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Travel guide Central Coast & Lake Macquarie


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Central Coast

Covering a large expanse of coast about an hour south of Newcastle and an hour north of Sydney, the Central Coast region has something for everyone. Each of the towns and hamlets along the stretch have their own unique character and history, along with stunning beaches, lakes, rivers, galleries, boutiques, national parks, and friendly locals. It is an area of Australia well worth visiting – frequently.

Things to do
Here are a few ideas to get you started.
1. Stroll along a different beach every day.
2. Try your hand at fishing. There are so many great fishing spots along the Hawkesbury River, Pittwater, and Broken Bay to name a few. Take your own boat, or book a charter.
3. Sample some fine fruit wine and take a tour of the vineyard at Firescreek in Holgate, just ten minutes out of Terrigal.
4. Be adventurous and try an introductory flight in a microlight over the Central Coast. This exhilarating experience operates out of Somersby Airfield.  
5. Hop aboard the Central Coast Steam Model Train for a bit of fun with your family. The Great Little Trains of Narara operates on the first Saturday of every month.
6. Visit one of the many gardens or farms along the Central Coast. For example, “A Dozen Roses” is a fascinating hydroponic rose growing facility in Woongarrah, while Cedar Park Lavender in Wyong offers 5500 plants to please the eyes and the nose. If you’re hungry, check out Yarramalong’s Macadamia Nut Farm.
7. Feed some pelicans in Memorial Park at The Entrance. You’ll get smelly fingers, but won’t mind because it’s such a laugh.
8. Amble through a gallery or two. Each of the towns along the Central Coast has quaint galleries and art shops to enjoy. To start you off, check out Gosford Regional Gallery, and head to Green Point to enjoy the work of Australian artists at Gallery 460. Set amongst eight hectares of gardens, you will also be treated to a fascinating sculpture park.
9. Climb a lighthouse and be rewarded with a spectacular 360-degree view. The historic lighthouse in Nora Head offers tours on Saturdays and Sundays between 10:00am and 1:30pm.
10. Tuck into a seafood feast along the Hawkesbury River on a Crab’N’Oyster Cruise, try one of the many fabulous waterfront restaurants, or laze on a beach with some fish and chips.

When to go
Year-round attractions and scenery make the Central Coast a fantastic break at any time. Sunbathing (using sunscreen, of course!) and swimming are best enjoyed in spring, summer and autumn – July and August can get a bit cool.

How to get there
The southern tip of the Central Coast is an hour’s drive from Sydney. There are frequent trains into the area from Sydney’s Central Station and many suburban stations as well – but ideally, you’ll need a car to get around. If this isn’t a possibility – catch a train, and you can go between many of the Central Coast towns by ferry or train.

Accommodation
There are some truly special places to stay along the Central Coast. Honeymooners and romantics will be pleased by the countless boutique hotels, bed and breakfasts, and hideaways.

Families, couples and friends will enjoy the convenience and luxury of more than 50 different self-contained apartments and holiday homes, ranging from a waterfront townhouse complete with canoes, rowboats and fishing lines on Lake Macquarie, to a luxurious Resort Manor in Cam’s Wharf.

You will find almost 200 Central Coast accommodation options at TakeABreak.com.au

Ideal length of visit
For many people, a short trip to the Central Coast turns into a lifetime. You might decide to do it one weekend at a time, if you are fortunate to live within a short drive. Or perhaps, you could rent a car for a week or two and slowly work your way up the coast. And later, you can return to make plans for your future in the area, as you’ll realise you never want to leave.

Further information
Click here for a handy guide with maps, attractions and other useful information about the Central Coast.

About the Author
Kylie-Jane Degeling is a freelance writer who has lived in Adelaide, Yulara (Uluru), Alice Springs and Canberra, as well as five different countries throughout the world. After backpacking around Australia, she worked as a tour guide in Central Australia, before training for her Commercial Pilot License and working as a flight instructor, scenic flight and charter pilot. She later worked as a travelling IT trainer for the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, which involved spending time in each of their 16 District Offices around the country on a rotating basis.

Having experienced Australia as a backpacker, tour guide, pilot and business traveller, Kylie now enjoys family holidays with her husband Alex, and children Jezzy and Jordan. She says, “I have been lucky to see Australia from a variety of perspectives, and as a travel writer can use this experience to inspire others to find holidays they would enjoy.”  Kylie currently works as a travel writer in addition to being a government writer and columnist for two parenting magazines.

About the author
Find out more about Kylie at http://bit.ly/h_experts



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