The next morning we ride our bikes back towards the Jetty strip for breakfast at a little hip café called Old John's. The simple menu covers all the favourites and keeps things local with sourdough from Bellingen's Hearthfire Bakery and smoked ham from Bangalow. This is a place you'd recommend to friends.
The day calls for adventure, and we want to learn more about Gumbayggnirr culture. A 15-minute drive north of our accommodation, Niigi Niigi (Sealy Lookout) is home to the world-famous Forest Sky Pier, and is Coffs Harbour's first ECO Certified tourism attraction. High above the forest floor, this lookout offers visitors an amazing panoramic view from mountains to the coast.
The Giingan Gumbaynggirr Cultural Experience also takes place here. We bask in the ambience of 360 degree views and immerse ourselves in the local ancient culture through stories, songs, language and the uses of native plants. Watching the Wajaarr Ngaarlu Dancers performance and hearing the Dreaming stories of how the land was made is truly an unforgettable experience.
We order a much needed coffee from the Aboriginal owned and operated Nyanggan Gapi Café and the kids jump at the chance to try climbing, soaring and swinging through the forest canopy at ECO Certified Coffs Treetops Adventure.
A quick stop on our way back to the holiday park… we can’t miss The Big Banana, Australia's original and most iconic Big Thing! We hug, we take selfies and jump back in the car with banana sized smiles across our faces.
Our trip to Coffs Harbour was inspired by the region recently becoming an accredited ECO Destination, so we expected great experiences. During our holiday, what surprised (and delighted!) us was how each tourism experience contributed to both sharing and protecting the region's natural and cultural values.
Next time we'll stay longer in Coffs, explore more of this natural wonderland, and enjoy some of the many other wonderful ECO-certified and family-friendly experiences.