Get a little spooked...Published on 31 Oct 2019
Looking for a way to get in the Halloween mood without the dress ups but with some tricks and lots of treats? Well here are two ways to spend all hallows eve that give you a little taste of the Central Coast.
History in the hills
Yarramalong, a township situated in the northern hinterland of the Central Coast, was home to some of the first settlers in the region and boasts plenty of historic buildings.
As you head out into the hinterland, and past the heritage town of Wyong, the lone road to Yarramalong will wind you deeper and deeper into the valley to Yarramalong Manor House, recently revamped as Angel Sussurri.
This special building has been lovingly restored and is the perfect place to feel the history of the area, while also filling your tummy at the Manor Restaurant like so many travellers before you. Do yourself a favour and stop for lunch, we recommend the Farmyard Hot Pot which features the Central Coast’s own Little Creek Cheese Goats Feta.
Once you have eaten your fill at Angel Sussurri, you should keep heading further into the valley. Set in amongst the towering gumtrees of this stunning area and a little off the beaten path is St Barnabas Church. This local icon is one of the Central Coast's most historic buildings. It is estimated that the church was erected in about 1885 and was constructed through voluntary community effort.
Once you’ve found the little weatherboard structure, take a short afternoon stroll past this gorgeous building and into the historic Yarramalong cemetery. Here you can read the headstones to imagine the lives of the early Central Coast settlers who are interred there. The cemetery is nestled behind the church with several gravesites situated up the steep embankment next to the pathway.
A haunted beach
You may be very familiar with The Entrance and the famous Pelican Feed, or you might have wholesome childhood memories of the rockpool at Norah Head. However, did you know that in between these two family friendly Central Coast spots lurks a beach with more than one ghost story that has washed up on its shores!
Jenny Dixon Beach is located just off Wilfred Barrett Drive, a long stretch of road that takes you through Wyrrabalong National Park and is lined with massive Redgums growing out of the sandy soil. A shared pathway follows the road and makes for a great cycle if you’re feeling energetic.
The first ghost you may meet in the area is said to appear along the road flagging down passers-by. Urban legend even credits this ghost with disappearing from cars once she has been picked up.
The second ghost appears dressed in old fashioned clothing on the beach that carriers her name. It is believed she is eternally searching for her son who died in a shipwreck just off the coastline.
Ghost hunting can be hungry work, so once you have made your way to the end of Wilfred Barrett Drive, head to the classic coastal setting of The Entrance North where a delightful little American style BBQ restaurant called Cue and Crew has been established.
Dinner at this spot is sure to warm your soul right back up! If you’re there on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night, make sure you stay for the BBQ dinner where you get a choice of meat and sides. The beef brisket with mac ‘n cheese is simply delicious!
For more information, visit Cue and Crew
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