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Ettalong

Neighbourhoods and Towns
3-Day - long weekend
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Ettalong

Neighbourhoods and Towns
3-Day - long weekend

Ettalong Beach is a fashionable seaside town located on The Peninsula; the southern gateway to the Central Coast. Looking out across Broken Bay to the Bouddi Peninsula, Lion Island, Pearl Beach and Palm Beach in Northern Sydney, Ettalong is a friendly community offering a slower pace of life alongside a visibly rising wave of creativity.

Photo opportunity: Along the Ettalong Esplanade looking across Broken Bay to the Bouddi Peninsula and Lion Island.

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The Itinerary

Coffee to cocktails in Ettalong

Start your day with some of the finest coffee establishments on the Central Coast, and wrap it up with some of the most colourful cocktail menus. By the end of this tour through the town of Ettalong, your thirst for the finer things will be quenched. Find exceptional eateries, scenic bike rides on the foreshore, and small boutiques dotted along this path.

Breakfast

Lords of Pour

Kick start your day with an exceptional morning brew at punk-pink cafe Lords of Pour, right next door to The Galleria market precinct. Any little ones present will love their delicious smoothies or cold-pressed juices, while seasoned brunchers can enjoy their classy breakfast roll selections or fresh pastries and whopper slices of homemade cake.

 

Morning

The Esplanade

The best way to explore Ettalong's foreshore is by bike. Hire one easily with Boomerang Bikes of Ettalong and peddle along The Esplanade as far as neighbouring Umina Beach. You will find bikes ready for hire on the corner of Beach Street and The Esplanade, opposite The Box on the Water café, just behind Ettalong Diggers (with handy locks and helmets available at their reception).  

  

Lunch

Artisan Sicilian bakery

Within The Galleria precinct at Ettalong, you'll find scrumptious artisan baked goods at Sasà Street Food. The Coast's exceptional Sicilian bakery serves up hand-piped cannoli in a range of flavours including pistachio and classic vanilla, with savoury sourdough pastries on hand to eat in, or takeaway. Your delicious European sugar rush awaits!

 

Afternoon

Stop. Pamper time

What is a seaside escape without a day spa experience weaved in? Within the large resort building of Ettalong Diggers, you'll find Mantra - Ettalong’s Advanced Skin Spa. The therapists offer a variety of facial, body and massage treatments including the popular Slow Flow Massage, that chimes perfectly with the calming vibes of this town.

  

Dinner

Broken Bay dining

Arguably in one of the best waterfront spots on the Peninsula, The Box on the Water is part daytime beach kiosk cafe and part evening restaurant with smart-casual dining. From local tap beers and refreshing afternoon Aperols alongside modern Australian cuisine, this is a fine spot to enjoy a sundowner in style peering across Broken Bay.

 

Night

Stay

You can't get much more convenient than landing a room at modern accommodation right opposite the beach. Mantra Ettalong Beach combines Broken Bay views with the relaxed atmosphere of this friendly seaside village. There's even a pool that looks out onto the ocean, and rooms are available with spa baths to complete your luxury experience.

  

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Paddle waves & peruse wares in Ettalong

Embark on an exciting journey across the pristine waterways that frame the coastal hamlet of Ettalong, featuring great opportunities to browse beautiful, local boutiques. The friendliness of this community combined with an abundance of natural beauty found along the foreshore simply makes for the perfect day in the southern Central Coast.

Breakfast

Coastie coffee

Early birds can head to this pretty as a picture seaside cafe on Ocean View Road, open early every day of the week. Serving all your coffee, cake or avo smash needs, there's plenty of tables inside and out in their garden terrace, with a menu boasting specialities such as lemon French toast and salty coast fries. Grab a sweet takeaway treat for your onward journey.

 

Morning

Adventure on the water

Head just down the street from your morning cafe, toward Booker Bay, to find Anderson's Boatshed, a local favourite for hiring watercrafts. Choose your adventure on Brisbane Water: explore on a kayak or stand-up paddleboard, or book a BBQ Boat and drop anchor in a local bay to enjoy the serenity of being surrounded by crystal clear water you can dive into.

 

Lunch

Good food, good mood

Treat yourself to a wholesome lunch to make you feel good inside and out at Inner Glow Kiosk. Designed as a walk-in juice bar meets cafe, this charming little foodie stop is just the ticket for eating fresh fruit, juice, yoghurt or salad and will set a positively good tone for your afternoon ahead.

 

Afternoon

Shop The Galleria precinct

Choose an entry point into the Galleria Ettalong, a Mediterranean-inspired collection of shops, markets, bars and restaurants. There's even a quaint arthouse cinema tucked inside this fascinating complex. Wander through its eclectic shops and vintage bookstores, or venture to neighbouring home and fashion boutiques Salmon & Co. and Amour Loves Fashion.

 

Dinner

Award-winning cuisine

For a Peninsula dinner to remember - dine at Safran, within the Galleria. Headed up by seasoned chef Sulo, who brings colourful culinary flavours from his home by the Black Sea, you will experience exceptional contemporary Turkish cuisine at one of the Central Coast's hatted restaurants. There are set menus available with wine pairings and the presentation is a photographer's delight.

 

Evening

Top up at Toto

Time to chill with a bar-side bite. The vibe at Bar Toto is lively and the cocktail menu is exciting. From an Oscar's Wild to a Cherry Poppins, the creative influence goes far beyond the glass! Choose your poison and pair it with one of their delicious antipasti, which includes cured meats, cheeses and some of the Coast's most popular arancini balls.

 

Night

Stay

Stay in little Italy, also known as the Galleria at Ettalong Beach. Surrounded by Roman-esque courtyards, sculptures and dramatic oil paintings, you experience all the ambience of a Mediterranean village in a beautiful, boutique room just two minutes walk from the ocean, with Ettalong's most popular shops, cafes and restaurants on your doorstep.

  

Where we are

Explore Ettalong from bush to beach

Explore the natural backyard of Ettalong and discover why its residents are happy to call this peninsula town of Brisbane Water home. From secluded coastal bushwalks to refreshing dips in the calm ocean, the best bits of a coastal lifestyle are available for every visitor to tap into at Ettalong, if only for a day.

Breakfast

Seaside sweetness

A series of one-of-a-kind shops line Ocean View Road, but venture just around the corner to find Helado, a single origin coffee spot that also does a delicious brunch menu. Even better - it's an ice creamery! So whatever your morning palate is craving, this is the seaside spot to kickstart your day full of flavour. On holiday? Hey, why not have ice cream for breakfast.

 

Morning

Paddle the waterways

Exploring the pristine Ettalong waterways is easy with the expert team at Bombora on hand for all your hiring needs. Whether you're a beginner or expert paddler, Bombora Ettalong Beach on The Esplanade will set you up to try SUP Pilates, SUP Yoga or the latest aqua craze – SUP Ball. If you visit on a Sunday book a spot on a popular SUP yoga session. 

 

Lunch

Tea time

Hatters Tea House is a quaint British-style tearoom, serving a variety of quality teas, coffees, sandwiches and cakes to customers on charmingly mismatched chairs. Take a tea break to pretend you're in 19th century England, sipping on some Darjeeling and smothering scones with jam and clotted cream. If it's sunny, their outdoor garden is a top spot for a high tea.

 

Afternoon

Mt Ettalong lookout

Some locals don't even know Ettalong has its own "mountain" to explore! Hop in the car (or on the bike for the fit ones), and head toward the south end of Umina Beach. Follow Patonga Road toward Pearl Beach and look for a sign to Mt Ettalong on your left. Take the easy 10-minute bushwalk to reach the lookout for breathtaking views across Broken Bay, Brisbane Water and the Bouddi Peninsula.

 

Dinner

Fire in the belly

For dinner, sample some of the hearty flame to fork philosophy of local Italian restaurant, Osteria il Coccia. Located streetside as part of the Galleria precinct, this intimate fine dining venue showcases the best of the land and sea in their menu, cooked over wood in a purpose-built charcoal oven. Expect a thoughtful five-course set menu alongside a wine bar and the warmest hospitality.

 

 

Night

Stay

Neighbouring village, Umina Beach, offers a convenient opportunity to stay on the Central Coast's popular oceanfront accommodation, NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort. Furnished with all the modern essentials, a beachside plot is all you need for a relaxing weekend away with a front row seat of the Milky Way and the sound of waves to lull you to sleep. 

 

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