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Coffs Ambassadors Tours

Come on a Coffs Ambassadors Tour and discover Coffs’ best kept secrets- stunning headlands, beaches, rockpools, rainforests and gardens.

On our unique tours, you will hear about the local stories, history and wildlife of the region from our friendly Coffs Ambassadors tour guides.

Our team of friendly Coffs Ambassadors run tours of the area they know and love to help you discover the natural secrets of our wonderful region.

FAQs

How do I book a tour if I don’t have an email address or access to the internet?
You can phone the Coffs Harbour Visitor Information Centre on 6648 4990, 9am- 5pm daily (except Good Friday and Christmas Day).
How often are the tours held?

Coffs Ambassadors Tours are held almost every weekend of the year (except for December- it’s the silly season!).

We run the tours on a seasonal basis, so each unique tour is held roughly once every three months.

This means that each season there at least 9 different tours for you to choose from, generally spread evenly over three month period.

How can I find out about upcoming tour dates?
To find out about upcoming Coffs Ambassadors Tours dates, sign up to the Our Living Coast Newsletter.
How do I find out the meeting location for each tour?

Once you have booked your place on the tour, you will be sent an email with a detailed description of the meeting location.

If you cannot find this email, please phone the Coffs Harbour Visitor Information Centre on 6648 4990, 9am- 5pm daily (except Good Friday and Christmas Day).

This is to ensure that each tour does not have more than the maximum number of participants (between 10- 20 people per tour, based on the track conditions) and so that you have an enjoyable and safe tour experience!

Do I really need to provide my mobile phone number when I book?

Yes!

In case we need to cancel the tour due to poor weather or unsuitable track conditions etc, we need to be able to send an SMS/ text message to your mobile phone to let you know.

Do I need to print out my ticket?
No, you do not need to print out your ticket, however, you do need proof of your ticket (printed or on mobile device.
Why do I need to pay for my tour?
Introduction of pricing is a new approach we are piloting to minimise non-attendance.  Our tours have become increasingly popular, and we wish to ensure maximum attendance for our volunteer guides. All moneys received are donated to a local community organisation. 
What training is required to become a Coffs Ambassador tour guide?

Firstly, prospective Coffs Ambassadors go through a selection process involving a written application and an interview with Council’s Coffs Ambassadors Tours Program Co-ordinator and the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) North Coast Co-ordinator of the Discovery Program.

Successful applicants must undertake the following training in order to graduate as a Coffs Ambassador:

  1. Attend the course ‘Interpretive Tour Guiding for Public Groups’, which is run by the National Parks and Wildlife Services.This course covers topics such as  interpretation; planning a tour; occupational health and safety; Aboriginal cultural awareness and protocols and; group management.
  2. Complete one-on-one mentoring with a NPWS Discovery Ranger
  3. Gain or hold a current Senior First Aid certificate
  4. Attend Reptile awareness and safety training by Steve McEwan, Coffs Harbour’s ‘Reptile Man’.

Once graduated, Council provides ongoing support for each volunteer, including regular Coffs Ambassadors team training and tour debrief activities.

Locations

Click on the map below to view a printable PDF version.
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If you have booked a tour and are unsure of the meeting location, please phone the Coffs Harbour Visitor Information Centre on 6648 4990 (9am- 5pm daily, except Christmas Day and Good Friday).

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Testimonials

“Couldn’t believe we saw so many turtles in such a fabulous place.” 25/10/15- Sea Turtles of the Solitary Islands

“Our tour guide Steve was a wealth of information”. 9/8/15- Coffs Regional Community Garden Tour

“A fantastic tour- thank you!” 8/8/15- Magical Mullaway

“A very enjoyable Sunday morning”. 19/7/15- Koalas in our Backyards

“Great tour! Our tour guide Sandy was very knowledgeable”. 20/6/15- A Sense of Moonee

“This place is a hidden treasure in our area”. 18/4/15- Coramba Rainforest Stroll

“Wonderful tour. Our tour guide Adrian was wonderful. Amazing knowledge of the history of Coffs.” 11/4/15- Harbour History Tour

” I saw some birds today that I had never seen before”. 14/3/15- Birds of the Coffs Coast

“Lovely walk- in the bush and suburbia all around us”. 16/11/2014- Koalas in our Backyards

“Our tour guide Alison was very knowledgeable”. 11/1/15- Coramba Rainforest Stroll

“The tour was extremely enjoyable and exhilarating“. 8/11/2014- Sea Turtles of the Solitary Islands

“Today’s tour was very informative”. 18/10/2014- Grow your Own Sustainable Food

” Mullaway is a beautiful place”. 4/10/2014 – Magical Mullaway

“Sandy is a brillant tour guide!” 27/9/14- A Sense of Moonee

“Arlan was a fantastic tour guide- very informative and friendly”. 14/9/2014- Discover your local Community Garden

“Greg was fantastic. Very knowledgable about the subject and Woolgoolga’s environment.” 6/9/2014- Bush Tucker at Woolgoolga Lake

“Awesome tour, we even saw dolphins”. 24/5/2014- Magical Mullaway

“We get a little bogged down in day to day stuff, it’s good to step back and take a breath and appreciate our heritage and surrounds” – Coffs Harbour Mayor Councillor Denise Knight 18/3/2014- A Sense Of Moonee

“Karla’s knowledge & enthusiasm for her subject was wonderful & inspiring.” 22/2/2014- Sea Turtles of the Solitary Islands

“I wasn’t aware of Coramba Reserve, despite 7 years of residency at the Coffs Coast! Beautiful. Thank you Alison for a fantastic day!” 15/2/2014- Coramba Rainforest Stroll

“Excellent walk- good for adults and children”. 26/1/2014- Koalas in our Backyards

“Fantastic tour, very interesting and enjoyable”. 23/11/2013- Sea Turtles of the Solitary Islands

“The tour guide was very professional with his approach to the group through management of any safety concerns and also in communicating his vast knowledge of the area.” 3/10/2013- Bush Tucker Tour of Woolgoolga Lake

“Steve is so inspiring in all things sustainable living”. 31/8/2013- Grow Your Own Sustainable Food Tour

“Would never have known Mullaway Headland was here unless I did the tour”. 17/8/2013- Where the Forest meets the Sea

“Had never been to these beaches & headlands so enjoyed seeing the different flora and fauna today.Thank you Barry!” Michel and Annemieke 27/7/2103- Solitary Islands Coastal Walk

“Learnt more today than I have in the 3 yrs I’ve lived in Coffs”. 14/7/2013- A Sense of Moonee

“Wine, cheese and biccies at the end of the tour please!!” 14/7/2013- A Sense of Moonee

“Can’t wait to do more tours with council. Especially good focus including children. Amazing knowledgeable presenter.” 10/7/2013- The Great Sea Turtle Adventure school holiday walk

“Very interesting, varied walk and talk. Adrian- Thank you! Merci.” 15/6/13- Harbour History Tour

“Excellent program. Highly recommended” 5/5/2013- A History of Coffs Creek

“These Coffs Ambassadors Tours are a great idea! Keep up the good work” 7/4/2013- Koalas in our Backyard

Tour Guides

Our team of friendly Coffs Ambassadors run tours of the area they know and love to help you discover the natural secrets of our wonderful region.

Click on their links below to find out more about them and then book your place on one of their tours so they can share their knowledge and passion with you!

Each of our nine tour guides completed an extensive training program with the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) and Coffs Harbour City Council in order to graduate as a Coffs Ambassador.

Many of our dedicated Ambassadors have been involved with the program since it began in 2009 and over that time have worked collaboratively with Council to continuously improve and enhance the tours.

Upcoming Tours

Our Living Coast is a joint project of the Coffs Harbour, Bellingen & Nambucca Councils