4 Fresh Finds: New things to try on the Coast
Have you noticed how the Central Coast is continuously stepping up its game as a top place to explore in New South Wales?
Sure you have! That's why you're here, checking out exactly what's new and exciting on the Coast this month...
With the Central Coast's newly celebrated status as a certified ECO Destination with Ecotourism Australia, a second year running in the global Green Destinations Top 100 List, and recognition as an Outstanding Region in Australia's most prestigious food award... there's many exciting natural, culinary, creative and cultural experiences emerging across the region in 2023.
With more than 40 beaches to wade into, a network of wildlife-rich lakes, lagoons and waterways for the aqua-enthusiast, 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 from holiday properties, hotel resorts, tiny homes and boutique stays. There is just SO MUCH to choose from when exploring the Central Coast right now.
We've simplified your research and each month your planning can start with 4 fresh experiences. Take your pick of what’s new below to dot your calendar with the best places to enjoy something different on the Central Coast.
Fresh Find #1 - Something new to do
Kayaking and seafood lunches
Once a month, Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures holds an unmissable Seafood Kayaking Picnic for a small number of guests on the Central Coast waterways. Departing from the charming coastal town of Woy Woy, the leisurely 5 hour kayaking tour covers a 10km distance taking in the coasts most specular hidden waterways around Brisbane Water. Relax to the sounds of the wilderness as you gently paddle past oyster farms and the homes of our iconic pelicans, while experiencing the natural beauty of our eco certified region. Your guide will educate you on the local area and direct you to a secluded beach where you will enjoy a beautifully serene seafood lunch of oysters and prawns plus produce from our local makers.
Don't be put off by having to paddle yourself, a moderate level of fitness is required however, we are sure you'll love this stunning guided tour of our riverways plus the tasty seafood feast, so grab your friends and be sure to book to secure your place this month.
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Fresh Find #2 - New places to eat & drink
Weekend water views with tapas and cocktails
Nestled in-between Ettalong and Empire Bay on the Bouddi Peninsula is a brand-new cocktail and tapas bar that has just opened on the Central Coast and we can't wait to tell you about it! Daley's Bar is the nightlife counterpart to the popular juice bar and cafe, Daley's Kitchen. Bringing a new flare to Daley's Point the bar has created delicious cocktails naming some after the neighbouring suburbs such as 'St Hubert Long Island'! Offering weekend tapas specials such as coconut lime crusted jumbo prawns with kim chi served with fresh lime and coconut yoghurt sauce or honey soy pork belly, there are plenty for tasty delights waiting for you. Live bands grace guests too as they look over the glittering waters of Brisbane Water.
Round up your friends and go and enjoy drinks, cocktails and tapas with a view! Open Friday and Saturday 5pm-9pm.
Explore more places to eat & drink across the Central Coast here
Fresh Find #3 - New places to eat & drink
The Anchor Spencer
The adoring village of Spencer located on the mighty Hawkesbury River is a real hidden gem. Accessible by car, bike or boat, just up-stream from Brooklyn and on the junction of Mangrove Creek, is a charming little place to stop for a bite to eat at the old general store. The Anchor Spencer has been recently renovated by new owners, plus given a new name, and is a great spot to grab a coffee and enjoy a takeaway or dine in breakfast and lunch made with local produce and the freshest locally caught seafood. There is live music on Sunday afternoons on the wharf opposite between 12-4pm and if you come by boat, the hosts even offer a tender service. Bring a picnic rug and sit under the famous tree marked with the wooden sign ‘Dunkirk Hotel’ with an ice-cold beverage while you take in the stunning river views. Another must see is the gigantic sculpture called 'Serenity' by local sculptor Peter Rush. It is located near the Public Wharf and made entirely from Gymea lilies! We think you should definitely put aside time in your diaries this month to visit this Central Coast historic township!
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Fresh Find #4 - New places to stay
Unwind Escapes, Dooralong Valley
Situated just 90 mins from Sydney in the Central Coast’s citrus region at Dooralong Valley is a secluded and luxurious glamping venue that focuses on tranquillity and relaxation. Once the site of the Dooralong Cricket Ground, Unwind Escapes now offers four glamourous and sustainable holiday rentals that allow guests to ‘unwind’ and destress surrounded by unspoilt nature and native wildlife. We are talking, waking up to wallabies in the morning and falling asleep to frogs calling at night! Catering for couples on a weekend getaway to families on their annual holiday, each rental has its own distinctive set up and full amenities, so the only thing left to do is ponder over what to cook for dinner! The four rentals can be booked together giving up to 12 guests exclusive access and privacy of the entire property.
We won’t lie, it will be hard to choose which beautiful accommodation to stay in! The Burrow Glamping Dome is a real treat for couples with panoramic views from an elevated deck, the converted Dooralong Cricket Club is now the Family Nature Lodge and is ideal for families of six, Redwood and Jilliby Creek Glamping Tents have been sustainably designed for couples featuring solar powered facilities and beautiful use of upcycled materials. With Jilliby Creek and two forests abundant with wildlife, to explore onsite and pick your own oranges and TreeTops Adventure Park close by, staying at Unwind Escapes is a must do for those wanting to get back in touch with nature.
Oh, and did we mention Unwind Escapes offers romantic upgrade packages and is pet friendly too!
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