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When thinking about a coastal sojourn, where does your mind go?
Likely to the South Coast, or perhaps as far north as Wollongong. But if you aim a little higher (pardon the pun), you’ll find the perfect getaway waiting for you on the New South Wales Central Coast.
From ocean-fresh seafood to organic wholefoods, the Central Coast serves up delicious and diverse food experiences to suit any taste and budget.
Saddles at Mt White
Suspended above the still waters of Mt White, Saddles is a modern bakehouse eatery serving delicious freshly made pastries, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Think to-die-for handmade pies and Portuguese tarts alongside lamb shoulder with haricot beans and grilled peppers.
General Store Norah Head
The epitome of laid back and beachy, General Store Norah Head serves up colourful, organic produce in its most natural form.
Their rainbow poké bowls, smoothies, nourish bowls and banana waffles (hey, we didn’t say it was all healthy) are the perfect way to start your weekend.
8 Bush Street, Norah Head | @general.store.norah.head
The Entrance Lakehouse
There is simply nowhere better to take in sweeping views of The Entrance and its blue waters than at The Entrance Lakehouse.
Take a seat in their expansive outdoor seating area and drink it in as you choose from a range of bistro favourites such as Beer Battered Flathead, Sirloin Steak and Blue Swimmer Crab Linguine.
Perfect for a special occasion, Yellowtail serves Modern Australian cuisine with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean influences.
With a minimalist chic interior and flexible, ever-changing menu, we recommend asking your server to choose for you.
The Bamboo Buddha is a little cafe oasis located in Holgate serving up vegetarian and vegan food, delicious cakes, organic coffee and teas.
Set in a serene Balinese-style garden setting featuring koi and goldfish ponds. it’s a great place to relax. Yoga classes are on offer most days and local artworks on show.
Woy Woy Fishermen’s Wharf
You came all this way for the ocean vistas, but don’t forget to sample some local seafood before you go. An award-winning local icon, the Woy Woy Fisherman’s Wharf serves fish and chips like nowhere else (not to mention a killer snapper ceviche with citrus and coconut milk…)
The Market restaurant and bar and takeaway options mean there’s always enough time to sample the catch of the day.
Whether you’re staying onsite at Pullman Magenta Shores or elsewhere, Barrett’s Restaurant is one to book into. Relax in the contemporary, modest setting with stunning vistas overlooking the tranquil fairways of Magenta Shores.
The modern Australian menu showcases high quality seasonal and local produce.
Luka Chocolates is an Australian artisan chocolate company in the heart of the Yarramalong valley at the Wyong Milk Factory. All of their chocolates are hand made on site, using traditional Belgian Chocolate making techniques and the finest ingredients.
Local produce features large in their 150+ varieties of chocolate, including fresh cream, organic honey, pure fruit juices, nuts and spices. The best part? The public can go behind the scenes of chocolate-making (and get a firsthand taste of it!).
Did someone say a distillery, winery and brewery within six minutes of each other? Pop by for a drop or two of local craft beer, spirits and wine for a true taste of the Central Coast.
Fires Creek Fruit Wines
You’ve never tried wine like this before. Fires Creek Fruit Wines have been serving up seasonal varieties of boutique fruit flower and herb wines for more than a decade.
Wine tasting is complimentary and no bookings are required. All wines are also vegan-friendly.
Glee Coffee Roasters
Glee Coffee Roasters is all about coffee and people. Located in the beautiful historic Chapman Building in Wyong, this space is somewhere to sit and unwind as you sip your filter and drip brew and choose from their wholesome menu.
Six String Brewing Co
A homegrown craft brewery, Six String offers the full experience. Their tasting room takes visitors inside the brewing process of their preservative free, unpasteurised and unfiltered beers.
Touch, smell, taste the ingredients and sample beers, all while watching the brewery in action. Six String’s tasting room and restaurant are open to the public for tastings and takeaway beers and for lunch and dinner Wednesday to Sunday. Kids are welcome.
After more than 20 years as a trained horticulturist and herbalist, Philip Moore now applies his love and knowledge of botanicals to distilling.
Striving to capture the purity and essence of each individual botanical using a traditional copper still, Phillip blends each of the six separate distillations by hand to create a distinctive, characterful gin.
Pullman Magenta Shores
Perfect for families and those wanting an all-inclusive holiday, Pullman Magenta Shores offers it all—beach, pool, golf, tennis, apartment or villa accommodation, a gym and even a spa.
Located on a secluded stretch of beach just minutes from the buzz of the Central Coast, you’ll be in the heart of the action but feel miles away.
Bells at Killcare
A world-class boutique hotel just 90-minutes drive north of Sydney (or a 20-minute ferry trip from Palm Beach), Bells at Killcare Boutique Hotel, Restaurant & Spa is perfect for a romantic retreat.
Twenty-five private Hamptons-esque suites and cottages sprawl over a beautiful acreage of manicured grounds, established native flora, and waterways. A meal at their multi-award winning restaurant and bar is a must, as is a treatment at the luxurious Bells Day Spa.
Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific
Want more of a city vibe to your getaway? Sip a cold drink as you watch the sunset over Terrigal Beach from the Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific or stroll downstairs and across the street to dip your toes in the water.
Located in the heart of town, you won’t need a car to explore what Terrigal has to offer, including bars and restaurants just minutes away. And the hotel’s Endota Day Spa is the perfect place to unwind when it’s all over.
Norah Head Lighthouse
Step back in time to feel what it was like to be a Lighthouse Keeper at Norah Head Lighthouse and hear the stories of shipwrecks in days gone by. Climb the 96 stairs and enjoy the 360-degree views from the tower balcony.
TreeTop Adventure Park
TreeTop Adventure Park consists of 96 challenges in the tree tops, where participants slide down flying foxes, move from tree to tree on suspension bridges and enjoy many other exciting activities up to 20 metres above the forest floor.
Ourimbah State Forest, 1 Red Hill Road, Wyong Creek | treetops.com.au
Terrigal Paddle Boats
Whether you’re travelling with your significant other, friends or family, Terrigal Paddle Boats is one of the most fun things to do on the Central Coast. Rent a paddle boat or go Stand Up Paddleboarding on the gentle Terrigal Lagoon.
Terrigal Lagoon | terrigalpaddleboats.com.au | @terrigalpaddleboats
Scout & Trader
Located at the rear of the historic Chapman Building in Wyong Town Centre, Scout & Trader provides a beautifully curated range of homewares and gifting sourced from local and international artisans. Got some downtime? They also host regular creative workshops.
The Chapman Building Shop 7, 14-16 Alison Road, Wyong | scoutandtrader.com.au | @scoutandtrader
Bouddi Coastal Walk to Maitland Bay
Want to get the perfect coastal shot for the ‘gram? Head to Putty Beach carpark and walk along the beach to a staircase on the northern headland.
This will take you to a boardwalk that circles the scenic headland where you can take in the sights and sounds of lush Bouddi National Park.
Off Putty Beach Road, near Killcare
Norah Head Rock Pool
This wide, calm rockpool is perfect for families. Accessible by walking along the Norah Head beach, relax in the clear water or explore the smaller rockpools.
Norah Head Beach, Norah Head
The Central Coast is a four-hour drive from Canberra. HerCanberra travelled as a guest of Central Coast Council.
Photography: Tim Bean
This article originally appeared in Magazine: FALL for Autumn/Winter 2019, available for free while stocks last. Find out more about Magazine here.