Delightful, Diverse and Delectable Coffs Harbour

The NSW North Coast region has just so much to offer and explore, so what better place to start this wonderful experience of beautiful beaches, multiple villages, National Parks, waterways and food stops is the city of Coffs Harbour.

Our stay could not have been better, staying at the modern and very different Wyndham Ramada Treetops Resort just a few kilometres north of the Park Beach shopping centre and this very diverse city itself.

The resort is quite different to the norm with three very modern high-rise buildings named Kookaburra, Sandpiper and Lorikeet which are all set on the side of a sloping hill with very different views. We have stayed here three times now in each of the buildings and the views vary from Rainforest jungle areas to overlooking an outstanding nine-hole Golf Course of close by Pacific Bay Resort Precinct so it’s always a pleasure to return.

The staff here are always the friendliest from our first entrance and welcome to our final farewell (until next time) and each stay included very luxurious accommodation which we just love – especially the 2- Bedroom Grand.

There is nothing like sitting on your patio for breakfast and having 3 or 4 Kookaburras on the railing next to you, or even a colourful parrot enjoying your breakfast with you – straight from the bowl!

The heated pool and spa at the Ramada is very enchanting and difficult to leave, especially with the gym and BBQ area close, but just a short stroll or drive down the road, the Pacific Bay Resort Precinct has multiple facilities that we can also use including the golf course, tennis court, day spa and multiple pools.

But Coffs Harbour city and the surrounding areas have just so many different places to visit, including beautiful beaches – large and small. One of our favourites is the Coffs Harbour Jetty just 4.km from the resort and here an enchanting walk up to Mutton Bird Island Nature Reserve for its breathtaking views of the Jetty and coastline. This must be followed by lunch or dinner at the Fisherman’s Co-Op which is open from 10.00AM to 7.00PM daily.

50 local fishermen supply the freshest of seafood which you can order and eat in a covered dining deck overlooking the fishing boats, or you can purchase straight off the boats and take it away with you.

Yes, Coffs has everything including the “Big Banana” not far from the resort which has eight great attractions including an Ice Skating rink.

For local clubs don’t miss the C.ex Club in the city with its premier dining and entertainment, but for something really different again, you should visit the “Clog Barn and Holiday Park” just 1.5 km on the north side of the town centre as you are driving in.

Here, not only will you see clog making demonstrations 3 times a day for free, but also visit an amazing miniature Dutch village with all sorts of beautiful and perfectly constructed Dutch buildings. They are true miniature replicas of the actual buildings which we have seen many times way over in the Netherlands and its photographer’s paradise and yes – it’s all free, complete with working Dutch windmills and two little working trains.

So, you will not be in Madurodam in Den Haag (The Hague), Holland which is also famous in the Netherlands for its miniature village and buildings 25 times smaller than they are in real life but seeing all the work and dream of Dutch born Tom Hartsuyker who has created this over the last 35 years is so amazing right here in Coffs Harbour. Tom is now 85 years young and still making those model houses today. All the model buildings and town centres are clearly marked as to what they are and where they are, and our memories clicked into gear as we re-visited the Cheese Market in Alkmaar and enchanting towns and cities such as Maastricht – right here in Coffs Harbour!

But there is more, the shop you will enter upon arrival is absolutely full of everything Dutch from nick-knacks, books, clogs, wooden cuckoo clocks and superb hand painted Delftware, and of course, this is where the clogs are actually made, and right next door is “Big Oma’s” restaurant which is open every day at 8.00AM and serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and Dutch delicacies such as croquettes.

Another very different and interesting place to visit is the family owned Carobana Confectionery Factory and retail shop at James Small Drive, Korora, north of Coffs Harbour. Here you will see (and taste) yummy Carob coated products including Honeycomb, Rocky Road, Nut Brittles, Macadamia Honeycrunch and coated apricots just to mention a few. Production days are Monday to Thursday and the best time to visit is in the morning where you will see enormous 5kg slabs of Honeycomb being made.

If you want to travel a little further on the northern side, don’t miss the very different town of Woolgoolga (or Woopi as its known to the locals), then south to Sandy, Emerald, Moonee and Diggers Beaches, and don’t miss the beautiful 10-minute drive just a few minutes north of the resort and up through the banana plantations to Sealy Lookout. Here you will walk out on the Forest Sky Pier and see the magnificent views down across the city and coastline.

Travelling South of Coffs harbour, Sawtell is another “must see” with its picturesque fig tree lined avenue full of boutique shops, and inland is the Dorrigo National Park

Flying into Coffs Harbour? Well the Airport is just 6 km away from the Ramada Treetops Resort.

So there you have it, and we have really only touched the surface of this amazing and beautiful mid NSW Coast city, so make sure you book in to stay at the Ramada Resort Coffs Harbour – Treetops for your next delightful holiday.

For more information on the Carobana Confectionery Factory go to: www.carobana.com.au

For more information on the Coffs Harbour Fisherman’s Co-Op go to www.coffsfishcoop.com.au

For more information on the Clog Barn at 215 Pacific Highway Coffs Harbour, go to: www.clogbarn.com.au

 

Graham

Wyndham Timeshare Owner

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Enjoying the Butterflies at Coffs Harbour

Here are some photos of my son Samuel enjoying the Butterfly House at Coffs Harbour when we stayed there at WorldMark Resort Coffs Harbour – Terraces (NSW) in late 2010.

He was the only one of the 5 of us (including 2 older daughters, wife & myself) to have butterflies land on his face.  As you can tell he loved it.

Coffs Harbour Butterfly House

Coffs Harbour Butterfly House

Glenn, 

Wyndham timeshare Owner since 2003

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Owner Picture of the Week: A perfect day in paradise

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Coffs Harbour (click to enlarge!)

This is the perfect end to a perfect day in paradise; sitting on the beach watching the sunset with wine; Coffs Harbour is my retirement dream, and the resort was wonderful. Continue reading

Dolphin Trainer for a Day in Coffs Harbour!

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Dolphin Bella and us!

It had been 3 and a half years since my partner & I had had a REAL holiday. September 2012 was the plan we made at the end of 2011. Where to go?

I have been a dolphin lover for as many years as I can remember. I have sponsored a dolphin in Bunbury for over ten years, so the original plan was to holiday in the Perth area and visit my adopted dolphin at that time – Tangles. However, I received a newsletter in March to say that Tangles had not returned to the bay since December 2011.

I then looked into the Coffs Harbour Dolphin Marine Magic adopting program and adopted my beautiful little Bella. This got the excitement growing within and so I booked a room at the Wyndham Coffs Harbour – Terraces for our September holiday – we were going to visit the dolphins. Continue reading

“A break like no other!”

Sealy Lookout, Coffs harbour | WorldMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham

Sealy Lookout, Coffs harbour

Originally we joined with TrendWest owned by WorldMark in 2003. Over the years we have utilised our Credits through the hiring of a car (Australia, Canada) for accommodation (Italy- Colie Val de Elsa, Thailand- Phuket, Canada- Banff, Vietnam- Hoi-An, Mexico- Cancun) and cruises through ICE (Canada and Alaska).

Owned now by Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific, we recently accessed accommodation at Coffs Harbour staying at the Wyndham Coffs Harbour – Treetops resort and WOW what a stay! My husband and I had a fabulous time. From the beginning we knew it was going to be memorable, the staff at reception were so helpful and polite. Continue reading

Wedding anniversary celebration at Coffs Harbour!

Coffs Harbour Jetty  | WorldMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham

Coffs Harbour Jetty

We would like to say ‘Thank You’ WorldMark Resort Coffs Harbour – Terraces for making our two weeks holiday a very enjoyable and memorable experience.

The trip to Coffs Harbour was our wedding anniversary celebration. We received a nice bottle of champagne upon arrival. It was a nice surprise and certainly a lovely gesture as we felt that they truly cared about us. It set the tone for the wonderful holiday we ended up having and made our anniversary celebration even more special. Continue reading

The Suite Life at Coffs Harbour Treetops

WorldMark Coffs Harbour Presidential Suite Master BedroomWe joined Wyndham in January 2010 and had not had a holiday, so in April I decided that we were going to have one.  We run 3 businesses and have 3 children (12, 8 & 3) so life is full on.

I chose Coffs Harbour as our destination and went online to have a look.  The Treetops resort looked great.  I checked my Credits, then I made a phone call to book and the lady on the other end was just great. We ended up using the Credits we had, plus borrowing from next year, and booked a three-bedroom Presidential SuiteContinue reading

Surprise at Coffs Harbour

My husband, Ross, sister-in-law, Beryl and I were travelling to Brisbane from Newcastle for our daughter’s wedding in September 2009. We decided to break the journey and stay at Coffs Harbour Terraces. Parking is underneath the units and we carted most of our necessary items up to the unit. I discovered that I was missing something and went back down to retrieve it.

I came down the stairs and stepped into the car park but between me and the car was a large diamond python and I backed off quickly! Another visitor hit the concrete floor with his paper and the snake turned left and went between the cars and (I hoped) out into the garden.  Continue reading

A mammoth task

How do you go about booking a holiday when your son, daughter-in-law & 2 grandchildren are going to arrive in our beautiful country all the way from Holland? Not just a normal visit, they want to visit Cairns, the Gold Coast and Port Macquarie before arriving at our house.

I set about the logistics of this mammoth task with both Wyndham’s and RCI’s support. Luckily, Wyndham had informed me that my points were expiring, but that if I transferred them to RCI they would give me an additional 2 years. Continue reading

Finding love in the most unexpected place!

When I joined Worldmark back in 2001 I never knew what it would lead to.  I went on a Club Tour of Tasmania in Feb 2005 with a group of about 30 other owners most of which were couples, but about 7 single people as well including myself.  It was a 9 day tour and on around day 2 I got talking to one of the single men on the tour, also an owner, and we became good friends.  We got quite a bit of teasing from our fellow travellers as it became obvious that our relationship was blossoming. Continue reading