Wanderlust

Your Ultimate Central Coast Getaway Guide

Chill out and escape to the Cenny Coast for the weekend...😎

Just 90 minutes north of Sydney, the Central Coast of NSW is all about the laidback life. It has 41 beautiful beaches, from big names like Terrigal to hidden gems such as Avoca and Killcare. Beaches aside, it has an up-and-coming foodie scene and two massive national parks that are waiting to be explored…

WHAT TO DO ON THE CENTRAL COAST

Check out The Skillion…

This is like the Icebergs of Terrigal – it’s a lookout with panoramic views over the beach. You can either climb up the hill to get there quickly, or if you forgot your sneakers, potter along the path at ground level.

Tackle the Bouddi National Park Coastal Walk…

If that’s Icebergs, then this is the Bondi to Bronte. Stretching from Putty Beach to Macmasters Beach, this 8km trail is as photogenic as it gets. Keep an eye on the water. Migrating whales love cruising past!

Spy an old shipwreck at Maitland Bay…

The secluded bay is home to a shipwreck dating back to 1898, and is a killer sunset spot.

Stroll through the Avoca Beachside Markets…

On the fourth Sunday of every month, this beachfront market has live music and 100+ stalls selling clothes, jewellery and gourmet food.

Take your tastebuds on a round-the-world trip at the Aussie Night Markets…

Every Friday night, you’ll find street food stalls serving up every cuisine under the sun, from Spanish to Indian and Italian.

Hike from Patonga to Pearl Beach…

The Cenny Coast is flush with hiking trails, and this is one of the best. It takes about two hours, and weaves its way through the Brisbane Waters National Park. Bring your cossies so you can cool down with a dip at Pearl Beach.

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Roll out your towel at the Central Coast’s beaches…

We love Terrigal Beach, Umina Beach, Copacabana Beach and The Entrance for sun with a side of people-watching, and Lobster Beach for peace and quiet. If you’re vacaying with someone who can’t sit still (every boyfriend ever, we’re looking at you) – surprise them with a surfing class at The Central Coast Surfing Academy.

Watch a movie at the Avoca Beach Picture Theatre…

This old-school cinema screens everything from ‘arty’ movies to blockbusters featuring Michael B Jordan. Oh, and it’s been rated as one of the top 20 independent cinemas in the world. NBD.

Stand-up paddleboard on Avoca Lake…

Want to werk on your fitness even more? Rent a paddleboard (or a kayak) and do your thing.

Chase a waterfall…

Somersby Falls is beaaautiful, and the surrounding rainforest is a picture-perfect spot for picnics and BBQs.

Treat yourself to a massage at Bells at Killcare

The Hamptons meets Palm Springs at this day spa, and it’s luxe. Get a massage and you’ll float away to dreamland in about 3.5 minutes.

WHERE TO EAT ON THE CENTRAL COAST

But first, coffee…

We know you’re a bunch of coffee snobs, so we’ve sifted through the Central Coast’s cafes to bring you the best: Lords of Pour, Point Café and Becker & Co.

Grab a pastry at Ludo’s Gourmet Patisserie…

It’s like a little slice of Paris on the coast. The shelves are stacked with all kinds of sweet and savoury pastries, but hurry up and choose one before a hangry customer yells at you.

Cure your hangover with a housemade pie…

The Fat Goose Bakery is famous for its pies and sourdough, and they’ll even put together a picnic hamper for you if you ask nicely (and give them money).

Get brunch at The Glass Onion Society…

There’s no need to set an alarm – brunch runs allll day. The restaurant is on a jetty, and the views are as good as the food.

Grab fish n’ chips at Woy Woy Fisherman’s Wharf…

Because really, nothing beats eating fish n’ chips on the beach on a hot day.

Book a table at Bombini…

This Italian restaurant is famous for its seasonal menu, and most of the ingredients are plucked from the garden outside. Everything is delish. But if you can’t get enough, Bombini has a cooking school where you can learn how to make woodfired pizza and gnocchi!

Settle in for a looong lunch at Saddles

Owned by the Bombini dream team, this shiny new restaurant is all about supporting local farmers and wine-makers. Saddles has a bakery, too, in case you can only swing by for a lamington.

Or the Box on the Water

Celebrating something special? This swish restaurant is so close to the water, it may as well be on the sand. The menu is designed for sharing, so the more, the merrier!

Pop into Terrigal Ice Creamery…

Do what the locals do and order a scoop (or three) of ice-cream and stroll down the promenade while it melts down your hand.

Recover with a Chop n’ Grind burger…

This isn’t a Maccas burger. Chop n’ Grind has been awarded the ‘best burgers on the Central Coast’ by AGFG for a few years now, and we take that shit seriously. We can confirm that they’re equal parts messy and AMAZING.

BYO wine to Sapa Modern Vietnamese Cuisine…

We’re suckers for a BYO spot (they’re so rare). This family-run restaurant is casual and lively, and the food is incredible.

Stuff yourself silly at Young Barons

The handmade pasta is next-level. Anything you order is guaranteed to be good, but the gnocchi is our pick.

WHERE TO DRINK ON THE CENTRAL COAST

Sip on ciders at Six String Brewing Company…

The Central Coast’s first boutique brewery is buzzing every weekend, so get amongst it! From Friday to Sunday, there’s live music and a pop-up Mexican cantina in case you’re craving tacos. Otherwise, the brewery has a restaurant called Sounds on West that serves up smoked meats and sides.

Or G&Ts at Distillery Botanica…

Gin lovers, this is your idea of heaven. The distillery has three acres of ‘fragrant gardens,’ where the owner picks the aromas that make up his award-winning gin.

Have a Sunday sesh at the Avoca Beach Hotel or Terrigal Hotel…

These pubs have sunny beer gardens and plenty of crusty locals to talk to. If you’re tipsy (or talented!) enough to get on stage, make your way to Kincumber Hotel for open mic night.

Dress up for cocktails at Pocket Bar…

Sydney girls, you might recognise this Darlinghurst bar. It’s the same deal here: yummy cocktails, tapas plates, and a wine list as long and impressive as your to-do list. 😉

WHERE TO STAY ON THE CENTRAL COAST

Pretty Beach House. Perched on the edge of Bouddi National Park, it has a restaurant, spa, and four guesthouses. Treetops reminds us of a treehouse, so it’s our favourite.

Boardwalk. For group getaways, book this three-bedroom house in Avoca. It has coastal-chic interiors, ocean views, and an outdoor deck with a BBQ.

The Scenic Cottage. Sitting pretty on Macmasters Beach, this one-bedroom Airbnb is cheap and cheerful. It has everything you need for a comfy stay, plus a pool and spa…

 

Your weekend plans courtesy of Katia Iervasi. 

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