Awesome holiday memories are made here in the Barrington Coast, especially for kids. Sunny days or grey days, you’ll be sure to find something fun for your kids to do... it’s why families keep coming back.
As the premier holiday destination on the mid north coast of New South Wales, the Barrington Coast is famous for our healthy outdoor lifestyle.
There's awesome fun here, it’s why families keep coming back.
An abundance of sunshine with mountains, rivers, lakes, beaches and parklands galore: it’s the perfect place to get your kids away from their digital devices.
Active kids are healthier kids and there’s a whole world of active fun to be found in the Barrington Coast, indoors or outdoors. So here are just a few good suggestions to help make your kids more healthy and more happy. And maybe put a smile on your holiday face too!
Big Buzz Fun Park
OK, this is the big one in the Barrington Coast: 10 hectares of adventure and fun are waiting at the Big Buzz Fun Park. Parents will have almost as much fun as their kids, it really shines as a place for the whole family to enjoy. Your kids will be buzzing by the time they’ve tried it all: the famous toboggan run, 3 open waterslides, toddlers slide, jumbo slide, speed karts, electric quad bikes, tricycles, swimming pool, childrens play area with swings, putt putt golf, outdoor laser tag, water pistols, new water maze and more! Take time out from the rides and activities for a family barbecue or picnic, there's plenty of undercover seating, shaded picnic areas plus a kiosk.
Forster Entertainment Centre
Now this is what kids want from a holiday entertainment centre! Here you’ll find a tenpin bowling centre with 12 lanes, a pro shop, café, amusement games plus cosmic bowling on Friday and Saturday nights with great music and dazzling lighting effects. Nearby, the roars of dinosaurs will lure you to the Jurassic Putt Putt mini golf course. The challenge is to out-manoeuvre the deadly beasts and find your way to the last hole… but what’s in that cave? Still want more? Then Laser Skirmish offers another option to achieve maximum fun exhaustion in the 160 square metre battleground. Players navigate the underworld with mazes, dark tunnels and ramps, battling with rival players. Smoke screens and integrated lighting add another element of surprise as you use the walls, obstacles and multi-level vantage points for attack or to take defence. This is holiday heaven for kids!
Forster Kids Spot
Reliable fun, every time. Kid Spot is Forster’s only kids indoor play centre so it offers hours of fun no matter what the weather. This indoor playground includes a mega climbing maze, ball swamp, jumping castle, tunnels, slides, flying fox and soft play equipment. Let your kids run wild on the playground meeting lots of new friends while you sit back in the cafe.
Forster Tuncurry Golf Driving Range
Do you have a budding Jason Day or Karrie Webb in your family? It’s true, this place isn’t just for kids but they’ll have a ball (or lose some) with the Water Golf challenge and the 18 hole outdoor Putt Putt course. Parents also love being here, the 400 metre driving range can help your golf skills or maybe even just ease your stress practicing that perfect golf shot. If you’re on holidays here and don’t have your clubs, there’s a wide selection of clubs provided, so now there’s no excuse to hone your skills for that future birdie or eagle.
Gloucester Olympic Pool Complex
The rivers around Gloucester offer great swimming holes but sometimes it’s the facilities of this pool complex that you crave. You’ll love the Olympic-sized 50 metre lap pool, 15 metre wading pool with water feature and shade cover, toilets, change rooms, kiosk, first aid room, shady areas, picnic facilities and a fenced children’s play area. This is summertime swimming at its easiest, the grassy area features free electric barbecues and a gazebo that’s perfect for parties or the extended family. But don’t tell the kids about the free wi-fi… keep that for your own Instagram moments!
Great Lakes Aquatic & Leisure Centre and Taree Aquatic & Leisure Centre
A pool full of giant inflatables will get any kid’s heart racing with excitement! But first things first: learning to swim is an essential part of growing up for Aussie kids. It sets you up for a lifetime of safely enjoying the water at the beaches, lakes, rivers and pools of the Barrington Coast. The aquatic centres at Forster and Taree offer swimming lessons for all ages (because you’re never too old to learn!) that will open the door to the endless fun that’s available at these leisure centres. There’s also a kids pool, toddlers pool, outdoor playground and kinder gym too. During school holidays your kids will love the giant inflatables including water rollers they can climb inside. And yes, there’s always an unofficial competition for the biggest splash!
The best fun you can have in socks. Why does bouncing around into things make everyone laugh? Maybe it’s the momentary feeling of weightlessness like an astronaut. Or maybe the feeling of being invincible like Superman or Wonder Woman? Either way, kids absolutely love these playgrounds and Inflatable World Taree offers one of the biggest indoor inflatable playgrounds in Australia: giants slides, climbing walls, obstacle courses, bouncy floors of course and a slumdunk wall. And those squeals of bouncing delight are just reminders that you’ve done a good job at parenting today!
See nature up close. The quiet flat waters of Wallis Lake offer paddling that’s low in effort but high in reward. Lazy Paddles can get you cruising in a single, double or sit-on-top kayak, or even a SUP. These boats are all stable, easy to paddle and suitable for all ages and experience. Families love the 2 hour guided tour of the Myall River or more adventurous kids can join the half day guided tour of Myall Lakes National Park for a nature wildlife spectacular! You can even have kayaks delivered to your Myall Lakes campsite for a hassle-free paddling adventure in this beautiful part of the Barrington Coast.
Tactical Paintball Games
Paintball is fun but this is more than just point-and-shoot or capture the flag. The Moorland fields at Tactical Paintball Games are designed by players for maximum paintballing fun in mind. The play scenarios offer objective-based games that include Search and Rescue, Intel Gathering, Protect the General and more. The environments vary from bushland to parklands to playing fields with creeks, bridges, buildings, bunkers and more. Know your objective and plan your next move! And for the losers, start your own mini competition for the most paint splats… there’s always one really colourful winner to make you all smile!
Taree Ten Pin
Greased lightning! Did you know that pin bowling has been played for centuries and there are variations in cultures around the world? Bowling alleys with mechanical pinsetters really took off in the 1940s and were made popular in Australia by 1950s movies and TV shows like Laverne & Shirley and Happy Days. At Taree Ten Pin the bowling culture is firmly in the fun-for-everyone category and you’ll enjoy 12 lanes of bowling action with automatic computer scoring. It’s the perfect indoor sport for easy competitions for families or groups of friends. Just remember the tradition of naming your team and players… remember the Pink Ladies from Grease? So book a lane, pick a cheeky name and get the fun rolling!
The Steps Mountain Bike Park
Looking for some outdoor activity off the river or beach? The mountain bike park at The Steps Campground at Bindera near Gloucester is purpose-built for fun. Features include cross-country loop trails, a pump track for a full-body biking workout plus a dedicated mountain biking obstacle course. The 3.5km loop rewards riders with flowing downhill sections, challenging climbs, berms and log bridges in a scenic riverside location. Afterwards cool off in the Barrington River, facilities includes toilets and showers and grassy areas for a picnic. If camping onsite, the bike park is free to use, otherwise a small day use fee applies for daytrippers. The mountain bike experience at The Steps is great for kids and parents too, no matter how rusty your biking skills. Who’s up for a time challenge family race?!
Where to find fun things to do for kids in the Barrington Coast:
- Big Buzz Fun Park, Rainbow Flat 6553 6000
- Forster Entertainment Centre, Forster 6557 6800
- Forster Kids Spot, Forster 6557 2767
- Forster Tuncurry Golf Driving Range, Tuncurry 0417 456 938
- Gloucester Olympic Pool Complex, Gloucester 6538 5270
- Great Lakes Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Forster 6555 4617
- Inflatable World, Taree 6552 3569
- Lazy Paddles, Tea Gardens 0412 832 220
- Manning Aquatic and Leisure Centre, Taree 6550 0500
- Tactical Paintball, Moorland 0487 232 780
- Taree Ten Pin, Taree 6552 4733
- The Steps Mountain Bike Park, Bindera via Gloucester 6558 2093