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The beans have been spilled, the cat’s out of the bag and the veil can now be lifted on the ‘52 Local Secrets’ of the Central Coast!

Tourism Central Coast, in conjunction local radio station Star 104.5 FM, recently ran a campaign to encourage locals (past, present and future) to divulge the experiences they brag about the most to visitors, that are found here right in the backyard they call the Central Coast.

Central Coast Tourism is delighted to present, on behalf of all ‘Coasties’ (and in no particular order), the 52 Local Secrets of the Central Coast:

Click here to download the 52 Local Secrets as a quick two-page checklist - take it with you and tick them off as you go!

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1. Hardy's Bay
Meeting friends and enjoying a catch up while sitting under the shade of the iconic Yum Yum trees.
Location: Hardy’s Bay

2. Crackneck Point
Sharing rug space with friends or family nibbling on cheese and crackers while watching the last of the sunlight slowly disappear from another beautiful day or catching the sight of a whale during the migration seasons.
Location: Wyrrabalong National Park, Bateau Bay
Photo Credit: NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service

3. Norah Head Lighthouse
Witnessing the spectacular sunrise of a new day dawning on the grounds of the lighthouse.
Location: Bush Street, Norah Head

4. Patonga Public Wharf
Sitting on the wharf absorbing the serenity before the ruckus sets in of the kid’s first catch of the day.
Location: Patonga

5. The Skillion
Enjoying the short walk to the top of the local landmark to take in the 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean. Kids of all ages love the exhilaration of rolling down the grassy slope afterwards!
Location: Terrigal Haven

6. Somersby Falls
Listening to the tranquil sounds of water tumbling over the rock formation while setting up a camera to capture this natural beauty.
Location: Brisbane Water National Park, Somersby

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7. 5 Lands Coastal Walkway
Getting out and enjoying the fresh coastal air on the spectacular coastline hugging trail. 
Length: Approx 9 km one-way; Start: MacMasters Beach; End: Terrigal (or vv)
Photo Credit: www.5landswalk.com.au

8. Bouddi Coastal Walk
The alluring beauty of the glistening coastline draws walkers along the track time and time again.
Length: Approx 8 km one-way; Start: Putty Beach; End: Little Beach (or vv)
Location:  Bouddi National Park

9. Kincumba Mt Reserve
Stopping for a breath and to take in the elevated valley and ocean views while traversing the meandering network of walking trails.
Length: Various; Location: Kincumber
Photo Credit: Gosford City Council

10. Patonga to Pearl Beach
Experiencing a piece of history as you walk a small section of the Great North Walk through the Brisbane Waters National Park with wildflowers ablaze in springtime.
Length: Approx 4.5 km; Start: Patonga; End: Pearl Beach (or vv)

11. Pearl Beach Rock Pool & rock walk
Taking a refreshing dip in the rock pool followed by an ambling walk along the rocks in search of shells and sea creatures.
Length: Short; Location: Pearl Beach
Photo Credit: Gosford City Council

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12. Tour de Brisbane Water - Gosford to Woy Woy
The family friendly, practically level pathway, is worth the energy for a walk or ride.
Start: Waterfront, Gosford; End: Fishermans Wharf Woy Woy
Photo Credit: Gosford City Council

13. Kincumber to Davistown
Enjoying a reenergising walk or ride around the new Kincumber to Davistown shared pathway after uncovering local historical facts at Illoura Reserve.
Length: Approx 5 km; Start: Illoura Reserve, Kincumber; End: Davistown
Photo Credit: Gosford City Council

14.  Ourimbah State Forest
Enjoying the thrills and spills hitting the off road trails through the forest on a mountain bike.
Location: Yarramalong Valley

15. Tuggerah Lake - Chittaway Point to The Entrance
Enjoy a brisk early morning leisurely ride around the lake in the crisp morning air.
Start: Chittaway Point; End: The Entrance

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16. Avoca Beachside Markets
Soaking up the sunshine, creative vibes, friendly smiles and tasty treats found at the colourful markets on a lazy Sunday.
When: 4th Sunday of the month; Location: Avoca Beach
Photo Credit: Brad Cardis

17. Ettalong Beach Markets
Enjoying the thrill of finding a bargain or two in the coast’s largest undercover markets.
When: Every weekend; Location: Ocean View Road, Ettalong Beach

18. Wyong City Farmers Market (nee The Entrance Farmers Markets)
Gathering from the markets fresh, local seasonal produce to take home to make my next ‘masterchef’ quality dish.
When: 1st & 3rd Saturday of the Month; Location: Wyong Racecourse
Photo Credit: The Entrance Town Centre Management

Culture

19. 5 Lands Art Studios Trail  (Previously known as 5 Lands Art Trail)
Engaging local artists in a chinwag at their studio to discover their inspiration.
When: Set weekends throughout the year; Location: Various

20. Avoca Beach Picture Theatre
Love the retro ambience and variety of films showcased at our very own historic movie theatre.
Location: Avoca Beach

21. Cinema Paradiso
Discovering the architecture and sculptures reminiscent of Italy before taking a seat in the cinema for the next screening.
Location: Ettalong Beach

22. Gosford Regional Art Gallery & Edogawa Commemorative Gardens
Feeding the fish in the Japanese garden followed by soaking up the artwork of the latest exhibition but always making time to eat some cake!
Location: East Gosford
Photo Credit: Johana Bodewes

23. Ken Duncan Gallery & Sanctuary Cafe
Taking refuge from daily life to admire inspirational photography of the Central Coast and beyond.
Location: Erina Heights

24. Laycock Street Theatre
Sitting in the intimate theatre waiting in anticipation for the curtain to rise on the next enthralling performance - local amateur or touring professional - you just can’t go wrong.
Location: North Gosford
Photo Credit: Gosford City Council

25. Lizottes Live n' Cookin (Closed April 2015)
Alternative Local Secret - check out upcoming or well known musician/s, up-close and personal, at a range of venues on the Central Coast.
Check Out Gig Guide for information on live performances on the Central Coast.

Attractions

26. Amazement, Yarramalong
Listening to the melodious laughter of children as they make their way round the maze.
Location: Yarramalong Valley
Photo Credit: Sue Trescott

27. Australian Reptile Park
Watching the kids faces light up as they walk alongside the giant Galapagos tortoise, Hugo, during his daily walk.
Location: Somersby
Photo Credit: Erika Smart

28. Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park
Stumbling on the ancient aboriginal sandstone carvings as you explore the grounds of the wildlife park.
Location: Calga
Photo Credit: Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park

29. Mt Penang Gardens
Admiring the seasonal beauty of Australia’s native flora during a meandering wander through the gardens.
Location: Mt Penang Parklands, Kariong
Photo Credit: Max Smart

30. Pelican Feeding, The Entrance
Watching the natural comical frenzy of the daily pelican feeding at The Entrance.
When: Daily, 3.30 pm; Location: Memorial Park, The Entrance
Photo Credit: Max Smart

Activities

31. Aqua Fun
Splashing about on a paddle boat as you navigate your way around the lake.
Location: Avoca Beach

32. Central Coast Stadium
Watching and admiring world class talent take the field at Australia’s most picturesque stadium.
Location: Gosford
Photo Credit: Central Coast Stadium

33. Central Coast Ferries
Trading the car in to explore the scenic waterways on the local ferry service.
Location: Woy Woy Wharf

34. Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures
Cantering on a horse through the gorgeous valley with sounds of thundering hooves, rush of wind passing your ears and bell birds chiming in the distance.
Location: Glenworth Valley
Photo Credit: Zoe Kanellopoulos

35. Norah Head Lighthouse
Uncovering the nautical history of the NSW’s last manned lighthouse while admiring the tower top ocean views.
Location: Bush Road, Norah Head

36. Palm Beach to Ettalong Ferry Ride
Enjoying the ferry ride on one of the most scenic waterways in the world.
Location: Ettalong Beach

37. Rhythm Hut
Allowing the rhythm to consume your body as you tap along to the culturally diverse beats.
Location: Gosford
Photo Credit: Luke Fabila

38. Treetops
Enjoy the thrill of launching off a platform to fly through the air on one of the flying fox experiences.
Location: Ourimbah State Forest, Wyong Creek
Photo Credit: Frances Jones

Indulgence

39. Bamboo Buddha
Devouring the aptly name vegetarian Buddha Burger in the tranquil garden setting.
Location:  Holgate
Photo Credit: Laurie Marinoni

40. Bells at Killcare Restaurant (Manfredi at Bells)
Indulging in the signature dish at the coast’s only hatted restaurant – locally raised roasted duck breast with aged balsamic vinegar.
Location: Killcare

41. Fisherman's Wharf
Savouring long lazy lunch with great view, great seafood and a great selection of boutique beers!
Location: Woy Woy
Photo Credit: Jodi Lawson

42. Gnostic Organics
Enjoying a visit to pick up fresh organic produce and a chat with the friendly, helpful staff.
Location: Woy Woy
Photo Credit: Birgit Stech

43. Kincumber Hotel
Anyone up for a good pub burger?  Drop on a Sunday afternoon and you will also enjoy some lively music.
Location: Kincumber

44. Little Creek Cheese Factory
Scoffing a cheese platter on the banks of the river hoping to catch a glimpse of a platypus.
Location: Wyong
Photo Credit: Little Creek Cheese

45. Point Cafe
Just try to resist the aromas flowing out of the cafe as you pass by, if that doesn’t get you in, the ocean views from the tables surely will.
Location: Avoca Beach

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The last seven positions on the list are spectacular locations complete with sparkling water views where you can enjoy a picnic or devour a serve or two of local fish and chips:

46. Avoca Beach

47. Gosford Waterfront
Photo Credit: Tim Costello

48. Hardy's Bay
Photo Credit: Yvonne McCall

49. Patonga Beach

50. Terrigal Haven
Photo Credit: Gosford City Council

51. The Entrance
Photo Credit: Tourism Central Coast

52. Woy Woy
Photo Credit: Tim Costello


This promotion has been made possible with the support of
Star 104.5 FM

and the following companies:
(Click on the logos to read more about each of these great home grown experiences)

Crowne_Plaza_Terrigal GlenworthValley_OD Skydive the Central Coast Lizottes_Logo Hidden Valley

Mingara Recreation Club Treetop Adventure Park All Sorts Fitness and Wellbeing Wyong Amazement Ocean Beach NRMA Holiday Park

Australian Reptile Park Segway Central Coast L'anxaneta Cafe & Tapas Bar Country Comfort Terrigal aquafun Karinyas Restaurant

Caesarslogo AWWP_logo_with_name_Austral Ettalong Beach Tourist ResortCentral Coast Surf School

Cinema Paradiso, Ettalong Beach Tourist Resort Beef & Barramundi Bar & Grill, Ettalong Beach Tourist Resort


NOTE:

  • Appropriate licences are required for activities such as fishing and boating. Please always enquire before commencing such activity. 
  • National Park entry fees may apply. Always obey entry signage.
  • The numbering of the above list is in no particular order.

Disclaimer: Tourism Central Coast is not responsible for the quality of services available from businesses, locations and activities shown on this page. All listings on this page appear as voted by the public through the 52 Local Secrets promotion from 13/6/2012 to 11/7/2012. Tourism Central Coast has made every effort to provide accurate information, however we cannot guarantee the ongoing accuracy of the information, services or quality of listed businesses, locations or activities.