Stylish dining at The BOX Ettalong

Since opening on Ettalong's waterfront a few years ago, The BOX on the Water has breathed new life into fine dining on the Peninsula.


Glee – the O.G of Coastie Coffee

Glee is all about coffee and people. That has been the philosophy of Glee Coffee Roasters from the beginning and it continues to underlie all their practices today.  Founded on the Central Coast almost 10 years ago, the evolution of good coffee in the region can just about be traced back to Glee. While the beans bring a lot of


The Coast’s Top 10 Takeaway Coffees

As the Coast becomes increasingly chic, so too are the cafes, their baristas and the quality of the coffee. No matter where you live or wherever you’re visiting, rest assured there is somewhere to get your coffee fix. From the tip of Toukley to the edge of Ettalong, here’s our guide to the Coast’s top


Like Minds, Good Intentions

Like Minds at Avoca is so much more than a café. Like the general store before it, it has been created with the needs of the community at its core. When that community is made up of a diverse mix including Coasties, city-slickers, families, retirees, hipsters, digital nomads and newcomers, it’s all about providing a


Lords of Pour: a world of coffee in Ettalong

Like many young Coasties, Ben Coward headed for the big smoke when he grew up and has returned years later to start a business and a family. Luckily for locals, the 29-year-old Umina resident has also brought a world of coffee with him. With beans from Ethiopia to El Salvador and an eclectic setting, Lords of


Best Coastie Cafes for Wifi

Sometimes you just need to get connected. Whether you’re a digital nomad in search of some human interaction or just function better when matcha tea and turmeric lattes are on tap, cafes can provide the perfect backdrop for productivity. To help you stay connected no matter where you are on the Coast, here’s our pick of


This Little Piggy Stayed Home

There are a lot of Coasties who travel great distances to bring home the proverbial bacon. But some little piggies, like Nicole Shires, have figured out a way to stay home. The born and bred Coastie always wanted to own a cafe and for the last two years she has provided a homely hub for


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


Coastie Rides: The Entrance to Chittaway

The Central Coast is home to some of the most picturesque bike rides and cycle trails that Australia has to offer. Rides range from flat, purpose-built trails suitable for families, to challenging off-road forest trails for the more experienced mountain bike enthusiast. It’s no wonder bike ownership on the Central Coast is higher than anywhere

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Coasties Cast Off at Woy Woy Festival

We’re well and truly hooked on the Central Coast’s sustainable seafood festival – Cast Off. Blessed with summer-in-autumn weather, the festival sprung to life under a powder blue sky, the sun shining down on Woy Woy’s picturesque waterfront as revellers poured into the Boulevarde. The brainchild of the family behind Woy Woy Fishermen’s Wharf (WWFW), it was a


Brooklyn’s Tuckshop Lady

From the moment we open the gleaming white and aqua door at The Brooklyn Tuckshop, it feels like we’re being welcomed home by old friends. Greeted with beaming smiles by owners (and self-described ‘pashing pair’) Amanda Gonzalez and Lincoln Donaldson, we get the feeling this café experience will be one to remember. Mini-chic reviewer, Miss