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Toukley

Neighbourhoods and Towns
3-Day - long weekend
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Toukley

Neighbourhoods and Towns
3-Day - long weekend

Perched lakeside, Toukley is a fast-emerging pocket of the NSW Central Coast. It's a town that stretches across valuable waterways in the region’s north, framed by Tuggerah Lake, Budgewoi Lake and Cabbage Tree Harbour. This laid-back holiday town is worth exploring right now, before everyone catches on to its understated level of cool.

Photo opportunity: In front of the colourful 'My Happy Place' wall mural on Main Road, or sunset on the foreshore of Canton Beach.

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The Itinerary

Too much fun in Toukley

Thanks to Toukley's waterfront position, there's rafts of things to do here, especially along the foreshore and out on the lake. Dot your day with delicious foodie stops, including ultimate brunch hubs, cantinas and a local craft beer bar. By basing your day around the Main Road of Toukley, you won't need to travel far to have a good time.

Breakfast

Rise and shine

Start your day with a smile at this friendly, peek-a-boo roadside café. Rise Mofo delivers a fresh, simple menu with a chance to grab an Instagram-worthy photo with their stunning mustard mosaic wall mural by local artist Ange Elder, happily stating ‘You’re always the best part of my day’. 

@risemofo

Morning

Wallarah Point Peace Park

A short distance from the main street of Toukley, over the bridge, you will find Wallarah Point Peace Park on the edge of Tuggerah Lake. Peaceful, scenic and shady, it's perfect for picnics, pelican spotting and for the little ones - there's unlimited rides down the colourful double storey rainbow slide.

Shop

Coastal Road

No visit to the Central Coast is complete without browsing some modern coastal home interior boutiques. In this northern area of the region you will find Coastal Road, a light and airy shopfront by the lake with a range of curated wares celebrating all that is charming about life by the sea. Pick up a souvenir to bring your holiday home with you.

@coastal.road

Lunch

Mexicoast Cantina

The food scene continues to heat up in Toukley with the addition of the authentic Mexican cantina, inspired by the vibrancy of eateries in the Baja Peninsula of Mexico. Located right in the centre of town, Mexicoast makes for a colourful lunch stop, serving jalapeno poppers, charred corn on the cob, street quesadillas and caramel-filled churros.

@mexicoastcantina

Dinner

East Toukley eats

After working up your appetite by fishing, water-skiing, wind-surfing, SUPing, canoeing or kayaking on the lake, or simply exploring the picturesque foreshore on foot - refuel for the evening at friendly local burger bar meets craft beer bar, 350 Bar and Kitchen. Enjoy live music and hot food from their kitchen surrounded by a warm and welcoming pub vibe. 

@350onmain

Night

Stay

Canton Beach Holiday Park is the perfect, family-friendly place to rest your head for the evening. Just a few streets from Toukley's Main Road you will find the modest suburb of Canton Beach, with your accommodation surrounded by a vast array of native flora and fauna thanks to the wetland waterways and Wyrrabalong National Park just around the corner.

@centralcoastholidayparks

Where we are

Toukley's next door neighbours

From an exceptional surf beach to a historic lighthouse and picturesque lake, Toukley's neighbouring villages of Canton Beach, Norah Head, Noraville and Soldiers Beach are worth spending a day exploring. Each are also just a few minutes travel by car or bike, with their own cafes, restaurants and water-based adventures.

Breakfast

Village Cafe Noraville

A quaint way to kickstart your day exploring the surrounds of Toukley is with breakfast at the Village Cafe in the small community of Noraville. Travel along the Main Road in the direction of the beach and you will see this local gem on the corner of Pandora Parade, ready to prep you a hot breakfast to go.

@villagecafenoraville

Morning

Catch a break at Soldiers

Make your way to the south side of Norah Head's headland. Considered one of the best beaches for catching a break on the Central Coast, Soldiers Beach does not disappoint when it comes to weekend adventures, whether you're surfing, paddling or walking. Steep sandy paths lead down the surrounding dunes to the shore, with an on-site kiosk for refreshments.

Lunch

Seafood picnic

A weekend by the coast deserves a generous lunch of fish and chips with a view. Visit popular water's edge establishment, Beach Parade Seafood, on the Esplanade of Canton Beach. Situated right opposite the public picnic facilities, you can choose from a range of fresh, locally sourced seafood cooked to order. 

@beachparadeseafood

Afternoon

Canton Beach Paddle Shack

One of the hidden gems of the Central Coast's north is Canton Beach Paddle Shack. It's impressive location right on the edge of the lake is equalled by its large range of watercrafts ready to hire. Simply choose your stand-up paddleboard or kayak and take to the lake for some adventure! If you've brought your furry pet on holiday, they are welcome on the water too.

@cb_paddleshack

Dinner

Dinner on the dunes

Located on the upper floor of Soldiers Beach Surf Club, offering panoramic coastal views, you will find Dunes by Dish. This tapas bar and oceanfront restaurant is kid-friendly and a popular spot for spending an evening after a day at the beach, when everyone’s appetites are sky high.

@dunesbydish

Night

Stay

Stay in a coastal lighthouse for something magnificently different. Perfectly positioned to take in the pristine coastal vista with access to the local rockpool and beaches, there are two heritage listed Light Keeper’s Quarters available. Both are fully fenced with generous living areas, well equipped kitchens and laundries. This is the best spot to enjoy privacy, peace - and an unforgettable sunrise.

@norahheadlighthouse

Where we are

Tour Toukley town

Discover all that is new and re-imagined in this fast-emerging town between two lakes in the Central Coast's north. Spend a morning browsing friendly local shops, an afternoon on the green surrounded by nature, and a stylish evening at a waterfront bar watching the sun set with your favourite drink in hand.

Breakfast

Barbers and brews

Embrace brekky with a difference in the heart of Toukley town. Stop by Hearts & Minds Barber Emporium or Fade Nation for a cut above your normal cafe. These two trendy places have found a way to combine a stylish salon with freshly made juice, smoothie bowls, toasties and even a selection of men, women and kid's apparel.

@fade_nation_toukley & @heartsandminds_cafe

Morning

The Toukley greenhouse

Who knew an indoor plant lovers paradise was growing in East Toukley! Noraville Green stocks a unique jungle of beautiful indoor and tropical garden plants to transform your favourite spaces at home into green sanctuaries.

@noravillegreen

Lunch

The General Store

A short tour to the coastal edge of Noraville will take you to The General Store - but it is so much more! This quaint and stylish cafe is the perfect spot to bask in the great outdoors with a hot cuppa and freshly made brunch surrounded by a nature reserve with an epic lookout just a minutes' walk away. You'll hear waves crashing against the headland, where the historic Norah Head lighthouse stands watch.

@general.store.norah.head

Afternoon

A day on the green

Fancy a day on the green? Tee up at Toukley Golf Club, an 18-hole championship golf course perched on the picturesque bushland of Budgewoi Lake. It’s also home to breeding sites for the magnificent eagle (naturally the Club’s logo), so expect birdies all round.

@toukleygolfc

Dinner

Peachy at The Beachie

Enjoy food as good as the view at the Central Coast’s Hampton-styled waterfront dining destination, The Beachie. Reserve your own cabana overlooking the mirror-like lake to enjoy live music, kid’s play area, petting zoo, woodfired pizza and even try their signature ‘Beachie Le Sands’ cocktail. 

@thebeachie

Night

Stay

Walk just moments to find your overnight abode, complete with uninterrupted views of Budgewoi Lake. The Beachie offers guests Hamptons-style boutique rooms as part of their water's edge establishment, which are 100% family-friendly. You'll awake revived for the next day’s adventures, whether they involve beach, bush or cafe, all a few minutes from your doorstep.

@thebeachie

Where we are