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Family holiday destinations: Coffs Harbour

19:30 AEST Thu Dec 13 2012

It's nearly holiday time again and despite economic uncertainty, it is possible to enjoy a family holiday without breaking the bank, so we sent Natalie to Coffs Harbour to see what she could find. The coastal resort town is where the mountains meet the sea.

The Big Banana

Visitors have been stopping at the over-sized attraction for almost five decades. In 1964 the owner of the land wanted to increase his number of customers, and hit upon the idea of an enormous banana after seeing Hawaii’s Big Pineapple.

Butterfly House

The 21 metre long butterfly house opened in 1995 and is one of the few fully enclosed, climate-controlled butterfly houses in Australia. A gas furnace provides perfect sub-tropical rainforest conditions for the health and contentment of the beautiful inhabitants. Daytime temperature is 29 degrees celsius and from the moment you enter you are surrounded by hundreds of fabulously coloured and patterned Australian butterflies. Guides are on hand to answer butterfly questions.

Break Free Aanuka Beach Resort

This beautiful resort is a haven for couples and families, offering absolute beachfront at the uncrowded Diggers Beach. Set in hectares of open parklands and sub-tropical gardens, it’s an oasis with an endless combination of accommodation and recreation to suit everyone and there are plenty of ways to save yourself some money.

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