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A quick getaway full of family fun

You’ll have so much fun with this 3-day itinerary, it’ll feel like you were away for a week. With a trip to a wildlife sanctuary, pedal boating on a lake, laser tag, wall climbing and more, everyone will be kept entertained. You’ll even experience The Entrance’s famous Pelican Feed, which has to be seen to be believed. And in between the fun, you can fuel up on some amazing food along the way.

The Itinerary

Surf, sun and chill

The kids won’t have time to get bored today. From scrummy food and intoxicating views, to exhilarating water-sport activities, you’ll enjoy a whirlwind tour of the family- fun Terrigal and Avoca have to offer. Memories they’ll keep forever.

Stop 1

The Cheeky 3

Start the day by filling your bellies with pancakes, eggs or a healthy smoothie bowl. Sit inside or out, choose from an abundance of wholesome food and delicious coffee. A relaxed, friendly vibe.

Next stop: 3 mins

Stop 2

Central Coast Surf Academy

Pack your togs and head to Terrigal Beach to learn how to surf. Founded by ex-World Tour Surfer Amee Donohoe, classes are designed to help build water confidence and beach awareness.

Next stop: 2 mins

Stop 3

Terrigal Fish & Chip Co.

Worked up an appetite? Head to Terrigal for award-winning fish and chips. Delivering light, crispy batter with gluten free options and yummy sides. Pack the blanket for a picnic by the beach.

Next stop: 12 mins

Stop 4

Aquafun Avoca Lake

Burn off those delicious chips with a little water adventure. Hire pedal boats, kayaks or stand-up paddleboards. Not a pro? Book a lesson in stand-up paddling or a guided kayak eco-tour.

Next stop: 1 min

Stop 5

Avoca Beach Playground

Time to chill. Head to the playground for an afternoon kip under a tree. A fully fenced toddler play area will keep them safe while you take a breather and take in the view.

Next stop: 3 mins

Stop 6

Sunset Bistro at Avoca SLSC

Dinner is sorted with la carte and yummy kids’ menus at this beachside balcony & bar. The bistro raises funds for Avoca Beach SLSC, so take advantage of the awesome Movie and Dinner deal.

Next stop: 1 mins

Stop 7

Avoca Beach Picture Theatre

Entertain the family at the local community theatre. Family run and owned for four generations since 1948. Check the local paper for information on their movie programme and live events.

Next stop: 5 mins

Stop 8

Avoca Beach Hotel & Resort

Keeping everyone entertained is easy at this resort. Set on 15 acres of bushland and gardens, facilities include: two pools, tennis court, BBQ areas, bistro and live entertainment.

Next stop: Sleep, revive

Inside, outside

Get ready for a day of serious action that will both enthral and exhaust the kids. You’ll get up close and personal with the local wildlife, go up against each other in a laser tag game, and even scale a climbing wall. In between, you’ll enjoy great eateries, sightseeing and family fun around Gosford, Calga and Kariong.

Stop 1

Oomph

This warehouse-style café serves delicious coffee and brunch using organic, local produce. Kids will love the fresh pastries and ricotta hot cakes. Grab treats for the day ahead.

Next stop: 20 mins

Stop 2

Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park

Get ready for an unforgettable experience at the only NSW wildlife sanctuary with free-roaming Australian animals and Aboriginal rock art sites. Open every day. Pre- book online for 10% off.

Next stop: 9 mins

Stop 3

Waterfall Cafe

Nestled over cascading ponds of the Mount Penang Parklands, the perfect setting for morning tea. Sit at the balcony overlooking the pristine waterways then stroll through the lovely gardens.

Next stop: 9 mins

Stop 4

Monkey Mania

Craving more fun? Head to Central Coast Leagues Club. This 3-level venue will keep the kids entertained for hours.

Next stop: Stay right where you are

Stop 5

Laser Tag Mania

Time to get competitive with a laser tag session. This state of the art game offers casual play that the whole family will love — from adults to primary school kids and tweens.

Next stop: Stay right where you are

Stop 6

Central Coast Leagues Club

The first registered club on the Coast. This place prides itself on being a one-stop-shop for all ages, especially young families, with its amazing range of dining options.

Next stop: Stay right where you are

Stop 7

Clip N Climb

They’ll sleep better after a good climb, and so will you. This fully supervised climbing centre, with 28 themed climbing walls, is a great place for one last activity before bed.

Next stop: 11 mins

Stop 8

Ibis Budget Gosford

Your bed at this premium budget hotel will look so inviting. Recently upgraded and restyled, you and the kids can kick back with a new Smart TV and free high-speed Wi-Fi.

Next stop: Sleep, recover

Unlimited family fun

Today will be a day to remember for all the family. There’s incredible food to enjoy, spectacular views to take in, and activities you’ll all enjoy. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to discover Long Jetty, Bateau Bay, The Entrance and Shelly Beach.

Stop 1

Glass Onion Society

Start your day at this espresso bar, famous for their unique coffee blend and delish food with vegan options. Check out the Gallery Space then take a walk on the long jetty.

Next stop: 4 mins

Stop 2

Bato Yard Skate Park

Hit the bowl or dust off your basketball skills as you watch the pros at one of Australia’s top skate parks. On the last Saturday of each month, you can head next door to Shelly Beach markets.

Next stop: 1 min

Stop 3

Carls Junior

Grab some American style burgers and classic diner shakes with hand-scooped ice- cream for your picnic at Saltwater Park. This is the first Carls Junior to open in Australia.

Next stop: 7 mins

Stop 4

Lakeside Shopping Centre

Stop by Lakeside Shopping Centre in The Entrance for a spot of shopping. Plenty of parking and a range of shops, a medical centre, bank and more. Pick up afternoon tea and coffee while here.

Next stop: 3 mins

Stop 5

Vera’s Water Garden

Make your way to the foreshore next to Memorial Park at The Entrance. Kids can splash around while you kick back with your takeaway coffee under the shaded seating. There’s also free Wi-Fi.

Next stop: 1 mins

Stop 6

Pelican Feeding

The Entrance’s famous Pelican Feed began 20 years ago. Today, staff at Jimbo’s Seafood continue the tradition, feeding the day’s scraps to the pelicans on the waterfront at 3.30pm daily.

Next stop: 11 mins

Stop 7

The Balcony Restaurant & Bar

Head to Shelly Beach Surf Club for another local fave. Opened on Boxing Day, 1946, you can sit on the terrace and watch the sunset as you dine. Delish platters and nipper’s menu available.

Next stop: 3 mins

Stop 8

The Angry Pigeon Pizzeria

Before the night’s over, head to The Angry Pigeon Pizzeria for some well-deserved dessert. Serving up bucket loads of tasty, homemade gelato, choosing which flavour will be tough.

Next stop: 4 mins

Stop 9

Shelly Beach Holiday Park

Enjoy your own piece of paradise right near the beach. This resort has an exciting new water park and swimming pool, with a fun beach theme including surfboards and beach balls.

Next stop: Sleep, recoup

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