Your great family escape

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Your great family escape

Juggling work, kids and home life can make finding time to plan a well-deserved break challenging. That’s why we’ve carefully designed the ideal 7-day getaway along the Central Coast. This family break promises a week full of fun that the whole family will love, with special little treats for parents to enjoy along the way. So, sit back and lose yourself in the magical little adventure that awaits you.

The Itinerary

Family action

Ready to escape the daily grind for some quality time with the family? Then today’s activity-packed adventure will keep everyone entertained. With plenty of delicious places to eat and enough time to relax in between, you’ll love everything that Ettalong, Patonga, Pearl Beach and Umina has to offer.

Stop 1

Lords of Pour

Start the day right with an exceptional morning brew. Little ones will love their delicious smoothies or cold-pressed juices. A relaxed café, focussed on seasonal and homemade food.

Next stop: 10 mins

Stop 2

Central Coast Ferries

After breakfast, head to Woy Woy Wharf and jump on the Central Coast Ferry. Your family will love their little adventure across Brisbane Waters, where you can hop-on and off when you like.

Next stop: 8 mins

Stop 3

Ettalong Diggers

Lunch is close by at Tallow Beach Terrace or Riley's Brassiere. You'll enjoy beautiful, sweeping views over Broken Bay and Lion Island while the kids play at Starfish Kids Play Zone.

Next stop: 9 mins

Stop 4

Mount Ettalong Lookout

Take a short walk and enjoy spectacular views over Umina Beach, Brisbane Water, Bouddi National Park and Pearl Beach across the ocean. Get the kids to spot native wildlife.

Next stop: 4 mins


Photo Credit: Nick Rain, Destination NSW
 

 

Stop 5

Central Coast Mountain Bike Tours

Departing from Pearl Beach, the Mountain to Surf Easy Trail Ride is perfect for families. Begin at the top of the mountain for a 2-hour ride. Includes a souvenir water bottle to keep.

Next stop: 10 mins

Stop 6

Sounds on West

Worked up an appetite? Head to this kid-friendly restaurant, hailed by the locals. Delicious American style BBQ, craft beer, live music and a garden area for the kids to run and play.

Next stop: 5 mins

Stop 7

Cinema Paradiso

Start winding down at the historical, art-deco cinema boasting 6 screens, with lots of family entertainment. Indulge in delicious buttered popcorn or one of their flavoured choc-tops.

Next stop: 11 mins

Stop 8

NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Park

Your fun-filled beachfront accommodation at Umina Beach awaits you. The ultimate city escape with a toddler wading pool, adventure playground and camp kitchen. Specials available online.

Next stop: Sleep, revive

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

Experience hunters

 Family time has never been so much fun. Today will see you and the kids picking up all sorts of new skills — from climbing trees and navigating mazes, to perfecting your backflip. There’s so much to see, eat and do around Wyong, Tuggerah and Blue Lagoon.

Stop 1

Wyong Milk Factory Cafe

Start the day with a yummy breakfast before tasting Little Creek Cheese and Luka chocolates. Originally a Butter Factory, this café has a playground and kayak hire.

Next stop: 4 mins

Stop 2

TreeTops

Get ready to take to the tree tops. Experience the world's longest rollercoaster zip line, a 250-metre flying fox, and suspension bridges 15 metres above forest floor.

Next stop: 2 mins

Stop 3

Amazement Farm & Funpark

Grab afternoon tea in the big barn at this picturesque farm. Pet the animals before going on an adventure into the magical mazes.

Next stop: 8 mins

Stop 4

Awezone Trampoline Park

At your next stop, you can get some air with a fun fitness class while your kids are supervised. There's an open-air trampoline, dodge ball, dunking trampolines and a foam pit just for toddlers.

Next stop: 5 mins

Stop 5

Westfield Tuggerah

Unwind at the local's favourite fashion hub or check out family events and activities. Grab some dinner before finishing with a movie at Event Cinemas.

Next stop: 12 mins

Stop 6

Blue Lagoon Beach Resort

Unwind on Shelly Beach at the only local holiday park with an absolute beachfront location. Enjoy a range of accommodation and School Holidays Kids Club.

Next stop: Sleep, renew

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

A day to remember

 Experience a Central Coast icon, make a splash at a water park, and uncover local gems serving up surprises for your tastebuds. It’s a thrilling day of family fun around Wyee, Charmhaven, Norah Head, Toukley and Canton Beach.

Stop 1

Wyee Nursery Cafe

Awaken with a fresh brew and all-day breakfast at this tranquil café, surrounded by lush tropical plants and beautiful water features. There's even a huge nursery and gift store to explore.

Next stop: 13 mins

Stop 2

Inflatable World

It's time to bounce! Inflatable World is fun for all the family. Two hour sessions let you try the inflatable activities as many times as you like and are fully supervised.

Next stop: 16 mins

Stop 3

The Ark Cafe

Sit outside and relax at this beach themed café next to Norah Head Lighthouse. There's live music at the weekend and an unforgettable view 356 days a year.

Next stop: 1 min

Stop 4

Norah Head Lighthouse

The Coast's most spectacular icon is a magnificent place to play or stay. Watch the sunset, book a tour, climb the 96 stairs and enjoy the 360-degree view from the balcony.

Next stop: 9 mins

Stop 5

When in Rome Toukley

After working up an appetite on the lighthouse stairs, indulge in the best Italian pizza and pasta outside Italy. Lucky for you, this restaurant's bringing Rome to you.

Next stop: 4 mins

Stop 6

Central Coast Holiday Parks - Canton Beach

A quaint place for you to rest up. But don't sleep in - wake early to trek through the national parkland and marvel at the stunning lake, flora and fauna that surround you.

Next stop: Sleep, surrender

Meet the locals

Wake up to exceptional coffee, visit an art gallery and spend the day meeting the amazing animals at the astonishing Australian Reptile Park. You can even squeeze in a spot of shopping as you explore Gosford, Somersby, Erina and Terrigal.

Stop 1

Point Café Japanese Gardens

Start the day at this picturesque café and fuel up on great food and coffee. Then stroll the serene gardens and discover the lake, waterfall and bird life. Regional art gallery onsite.

Next stop: 16 mins

Stop 2

The Australian Reptile Park

Time to make some new friends at this world-renowned, hands-on zoo. Don't miss the funnel-web spider milking and dingo walk show. Book a Kids 2 Keeper or VIP Tour online.

Next stop: Crazy and lazy animals

Stop 3

Australian Reptile Park

Learn about the largest conservation-breeding program for Tasmanian devils (they're cute, not scary). Meet Hugo the giant Galapagos tortoise and hang with free-range kangaroos.

Next stop: Lunch

Stop 4

Australian Reptile Park

Book ahead to enjoy an Aussie BBQ with top quality meat, salad and drinks. Watch Elvis, the famous 5 metre cranky croc, be fed his lunch.

Next stop: All shapes and sizes

Stop 5

Australian Reptile Park

Meet some smaller reptiles like snakes, turtles, lizards and crocodiles and learn about how they live and keeping them as pets. Snap a selfie with an alligator, python or cuddly koala.

Next stop: 13 mins

Stop 6

Gosford RSL

Say farewell to your new friends and take a short drive to your delicious club dinner. Choose from a-la-carte, weekly specials and fun, free activities - the perfect place for the whole family.

Next stop: 19 mins

Stop 7

Erina Fair

Bellies full? Stop by Erina Fair for a spot of shopping or a skate at the Erina Ice Arena. Want more chill? Catch a flick at HOYTS Erina and go big with HOYTS Xtremescreen.

Next stop: 8 mins

Stop 8

Terrigal Pacific Coastal Retreat

End the day at this newly refurbished retreat. There's a heated pool and Balinese open-air hot tub. Across the way there's the Terrigal lagoon, boutiques, restaurants and bars.

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