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Destinations

Patonga to Pearly Walk

It’s not unusual to feel the need to travel far and wide to immerse yourself in extraordinary natural beauty but on the beautiful Central Coast of New South Wales, all you have to do is lace up your joggers and take a short drive and you’ll be greeted by this… With stunning sea views and thriving bushland, the Patonga to

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“Thar she blows!” – Our Guide to Whale Watching

There are many great things about living on the coast – ocean views, quiet beaches, a laid-back lifestyle and for a short while, twice a year, the thrill of whale watching. In June and July, and again from September to November, it’s possible to view the gentle giants of the sea migrating past the Central

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Making Woy Woy Great Again

It was once called the Venice of Australia because of its idyllic location surrounded by pristine waterways, but since those good ole days when vintage Sydneysiders used to day trip north for the beach, Woy Woy has struggled with its identity. In recent years, an influx of city-slickers and commuters has started to change the fabric

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Central Coast Style 101

While the Coast is famous for many things – beaches, pelicans, oysters, to name just a few – fashion hasn’t always been at the forefront. But as the region is becoming increasingly chic, so too is the local style scene. With a diverse collection of people calling the Coast home, the coastal lifestyle has its

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The Ultimate Summer Staycation

When you’re lucky enough to live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world, why not stay and enjoy it these holidays? As the saying goes, ‘a change is as good as a holiday’, so treat your hometown like a getaway destination and get out and explore this summer. Go on strike from your

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Hanging Like a Local at Forries

Forresters Beach is a real locals’ place. Located between the tourist hubs of Terrigal and The Entrance, it’s a little off the beaten track, but that’s part of its rustic charm. And because us Aussies can’t help but shorten any name that’s a bit of a mouthful, this homely coastal suburb is more commonly known

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Coasties Go West for Harvest Fest

From Peats Ridge to Kulnura and Yarramalong to Mangrove Mountain, the country side of the Coast is picturesque and peaceful and it put on a damn good show during the first ever Harvest Festival over the June long weekend. There were long lunches at beautiful country locations, bucket loads of fruit picking, open farms and

Restaurants

Bells: A Place to Kill Your Cares

Sydneysiders have long been travelling north to escape the city and get away from it all. Even in the 1900s when there were hardly any roads, city-slickers flocked to Woy Woy – known as the Venice of Australia – on the train and then onto Hardys Bay via ferry to immerse themselves in pristine nature.

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A Taste of Sri Lanka on the Coast

In a major coup for the Coast over the June long weekend, a lucky few were treated to an epic feast by one of Australia’s original celebrity chefs. Seasalt restaurant at Crowne Plaza Terrigal filled to the brim as chef Peter Kuruvita brought a taste of his home to ours. Having worked with Neil Perry and

Markets

Seaside Markets at Umina Beach

On the third Sunday of the month, the Peninsula Recreation Precinct at Umina Beach bursts into life with market stalls filling the grassy knoll from the surf club to the skate park. After launching at the end of last year, the Umina Beach Markets are among the newest market offerings on the Coast but have

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Gosford’s Chic Shopping Hub

Bit by bit, Gosford is coming to life with steps (albeit lollipop ones) being taken to revitalise the city, paving the way for it to fulfil its sparkling waterfront potential. Amongst the development that is helping to change the face of the suburb is the transformation of the Imperial Centre. The light and bright shopping centre

Destinations

Livin’ Like a Lighthouse Keeper at Norah Head

Ever since I strolled by the white-picket fences of the Lighthouse Keeper’s quarters at Norah Head, I’ve wanted to stay there. Surrounded by the sea and in the shadow of the majestic Norah Head lighthouse, the picturesque cottages are in a rare and captivating location, providing just the right mix of nature, history and beauty for

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