About The Emerald Beach Fair
It’s time to come together, celebrate all of what makes Emerald Beach a lighthouse of community, sustainability, music, art, food and fun.
Emerald Beach Fair takes place at one of the most stunning surf, fishing & family friendly beaches anywhere on the East Coast.
Gazing out to the Solitary Islands the sheltered beach is home to one of the largest troop of Eastern Grey Kangaroos who frolic on the headlands and hop by rock-pools shaded by the iconic Pandanus.
For the Fair this stunning location willhouse family friendly competitions with a community focus on sustainability.
The Fair will feature local artisan crafts, family events, cultural activities and an amazing program of live music all set on the nature reserve overlooking the beach with local food and drinks nearby.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors for pitching in and making this happen from stall-holder donations to cash & so much in-kind support.
What we're about...
Emerald Beach Committee acknowledges the Gumbaynggirr Nation and Garby people and pay respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation, their connection to lands, waters and communities and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The Committee are busy finalising the finer details, further details to come.
Follow us on Facebook @emerladbeachfair for updates.
Food Street Starts
Emerald Beach is home to some of the best coffee, foodie hang-outs on the Coffs Coast come sample some festival menus.
Welcome to Country
Join us for the opening ceremony. Including Welcome to Country & Smoking Ceremony with thanks to Aunty Deb and Tony from Garby Elders.
Market Stalls Ready
Handpicked 100% home-grown amazing unique stalls from craft, jewellery, produce & much more. Come grab a bargain & support local.
Family Entertainment Galore
From Glam Prams to Pooch Parades, Reptile Wild Display & fun fav’s like Fling the Thong + Watermelon eating – something for everyone.
12:00pm to 6:00pm
Amazing line-up of world-class musos against a beach backdrop.
From fascinating historic tours of local history: Graves of Emerald Beach Walk to The Elders' Tent & a dramatic sky-dive.
Book a Stall.
The Committee will review your expression of interest and you may then be invited to submit your application. Please note the Emerald Beach Fair Committee will give preference to:
- Products made or grown in Emerald Beach or within the 2456 postcode.
- Products or produce that is made or grown outside 2456 postcode may be considered by the Committee if a local equivalent is not currently available.
Sponsors To Be Announced
Emerald Beach History & Community Spirit
People from The Gumbaynggirr nation have occupied this land for thousands of years, forming one of the largest coastal Aboriginal nations in New South Wales. They are renowned as the ‘sharing people’ because their land was so rich that food and other resources were commonly shared with other nations.
The Garby Elders are a the traditional custodians who belong to the lands and seas from Moonee northward along the coast past Wooli and inland to the east bank of the Orara River. Descendants of the original people still live in this area today. The Elders are entrusted with the task of maintaining and passing on traditional knowledge to future generations
Ganaygal (Emerald Beach) is the Yam-stick Special Place in one of the Gumbaynggirr Yuludarla creation stories of “How the sea was made”.
European settlement commenced in the area around 1850.
Land comprising of 140 acres and what is now known as Emerald Beach was settled in the 1880’s by the Dammerel’s, a local pioneering dairy family.
Solitary Island lighthouse began operation in 1880. After the tragic ship collision in 1886 between the Keilawarra and Helen Nicoll, the Dammerel’s manned a 24 hour signal station to keep direct contact with the lighthouse. The Dammerel family held the position of signal house for many years and helped in the rescue of many sea accidents until 1918 when it was closed with the invention of the wireless radio.
Frederick Fiddaman on the other hand chanced upon Emerald Beach in search of gold, trying his hand at striking it rich on the headland of Diggers Point. Tragically he drowned whilst crossing a creek, subsequently named after him, in 1882.
Emerald Beach is more than a typical Aussie surf village; a vibrant community, thriving businesses, precious natural environment and a vibe that’s unbeatable.
Let’s be honest we’ve all struck it rich by living, working and relaxing in this special place.
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Fair Information & FAQ
Emerald Beach is well established on all forms of GPS and maps.
The Committee has arranged, through kind donation of Seaview Tavern, a Park’N’Ride that will operate approximately every half hour throughout the day and night of the Fair. Its route is a loop between Emerald Beach, Sandy Beach and Woolgoolga. Pickup and drop off at Emerald Beach is at the Bottleshop.
Forest Bus service No.372 will continue to operate as normal with a temporary bus stop also by the Bottleshop.
There is NO dedicated Fair parking.
There is a large car park at Look At Me Now Headland located at the end of Dammerel Crescent, the walk is approximately 10 easy minutes. Parking is unrestricted on residential roads within Emerald Beach however please be respectful to local residents.
Do not block driveways, drive on their front gardens or restrict path use. Please ensure you leave a wide enough gap on EVERY road for emergency vehicles. If possible, plan your travel and use alternatives like carpooling.
Better yet, use the Fair’s Park’N’Ride or local bus service (Forest Bus No.372), which are in service throughout the day and night.
The Fair is an outdoor event.
We will run the Fair in all-weather unless it’s dangerous. On the very rare occasion that we don’t run we will post on our Facebook page @emeraldbeachfair, the local Emerald Beach Families Group and our website emeraldbeachfair.com.au Stall holders will also be notified by email.
Emerald Beach loves dogs!
Please ensure they are on a leash at all times and clean up quickly after them. Be mindful it will be busy with plenty of noise and children running around, if your dog spooks easily, it may be kinder to leave them at home.
Coffs City Council is kindly providing funding for a Lifeguard service for the Fair.
The average water temperature in June is 21.8 degrees, quite pleasant.
Bring your swimmers and remember to always swim between the red and yellow flags.
The Committee will have an Information tent set up by the bus stop opposite Surf Street Cafe.
Please make your children aware of this location should they become lost during the day. Our friendly volunteers will help to reunite families. If you’ve lost something, or indeed found something, please head over and talk to one of our friendly volunteers.
Emerald Beach is fortunate to have some of the best food venues on the Coffs Coast. The food quarter will be serving local food all day and night to cater for your every need, yum!
Drinking water fountains will be provided, please bring your own water bottle.
Some of our local food vendors in the food quarter are licenced for takeaway alcohol. BYO can be obtained from the local bottleshop. Please be respectful and responsible, this is a Family event. Ensure all bottles and cans are disposed of in the provided recycling bins or taken home with you.
The Committee has pledged that no single-use plastic is to be used at the Fair, we would appreciate you considering this whilst enjoying the event.
RSA trained staff and security have the right to refuse you the sale of alcohol. The Fair, and alcohol consumption on the reserve, strictly ends at 9.00pm to abide by Coffs Coast Regional Parks alcohol restrictions – please leave quietly and respectfully through the local residential area.
Remember, RBT means you need a Plan B.
A dedicated First Aid station will be set up at Surf Street Cafe, if you’re unable to make it there due to your injury please make one of the volunteers aware and aid will come to you.
If it is an Emergency call 000.