4 Fresh Finds: New things to try on the Coast

The Lodges from Bells at Killcare outside entertainment area overlooking a private pool.
The Lodges from Bells at Killcare outside entertainment area overlooking a private pool.
Wondering what's new to explore on the Central Coast this month?
Well you've stumbled upon the perfect article with four of the freshest things on the Coast this autumn.

There is so much to explore on the Central Coast, with more than 40 beaches to wade into, a network of wildlife-rich lakes, lagoons and waterways, five national parks and five state forests with walking and cycle trails, seaside villages dotted with casually-cool dining and al fresco bars, a produce-rich hinterland and variety of accommodation styles. 

And add in the many new natural, culinary, creative and cultural experiences across the region...where do you start?

We've picked four of the freshest experiences this month to get you started. Get your calendar out and add these ideas for something different on the Central Coast.

Fresh Find #1 - Something new to do
Find your Zen creating your garden

Take the time to contemplate and rejuvenate while creating a beautiful micro Zen garden. Terra-Ya (‘terrarium shop’ in Japanese) offers a calming workshop designed to help you take a pause, bond with those around you, and ultimately build your own Japanese Zen terrarium. The workshops are led by Yoshi, who was raised around beautiful gardens and hundreds of handmade bonsai on his grandfather's silk farm.

Through the session, each attendee enjoys a selection of bottomless teas and receives personal advice on the Japanese aesthetic and how to make a sustainable closed terrarium that suits them and their space. Each creation is a reflection of the individuals own style and personality, meaning no two terrariums are the same.

It’s time to pause, reconnect with good conversation and nature. Book your workshop on their website.

Explore more things to do on the Central Coast here

Zen garden in a glass jar
Credit: Terra-ya
Table with multiple terrariums. Portable gardens in a glass container
Credit: Terra-ya
Fresh Find #2 - New places to eat & drink
Add some vintage charm to your occasion.

Quite Frankly Co, where elegance meets whimsy in the form of a vintage caravan bar that brings the party directly to you! Picture this: a 1958 beauty rolling up to your event, ready to dazzle your guests with upscale cocktails and barista-crafted coffee. Their caravan oozes sophistication, offering a refined atmosphere for weddings, concerts, corporate functions, and everything in between.

Their team of dapper bartenders is here to ensure your soirée is nothing short of extraordinary, delivering top-notch service with a side of charm. Behind their polished facade lies a passion for good times and great drinks, making Quite Frankly the life of any gathering. So, why settle for ordinary when you can elevate your event with a touch of vintage flair? Let's toast to unforgettable moments and endless smiles—join us for a celebration that's Quite Frankly, the talk of the town! Cheers!

Explore more places to eat & drink across the Central Coast here

White vintage caravan bar
Credit: Quite Frankly
Cocktails on a white table
Credit: Quite Frankly
Fresh Find #3 - New maker & creator to explore
Breathing new life into a neglected craft for beautiful wares

Founded by the delightful Hope, Rice The Label is a charming business embodies the joy of creation with every woven thread. Each item boasts its own delightful irregularities, a testament to the care and craftsmanship infused into every stitch. But it's not just about the beauty – Rice The Label dances to the beat of sustainability, using natural fibres that not only honour our precious planet but also ensure strength and durability in every creation. So, wrap yourself in the warmth of the woven wonders and embark on a journey where every thread tells a tale of hope and harmony.

Explore more makers & creators on the Central Coast here

Multi colour threads on a loom
Credit: Rice The Label
White and blue tea towel on wooden table
Credit: Rice The Label
Fresh Find #4 - New places to stay
Retreat to a luxury nature escape

Nestled amidst the tranquil embrace of Bouddi National Park lies The Lodges, a new luxury accommodation from Bells at Killcare, a haven where luxury meets nature's splendour. These four architecturally designed homes, each boasting panoramic ocean vistas, beckon travellers seeking the epitome of relaxation. With multiple living spaces and outdoor retreats, they're tailor-made for family gatherings, intimate celebrations, or escapades with friends. Perched among the Angophora canopy, these tri-level lodges exude an aura that revitalises mind, body, and soul. And oh, the views! From the grand Sunset Deck, one can marvel at the breathtaking expanse of Broken Bay, Palm Beach, and beyond, a sight to nourish the senses.

As if the enchantment isn't enough, indulge in nightly feasts, be it a sumptuous 3-course à la carte affair or a culinary journey through a 5-course chef's tasting menu, served at The Wild Flower Bar & Dining. And let's not forget the gourmet provisions from Bells Bakery & Larder, ensuring that every meal is a culinary delight. With a stocked-in pantry, freshly baked bread delivered daily, and a premium in-lodge bar, The Lodges promise an enchanting retreat where luxury intertwines seamlessly with nature's embrace.

Explore more places to stay on the Central Coast here

Charcoal bath with green shiny tile background and sandstone finishes
Credit: Bells at Killcare
Cream, white and wood themed living area in a lodge looking out to the deck to the bush
Credit: Bells at Killcare

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