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The water-lover’s perfect little escape

See the best of the Central Coast’s waterways and beaches with this 3-day itinerary. Take a cruise along the incredible Hawkesbury River. Explore a scuttled warship on the seabed. You’ll enjoy incredible water views at every turn and beachfront accommodation every night.

The Itinerary

Float on by

Today is packed full of water-based fun. Duck dive into the day with sumptuous seafood, a boat ride and incredible views. There’s a lot to fall in love with around Brooklyn, Hawkesbury River and Cheero Point. So get going.

Stop 1

King Tide Cafe

Come by car, boat or train. Sit on the expansive deck and enjoy breakfast over the water. Fresh seafood grills and coffee all day. Located right next door to your next exciting experience.

Next stop: 1 min

Stop 2

The Riverboat Postman

How do secluded islands get their mail? Board the Hawkesbury River Mail Boat and find out. 3-hour cruise departs at 10am. Includes percolated coffee and homemade biscuits. Lunch is also served.

Next stop: 1 min

Stop 3

Lifeboat Seafood

We know you’ve already eaten, but who can say no to fresh seafood? Grab some crispy battered fish, juicy prawns and finish with an ice-cold beer or wine. Enjoy the views while you’re at it.

Next stop: 2 mins

Stop 4

McKell Park

With spectacular views of the boats on the River, this is a great place for an afternoon with the kids. It has a large fenced playground, a swimming area, electric BBQ’s and more.

Next stop: 9 mins

Stop 5

Kangaroo Point Lookout

This is the perfect spot to look out over the Hawkesbury, with its brand-new walking paths, sandstone seating walls and bench seats.

Next stop: Dinner is right next door

Stop 6

Estuary Restaurant

Natural light fills this contemporary, restaurant and bar. Enjoy elegant Australian seafood with spectacular waterfront views overlooking the Hawkesbury River. Seasonal, simple and fresh.

Next stop: 8 mins

Stop 7

Above the Hawkesbury Riverview Cottage

Settle into this beautiful waterfront cottage with 180-degree water views down the river. Easy road and water access to the quiet and friendly Cheero Point riverside settlement.

Next stop: Sleep, retire

Take your time

Today’s itinerary is all about moving at your own pace and tasting some truly spectacular seafood. We’ve popped in a whole bunch of fun things for you do and see as you explore Ettalong, Woy Woy and Koolewong. Enjoy!
   

Stop 1

Coast 175

You’ll feel right at home at this local gem. From lemon French toast to salty coast fries, their menu will blow your taste buds. Grab a treat to take with you as you explore the laneway stores.

Next stop: 1 min

Stop 2

Anderson’s Boatshed

Go solo on the scenic waterways of the Coast. Grab a stand-up paddleboard or, if you’re feeling super adventurous, book ahead to hire your very own self-drive boat.

Next stop: 11 mins

Stop 3

Woy Woy Fishermen’s Wharf

Discover this award-winning waterfront restaurant and local fave. Dine in or takeaway, or pick up some sustainably sourced seafood to prepare at home. Serving since 1947.

Next stop: 6 mins

Stop 4

Peninsula Leisure Centre

Spend the afternoon in the water with a dip in the therapy pool and spa. There’s even a café, sauna, steam room and 24-hour fitness centre.

Next stop: 4 mins

Stop 5

Everglades Country Club

Refreshments, a tasty menu, entertainment and social days are just a few ways to relax here. Watch some of the pros tee off in this tranquil setting.

Next stop: 5 mins

Stop 6

Boathouse Bar & Dining

On the shores of Brisbane Water at the new Koolewong Marina. Enjoy 240 degrees of uninterrupted panoramic views of the waterways. Incredible fresh seafood and winelist.

Next stop: 10 mins

Stop 7

Bar Toto

With Australia’s top 100 cocktail craftsman Peter Clarke and international pizza competition medallist Jerry Altavilla, get ready for a great night. Set in the Paradiso complex.

Next stop: 2 mins

Stop 8

Mantra Ettalong Beach

Check-in to this lavish 4-star hotel. Book a studio suite or 3-bedroom penthouse and set your alarm to catch the gorgeous morning sunrise across Ettalong Beach.

Next stop: Sleep, float

Into the deep

A day filled with glorious scenery above and below the water. You’ll savour the region’s finest culinary delights, wine and craft beers as you explore the very best of Killarney Vale, Tumbi Umbi, Bateau Bay and The Entrance.

Stop 1

The Killarney Vale Bakery

Start your day with the best. Providing locals with quality products for over 30 years,
their cake and slice cabinet is always changing. Make sure you pick up something for the day ahead.

Next stop: 2 mins

Stop 2

Pro-Dive Central Coast

Learn to scuba dive with the experts. Explore HMAS Adelaide, the largest warship off the NSW coast. This huge vessel is a purposely-scuttled diver recreation area with artificial reef.

Next stop: 5 mins

Stop 3

The Roasted Berry

Feed your soul with farm-style rustic flavours and local produce. They’re serious about coffee too. Make sure you pick up something delicious to take away for the afternoon.

Next stop: Stay right here

Stop 4

Mingara Recreation Club

Pop next door for an afternoon dip. Home of the leading swimming and fitness facility in the region, including 3 pools and Babies Aqua Play. Try their Aqua Fitness class for a change of pace.

Next stop: 13 mins

Stop 5

Crackneck Point

This is the local hotspot where whale watchers and surfers come in droves. A fantastic place for a photo opportunity or picnic at any time of year. Look up and spot a hang glider in the sky.

Next stop: 11 mins

Stop 6

Ocean Restaurant

Everyone’s favourite seafood restaurant has an award to prove it. Enjoy seaside dining and attention to detail. Spot whales or dolphins as you dine under the moonlight.

Next stop: 4 mins

Stop 7

Ciao Gelato Bar

Cool down with a classic gelato or Italian ice cream at the Central Coast’s premium gelateria. Scooping up incredible combinations you wouldn’t normally imagine. You’ll be back for more.

Next stop: 8 mins

Stop 8

Central Coast Holiday Parks – Toowoon Bay

The perfect family getaway. Toowoon Bay has a great mix of sand, surf and shade close to The Entrance. It’s got everything you need, with the added bonus of being pet friendly.

Next stop: Sleep, rest

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