Spring into the School Holidays on the Central Coast

Koala

Koala at The Australian Reptile Park

Koala

Koala at The Australian Reptile Park

Spring on the Central Coast should be all about petting baby animals, frolicking amongst wildflowers, and soaking in the first warm days of sunshine after a long, cold winter. 

We have curated a list of some of the must-do, springiest spring activities on the Central Coast to inspire and elevate your school holiday adventures. These experiences will have the whole family feeling as fresh as a flannel flower and as giddy as a newborn lamb.

Soft and snuggly
Animal encounters

The Australian Reptile Park and Walkabout Wildlife Park have our native fur family ready for your meet-and-greet pleasure. From cuddly koalas to cheeky Tassie devils and everything in between these each have you sorted for a whole day. You can bring a packed lunch and share your picnic rug or table with a mob of kangaroos or an emu or two.

You could head to the hinterland for some farmyard fun, Grace Springs Farm lets you tag along on their morning chores where you will definitely make some farmyard friends. If you're lucky, you could meet some baby chicks, piglets, calves, and ducklings at this time of year! 

Celebrate Spring and all its possibilities for renewal at Moo to Ewe with one of their intimate sanctuary tours. These tours must be booked ahead and give your family an opportunity to give some love back to the animals on the farm who have been given a second chance at life.

Iris Lodge Alpacas offers a range of alpaca encounters to suite your flavour and your schedule, breakfast with the alpacas is an exra special experience if you're an early riser. Otherwise you can book an Alpaca meet and greet or an afternoon Alpaca experience. 

Kangaroo encounter
Walk About Wildlife Park, Photo supplied by Destination NSW
Alpaca encounter
Iris Lodge Alpacas, Photo supplied
Koala encounter
The Australian Reptile Park. Photo supplied
Tour-ific
Guided goodies

Darkinjung Aboriginal Education Tours offers true original experiences of the culture and history of the Central Coast from the Original custodians and the Cultural Authority of these beautiful lands. 

During this school holidays you can join an NPWS Discovery Ranger and try Animal Tracking on the Lilly Pilly Loop in Wyrrabalong National Park. You’ll search for signs of the wonderful wildlife that calls Wyrrabalong National Park home.

Tag along with an NPWS Discovery Ranger on one of the Central Coast’s most scenic walks along the cliff tops between Forresters and Bateau Bay Beaches. Learn about this place from an Aboriginal perspective, spot blooming wildflowers and hear about the connection between Tuggerah Lakes and the sea.

You can also go on a guided walking tour with Girri Girra. These tours include timeless stories, smoking ceremonies, cultural singing and dancing that will engage and educate participants.

The Outlook Riding Academy is a family-run equestrian centre on 18 beautiful acres located in Terrigal that offers holiday programs with qualified instructors with extensive horse knowledge, coaching, teaching and horse riding experience.

Can't decide if you want to give the kids a craft day or a cuddle with a cute animal? Do both! Experience the animals at Mollies Farm while enjoying some outdoor fun with a creative experience with a difference at one of Mollies Farm Kids Painting events.

Take a relaxing cruise on the Central Coast's magnificent waterways framed by stunning national parks and voyage through 250 years of Australian history.with Area History Tours.

Experience a day in the life of a Riverboat Postman and sip hot tea and nibble home made biscuits as you boat along a delivery route that covers about 40km of the lower Hawkesbury River.

Riverboat Postman
Riverboat Postman, Photo supplied
Rock Art
Darkinjung Cultural Tours, Photo supplied
Outlook Riding Academy
Outlook Riding Academy, Photo supplied
Tree lovers 
Wide open spaces

Treetops Adventure Park features exciting and challenging obstacle courses high up in the tree canopy, that will have all the family swinging, leaping, climbing and flying through the forest – allowing ththrill-seekersnd nature enthusiasts to experience the trees like never before.and Treetops NetWorld where the kids can navigate their way through a mammoth network of netted-bouncy spaces, ball pits and walkways, all suspended five meters high in the canopies of lush bushland.

Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures is a choose your own adventure heaven, explore the trails hidden in this valley with a relaxed horse ride or on a quad bike. You can also have an exciting abseiling adventure, take a guided kayak tour or enjoy a round of laser skirmish amongst the bush.

The Pearl Beach Arboretum is a flora and fauna sanctuary on the Central Coast. This hidden gem is open to the public to explore, relax, have a picnic, read a book, or spot native wildlife and is the perfect place for a easy, short meander through the bush.

The Flannel Flower bushwalking track runs between Tallow Beach and Lobster Beach and offers great beach views from the lookout. Spring is the perfect time to see wildflowers all over the Central Coast and the flannel flower in particular is a coastal icon will be in full bloom.

Treetops
Treetops, Photo supplied
Flannel Flower
Central Coast Flannel Flower, Photo by Nicola Billens
Glenworth Valley Quad Bikes
Glenworth Valley Quad Bikes, Photo supplied by Destination NSW
Pearl Beach Arboretum
Pearl Beach Arboretum, Phot by James Vodicka
Quick dip
First swim of the season

The Central Coast has more than just great beaches, the lagoons, lakes, creeks, and rivers are all ready and waiting for you to explore with great businesses set up all over the region to help you with your watercraft needs. Here are few to inspire you water way wanderings:

 

On the Central Coast you are spoilt for choice for surf lessons, and Spring is the perfect time to gear up and get ready for a Summer spent at the beach surfing great breaks up and down the region. Here are a few options to help you find a surf school near you: 

Sals Surf School
Sals Surf School, Photo supplied
Stand up paddle boarders
Bombora Ettalong Beach SUP, Photo supplied
Taste test
Try out some tasty treats

Got a sweet tooth? Consider yourself a bit of whiz in the kitchen? At the Chocolate & Nougat Factory you can learn first-hand how to make Nougat, Marshmallows and Chocolates on one of the 30 minute guided Factory Tours.

Enjoy the fruits of the season at Mustard Seed Small farm which has a stack of events on from family farming days to pick your own veggie experiences.

Bush tucker experiences, taste the taste of the Central Coast bush with Jake Cassar Bush Crafts these interactive courses focus on bushcraft, and identification of edible & medicinal native & introduced plants.

Jake Cassar Bush Craft
Jake Cassar Bush Craft, Photo supplied
Mustard Seed Small Farm produce box
Mustard Seed Small Farm, Photo supplied
The Chocolate & Nougat Factory
The Chocolate & Nougat Factory, Photo supplied by Destination NSW

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