs Harbour Marina is an International Marina with 165 berths and a 100 tonne slipway. Just a few minutes away off shore is the Solitary Islands Marine Park with a vast range of marine life.

Park Beach is close to the Jetty in Coffs.

Diggers Beach is perhaps Coffs Harbour’s best loved beach due to the fact that it is a safe beach due to the headlands that offer protection. It is a patrolled beach during the summer months and school holidays.

South Solitary Island is approximately 18 km off the coast from Coffs Harbour and approximately 6 km from Emerald Beach.
The Jetty storehouse was Built 1880 with the first headkeeper appointed in March 1880.

Charlesworth Bay offers sensational views of Solitary Island off the coast.

Some of the other beautiful beaches to the north of Coffs include: Korara Bay, Sapphire Beach, Moonee Beach, Emerald Beach and Sandy Beach.

Woolgoolga is just north of Sandy Beach and around 23km north of Coffs.

Opal Cove Resort is located about 5km north of Coffs on absolute beach front in Korora Bay.

Pacific Bay Resort is part of the Novotel chain and is about 3km north of Coffs.

Botanic Gardens is located in Hardacre Street, in Coffs Harbour, with free entry and is open from 9am to 5 pm daily.

Coffs Harbour also offers a local racecourse & Golf Club for those golfing enthusiasts.

We are looking forward to our week away in Coffs Harbour. It is only 2 weeks from today until we leave for our 4 hour drive south to Coffs.

Traveling is fun and seeing different places in our world is something that I am passionate about. I look forward to continuing to share our trips with you.

Coffs Harbour Marina, NSW, AustraliaIt is only 3 weeks away now that Greg and I head off to drive down to Coffs Harbour in New South Wales for a romantic 5 nights away. I am so looking forward to just being able to kick back and to see some local sites.

There are many fun things to do in the area around Coffs and I want to share some of these with you on our return.

We are considering as some possibilities the following tourist activities:

  • Big Banana Tour and Toboggans
  • Butterfly House
  • The Clog Barn
  • Pet Porpoise Pool
  • Bruxner Park Flora Reserve
  • Coffs Harbour Jetty Strip
  • National Marine Science Centre Aquarium
  • Red Rock/Corindi River
  • Yuraygir National Park
  • Orara Valley in the Coffs Hinterland
  • Coffs Harbourside Markets (Sunday mornings)

Coffs Harbour Sunset, NSW, Australia

We will also be able to relax in the heated spa, even though the swimming pool will be too cold to swim in! We just have to be sure to jump out of the spa and quickly wrap the towel around as the air temperature is sure to be quite cold.

We may even go to the local Coffs Harbour cinema and see a new release movie. Greg and I can take our pick from this list.



Some possible movies are:

  • Something Borrowed
  • Source Code
  • Fast And Furious 5
  • Water For Elephants
  • Pirates Of The Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides
  • X-men: First Class

I am already getting excited about our trip. No kids or anyone else this time. Just the two of us. It will be fun and a nice break from the busyness of our every day lives.

I will share more with you on our return and possibly even a post while we are away if we go to Maccas for a meal to use their wifi.

Until then enjoy yourself and enjoy the world around you.

Valentine’s Day this year was celebrated with a Romantic week away up on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. We stayed at the Wyndham resort at Golden Beach.

We had a lovely time and were able to relax and enjoy ourselves.



During our week of vacation we went out twice in the kayaks. Each time we paddled all of the way from Golden Beach over to the northern end of Bribie Island.

Greg blessed me with a lovely Valentine Day card to show how much he loves me.

On our last afternoon at Golden Beach we swam from the beach out to the sandbar in the middle of the waterway between Golden Beach and Bribie Island. It was an exhilarating swim through the deep channel.

Once we got to the sandbar we walked around for half an hour looking at the crabs, snails, shrimp that were in the small collections of water around the sandbar. We even saw a few sting-rays around the sand bar.

Swimming back across the channel was even more exhilarating as dusk fell. The thought that a shark could come up from below and grab our legs was quite stressful for me, but I am glad that I joined in and made the swim.

Overall the week was fantastic. Relaxing, refreshing and romantic! I love going on vacations!

Valentine's Day At Golden Beach, Sunshine Coast, Qld, AustraliaMy husband, Greg, and I were blessed in February this year to travel to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland to celebrate 3 years of marriage. It was refreshing to be able to spend time together at the pool and walking along the beach; time that is not usually available in our busy lives at home.

We stayed at Golden Beach Wyndham Resort for 5 nights and had a relaxing and fun time. The swimming pool at the resort is delightful; lovely tropical palms and other trees surround it. It was possible to find shade at one end of the pool or the other at most times of the day, which meant that we could just sit and chat without worrying about sun burn. We had a great time swimming and hanging out in both the swimming pool and spa.

We even each went down the slide at the resort pool several times on our holiday. We really enjoyed being about to use the slide. It was fun doing something a little exciting and different!

Kayaking Fun For Valentine's Day At Golden Beach, Sunshine Coast, Qld, AustraliaOn Valentine’s Day we also had a romantic kayak trip all the way across from the resort beach to the northern end of Bribie Island and back. It was lovely spending time together doing something that we don’t normally have time for in our everyday life! The resort hired out the kayaks and so it was really easy to arrange the outing.

During the week we also were able to enjoy some local restaurants with some lovely meals. One day we drove up to Maroochydore, only 20 minutes away by car, and went to see a movie in the cinema there.

Overall, Greg and I found the 5 nights away to be fun, relaxing, romantic and refreshing. We look forward to coming back again for another holiday in future years.

We highly recommend the resort at Golden Beach for anyone who loves to relax and anyone who loves the beautiful landscape and weather that the Sunshine Coast offers. There was so much else that we could have done, but we will leave all of the touristy things for our next trip…