A twist on the Coast worth celebrating

Over the last decade, the Central Coast has been bubbling away with a diverse array of ever growing arts driven events and activations across music, theatre, photography, film and more recently fashion, performance & world class fringe arts. This October long weekend (Oct 4th-7th) local LGBTIQA community, family, friends and allies will be welcoming in the inaugural Central Coast Twist festival, a community wide, all ages, all abilities celebration of LGBTQI arts and culture. Consisting of 6 events across 3 days & nights with a vibrant feast of performance, cabaret, drag, music, film and exhibition, all culminating in a huge oceanfront Fair Day on Sunday October 6. 


The festival kicks off on the Friday night with “CABARET: The Love Club” at the Everglades Country Club in beautiful Woy Woy. A Cabaret showcase from internationally acclaimed performance artists & DJs. Only a few tickets remain. Auslan & accessible venue


Head to the golden sands of Umina Beach 9am on Saturday October 5 for “Life’s A Beach”, a free, all-ages, community-wide event that’s a unique part of the festival. The fun includes the world’s first ever LGBTQI long-boarding competition, great music vibes, Drag on the beach, Surf Lifesavers with Pride, beach volleyball and more.


Saturday night is dress up party night, with the Bauhaus Beach Dance Party at Woy Woy Leagues Club. A mind-blowing experience for the senses in a surrealist costume dance party driven by art, costume, fashion, make-up and special effects. Get a bunch of friends together and immerse yourself in a world of outrageous glamor, outfits, great music vibes, and performance art. Accessible venue.


Coastal Twist explodes with entertainment on Sunday October 6th with Fair Day. On stage right in front of Umina Beach, there’ll be music, cabaret, drag and variety all day long. Come and browse community and local artisan stalls, curated food vendors, Popup bar, visit the Rainbow family zone, enjoy Drag Story time, and even if you don’t have an entry in, do don’t miss the Puparazzi Pooch Parade Auslan & accessible venue.


Finish up after the fun of Fair Day with the Twist Top Short Shorts. It’s Queer Screen, the Mardi Gras Film Festival, and it’s coming to the Ocean Beach Surf Lifesaving Club at Umina on Sunday afternoon from 5.30 pm. Chill out tunes, sunset drinks, and a feast of short films an opportunity to learn a little and smile a lot.  Speaking of feasts, there’s also

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some amazing Indian performative catering from the sassiest brown Queens in the business ‘2 Boys in Saris’ –Accessible venue, captioned short films.

Coastal Twist Festival long weekend is just the tip of the Coast’s LGBQTI iceberg. Throughout the year, there are all sorts of diverse & inclusive events, popups  and things to do, see & connect with.  Subscribe to the mailing list today coastaltwist.org.au.


Experience the relaxed vibe of where the Hamptons comes to Patonga in the spectacularly located Boathouse Hotel. The perfect place for waterside dining, breakfast lunch or dinner. And just a ferry hop from Palm Beach.

Or check out The Springs, located in the Coast’s hinterland at Peat’s Ridge. There you’ll find The Sitting Duck restaurant with an innovative farm to plate menu (“weekends with Chef Dan” are an experience not to be missed), plus there’s unique bar food and local beers and gins at The Duck Inn.

Back at the beach, there’s Mumbo Jumbo’s at Terrigal, a Caribbean influenced bar and restaurant offering great food, drinks and music with amazing oceanfront views.


Whether it’s a luxury holiday home or small, friendly Airbnb, there are lots of fantastic places to stay up and down the Coast. Stick by the water at Pearl Beach, Pretty Beach or Patonga if that’s your thing, or discover the delights of the hinterland in the beautiful Yarramalong Valley. Horse-riding, bush walking – you can even indulge in a bit of sunflower picking in this pristine piece of coastal paradise.


Discover a reawakened Long Jetty, a newly emerging hub of Central Coast creativity. Visit The Savoy, once the Coast’s largest movie theatre now reborn as multi-purpose bar and restaurant venue. Craft beer, unique wines, fun cocktails, movie nights, art installations, and weekly DJ’s. Or pop into the Glass Onion Society – a one of a kind lo cal favourite that’s a combination espresso bar café, restaurant, gallery space and gig spot.


The Coast also has a new LGBTIQ & youth led support network for younger members of the LGBTQI community launching on R U OK DAY. YAAS (Young Authentic and Social) afternoon hangout for 13-17 year olds this September 12 co-hosted with Headspace and Wear it Purple - snacks, drinks, and a live performance. Great opportunity to make some new friends, snack and chat. (Registration and details at Centralcoastpride.org.au/ruok).


While you’re on the Central Coast, whether it’s looking for what’s on, safe spaces or even LGBTQI support services. Please connect with us via FB facebook.com/centralcoastprideNSW/, Instagram at “centralcoastpride” or via web at  Centralcoastpride.org.au