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Make a splash on your short break

The wet stuff is at the heart of this 4-day itinerary. As well as incredible aquatic views and beaches at every turn, you’ll learn about the deep blue at the Marine Centre, hit the high seas for a game fishing tour, and learn how to catch the perfect wave. Plus there’s incredible food and accommodation at each stop. So get your swimmers on!

The Itinerary

Just drifting by

Embark on a day filled with wondrous water-based experiences. Taste sensations await, along with views of open seas, brilliant beaches and beautiful bays. You’ll get to discover the best of Hardys Bay, Wagstaff, Killcare and Pretty Beach.

Stop 1

The Fat Goose

Enjoy breakfast and a coffee at this relaxed café in the tranquil Hardys Bay. Enjoy their scenic al fresco garden cafe or grab a takeaway for later.

Next stop: 5 mins

Stop 2

Fantasea

Drive to Wagstaffe Wharf to join a Fantasea Palm Beach Ferry. For the ultimate experience, hop on and off as you please between Palm Beach via Ettalong. Purchase tickets in store or on board.

Next stop: 8 mins

Stop 3

Bells at Killcare

Fabulous Italian cuisine is just around the corner. Enjoy al fresco dining overlooking immaculate gardens, 5-course degustation and matched, award winning wines. Sustainable and seasonal menu.

Next stop: 4 mins

Stop 4

Putty Beach

Take a dip in the fresh Tasman Sea, then head off on a bushwalk. The Bouddi Coastal Walk begins at the eastern end and will take you to the spectacular Gerrin Point lookout.

Next stop: 2 mins

Stop 5

Bouddi Gallery

Visit this not-for-profit, Aboriginal-owned art gallery, supporting remote Australian communities. You can too, if you buy a beautiful piece for your home — a memory of your little adventure.

Next stop: 1 min

Stop 6

Hardys Bay

You’ll love this local club set a stone's throw from the water. With live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening, this pokie-free club is great for the whole family.

Next stop: 4 mins

Stop 7

Pretty Beach House

Nirvana awaits you at this coastal retreat. Enjoy wines from the cellar or book a spa
treatment, cooking class or seaplane experience. It’s your own private getaway.

Next stop: Sleep, drift

Gliding through

Every minute of today is filled with amazing sights and little adventures. The region’s coastline couples the finer things in life with some of the very best sightseeing in the region. Take it all in around Avoca, Copacobana and Bouddi.

Stop 1

The Boy & The Rose

Kick off the day with locally roasted coffee and nutritious food. Fuel up with a refreshing acai bowl, filled to the brim with fresh and seasonal fruits.

Next stop: 12 mins

Stop 2

Central Coast Surf Academy

Make your way to Terrigal Beach for a private or group surf class. Programs are a great way to build up water confidence. Founded by ex-World Tour Surfer and local surfing celebrity, Amee Donohoe.

Next stop: 1 min

Stop 3

Avoca Beach Seafoods

Eat delicious thin, crispy battered fish at this beachfront location. Enjoy outside seating or have a picnic on the beach, just five steps away. Picnic rugs available to hire for free.

Next stop: 8 mins

Stop 4

Block ‘n Tackle Brewery

Wash down those delicious salty chips with an ice-cold brew. All Block 'n Tackle beers are lovingly crafted in small batches to ensure freshness.

Next stop: 9 mins

Stop 5

Captain Cook Lookout

At the base of Smoky Cape Lighthouse, you’ll feel the salty breeze as you gaze out over the Tasman Sea and Hat Head National Park.

Next stop: 3 mins

Stop 6

Hugo’s Bar & Bistro

A very special dining experience beside the beautiful Copacabana Beach. Their farm to table concept uses locally and sustainably sourced ingredients that’ll have your mouth watering.

Next stop: 17 mins

Stop 7

Belle Glamping

Your oasis beckons at Little Beach Camping Grounds. Don’t do a thing at this 5 Star place – it’s already set-up with crisp sheets and more. Wake up to hypnotic sounds of crashing waves.

Next stop: Sleep, chill

Marine magic

There's more to Terrigal than you ever imagined. Marine life, relaxed walks and fantastic ocean-inspired restaurants are just some of the things you’ll experience. Take your time and savour every moment.

Stop 1

Island Time Espresso Bar

Lovers of good coffee and the coastal lifestyle, this café in Terrigal Beach will shower you with the good stuff. Healthy, fresh food is transformed into tropical creations with a coastal twist.

Next stop: 2 mins

Stop 2

The Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre

This educational marine centre is a not-for-profit run by volunteers. There are fun activities for kids and information for adults. Pick up something from the gift store to take home.

Next stop: 2 mins

Stop 3

Bellyfish

Lunch, brunch, whatever your fancy. You’ll love this local legend, just across from Terrigal beach. Menus are seasonal and use produce from local farms. Serious coffee by Sydney roasters Single O.

Next stop: 3 mins

Stop 4

Central Coast Reef & Game Fishing Charters

Your reef and game fishing boat departs from Terrigal. Get on deck and learn how to catch sportfish and saltwater species. Licenses are covered so you don’t need to worry about providing one.

Next stop: 2 mins

Stop 5

The Skillion

Stretch your legs with an easy walk. This headland is a great spot to watch the sunset and take in the amazing views over the sandy beaches and tranquil landscape.

Next stop: 1 min

Stop 7

Florida Beach Bar

Enjoy a lazy afternoon with cool vibes and a variety of beers on tap. Choose from an extensive wine list or pick one of their vibrant cocktails. Catch live bands on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Next stop: 3 mins

Stop 8

Terrigal Sails Serviced Apartment

Indulge in this modern 4-star serviced complex. Overlooking the picturesque hinterland with quality bedrooms and studios available. Enjoy pristine beaches and entertainment venues.

Next stop: Sleep, revive

Take a dip

Pristine waters, unforgettable views and succulent seafood are just some of what to expect today. You’ll be blown away by some of the treats on offer as you explore Norah Head, The Entrance and Long Jetty.

Stop 1

The Rockpool

Wake up with a fresh dip before breakfast. The clear waters around Norah Head Lighthouse will prep you for an awesome day ahead. Catch the sunrise while you’re at it.

Next stop: 1 min

Stop 2

The Ark Cafe

This beachside café serves tantalizing food and Campos coffee, opposite a wonderful park and picnic area. If you’d prefer an ocean vista, Soldiers Beach is just down the road.

Next stop: 2 mins

Stop 3

Norah Head Lighthouse

Book a guided tour and climb the 96 stairs to enjoy 360-degree views or stay the night and live like a real-life lighthouse keeper. Tour times are 10am to 1.30pm, 7  days a week. Fees apply.

Next stop: 15 mins

Stop 4

Big Tuna Fish Co.

Head south and feast on delicious fresh seafood or enjoy takeaway at the Picnic Point Reserve and watch the skaters at the Entrance Skate Park. Your next adventure is right next door.

Next stop: 1 min

Stop 5

Pelican Feeding at The Entrance

Arrive early for the famous 3.30pm pelican feeding at Pelican Plaza. Originally begun by a local fish and chip shop over 20 years ago. This tradition keeps the birds full 365 days a year.

Next stop: 4 mins

Stop 6

Hernandos Hideaway

Get your sombrero out for a tipple. This modern Mexican restaurant is located on the Long Jetty. Intimate setting, perfect for a pre-dinner margarita. Ole!

Next stop: 4 mins

Stop 7

The Entrance Lakehouse

Dine with locals in this restored, heritage-listed, guesthouse-turned-restaurant. Expect succulent lamb on the menu with prosecco on tap. Keep an eye on the daily specials board.

Next stop: 15 mins

Stop 8

Central Coast Holiday Parks – Norah Head

There’s nothing else between you and the surf at Central Coast Caravan and Camping Accommodation. Enjoy the sunset before bed as you stroll down one of the two neaby beaches.

Next stop: Sleep, home

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