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Long Jetty

Neighbourhoods and Towns
4-Day - short stay
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Long Jetty

Neighbourhoods and Towns
4-Day - short stay

Long Jetty is a vibrant town on the Central Coast with an attractive balance of pretty versus gritty. Located on a stretch of land between the waters of Tuggerah Lake and Toowoon Bay, the neighbourhood has experienced a positive transformation over the last decade thanks to its continuously growing creative community and the many innovative entrepreneurs choosing to move their ideas here.

Photo opportunity: In front of the iconic ‘Welcome to Long Jetty’ mural, or on the official 'long jetty' itself reaching into Tuggerah Lake.

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The Itinerary

Long Jetty and its namesakes

Your day in Long Jetty stars some deliciously fresh local food, a scenic stroll along the lake and its famous jetties, topped off with dining in a classily refurbed historic cinema.

Breakfast

Yoga cafe

Enjoy an early morning yoga class (available 7 days a week), followed by breakfast in the sunny courtyard of the Coast's soulful cafe, Modern Organic. With its healthy, vegan menu options, lunching at this zen spot makes healthy eating simple and delicious. Their sustainable, organic menu is designed to help you maintain a happy body, mind and soul.

 

Morning

Shop local

Shop the high street for bespoke handmade items and vintage goods. Great shops to stop at include Sorry Grandma, Tiki La La, and Webster’s for superb vintage, Shadow Bang Apothecary for dried flowers and homewares, The Sound Exchange for its epic vinyl collection, and Tiny Folk Co for fashionable kids, Mowgli Studio for indoor plant heaven, and community store Blank Canvas.

 

Lunch

The Green Tangerine

Grab lunch at the Green Tangerine cafe and bakery, serving some fresh brunch options alongside a 'make your own mix' where you can craft your own dish of sourdough, eggs, bacon, avo, herby potatoes, greens, tomatoes and more. Don’t forget to grab an iconic photo in front of the famous ‘Welcome to Long Jetty’ mural on the side street of this vibing cafe.

 

Afternoon

Galleries and artists

Tour some amazing local art showcased at Long Jetty's streetside galleries where you may meet the artists at work. Start with a visit to the Glenn Mckimmin Gallery, a Central Coast landscape photographer making waves with his atmospheric captures and selling prints for the home. Next stop by the Grant Molony Gallery, for a peek at the artist's studio space and latest work inspired by nature, culture and connection.

 

Evening

The historic cinema

Hiding on Long Jetty's high street you'll find the entrance to The Savoy, a wonderfully restored 1950s cinema now open for dinner and drinks. Catch a classic film with pizza served to your seat, or simply kick back at the contemporary bar with good company to soak up this vibrant social hub.

 

Stay

Blue Lagoon

This private beachside villa is an Air B &B hosted by TV personalities and design duo Kyal & Kara with its own private access and deck space to relax in, and features a hot outdoor shower. Fitted out with quality furnishings and fixtures and is equipped with everything you need!

 

Where we are

Shop Long Jetty's high street

Long Jetty's centre offers a colourful strip of shopfronts bursting with the wares of local creatives, and today you get to explore these one-of-a-kind boutiques with some great friendly foodie stops along the way.

Breakfast

The Glass Onion Society

Breakfast like a local at corner cafe The Glass Onion Society, serving delish food with vegan options, smoothies, fresh pastries and more with sustainability at the heart of their operations. Grab a coffee and take in their everchanging gallery space, or sit back and watch the Long Jetty neighbourhood as it wakes up.

 

Morning

Tuggerah Lake Foreshore

Walk, ride or scoot along the Long Jetty shared pathway running the foreshore of Tuggerah Lake. You also need to make three important scenic stops - walk the three heritage jetties - Parry’s Jetty, Watkin’s Jetty, and of course The Long Jetty stretching 350m into the lake's centre.

 

Lunch

Kaino's to go

Grab an easy lunch at one of the many Long Jetty options. For casual takeaway to enjoy down by the lake try Kaino’s Seafood and Burgers, serving a range of seafood lunches with a famously great burger menu. Or try a fresh loaded roll from Long Jetty Charcoal Chicken, serving the neighbourhood since 1981 - the fact there's always a queue tells you something.

 

Afternoon

Shop fashion & homewares

Continue your stroll along the boutiques of the high street, now in search of special fashion and homeware items to take home. At the very top of the neighbourhood there's Home by the Jetty, in its centre there's Ohana BoutiqueSadie Lou, Plain Janes, Kloth Long Jetty and The Bang Threads & Espresso.

 

 

Evening

Upstairs Wines

This evening’s dinner venue provides the perfect reason to drop into Upstairs Wines for a tasting session with a strong focus on natural, small batch & minimal intervention wines, beers & spirits from Australia & around the world that you can BYO to your next stop.

 

Dinner

Japanese dining

Venture to Japan with Yasaka Japanese Dining, a wonderful little pocket of authentic sashimi, Agedashi tofu and ramen served this end of the Coast. Make sure you book during their evening session between 5-9pm and check out their evening specials.

 

Where we are

Jetty to the Bay

Venture on foot or bicycle from the lake to the ocean where you will discover Long Jetty's super chill beach-side neighbour, Toowoon Bay.

Morning

Coast to Lake Walk

Explore the Coast to Lake Walk on foot or bicycle (bikes can be hired en route at The Entrance). The 7.6km total loop walk is a great way to see the local neighbourhoods, and the accessible walk is designed to enjoy as much or as little as you feel. Today you are following it from Long Jetty to Toowoon Bay, from lake to bay. Look out for the blue, green & pink signage to guide you.

 

Breakfast

Charming coastal cafe

Once you've reached Toowoon Bay, it's time to take a break and admire the scenery. This little neighbourhood has big options available for breakfast - try family run Flour & Co that has been serving since 1988, or there's Two Birds Café Gallery with great outdoor seating and cute boutique and antique shops alongside to explore. 

 

 

Mid-morning

Toowoon Bay beach

Toowoon Bay beach is an excellent family friendly beach with calm waters and is patrolled during the summer months. It offers great snorkeling opportunities and is perfect for stand-up paddle boarding too. There's a kiosk on site for a cold drink and you can venture across the small rock platform to easily reach the neighbouring shores of North Shelly Beach, a popular dog-friendly spot. 

 

Lunch

Cecilia's

After a few hours spent paddling at the beach, treat yourself to a delicious meal at one of Toowoon's central eateries. Cecilia's on the corner serve lunch by day, and by night transform into a restaurant and wine bar. For today, you're attention should be drawn to their Chef's big breakfast, eggs benny, or the Cecilia granola bowl, depending on hunger levels.

 

 

Afternoon

Picnic in the park

Head to Swadling Reserve, a popular green space for families and couples to relax, read a book, watch the waves, or head down to Toowoon Bay beach for another paddle after lunch. If you're with the kids, the playground here is one of the best on the Central Coast, surrounded by shaded space to watch the little ones safely play.

 

Evening

The Pantry at Forrester’s Beach

Located within The Quarters at Forresters Beach the “pantry to the resort” where guests and locals come to get their fixings and enjoy some seriously good produce. A beautiful poolside venue to enjoy luxurious specialty coffee, an all-day brunch menu and lovingly designed and researched wine and cocktail menus. You can take a seat inside the café amidst the cute and modern décor or sit in the courtyard and enjoy the sun poolside - try the “Love by the Pool” cocktail here, yum!

 

Where we are

Explore neighbouring gems

Take in the sunrise over the ocean and flickering through the historic gums of Wyrrabalong National Park. Refuel and then hit one of Australia’s top skate parks.

Morning

Coast Walking Track in Wyrrabalong National Park

Setting out from Bateau Bay Beach picnic area, enjoy sunrise on the Coast Walking Track. Be awed by the superb red gum forest, diverse wildlife and rich Aboriginal heritage. In Winter, watch the Whales from Crackneck Lookout along the way along this easy 6km walk in Wyrrabalong National Park.

 

Brunch

Bateau Beach Café

Head to Bateau Beach Café for great coffee and a lovely community vibe. The salmon poke bowl and nasi satay for lunch. It’s the perfect place to start (or end) the Coast Walking Track in Wyrrabalong National Park.

 

Afternoon

Bateau Bay Skatepark

The Bato Yard Skate Park is fast gaining attention across the country as one of Australia’s top skate parks. The highlight of the park is the blow which holds international competitions at a depth of 3.6m. For those still developing their skills there is also the mini flow bowl.

 

Where we are