The changing face of Wyong
We’ve got to admit, poor old Wyong has copped a bad rap over the years, but the good news is there’s a change in the air and there’s plenty going in the taste buds department! Here’s a cheat sheet to what’s good in the north end of the Central Coast.
Any coffee aficionado this side of the twin servos knows if you want a good coffee on the coast, you’d be hard pressed to get a grind on Glee. Glee is located in the beautiful and historic Chapman Building in Wyong. The guys from Glee had their eye on this space as a potential business site for 10 years before moving in and they were the first to do so as part of the building’s new lease on life.
Owners Ben and Jem specialise in both filter and drip brews and they believe that coffee doesn’t get old, it just gets better. “Our coffee is rich, but easy to drink,” says Ben. “Our coffee showcases flavours like rich jammy fruits and milk chocolate sweetness, as well as hints of blueberry jam. It’s got a balance of both body and acidity,” he adds.
There’s plenty of room for you and your crew, so no more trying to squeeze into your tiny local café with your 4WD-sized pram. They’ve got a super tasty menu, and we highly recommend the chicken tacos, chicken quinoa salad and the mushroom and haloumi stack. They also do a mean cold brew.
While you’re there, why not take a bag o’ beans home for your morning ritual!? Glee at Chapman Building is open Monday to Friday from 6am to 3pm and Saturday from 8am to 2pm.
Scout & Trader and The Green Room at the Chapman Building
After your coffee at Glee, take a walk through the Chapman Building and check out the other tenants. The 120 year-old building in the heart of Wyong houses not only Glee, but also Scout & Trader and The Green Room.
Scout & Trader is all about homewares and gifting. The store is owned by Kiri, who’s opened the business six months ago. “I always dreamed of opening my own retail space,” said Kiri and her dream has come to life beautifully, inside the charm of the Chapman Building.
The Green Room is a plant shop which sells sustainable greenery. The store is owned and run by 18 year-old Amber who said she “loves plants, always have”. The Green Room specialises in popular and modern indoor plants that can help you style any room with some living greenery. Amber’s most popular plants are of the pilea and “chain of hearts”.
While you’re there check out the wellness range, including organic and natural personal care at Panonia, as well as bohemian threads from India & Nepal and locally crafted wares and natural products at Over the Moon.
If you’re partial to the occasional zip line, then this is the place for you. It’s basically a big zip line 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 five to climb a eucalypt gumtree. And then there’s the Crazy Rider, which is touted as the world’s longest and wildest rollercoaster zip line. There’s something for everyone in the tree tops at TreeTops.
Osteria A Mano
Open since 2014, this Italian restaurant on the Pacific Highway is home to some seriously delicious authentic Italian cuisine. Owner Alessandro Cigola explains, “At Osteria A Mano, we aim to recreate a little corner of Italy in Wyong. Our philosophy is to showcase homemade traditional Italian dishes; with a focus on fresh quality ingredients and produce chosen carefully daily”.
It's a favourite amongst locals who come back week after week. Sorry, we've let this amazing foodie secret out of the bag!
Duck Duck Moose
This little gem on Alison Road is a perfect drop-in spot for a coffee and cake. In the coffee department, these guys are slowly building themselves some neat credentials and a loyal customer base.
Owner and operator, Tom is just 24 and bakes all the cakes himself. “I grew up in Wyong. I’ve always lived in Wyong and still do,” says Tom. Duck Duck Moose has a great vibe with fresh and airy interiors, surrounded by white-washed plywood.
The café serves both breakfast and lunch and pours a DC coffee blend which is easy to drink, medium body and nice and creamy. The DDM Facebook page even features a Melburnian calling it “The Best Coffee on the Central Coast”. Now, if that’s not the last word, then we don’t know what is!
Great option for those that are keen for a short drive down the M1, the Wyong Milk Factory has the makings of a perfect day out. Take in the history of the site, which has been lovingly restored with a new lease of life since its 1907 beginnings. The factory’s café is open for breakfast and lunch daily. The Tavern is open Wednesday through to Sunday for lunch and dinner and features live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
After a feed, go wild on the kayaks, rowboats and stand up paddle boards that are available for hire in the Wyong River. And don’t forget to hit Little Creek Cheese and Luka Chocolates before you go….it will go down lovely with a vino at the end of a fun-filled day! Entry is free and the factory is open daily.
Wyong Farmers Market
Every first and third Saturday of the month (pending race days), this is the place to come to get your farm-fresh food that’s locally produced right here on the coast. You can talk directly with the farmers to learn how your food was grown and pick up some new recipes. And be sure to enjoy a taste test!
Artisans come from all over to show off their clothing and jewellery. Find something totally unique to bring home and show off for years to come. The markets run on first and third Saturdays of the month from 7:30am to 1:00pm at the Southern Grounds of Wyong Race Club (off Rose Street).
This article originally appeared on Hunter Hunter.