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5 Lands Walk
The 5 Lands Coastal Walkway is a spectacular route tracing along some of the Central Coast's most breathtaking coastline.
An important vision of the annual 5 Lands Walk (a cultural festival held each year in June) was the establishment of a permanent signposted walkway, encompassing as much of the coastline and natural environment as is both physically and culturally safe.
This vision was shared by Gosford City Council and the local community, and after a public consultation process, Council approved the 5 Lands Coastal Walkway Master Plan on 7 February 2012.
In the following months, Captain Cook Lookout at Copacabana has been reconfigured to improve the parking area, install a drinking water tap and build a new lookout with disability access. The Walkway also now has distinctive signage (see images above), all including important information and directions.
Pelican Feeding is one of the Central Coast's most popular tourist attractions. The pelican feeding attracts thousands of families yearly back to The Entrance where they get an entertaining and educated commentary about the pelicans, birds and marine life as well as general information about the area.
The Feeding started over 20 years ago by staff at Clifford’s fish and chip shop, who would feed scraps to the pelicans every day. Jimbo’s Seafood then took over the feeding by this time it was a tradition, and the pelicans would waddle over to Jimbo’s, crossing what was then a road, to demand their fish from staff.
In 1996, The Entrance Town Centre Management built the feeding platform known as Pelican Plaza. They, in conjunction with the many sponsors, have made it possible to feed the pelicans whole fresh fish 365 days a year - making it the spectacle it is today.
One of the main objectives of the pelican feed is to keep an eye on the pelican's medical conditions as many have hooks and lines tangled up in their gullets, wings and other parts of their body. The feed is a chance for the co-ordinator and volunteers to assess their well being.
Make sure you bring your camera! Pelican Feeding operates at 3.30pm daily, 365 days a year come rain, hail or shine. Pelican Feeding is a FREE activity.
The Central Coast is home to some of the most extensive and eclectic market experiences of any region in Australia. As you'll see from the below there is a market on almost every day of the week, servicing almost every region on the Central Coast.
Avoca Beachside Markets
4th Sunday of the month: 9am-2pm
Heazlett Park, Avoca Drive & Vale Street, Avoca Beach
Ph: 0416 097 707
Central Coast Craft Sale
2nd Saturday of the month (excluding January)
Art Studios Gallery – Gosford Regional Gallery, 36 Webb St, East Gosford
Ph: 02 4323 3698
Central Coast Community Market
2nd Saturday of each month (Feb-Dec): 9am-12pm
209 Brisbane Water Drive, Point Clare
Ph: (02) 4323 3566
The Entrance Market
Every Saturday: 9am - 2pm
Memorial Park, The Entrance
Ph: (02) 9999 2226
The Entrance Lions Club Markets
The Entrance Cinema Carpark, off Bayview Ave, The Entrance
Ph: 0481 332 142
Ettalong Beach Markets
Every Sat & Sun: 9am-4pm * N.B. Also runs long weekend Mondays (Easter, June, October)
Ettalong Beach Tourist Resort, 189 Ocean View Road, Ettalong Beach
Ph: (02) 4342 5451
Gosford City Farmers Markets
Every Sunday: 8am-1pm
The Entertainment Grounds, Racecouse Rd Gosford.
Ph: Kevin Eadie 0427 586 079 or Elizabeth Armstrong 0427 630 144
The Market Terrigal
2nd Sunday of the month
Terrigal Scout Hall, Cnr Willoughby Rd & Terrigal Dr Terrigal
Markets At The Fair
2nd Saturday of the Month: 10am - 3pm
The Hive, Erina Fair
Ph: Joanne Giles 0400 552 679 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mangrove District Markets
2nd & 4th Sunday of the month: 8am-3pm
Mangrove Mountain Community Hall, Cnr Wisemans Ferry & Waratah Rd
Ph: 0435 197 827
Mountain Growers Market
Every weekend: 8am-2pm
1109 Peats Ridge Rd, Peats Ridge
Ph: 0400 436 573
Norah Head Open Air Market
1st and 3rd Saturday of the month: 10am - 3pm
End of Victoria St
Ph: (02) 4396 6477
Valley Treasures Market
2nd Saturday of the month: 9am-2pm
Niagara Park Shopping Centre
Shelly Beach Markets
Last Saturday of the month: 9am-2pm
Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College, The Entrance Campus,
Cnr Yakalla St and Central Coast Hwy, Shelly Beach, NSW
Terrigal Beach Markets
First Saturday of the month: 9am-2pm
Ph: Joanne Giles 0400 552 679
Top of the Hill Markets
2nd Saturday of the month: 8am - 1pm
All Saints Church The Entrance
287 The Entrance Road, The Entrance
Every Sunday: 9am-1pm
Coles Carpark, Toukley
Ph: 0416 280 589
Umina Beach Markets
3rd Sunday of the month: 9am-2pm
Peninsula Recreational Precinct Umina Beach
Woy Woy Peninsula Markets
2nd Sunday of the month: 10am-3pm
Anderson Reserve, Cnr Brisbane Water Drive & The Boulevard
Ph: 0416 162 067
Wyong City Farmers Market
1st & 3rd Saturday of the month: 8am-1pm
Wyong Race Club, Howarth Street Wyong
Ph: 0427 630 144