News

Fresh changes for our attractions

The Big Banana has put govt. funding to good use ahead of the school holidays.
The Big Banana has put govt. funding to good use ahead of the school holidays.

NINE new tourism experiences are set to open across the Mid North Coast in coming months on the back of the Regional Tourism Product Development Program.

The NSW State Government injected $250,000 across the Mid North with Stream One, 2011/12 Regional Tourism Product Development grants of $10,000 to $50,000 in January.

Each of the projects are now nearing completion in line with the State Government's aim to improve tourism experiences in regional NSW.

The Big Banana in Coffs Harbour completes its New Food Gateway project this Friday.

The Food Gateway project encompasses the inception of a Regional Food Store, offering visitors the ability to sample and buy the best produce and creations of the region.

It will offer an array of fresh produce, artisan goods and local delicacies.

An interpretive Banana Tasting Tour has also been introduced where visitors have an opportunity to walk through a working banana plantation.

"The projects across our region will deliver a diversity of new product and experiences", said Mid North Coast Regional Tourism Executive Officer Belinda Novicky.

"Through this program the State Government has delivered on its promise to boost funding to regional tourism and we are excited by the diverse outcomes which should attract more visitors to our region.

Other projects merging from the Steam One funding are:

  • Y-Knot Charters (Jamala Cruises), Port Stephens developing new on-water dining experiences
  • Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park, Port Macquarie's new Estuarine Crocodile Exhibit
  • Tilligerry Peninsula Marina Park upgrades
  • A Spirits of the Land project at Sea Acres Rainforest Centre in Port Macquarie
  • Bicycle Hire and ipod audio tours by the Observatory in Port Macquarie
  • An upgrade of the Tabatinga Family Fun Centre in Coffs Harbour
  • Further improvements to the Honeycomb Vallley Farm in the Great Lakes and,
  • Development of a Mad Hatters Tea Garden in Bowraville

Topics:  tourism



Star returns to strengthen Hornets for key clash

Dual sport star Caleb Ziebell returns for Cudgen against Ballina.

"He gets through a mountain of work”

Flood heroes save 13 lives in swirling floodwaters

John Lawrence, Shyam Bryan and Johnny Norris helped rescue 13 people from the flooded Greenhills Caravan Park in South Murwillumbah.

Three men labelled heroes after saving 13 in Tweed caravan park

Council urged to consult more on Kingscliff plan

Cr Ron Cooper is determined to have a three-storey height limit in Kingscliff.

Council nails down the draft Kingscliff plan.

Local Partners

Compassion urged in flood aid decisions

Flood-affected business owners in South Murwillumbah appreciated a visit by NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley on Thursday.


Patti Smith: the mother of punk gave Jim Morrison his wings

Patti Smith at Bluesfest 2017 in Byron Bay.

One of the most exhilarating performances in recent Blues history

Returning choir to perform on home soil

CHILLING SOUNDS: Chillingham Voices plays All Saints , Murwillumbah on Sunday, April 30.

Chilling sounds from the aptly named Chillingham Voices

UPDATED: Patti Smith donates large sum for flood recovery

Patti Smith at Bluesfest 2017 in Byron Bay.

The artist performed two shows at Bluesfest 2017

Dave Hughes almost went too far in Logies monologue

DAVE Hughes destroyed Australia’s A-list in a harsh and hilarious opening monologue at the 59th Annual TV Week Logie Awards.

Mackay lawyer dishes on MKR behind the scenes

Della Whearty from MKR.

Mackay lawyer talks her My Kitchen Rules journey.

Movie review: Going in Style a grey-powered crowd pleaser

Alan Arkin, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine in a scene from the movie Going in Style.

The tale of three men and a mobility scooter a tad formulaic.

Logies 2017: Meldrum's odd speech as Samuel Johnson wins Gold

Samuel Johnson shows off his Best Actor gong before going onto win the Gold.

Samuel Johnson named Gold Logie Winner of the 59th Annual TV Week Gold Logie...

Logies 2017: Who's taken the coveted gongs?

Kerri-Anne Kennerley poses with the Hall Of Fame Logie Award.

Award winners from Australian television industry's night of nights

Logies 2017: Samuel Johnson dedicates award to sister Connie

Samuel Johnson wins Best Actor at 2017 Logies.

'My sister is succumbing to the perils of cancer': Samuel Johnson

Lisa Curry and fiance sell up Sunshine Coast property

I'm a Celebrity, Get me Out of Here! contestant Lisa Curry with partner Mark Tabone after being evicted from the South African jungle. Picture: Dylan Robinson ***EMBARGOED 7:30pm March 9th***

Plans for dream home on hold at Mount Mellum place on market

What dodgy real estate ads really mean

This dilapidated house was described as an ‘Edwardian timber home, open to your imagination’. That’s a nice way of putting it.

Real estate writing is just outsourced lying, says one writer

SOLD: Iconic M'boro pub set to be transformed

Shane Muller from Maryborough Motorcycles will be opening up a showroom and café at the Shamrock Hotel.

The Shamrock Hotel is set to be transformed in the next two months.

Council urged to consult more on Kingscliff plan

Cr Ron Cooper is determined to have a three-storey height limit in Kingscliff.

Council nails down the draft Kingscliff plan.

Coast developer looks to prime real estate's future

MANY OPTIONS: Sunshine Coast developer Graeme Juniper is considering what to do with a prime piece of real estate he owns on Radical Bay on Magnetic Island, near Townsville.

Radical Bay is World Environment Heritage-listed.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!