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48 Hours in Terrigal – a locals guide

Uncategorized 21/03/2018

The Central Coast has so much to offer that hoards of Sydneysiders travel up for long weekends in the summer, any chance they can get!  Terrigal is a crowd favourite, proving popular with tourists for its local charm, gorgeous views, and boutique shops. Terrigal seems small, but it extends far beyond the esplanade! Follow our guide to 48 hours in Terrigal to make sure you don’t miss anything on your next trip!

DAY 1

7am: Start your morning with an early beach walk. Many locals walk along the beach from Terrigal to Wamberal and back before starting their days. You will also see some keen swimmers tackling the sea in the early morning. What a refreshing way to start the day!

9.30am: Yoga class at The Yoga Collective, Terrigal. This yoga studio is catered to anyone from beginners to advanced, you will be graciously welcomed at this studio. Located just behind Terrigal Medical Centre, this yoga studio will offer you a relaxed and centered start to your busy day.

11.30am: Paddle Board the Lagoon. Terrigal has stand up paddle boards available for rent and the lagoon is the perfect, flat surface to have a go! If you’re really good, you’ll make it under the bridge and around the back of all of Terrigal’s finest mansions. What a view!

1pm: Worked up an appetite? Head to the esplanade! There’s so many options at many prices to fill your belly. A personal favourite is the fresh home made and plant based menu from Kemü Cafe. Baked sweet potato chips, nachos, salads and nugget/falafel plates are some of their specialties with home brewed kombucha.

3pm: Time to head to The Haven. This is the perfect time to watch scuba divers head out from the Haven beach, have a walk along the rocks and even have a chance at seeing some whales during migration season! The dog park at the back of the Haven is a great place to sit and people watch (or dog watch) and get to know some of the friendly locals.

6pm: Hike the Skillion for Sunset. Once of the most breathtaking views you will find on the coast is on the top of the Skillion at sunset. You will pass many gym and fitness junkies doing their hill sprints up the grassy cliff, so this is not for the faint of heart, but the view is well worth it! There are seats along the way for rest.

8pm: Florida beach bar. This is a great place for a parmy, a dance or some local trivia. Take this time to unwind with a glass of wine or a schooner after an action packed day! Time for bed to tackle tomorrow!

DAY 2

9.30am: You deserved a lie in today after yesterdays activities! Start the day at the beach early before it gets too hot, sun bathing and people watching. Watch the children at their nippers activities and the surfers out in the distance. Relax with your favourite book or perhaps have a nap on the beach. Don’t forget to slip slop slap!

11.30am: Brunch time! Terrigal is booming with cafe’s and brunch spots, so you can take your pick! Our personal favourite is Bella cafe, order the açai bowl and a pot of tea – you will not be disappointed!

1pm: Treat yourself to a massage from Endota Spa in the Crowne Plaza. The wonderful therapists there will treat you like royalty and work out all those kinks from your Skillion hike yesterday. Take some time afterwards in the sauna and pool to really feel rejuvenated. Also, a cocktail by the pool never hurt anyone!

3pm: Club Terrigal Bowling club. Ease yourself out of your relaxing massage at Club Terrigal with some barefoot bowls. Best enjoyed with friends, Club Terrigal Barefoot bowls is the perfect way to chill out and spend an afternoon with good company.

6pm: Dinner at The Balcony. What a fantastic venue this is. Great staff, fresh seafood and wonderful wine. We recommend the taco’s or the risotto if you’re spoiled for choice. Finish off dinner with an ice cream from cold rock, smashing in some of your favourite treats before a relaxed stroll down the beach for sunset.

Now the weekend is over – time to pack up and head home! After 48 hours in Terrigal you should feel relaxed, rejuvenated, fit, sun kissed, and well fed. We hope you loved this guide and take some ideas for your own Terrigal holiday or weekend. Let us know in the comments what your favourite things are to do in this lovely little town, we look forward to hearing from you!

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Secret beaches of The Central Coast

Uncategorized 17/02/2018

Let’s face it, the beautiful beaches of The Central Coast are what makes it the perfect holiday destination, and an even better place to live. The beaches attract hoards of sun bathers, playing children, boogy boarders and surfers each day. Although these beaches are what makes our home, home – sometimes weaving your way through families, giggling teens and crying babies isn’t how we want to spend our sunny Sundays. Never fear, we are here to solve your problem! Here is a list of the best secret beaches on the Central Coast (because we all love a bit of alone time every now and then).

Tuggerah Beach

Tuggerah beach? I know what you’re thinking..no, this is not a pop-up sand castle playground at the Westfields. Who knew that Tuggerah had its very own beach?! Although its coast stretches up to 6km, this little gem remains hidden thanks to the main entrance point being through the Pullman Resort. There is a gorgeous wooden walkway path leading to the beach which is surrounded by greenery until the end, over the dunes, the wonderful empty beach resides.

Lobster Beach

Lobster Beach can be found hidden behind the Bouddi bushland which overlooks Pretty Beach & Wagstaffe. Accessible only by  stairs which cascade down through the greenery, Lobster Beach is definitely somewhere only the long term locals know about!  A calm sea with no waves and gorgeous rock formations make this the perfect place to go snorkelling, have a relaxed picnic or to do some line fishing. It’s the perfect place for bird watching also so don’t forget the binoculars!

Tallow Beach

Another beauty nestled through Bouddi National Park, behind Box Head. This beach is found down hill an off-road sand path, so keep this in mind with the capabilities of your vehicle. Walking is about 1.2km’s however walking back up hill could be a challenge! There is a campsite which accommodates about 6 tents so you are bound to find some peace and quiet amongst nature. There’s plenty of bush walking tracks around as well to keep you occupied if the stunning scenery and empty beach isn’t enough!

Pelican ‘Pelos’ Beach

Pelican Beach or as known by the locals ‘Pelos’ Beach, is nestled in the bush of Wyrrabalong National Park. This gem is well known for its whale watching – so be sure to bring your binoculars if visiting in season! The beach is easy to access and a bushwalking/off road trail is not on the agenda here. It’s a short walk from the car park on Pelican Beach Road yet somehow seems to escape the crowds which flock to the neighbouring The Entrance beach and Soldiers beach. You can safely bet on having most of this beach to yourself during the busier summer months.

Ghosties Beach

I’ve definitely saved the best fo last here. Ghosties beach is perfect for exploring and is tucked behind Moonee’s beach. There are caves for wandering and shallow turquoise waters for playing and crab-spotting. This one is by Lake Munmorah reserve, and the cave is a bit of a mission to get to, but anyone who has been will tell you it’s definitely worth it. Once you’re there, set up a picnic in the cave (save yourself bringing a beach umbrella), and marvel at the natural beauty which surrounds you. The cave is safe during low and high tide but please be cautious as it is not patrolled.

So there you have it! 5 of the coasts hidden gems for you to explore when you want to escape the bustle and welcome the calm. Is there a favourite of yours which we missed? Have you ever been to any of our picks? Let us know in the comments!

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Top 5 Central Coast pub meals under $20

Uncategorized 12/02/2018

Top 5 Central Coast pub meals under $20

Elanora Hotel – East Gosford

The Elanora is quickly become well known for their adventures our twists on pub classics. Perfect for a weekend meal with the family, they have outdoor and indoor seating. The Elly has been awarded 3 schooners (top rating) by the Sydney Morning Heralds ‘Good Pub Food guide’ which proves its excellence! Follow their facebook page for their weekly specials including ‘Burger of the week’. Majority of their menu is under $20 – Winner!

Try our menu picks: “The Foghorn Leghorn ($20), Potato skins ($10) and the Fettucine Al Funghi ($22)”

Breakers County Club – Wamberal

Breakers is the perfect place for a get together with family or friends! They have a courtesy bus service, and function rooms for hire. There is lawn bowls which the whole family can enjoy on a sunny Sunday afternoon after a meal. Thursdays is 2-4-1 Steak night and kids eat free on Wednesdays from 5.30pm! There are $9.90 specials from the Skillion brasserie menu making Breakers an affordable option for larger families!

Our picks: “Chefs Signature ‘King Prawn Risotto’ ($19), Ribeye steak Sandwich ($16.50) and the Chicken schnitzel Parmy ($18.50)

Terrigal Hotel

A long time family favourite, the Terrigal Hotel. Opposite the lagoon and a short walk from the esplanade makes Terrigal Hotel a great pick for a feed. They have affordable weekly specials, $15 Chicken Schnitzel Thursdays, $15 Rump Mondays and a $15 Wednesday Curry special. The playground is a short walk away where the kids can burn off some energy afterwards, the perfect remedy before nap time!

Our picks: “Beef burger ($18), Ale Battered fish & chips ($19) and the Soft shell fish taco’s ($16)”

Bateau Bay hotel

Bateau Bay Hotel has outdoor and indoor seating, equipped with a children’s playground and live music on Sunday afternoons in the beer garden. There is an extensive cocktail list and a bistro which caters to all – making Bateau Bay hotel the perfect spot for Sunday lunch! Their menu has loads of variety and choice, and $15 lunch specials!

Our picks: “Crumbed Calamari ($15), Scotch Fillet burger ($19.50) and the Honey Mustard Prawn Fettuccini ($23)”

Avoca Beach Bowling Club

Avoca Beach Bowling Club has a great variety of food, ranging from western burgers, to steaks, to burgers to Malaysian cuisine! Mondays have 2-4-1 meals and Sundays, kids eat free. There is live entertainment all weekend long, as well as weekly raffles, bingo and trivia. There is also lawn bowls, group poker and darts! You will never be bored at Avoca Bowlo – there’s something for everyone.

Our picks: “Kampung Chicken clay pot ($20), Salt & Pepper Silken Tofu ($18) and Grilled barramundi ($22)

There you have it! Our Top 5 Central Coast Pub meals for (almost) under $20! If you have any favourites we have missed or anything you’d like to recommend, let us know in the comments, we’d love to hear from you.

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10 Central Coast Weekend or Holiday activities for kids

Uncategorized 24/01/2018

Taking the kids or grandkids out for the school holidays and weekends is lots of fun, but can prove a challenge with finding new and exciting things to do each time to keep them entertained. Here below is a list of our top 10 things to do with kids over the school holidays, in order from the cheapest to most costly. Next time you find yourself stumped on where to take the kids, keep this list handy and your problem will be solved!

Pelican feeding – THE ENTRANCE

Cost: FREE!

Pelican feeding takes place daily at The Entrance foreshore at 3.30pm, which makes it a great time to wander down after lunch on the beach! Grab the kids an ice cream and watch them take the playgrounds by storm before seeing these huge pelicans swoop into shore for their daily feed.

Vera’s water garden – THE ENTRANCE

Cost: FREE!

This free activity proves very popular with young and old! Kids running, playing in splashing in the free waterpark is a great way to tire them out and get them active and playing in the sun. The statues are colourful and vibrant and spurt fountains of water making it the perfect replacement for running through the backyard sprinklers on a hot day.

Avoca beachside markets – AVOCA

Cost: FREE!

Avoca beachside markets is a great day out for the whole family. There is a showcase of local talent on stage, as well as some children craft workshops. It is totally free and is a great way to get immersed in the community. There are food vans to grab a bite and over 120 stalls to see! This market is only on once a month so be sure to check your dates before going.

Fur & Feathers rescue farm – MANDALONG

Cost: $10 per person (family packages available)

Fur & Feathers rescue farm is a fantastic activity for the school holidays. This place is not your regular petting zoo! All the animals at this park have been rescued, and are up for adoption which proves it is a great ethical local business and they really focus on the welfare of the animals here. There is a tractor ride, a tour and a reptile show included in the price as well as pony rides & feeding. Their shining facebook reviews say it all!

Flipout Indoor Trampolines – GOSFORD

Cost: time dependant – starting from $10

Flipout is a fantastic day out for the kids! This indoor trampoline area has a main area, two foam pits, a wall runner, an under 10’s area, dodgeball, ‘after dark’ flipout, and a little ninja program. Take the kids here, let them run wild while you have a coffee at the cafe on the mezzanine level and watch them bounce their little hearts out!

Aquasplash Inflatable Water park – Gosford Waterfront

Cost: (5-9yrs)$15

           (10+yrs) $20

All children must be accompanied by a paying adult.

Aquasplash is one of two inflatable water parks in Australia, with the other located on the Gold Coast! This gem of a place is open 7 days a week from 9-7pm. The price includes an hour on the course (can also purchase a 2hr pass), life jackets & induction training. Grab yourself a fish & chips from Monty’s across the road and watch the kids splash about!

Clip ’n’ Climb – GOSFORD LEAGUES CLUB

Cost: $18 (over 6yrs)

Clip ’n’ Climb is located in the Central Coast Leagues Club in Gosford and is a fantastic option for kids parties or school holiday activities. Clip ’n’ Climb has multiple climbing courses in varying degrees of difficulty, making it a great activity for kids of different ages and abilities. It’s a great activity for adults to get involved in too!

Australian Reptile Park –  SOMERSBY

Cost: (3-15yrs) $19

          (Adults) $37

Concessions and family passes available.

Visit Ploddy the dinosaur’s home and learn about reptiles and Australian wildlife! You can buy some feed and spend some time making friends with the free roaming kangaroos, which is a fantastic hands-on experience. Here you can spot koala’s and their babies nestled in the trees, or go into the owl cave and marvel at the nocturnal creatures! There are daily shows including funnel-web spider milking, Galapagos tortoise feeding, Dingo walks, Reptile shows, alligator, python and koala photos, Tortoise walks, Koala feeding, Crocodile feeding – the list goes on! Marvel at the the wonder of these creatures, grab some lunch, learn a few things and you have got yourself a fantastic day out!

Treetops adventure park – OURIMBAH STATE FOREST

Cost: (3-9yrs) $28

          (10-17yrs) $38

Concessions and family passes available for discounted rates.

Zip through the gumtrees in Ourimbah state forest and experience the wildlife like never before! Get up close and personal with nature as you navigate over 100 elevated obstacle courses and zip lines. There is something here for everyone! The sessions run for two hours and include a guide. If you have a fear of heights – you can spectate nearby and watch the kids have the time of their lives! Adult prices available also if you want the entire family involved!

Glenworth Valley outdoor Adventures – GLENWORTH VALLEY

Cost: Varies by activity

This place would be perfect for a day trip or a weekend getaway! With accommodation on site, it would be a perfect mini holiday for a family visiting from Sydney. Glenworth Valley has many activities ranging from Horse riding, tennis, quad-biking, archery, abseiling, kayaking, laser skirmish, and even camping!! It is a ideal location for weddings and events also, with restaurants and wine bars on site, its the perfect getaway for adults while the kids have a blast as well.

Let us know your favourite school holiday activities to take the kids! We’d love to hear your experiences. If you’ve been to any of these places let us know in the comments if your kids/grandkids had a fantastic time!

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Top 3 Central Coast Weekend Markets

Uncategorized 19/01/2018

The Central Coast really does have something for everyone. It shines with lovely beaches and restaurants, nightlife and nature. Local weekend markets are becoming more and more popular with people of all ages – and I’m sure we all have a favourite! Here below are our picks for Top 3 Weekend Markets on the Central Coast. Continue reading …

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