Explore Wyong like a localPublished on 06 Aug 2019
About an hour’s drive north of Sydney lies the little old town of Wyong. Whilst Wyong has a heritage ambience as you wander the streets, there is a new buzz about town thanks to the passionate local entrepreneurs. Discover the hidden gems and the forgotten laneways all over town and create your own adventure exploring Wyong like a local.
Arrive early for your coffee fix at Glee Coffee Roasters
Housed in the historic Chapman Building, Glee Coffee Roasters is all about coffee and people, and it’s here you can sip your morning brew amongst locals.
The only thing owners Ben and Chris Gleeson love more than coffee is people. Their shared belief that coffee and people should always go hand in hand is the cornerstone on which their business is built.
Oh and don’t worry if you skipped breakfast, Glee’s menu featuring the freshest seasonal produce will fuel you so you’re ready for a day of exploring.
For more information, visit the Glee Coffee Roasters website.
A spot of boutique shopping at Scout & Trader
Scout & Trader is a boutique shopping experience also located in the historic Chapman Building. If you love vintage finds, beautiful home pieces and unique gifts then treat yourself to a visit to this lovely store. The passionate store owner, Kiri, will make you feel right at home in this cosy space.
Feeling a little creative? Scout & Trader run regular ‘create your own’ workshops - currently on the calendar are living wreaths, succulent Christmas trees, and plant pots.
For more information, visit the Scout & Trader website.
Bask in the sun at the lovingly restored Wyong Milk Factory
By now you have probably worked up an appetite and ready to relax and settle in for lunch. The Wyong Milk Factory Café serves up delicious traditional wood-fired pizzas and a tasty lunch menu. The kid’s nautical themed outdoor playground will keep the little ones entertained.
The Wyong Milk Factory Tavern is another option which serves up a mouth-watering menu created from fresh local produce, an impressive list of local and craft beers and fine wines.
For more information, visit the Wyong Milk Factory website.
Time to visit the cheese and chocolate factories
Located on the grounds of the Wyong Milk Factory, you will discover the resident cheese and chocolate factories. This is a great opportunity to take home some tasty local produce.
The award winning Little Creek Cheese is a must when exploring Wyong like a local. Russell and Sue Parsons enthusiastically first started producing cheese as a hobby and served to their friends when hosting barbeques.
After receiving the reassurance they needed to know they were doing something right, it was time to pursue what had become a passion. Russell and Sue have won more than 70 national awards for their cheese.
For more information, visit the Little Creek Cheese website.
Chocolate lovers should head next door to Luka Chocolates and experience traditional Belgian chocolate making techniques. The artisan chocolate factory has an observation window that allows visitors to witness how these incredible chocolates are crafted.
Visit the retail store where you will find over 150 varieties of artisan chocolates and other chocolate based confectionery to take home.
For more information, visit the Luka Chocolates website.
Head to where the locals go on a Friday night.
A concept nursery and coffee lounge by day and event hosting space any time, Living Timbre is one unique venue. Featuring endless greenery and super cool vintage décor, this tranquil space creates a wonderful atmosphere.
Head to Living Timber on a Friday night as the venue comes to its vibrant life with live music, food trucks, market and plant stalls. It’s BYO so bring along your favourite drop.
For more information, visit the Living Timbre website.
A little corner of Italy in Wyong
Housed in a heritage-listed building that still retains its old-world charm, Osteria A’ Mano is a traditional Italian restaurant and a popular dinner spot for Wyong locals. Owner and chef Alessandro Cigola describes his business philosophy as “to showcase homemade traditional Italian dishes, with a focus on fresh quality ingredients and produce chosen carefully daily.”
Oh and another thing…the pasta is made fresh!
For more information, visit the Osteria A’ Mano website.
And if your belly isn’t quite full just yet…
If it is a Friday or Saturday night, head back to the Chapman Building and treat yourself to more local produce at The Marshmallow Co. A quintessential dessert bar, The Marshmallow Co. produces gourmet marshmallows (an impressive 25 flavours), s’mores, cheesecakes, waffles, coffees and shakes with a marshmallowy twist. They’re open until 10pm Friday and Saturday and until 5pm Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.
For more information, visit The Marshmallow Co. website.
The Art House, a night out at the theatre
The Art House is a modern world-class theatre in the heart of town that brings an impressive calendar of renowned national and international performances to Wyong. Enjoy a night at the theatre and get your tickets to one of the latest comedy shows, musicals, art exhibitions or concerts.
For more information, visit The Art House website.
Time to call it a day
Exhausted after a full day of exploring and eating like a local in Wyong? Book yourself into the award-winning Mercure Kooindah Waters Golf & Spa Resort where you can end the day feeling completely relaxed in one their luxury appointed rooms.
For more information, visit Mercure Kooindah Waters Golf & Spa Resort website.
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