4 Fresh Finds: New things to try on the Coast

The Earth Collective
The Earth Collective
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 celebrated status as a certified ECO Destination, finalists in the National Banksia Sustainability Awards and finalist status a third year running in the global Green Destinations Top 100 List, plus 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 2024!

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 Summer calendar with the best places to enjoy something different on the Central Coast.

Tim Travers's new mural in Kibble Park, Gosford Photo Credit: @antonrehl
Tim Travers's new mural in Kibble Park, Gosford
Photo Credit: @antonrehl
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Tim Travers's mural on the Chamber of Commerce building in Gosford
Fresh Find #1 - Something new to do
Good time murals

Engaging local artists to brighten up our towns is a joyful way to highlight not only the creative talent but also give cities a colourful boost.  And, this is exactly what has happened in Gosford. When you walk around the waterfront township you will now be greeted with vibrant murals celebrating Gosford and the Central Coast icons. 

Tim Travers, local designer and illustrator, best knowns for a style utilising a minimal colour palette and cartoon style visuals has recently created a fun playground mural at Kibble Park and added colourful artworks to the sides of Chamber of Commerce building in Burns Park. These latest installations are part of the vibrant Good Times Summer activation transforming Gosford into a hub of art, music, light, performances and creative events as part of the pilot Safer Cities: Her Way Program.  

Take a wander around the laneways of Gosford and enjoy the good times the murals bring you.

Explore more things to do on the Central Coast here

Meribella Fine Dining Terrigal
Fine dining by Michelin star chef Joshua Mason
Photo Credit: Meribella
Meribella restaurant with view of Terrigal
Meribella with views over Terrigal
Photo Credit: Meribella
Fresh Find #2 - New places to eat & drink
Coastal dining with a touch of glamour

One of the Central Coast's much-loved destinations has a new elegant restaurant that promises a touch of class for an unforgettable sophisticated dining experience. Only an hour north of Sydney, Meribella is housed in a stunning glass conservatory in the heart of Terrigal and the huge arch windows offer epic ocean views making it a desirable setting for locals and visitors alike. The exquisite seasonal menu allows guests to experience a contemporary take on old world charm classics and savour the magic of fine dining. Choose from a two and three course Mediterranean inspired menu or opt for a six-course tasting menu by Michelin- star chef Joshua Mason, a Central Coast local.

Before you take a seat at your table, watch the sunset over the iconic seaside destination as you sip on a cocktail or marvel at the cellar menu offering something for both connoisseur and wine enthusiasts. 

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

The Earth Collective crochet bucket hats
Crocheted bucket hats
Photo Credit: The Earth Collective
The Earth Collective patchwork tote bags
Handmade patchwork tote using recycled fabric.
Photo Credit: The Earth Collective
Fresh Find #3 - New maker & creator to explore
Slow fashion handmade with love

Beach loving sisters Winnie and Esther Farry from the Central Coast made their dream of owning a business into a reality and haven’t looked back since. Starting The Earth Collective back in October 2020 during the first lockdown, the creative duo started making Polymere clay earrings to pass the time. Loving the process, this soon turned into the product that kick started their small business.  

Today, The Earth Collective focuses on designing and making small batch, made to order fashion accessories including upcycled fabric patchwork totes and their sell out crochet bucket hats. No two designs are alike because each individual item is handmade and their customers both from Australia and overseas love the uniqueness.  With their social accounts booming with summertime beach vibes and a cool 70’s retro theme, there is no stopping these innovative siblings.

Explore more makers & creators on the Central Coast here

The white house Spencer bedroom, photo credit Steven Ricks
One of the bedrooms in The White House, Spencer
Photo Credit: Rick Stevens
The white house Spencer claw foot bath tub, photo credit Steven Ricks
Claw foot bath in The White House, Spencer
Photo Credit: Rick Stevens
Fresh Find #4 - New places to stay
The White House, Spencer

Set on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, 90 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the city, is a striking heritage house in the heart of a hidden gem of a location. The White House at Spencer was built in 1910 and has been elegantly restored into a modern homestead, although still has plenty of character. For those who appreciate architecture, The White House is full to the brim with Edwardian era features from an exterior veranda and white picket fence to the intricate fixtures, fittings and furniture inside.

Guest can enjoy the spacious home with its 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, one with a claw foot bathtub and come the evening, relax around the firepit on the manicure lawns or sink into the spa overlooking the river and mountains in the distance.

Positioned in the heart of Spencer village, the house is 30 seconds from The Anchor.  Ideal for any amenities you may need including fishing bait. The store also offers freshly brewed coffee and brunch if you don't fancy cooking. The public wharf is opposite the home where you may be lucky enough to catch live music on the wharf some weekends.

Explore more places to stay on the Central Coast here

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