Photo journal: Coastal stay daydreaming

ocean horizon

Images: @AirlieWalsh

ocean horizon

Images: @AirlieWalsh

A dose of inspiration for planning a weekend escape to the Central Coast, from bay to beach, and bush to beachside abode…
Coastal getaways are a perfect remedy to feed the soul. Feel the sand between your toes. Sweet birdsong on a bushwalk. And play audience to a spectacularly soft east coast sunset. It’s just the reminder you need that you’re free to explore again.

The Central Coast recently welcomed Australian TV journalist, Airlie Walsh, to our shores for a slow weekend escape. As a hobbyist photographer following in the talented footsteps of her grandmother, Airlie has bottled that immense sense of calm enjoyed on a simple seaside holiday.

Enjoy this photo journal by Airlie Walsh (@AirlieWalsh), which beautifully illustrates the benefits of slow and local travel.

shelly beach houses lining the sand
sea grass woven into sand dune
Bay to beach
Explore Bateau Bay, Shelly Beach & Crackneck Point...

“I’ve escaped to the Central Coast this week, my first little jaunt since lockdown ended. Forecast showers making way for pops of sun. It’s only been a day or so and already feeling so refreshed and relaxed.”

paddle boarder on water on calm afternoon bay
The calm waters welcome an afternoon paddleboarder.
white sandy beach meets green wild coastal bushland
Pops of sun make secluded bay inviting, hugged by protected national park.
scattered sea shells on sand
Shelly Beach living up to its namesake.
blue sky above green bushy lookout
A view of the seemingly hidden Crackneck Point Lookout up from Bateau Bay Beach.
hazy view of eastern coastline from crackneck lookout
Atop Crackneck Point Lookout see The Entrance channel, Tuggerah Lakes and even Norah Head lighthouse.
soft hues of beach shore as surfer enters water
Shelly Beach is a popular surf spot for locals - and visitors who bring their board on holiday too.
Beach to bush
Take The Coastal Walk in Wyrrabalong National Park...

"All sorts of heaven being out of the city and road tripping, even just 90 mins away. Those little things taken for granted, and a luxury we are all so fortunate to have again."

sandy pathway surrounded by native flora
Starting at Crackneck Lookout, take The Coastal Walk through wildflowers & grass trees.
soft image of white flannel flowers
Spot local emblem wildflower, the Flannel Flower, on many Central Coast bushwalks.
coastline with rock platforms and hazy horizon
Spring showers create a hazy horizon en route to Wyrrabalong Lookout.
native banksia trees
Walk among stunning native flora including 'Old Man' Banksia and Red Gum forest.
tall eucalyptus tree forest
Walk among the giants of Wyrrabalong National Park.
Beachside abode
Central Coast stay options are blooming with beachside studios to embrace that laid back lifestyle...

“Returning relaxed after a weekend away at Kyal and Kara’s Bateau Bay beach studio. A couple of slow days spent exploring local coastal walks and quiet swim spots... We really do live in the best country in the world, and I can’t wait to get amongst more of it.”

beachside studio deck in sun
There's no better place to be than a beachside studio by the sea.
outdoor rain shower looking tropical
Coastal lifestyle essential: must shower outdoors.
outdoor decor of beachside studio accommodation
Kyal and Kara designed a coastal-luxe beachside studio, barbie and all.
coastal interior bedside decor
A bed to rest your head to the rise and fall of waves.
outdoor terrace in coastal style
A private outdoor terrace demanding a cold glass of Sauv and good book.
Coastal icons
Journey via the jetty and on to Norah Head...
a very long jetty in the mist
The official 'Long' Jetty on a misty day.
light tropical coastal water dotted with surfers
Catch a set in the crystal clear waters of Norah Head.

turquoise waters off the Norah head coastline
Coastal vistas from Nimbin Beach, Norah Head.

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