The Coffs Harbour Butterfly House will be closed for a week from Monday for repairs caused by major hailstorms.
The Coffs Harbour Butterfly House will be closed for a week from Monday for repairs caused by major hailstorms. Rob Wright/Coffs Coast Advocate

Butterfly House to shut for vital repairs to roof

IF YOU saw some exotic butterflies fluttering about the Bonville region about this time last year, they were likely escapees from the Butterfly House.

Two major hailstorms hit the area about one week apart last year, which left holes in the glasshouse and dents in the roof of the main building.

"It was a very scary adventure on the day," recalls owner Ian Bryant, who had to replace some of his stock.

"The glasshouse was repaired within days, but the rest still had dents in it."

It's going to take about a week to remove the roof - which covers the cafe, gift shop and office - and repair it, so the Butterfly House will be closing for a week from Monday until December 2.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Butterfly House first opened in 1995. Ian and Ros Bryant, the current owners, took over in September 2012. It displays 400 species of butterflies all year round, with a focus on up to 17 species. There are at least 12 different species flying around at any given time. The Butterfly House sits on a 1.6ha property, which has many gardens growing butterfly host plants and nectar plants. There is also an outdoor maze on the grounds where visitors hunt for clues to a quiz.