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sup1This week I met Matt from C-Change Adventures at the Bonville Creek Boat Ramp for my very first attempt at Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP).

I’ve only been to Bonville Creek once before and Wednesday was a sunny but calm day. The perfect tide and weather for my first SUP and we virtually had the whole place to ourselves to explore.

Matt gave me some pointers and gave me a quick lesson and then I was off.

I was a little wobbly to start with but soon got the hang of it and didn’t even fall off once!

If you’ve never tried it, or you have and want to again I would definitely recommended C-Change Adventures. Matt is such a lovely person and he really knows his stuff.



C-Change does SUP hire at Bonville Creek which is a great protected place from the prevailing north easterly winds, no tidal issues and lots of water, even at low tide! SUP hire for $20 per board but discounts available for larger groups.

C-Change also have a range of other activities from white water kayaking to sunset and full moon eco-tours. They also run fun kids parties on the water playing a range of games and yabby racing! My son had his 10th Birthday with 10 of his friends on Boambee Creek last year and had an amazing time.

To find out more visit the website – and make sure you like them on Facebook.



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Welcome to our guide to the upcoming weekly events for the Coffs Coast … if you know of an event not listed please email us by clicking here.

Please note: there are a number of Playgroups in our area operating weekly. You can click here to find your nearest with contact details and more information.


10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.


10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.

11am – 11.45am – Woolgoogla Library: Storytime for pre-school aged children.

5.30pm – Family night at The Plantation Hotel. Meals from $8.50 / kids meals $6.50. Let the kids be entertained by Sprinkles the fairy while you relax!


10am – 11.30am – “Happy Tadpoles Playgroup” on at the Happy Frog. Entertainment by The Smileys. FREE!

10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.

11am – 12.00pm – Coffs Harbour Library: Storytime for pre-school aged children.


8am growerslittle– 3.30pm – COFFS COAST GROWERS MARKET.   Local & regional produce, home-made treats for all to enjoy! Everything from fresh fruit & veg, seafood, bread, cakes, pastries, meat, flowers and plants, jams and condiments, roasted coffee, tea, nuts, olives, smallgoods, pasta and more.

10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.

10am – midday – Coffs Coast Family Support Playgroup at Boambee Memorial Hall. Click here for more information.

11am – 11.45am – Toormina Library: Storytime for pre-school aged children.


10:30am – 12:00pm free Playgroup at Beachstone Cafe in North Sapphire. Includes craft activities, bubbles, dancing and games.

10.30am – Playgroup at  Tabatinga FREE with entry.

10.30am – Bring your Bub to Birch, Carroll and Coyle. This week –”Spotlight”. All tickets $10, kids under 4yrs free.


10am – Family Flick at Birch, Carroll & Coyle. All tickets $6. “Hotel Transylvania 2″


12pm – Kids Club Crab Day every Sunday at Hoey Moey. Kids Club, crab racing and Kids eat free from 12pm – 2pm. Click here for more info.

10am – Family Flick at Birch, Carroll & Coyle. All tickets $6. “Hotel Transylvania 2″




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Grasshopper Soccer – we are a community based Australian soccer organisation teaches children aged 2-12 years the basics of playing soccer in a fun, social and non-competitive environment. We provide a wide variety of programs that cater to children of all ages and abilities such as Mite (2-3yr olds), Pint Size (4-5yr olds), Intro to Micro (5-6yrs), Micro (6-8yrs) and Micro Plus (8-12yrs).  Term 1 starts 13th February in Coffs Harbour and 14th February in Woolgoolga.  Click here for more information and a Term 1 enrollment form. Free Trial for newbies! Fun for boys & girls aged 2-12yrs. Website: Also on Facebook

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Kanga Kidz – Introduces children aged 2.5yrs – 5yrs to a variety of nine different sports in a structured, safe environment – Hockey, T-ball, Soccer, Tennis, Athletics, Cricket, Basketball, Football & Golf. Click here for more info.

Harbour Tennis Academy –  lessons include: Pre-School Hot Shots (3-5yrs), PeeWee Hot Shots (5-7yrs), Hot Shot Development Group (7-15yrs), Holiday Clinics (3-16yrs) and more. Click here for more info..

Mini GymbaROO Coffs Harbour – At GymbaROO you can enjoy quality time with your child while a trained teacher guides you through activities specific to your child’s stage of development from 8 weeks to 5 years. Our structured program, based on 30 years of neurological research offers movement, music, massage, rhythm, dance, and specialized equipment to enhance your child’s co-ordination and challenge their imagination. Classes run Wednesday & Friday at Botanical Gardens. Click here for more details.
Harbour Swim School – Enrolling now for learn to swim classes for Babies (from 6 months),  pre-schoolers and school age children.  We also offer 1 on 1 lessons for children with special needs or  learning disabilities. Stroke correction, squad classes, adult classes and aqua Zumba classes also available. All our staff are Austswim qualified and our swim school is  registered with Swim Australia.  The pool is an indoor heated pool open all year round! Contact 6652 7665 for more information. Located at Marcia St, Coffs Harbour.

Springloaded –  Our programs cater for ages 18mths – adults and help develop the fundamental skills and fitness associated with gymnastics and trampolining. School term programs include age appropriate Kinder Gym, Recreational and Beginner trampolining. Or if you just want to come in for a bounce you can! Click here for more information or call 6658 718.


East Coast Surf School – Learn to surf program running weekly at Diggers and Jetty Beach. Cost is $20 per week includes wetsuit and surfboard. East Coast Surf School has been running for 21 years and boasts on Excellence and Safety. Courses for Mum’s also available in our Surf Sister Program! “Go on mum, give it a go!” Wetsuits and soft safe surfboards are provided. Check out our or call Helene on 66 515 515.
Baylis Tennis Academy – Based in beautiful Sawtell, classes available from 3 years to Adults. All standards welcome. We offer group and private lessons, cardio tennis, squad groups, holiday clinics, Friday Night Tennis Comp and more. Coaching also available at Woolgoolga, Mylestom & Urunga. Contact Eli on 0407296685  or find them on Facebook.
Coffs Harbour Aquatic Centre –  25m indoor heated pool located. Swimming lessons for babies, toddlers and pre-school age children and adults. Stroke correction and training squads for children and adults/tri. Water aerobics/Metaqua classes available daily. Also one on one private lessons available. Our swim instructors are Austswim qualified and we are a registered swim school. Contact 66525700 or 0438525705  or click here for more information.
Ballare Development School – Children are encouraged to choose dance classes/styles that appeal most to them ensuring they fully experience the joy that dancing has to offer. Classes for children and teens aged 6 to 18yrs are available, as well as a specialised pre-schooler program for children 2-6yrs. Enquire for class fees and times. Classes are small as the focus is on one on one training. Private classes are also available. Affordable fees so dance can be accessible to all. Contact Miss Sarah – 0401332201 or click here for more info.

Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium – is now enrolling students for all courses in Term 1. We teach all types and styles of music including: Early Childhood Music classes 9 months-5 years of age, Tuesday to Friday mornings. Private or shared lessons for a variety of instruments; keyboard, piano, guitar, brass, strings, woodwind, voice and percussion. The Primary Choir for ages 7-13 rehearses on Tuesdays at the Conservatorium. Click here for more information – contact 6652 1592.

Carnivale Dance Co –  We all know children just love to dance and often join dance class purely to have fun, increase fitness levels and dance with friends.  But then there are those that live and breathe dance and all other facets of the performing arts.  We often hear parents’ say, “I can’t stop her dancing, she sings and performs all the time” or “he’s got great rhythm and loves hip hop”; well Carnivalé is the place for you.   The school’s teaching program centres on giving the children everything they need to make sure they achieve the best they can be. Carnivalé provides a perfect mix of the essential elements of technique, discipline and passion offering dance classes, private tuition and experience performing and dancing as a soloist and in a troupe for girls and boys 12mths to 9 years of age; their core specialties are Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop.  They also have an invitation only specific accelerated training program for students who demonstrate a high level of commitment, skill and dedication to their dance studies.  There are two convenient studio CBD locations. Enrolments are now open and filling fast, call/email today for the 2016 season, on 0407879708 or or visit



Serendipity Learning – Serendipity Learning is accepting enrolments NOW in two of their quality education programs: Innovative Early Childhood and Preparation for School (3-5 year olds), and Art Lessons.

Innovative Early Childhood and Preparation for School. Do you have a child starting school in 2017? Do you think they have the foundation skills needed to make a positive and confident start to Kindy?

Serendipity Learning offer weekly 90 minute classes that include:

  • Activating the brain through movement.
  • Immersion in oral language through quality literature.
  • Visual, auditory & kinaesthetic activities.
  • Fine motor skill development.
  • Literacy & numeracy activities aligned with the Australian National Curriculum.

Benefits for your child…

~ A positive start to school ~ A love of learning ~ Happy, confident children ~ Socially aware of others

Art Lessons:

Serendipity Learning are offering 2 Art classes each week during 2016. See flyer below for more info!

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The ‘Sparky and Shady Two Day Family Workshop’ is only offered twice a year to a limited number of people! If you want your family to be included with the 64 this summer at Aanuka Beach Resort, you need to buy your tickets now before they sell out! (Go to the bottom of this page for online ticket purchase.)

We all want empowered children who have the knowledge and strategies they need to make the difference on earth they were born to make! Especially when this comes hand in hand with the promise of happier children who understand themselves and who have the skills to manage their body, thoughts, emotions and actions. That means calmer, more loving and more fulfilling family lives for all of us! Yippee!

‘Sparky and Shady’ took 23 years to create and perfect. It is has been trialled, tested and recently endorsed by a clinical psychologist. You will not find anything like it anywhere else! This simple, effective and non religious family program is totally ‘child friendly’. It uses two imaginary characters, ‘Sparky’ our loving side and ‘Shady’ our scared side to teach kids: who they are, why they are here and how their body, personality, thoughts and feelings all work together so they can cope with problems, believe in themselves and follow their dreams. That’s ultimately how they’ll make their difference.

By attending this two day workshop with your children you get a once off opportunity to empower the child within you as well as gaining all the knowledge and strategies you’ll need to support your children through the highs and lows of growing up. Come along and do something ‘life-changing’ for you and your family!

What your children get

  • Self-awareness of how their body, personality, thoughts and feelings all work
  • To meet Sparky (their loving side) and Shady (their scared side) and knowledge to help them tell the difference
  • Three strategies to manage their body, feelings and thoughts – ‘Short cuts’
  • A strategy that works to cope with problems and let go of ‘baggage’ – ‘Pit Stop’
  • Three secrets to believe in themselves
  • Three secrets to follow their dreams
  • Water, morning tea, fruit, a buffet lunch and afternoon tea both days (special dietary requirements will be catered for)
  • A blank ‘Sparky and Shady’ workbook to draw and write in
  • 12 coloured ‘Lyra’ pencils in a pencil case to keep!
  • New friends, family time and two fun days with lots of outside games!

What you get

  • All of the above (for the child in you) plus…
  • Tea & coffee
  • The most recent PDF copy of ‘Sparky and Shady for Kids’, ‘Sparky and Shady for Big Kids’ or ‘Sparky and Shady for Teenagers’ (depending on the age of your children) emailed to you prior to the workshop
  • ‘How to take a Pit Stop’ video to support you and your child to let go of ‘baggage’
  • Happy and loving children who are empowered to cope with problems and believe in themselves!
  • Reduced room rate on a 2 Bedroom Spa Villa with Full Buffet Breakfast for 4 at $328 per night (min stay 2 nights) at Aanuka Beach Resort (subject to availability – book now and get in quick)
  • Access to onsite childcare for children under 6 so you can concentrate on your older children during the workshop (younger children can join us for games, breaks and meals)

Comparative cost

How much do you pay to insure your families physical health each year? Top hospital cover for families is around $3168 per year and basic cover costs around $2000.

How much is your families mental and emotional wellbeing worth to you each year?

The ‘Sparky and Shady Two Day Family Workshop’ can give you peace of mind for

  • $499 per person all inclusive for the two days or
  • $1699 per family* of four with
  • $199 per extra child for families of more than four
    *Family includes a step or nuclear family who are sharing a home together.

Special requirements

If you or your children have special needs or requirements (including dietary) please ensure you fill in the appropriate question on the registration form provided online.

What to bring

Your sense of fun and adventure, a hat, water bottle (to refill), clothes or sunscreen to protect you from the sun and shoes you can play in. Parents do not have to join in games unless they would like to! You may also like to bring your swimmers and towel for a beach swim at lunch time!


If the workshop is not ‘worth it’ your money will be refunded (less food and material costs).

For further details please email 

BOOK NOW to give you and your family a ‘life-changing’ experience!


In the ‘Discount Code’ box on the payment page, just type in SAS33 to receive the “Buy two, get one free” offer (it essentially means you pay two thirds of the price for any amount of tickets) See you there!


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