During the end of summer and autumn seasons, warm currents make for the perfect time of year to enjoy a leisurely day of swimming, snorkeling or, my favourite, taking the paddle board out on the cobalt blue coloured coast around Diggers Beach and beyond. I recently spoke with local SUP teacher and guide, Karen, of Paddle Coffs Coast to get a balanced understanding of how and where to have the best SUP adventure for beginner and more experienced paddlers on the Coffs Coast. Here’s what I learned:
Since paddle boarding is usually considered a slower-paced relative of surfing, many of the same safety concerns apply. So make sure you are a good swimmer, always paddle with a buddy, check the local life guard schedules, stay out of the wind and rips, know your skill level and paddle the water that suits. Oh and don’t forget to make sure you have a good lead leash to keep you attached to your board!
Paddle boarding requires balance and coordination. With these two aspects set almost anyone can SUP, as long as weather and water conditions are calm. Just as it is with anyone venturing out into the ocean, the boarder must know how to swim and be water savvy. It is important to make certain that your board and paddle are an appropriate size for your weight in order to safely stay afloat.
Be very mindful of your position in the water, especially when there are swimmers around. Practicing water etiquette and moving away from people, can help prevent accidental collisions. I know I wouldn’t want to be hit buy a SUP board while I’m taking a leisurely swim! Ouch! If you are a raw beginner, be sure to wear a life jacket and better yet, take a lesson with a local seasoned pro to get a good foundation to start your paddle boarding adventures on the right foot.
Picking a day with ideal weather conditions is key to having a safe and relaxing paddle boarding experience. Choose a day that doesn’t have strong winds or tidal currents. If there is a bit of wind, be sure that it is an on shore wind no more than 10 knots before hopping in the water. Also, especially for beginners, do not go out in a westerly, which can be common in winter and can blow an inexperienced paddler out to sea. Check ocean reference websites like Willy Weather before grabbing your board, to have a good idea of your desired location’s wind speeds, directions and tides.
While staying at Diggers Beach Cottage, naturally most guests want to go to the closest beach for a paddle. As with any beach, Diggers Beach conditions may not always be appropriate for paddle boarding. Be sure to check the weather and choose a calm day so that you can be comfortable and confident in handling your board.
For beginners, we suggest taking a trip to Coffs Creek or Moonee Beach during high tide. There you can expect a more leisurely paddle in the shallower waters where there are nice sandy areas to launch from and more protection from strong tidal currents. Giving you a chance to really get comfortable with your board before heading into deeper waters.
Your home was such a dream to stay in.
Thank you so much for a well cleaned and maintained home. We all had such a wonderful time staying. Hopefully we will be back again soon!Teghan, Chris & Andrew
As a family we loved it! Location was perfect for the wedding we attended down the road. Close to the beach, shopping centre, Big Banana etc. The cottage was spacious, clean, had everything we needed and more! Beautifully decorated and modern with a lovely homey feel…better than living at home. The outdoor area and garden is beautiful. We absolutely loved our stay but wished it was longer.Selina
Thank you so much for such lovely accommodation. We loved everything and had a super time. Your cottage is beautiful with such thoughtful detailing. We shall certainly be back.Syd, Judy, Linda and Neil
Very beautiful house and lovely owner. Thank you so much for everything, we loved walking to the beach and spending time there. We love the place so much.Yuanyuan – Sunnybank
A fabulous cottage, just gorgeous!
Many ThanksLouise, Barrie, Bruce and Rae – New Zealand
We had the most incredible stay. The house is so beautiful, it looks like something off Pinterest. The hosts have thought of everything down to books, dvd’s, games, washing powder and sauces. The house is so well equipped. The welcome package and handwritten note was a beautiful touch. When I return to Coffs there is nowhere else I would stay. Recommend it for friend groups or families. It has it all.Sinead – Ireland
Thank you very much!
The cottage is wonderfully set up – as an architect and a designer + hospitality host, we are impressed!Peter & Gillian – darlingstreetapartments.com.au
What can I say, but…FANTASTIC. What a place. It was only two nights, as we had time constraints, but next time it will be longer. Just a brilliant place, and the appeal and cleanliness was the best of any place we have ever stayed in, anywhere in the world, and that is not a figure of speech either.
Everything anyone could want is in the cottage. The area is quiet, friendly and knowledgeable neighbours, yet so close to shopping centre and of course the beach.
Many thanks for having such an amazing place, and also making the check in process so simple. What a hidden gem this place is.
Brian & Heather – Queensland
Jason & Lisa,
What a lovely house! We have so enjoyed our 2 nights. All the ‘inclusions & treats’ were very much appreciated. So very well stocked!
Thank you again.Bill & Pauline
An extremely stylish renovation of a character cottage, spacious and very well equipped. Diggers Beach is lovely and only a very short walk away. Would highly recommend for the discerning traveller.Louise – Auckland
Thank you for all of your special touches for our beautiful accommodation. We really enjoyed our time here.Carmen & Greg
We have had a wonderful stay here at Diggers Beach!!! We want to stay forever! 🙂 Thank you for everything, this house is amazing and we can’t wait to come back again.Col, Rhiannon & Family
Thank you so very much for your beautiful home. We loved staying here, it’s a gorgeous place. We would love to come back and stay longer with our husbands and really enjoy the great location. Thanks again.Caryn ( Sydney)
Diggers Beach is absolutely delightful! Thank you so much for all the little personal touches. Beds were wonderful as were the showers! We come down about 3 times a year to bring our son to a scout camp so will book your cottage every time!Michael & Simone
Big, cosy house, perfectly clean and friendly for those who want to cook something at home or do some laundry. There was more than enough pillows and blankets to keep us warm. Thank you for the beautiful stay. It was a pleasant surprise to find some games and toys as my daughter finally had something to play with after our 2 week trip!Candice – Singapore
We enjoyed our stay @ Digger’s Beach Cottage and we will definitely be back! From the time we walked in we felt right @ home. The whole cottage is modern from the kitchen to the bathrooms. The linen that was provided was clean and crisp and we received a beautiful welcome basket which was a nice touch. Beautiful cottage and highly recommended!!!Gretta
“The house was very clean, modern, luxuriously appointed, beautifully decorated, excellent appliances, comfy beds, and lovely gardens. Close to the beach, a Fun Park, and a shopping centre.” Leigh
“Easy access, great communication with hosts prior to arrival, clean and comfortable, well equipped, great location” Deni.
Thank you so much for everything! We were all very impressed with how everything is kept. We hope that we can come again one day. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!Rodriegves Family
Check in was super easy, excellent communication from the owners as I was travelling with an elderly relative. Nearby Diggers Beach was beautiful and the house was perfect. Every little detail had been considered right down to complimentary snacks on arrival. Quiet and peaceful surroundings but close to the town for restaurants and shopping. I would definitely recommend this property to anyone visiting the area.Lisa – Lyneham
The Diggers Beach Cottage would have to be one of the best places that we have ever stayed at. Not only is this place clean and comfortable it goes above and beyond with particular attention to detail. It really sits within luxury accommodation but comes at an affordable price. It was just the little things that we were able to use at the cottage that made a massive difference. A lot of thought has been put into the cottage which makes it stand a head above any accommodation that we have stayed at. Well done Lisa and Jason and thank you very much for providing a superior product, it really made our stay in Coffs Harbour a 10/10 experience.The Fraser Family
Hi Jason & Lisa
Thanks for having us! We are travelling North to Cedar Pocket to get married, and this was a perfect stop over. It is such a beautiful and relaxing home. We look forward to staying at your holiday rental again.Christopher & Lauren
Well appointed cottage with tasteful decor and quality inclusions. Travelling on business with a young family, we couldn’t have asked for much more. The hosts have catered for young children with age appropriate games, books and DVD’s, and even cutlery! Plus the BBQ was cleaner than new!!Greg
We have loved every second of our stay here in your beautiful cottage. We could not find one thing that we didn’t love. We will definitely be back again soon. An absolute 10/10 for our stay.Matt & Jess
Straight from the pages of a designer homes magazine with every facility included. The short walk to the most beautiful beach more than makes up for not having a pool. Lovely hosts. Could not have asked for anything more.Anita – Great Britain
What a home! We loved our stay at Coffs! Everything about the home was perfect and we loved everything about it….stylish, clean, homely, great comfy beds, lovely small touches with everything we needed from bathroom amenities and soaps to extras in the kitchen. Couldn’t have asked for anything more and we definitely felt refreshed and rejuvenated for the next part of our journey!Linda
Exceeded expectations, this was an amazing property, a real home away from home. The attention to detail was outstanding.Wendy
Thank you for having us!
We absolutely loved having some time in the cottage. You have literally thought of everything and it was a pleasure for us to stay. Thanks again, your generosity and attention to detail has blown us away. Looking forward to staying again and again!Tanya & Dean from Broadbeach
Dear Jason & Lisa,
Such a wonderful place with everything that one requires for a memorable holiday with family. Your house is a home and we wished we could have stayed longer. The amount of detail and effort is remarkable. Thank you!Sharon and Family
We had a wonderful time. What a beautiful cottage! We will never forget this trip. Thank you very much and we appreciate your kindness.Yoshinori Tanaka
Hi Jason & Lisa,
We had a lovely stay – thanks so much! I’m sure we will be back – perhaps a quick HSC break later in the year. Such a well thought out escape!Pip & Paul
This place really is a home away from home. I stayed with a friend and we immediately fell in love with the cottage. It was modern and clean with a warm homely feel. Lisa and Jason have created such a beautiful ambiance from the personal welcome note to the modern decor. Staying at the cottage was such a pleasure that I cannot wait to return. I highly recommend staying at this amazing cottage.Trish
We enjoyed our stay in Diggers beach cottage! Very neat, stylish, nicely renovated home which has everything you need! Linen and towels were so nice and fresh! There has been a lot of thought put into this house to ensure that guests are very comfortable! There are so many board games and books that we were able to have nice family evenings free of iPhones and iPads! Thank you very much for our holiday!Erwin and Olga
“Loved this place from the moment we walked in. Property was perfect in every way and had a lovely cosy feel to it. Excellent furnishings and fittings, warm and cosy and spotlessly clean, close to beaches and coastal walk and all the attractions. Would definitely recommend to family and friends. Hosts were very friendly & helpful. Toys and kids games were an added bonus for families with young kids like mine.” Ruvina
“The property was immaculate and felt like home. The lovely guests provided everything possible to make the stay comfortable and entertaining.” Mimi & Co.
We just wanted to let you know that we had a great weekend.
The cottage was excellent you thought of everything (even a champagne stopper) and we really appreciated the little extra little things that made our stay special.
Thank you so much.Janet’s Group Alstonville – 60th birthday celebrations
Thank you for a wonderful stay here at Diggers Beach Cottage. What an amazing place! As a child I used to come here every summer and stay at Park Beach but swim at Diggers. This trip brought back so many happy memories and I would love to return again with little Theodore now that we know we have such a fantastic place to stay!Penelope, Chris, Theo, John & Alanna
Thank you very much for sharing your beautiful home with us. It is absolutely stunning. Everything needed was supplied and beautifully presented. We will definitely be back and will recommend to our friends.Simone & Gang
For a first time booking privately I wasn’t sure what to expect. Communication and booking was simple and easy. The electronic door code was great as we had no keys to lose or worry about. The little extra personal touches made it even better. The house is amazing, very clean, with everything you need at your fingertips. Great location as the beach is a 2 minute walk. Thank-you, we will be back!Melisa – Armidale
Thank you for opening the doors to your beautiful home for us. We thoroughly enjoyed it and loved every bit of it. You have made this home with a lot of love and care and it clearly shows. So much thought and effort has been put in every corner of the house that it gives you the fuzzy feeling inside. We can’t wait to be back. (Sanam, Kanishk & Family, SYDNEY)
Thank you so so much! This home is stunning.
See you again soon.
The Shoebridge Fam xxx
We can’t fault this place. It’s like a home away from home! We especially enjoyed the full kitchen that was equipped with everything we needed. Another highlight was the luxurious bathrooms with big rain showers! We wish we could have stayed longer!Nathan – NSW
Hi Jason & Lisa,
The stay here has been amazing – your home is beautiful, thank you so much for all the little extras. It made the stay very welcoming. I will recommend this place to my friends.
Thank you!Terrie, Ken, Vicki & Neil – Dundaloo Support Services