There’s something quite special about winter in the Coffs Harbour hinterland. Our wonderful subtropical climate means it’s cool enough to get cosy but never too cold to be uncomfortable. You might even say it’s perfect. We do…
It’s a truly magical time of the year to visit and between relaxing walks, whale watching and getting to know the local culture and cuisine you certainly won’t be bored. On the other hand, the crackling log fires and secluded rural ambience of our cottages make it pretty tempting to simply snuggle up and contemplate the views. It’s a difficult decision, but we’re sure you’ll make the right one.
We think winter is a time to be celebrated, so here are our top 5 tips to enjoy a winter break in our spectacular part of the world.
There’s nothing more invigorating in winter than reconnecting with nature. If you’re planning on bringing your pooch (and remember, we’re completely pet friendly), you may not have a choice on this one, but everyone can enjoy the health and well-being benefits of getting out into nature under your own steam.
Apart from the immune boosting rewards of some exhilarating outdoor exercise, immersing in nature is a proven stress reducer. So whether it’s hiking along the trails of Bindarri or Dorrigo National Parks or simply rugging up and taking a stroll around our lovely 100-acre property, getting out and about during winter doesn’t get much better than this.
A short winter escape is the perfect opportunity to step away from the stress of your busy connected life and, instead, reconnect with the people that are most important. It’s also affords you the time and space to nurture your own mind, body and spirit.
Perhaps that means putting down the technology and picking up that book you’ve been meaning to read for so long, or exploring your own creativity through art, writing or simply conversation. Whatever relaxation means to you, you’ll find the ideal environment in our beautiful cottages, nestled amongst nature and a million miles from ‘real’ life…
One of the best things about winter is that you don’t need an excuse to savour the delicious hearty cuisine that comes with the colder weather. What could be cosier than dining in front of an open fire in a lovely old local pub, or warming up from the inside out with a wine tasting at the fabulous Two Tails Winery in Nana Glen?
While you’re in Nana Glen a visit to the delightfully named Synchronicity Farm is also an absolute must. With a vision to promote the production of local, seasonal food in a nurturing, co-operative environment, Synchronicity Farm is one of the most delicious social enterprises you’ll ever encounter! There are daily farm tours, where you can learn more about the farm’s ethos of permaculture and sustainable agriculture, and plenty of mouth-watering fresh produce you can take back to your cottage.
Our renowned paddock to plate produce industry also includes fresher-than-fresh seafood, organic beef, artisan bread and even local honey. So, if you do prefer to cook up your own gastronomic storm, there are also numerous other nearby farms and markets where you can stock up on all the fresh ingredients you’ll need.
If you fancy yourself as a gourmet pizza chef you’ll have plenty of inspiration from the local produce. Dream up your ultimate topping and make your own in the rustic wood fired pizza oven at Friday Creek, which overlooks the pool deck and the rolling fields beyond.
With fewer crowds and a generally more laidback vibe, the winter season is a fantastic time to discover the authentic local spirit of the region. During these quieter months, everyone has a bit of time to shoot the breeze and you can take the opportunity to learn more about the local area.
Travel anywhere in the world and you’ll find the epicentre of the community in the local marketplace, and the Coffs Coast Growers Markets is no different. This charming weekly market is not just a delicious and aromatic sensory experience, it’s also a mine of fantastic local characters – who are very often up for a chat!
The secret to success in life is to always be prepared, and the key to the perfect winter break is packing to perfection! It might sound like common sense, but so many people fail to pack appropriately, to the detriment of their own enjoyment.
Getting out and about is a big part of making the most of our stunning hinterland region, especially if you’ve got your four-legged friend in tow. So, while our cottages are lovely and toasty and the daytime temperatures are fairly mild, you’ll need some warm layers and decent walking boots or trainers. We also suggest bringing your pet’s favourite toy, so he or she can feel as relaxed and familiar as you do while staying on the property.
If you need a tip on reducing your packing, may we suggest leaving your technology at home; you’ll feel so much lighter without your laptop…