Escape to the coast these school holidays
When you think you’ve exhausted everything that sunny Newcastle has to offer, we’ve pulled together some options for you to visit on the sensational Central Coast.
After a short drive down the M1, you’ll find the Wyong Milk Factory. Mum and dad will love the history of the site which has been lovingly restored with a new lease of life since its 1907 beginnings. The Milk Factory café also does a mean coffee… need I say more. Once the care taker is sorted with a coffee, the kids can go wild on the kayaks, rowboats and stand up paddle boards, which are available for hire in the Wyong River. Pack a few snags as there’s BBQ facilities onsite. The Rusty Udder is the new family tavern, open every Wednesday through to Sunday. Entry is free and the factory is open daily.
Norah Head Lighthouse (and the wading pool right nearby)
Do a tour of the lighthouse and step back in time to feel what it was like to be a Lighthouse Keeper in the early 1900s. You’ll be sure to wear the kids out with a 96-stair climb to the top to enjoy the 360 degree views. The kids will love hearing the stories of shipwrecks in days gone by. The tour is 30 minutes long and the cost is $6 for adults and $5 for children under 15 (free under 5 years). Tours run from 10am to 1:30pm. And if the kids still have plenty of steam after the tour, why not hit the nearby rock pool for a dip?
Pelicans at The Entrance & Kung Fu Panda in the Park
Check out The Entrance’s main centre of town you’ll find a lovely big park which is perfect for a spot of fish and chips and a prime location to see the feeding of the pelicans at 3pm daily.
Take the Gosford M1 exit and follow the signs until you get to this little gem hidden in the bushlands. It’s good for kids of all ages and the littlies will love seeing some of the animals roaming freely around the park. The park will be hosting its popular Deadly & Dangerous show where the keepers risk their lives handling some of the world’s most dangerous creatures in order to educate the kiddies. The park is open 9am-5pm every day of the year, 7 days a week.
If you’re partial to the occasional zip line, then this is the place for you. It’s basically a big zipline and obstacle park in the untouched Aussie bush. The experiences are suitable for kids as young as three and they also cater for people of some physical, intellectual and sensory disabilities, as well as some wheelchair facilities. Everyone is in and we love it.
The park is split into two areas, one for the kids and another for the big kids. The Adventure Park is made up of flying foxes, tarzan swings, tightropes and suspended trapezes. The Vertical Challenge tasks anyone over the age of 5 to climb a eucalypt gumtree. And then there’s the Crazy Rider which is touted as the world’s longest and wildest rollercoaster zipline. There’s something for everyone in the tree tops at Tree Tops. Tree Tops is open seven days a week from 9am to 6pm.
This article originally appeared on Hunter Hunter.