Our Coffs Harbour tour spans the whole region of the Midcoast of NSW. The region was established by the ‘Cedar getters’ of yesteryear and different industries have peaked and been taken over by others since. Testimony to this is the littering of butter factories and dairy farms that have given way to the smallgoods factories and suppliers of the region. Some of them now house cottage craft outlets and the finest woodwork and craft pieces that you have seen. Our local knowledge of the area is passed on to you with interesting facts and stories that make up the history and the present of this wonderful area.
Coffs Harbour city highlights. The Solitary Islands Aquarium is a must see visit. Intriguing animal life is presented by the local researchers. They even let their resident octopus demonstrate just how clever he is at feeding time. Take in the sights of Muttonbird Island and the historically important Coffs Harbour Jetty. Originally this jetty was the loading point for the cedar timbers being shipped to larger cities. It lends itself to fantastic photographic opportunities for those so inclined. For a birds eyeview, we take a drive up to Sealy Lookout, steep, but well worth it. our visit to Carobana is a visit for the taste buds. Carob is a chocolate substitute with a history as long as your arm. Like Chocolate, Carob tastes great with Ginger, Coconut and just about any other place that chocolate is the ingredient. Take a look through the factory and taste the final product before purchasing your own carob treats. The Clog Barn is also on our destination list today. Take a wander through the miniature village before watching the clog making demonstration. If anything, it makes you grateful that we have thongs - flip flops to some! Everything dutch is here to be found.
Atop the Great Australian Divide on the Hinterland is the beautiful township of Dorrigo. Local industries include dairy and of course the prized Australian Red Cedar. It is the home of one of the largest collection of steam trains in the world. We enjoy the sites of Dangar Falls and the treetops walk at the top of the Dorrigo escarpment. This is a picturesque scenic tour day. After a heritage style lunch in this heritage style town we visit Bellingen and the Olde Butter Factory. Local crafts include woodwork, leatherwork and the most amazing lampshades you have seen.
Todays destiny sees us cruising the Nambucca River with our hosts - Rob and Robyn. They introduce us to their local friends – birds, fish, dolphins, loggerhead turtles and all the other local inhabitants of the Nambucca River. Rob will entertain you with his astounding local knowledge of the area and its history. The view from the pristine waters of the Nambucca river is simply magical. Robyn serves us all with scones, jam, cream and a smile that never ends. This is one of those things in life that you just have to experience.
The Nambucca Valley is home of the Bushtucker Man. We visit his farm with plantations of Davidson Plums, Lemon Myrtle and many other food sources that we never new about. We can come away with refreshing dressings, chutneys and sauces - sourced and produced right here in the valley. The knowledge and interesting facts will keep us entertained as we learn things we may never have even considered.
These day tours are all included in the itinerary, however, they may change in order from tour to tour. Once we have departed Sydney, we travel to our destination in comfort with morning tea and lunch stops along the way. Avid Travel tour itineraries include a rest break at least every 2 hours. These breaks provide the opportunity for morning tea and lunch etc. Upon arrival at Coffs Harbour, we are welcomed into our accommodation for the duration of the tour.
Group holiday rates for this tour are amazing. Group bookings attract great rates for the tour as a whole. If you have 10, 20 or 30 or more passengers for this tour, we are able to offer good discounted rates. Groups of 30 passengers or more are able to tailor the tour to suit the group interests. The tour can also be shortened or extended to suit group requirements.