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Coasting : December 15th 2008
central coast tourism Coastal Life CENTRAL COAST HOLIDAY GUIDE TO THE CENTRAL COAST Summer 08-09 09 www.centralcoasttourism.com.au Index Get active - Coast’s outdoors really are great 4 On the water - When you want to make a splash Taking a dive - Scuba spots off the Central Coast On the beach - Have a swell time Family fun - Wild to mild fun for the ages Hidden gems - Treasures that give the region its character Under cover -Wet weather? It’s not a problem 10 12 Patonga-Pearl Beach - Where relaxation is a shore thing 13 Woy Woy Peninsula - Play around in Spike’s backyard 14 Yarramalong Valley - A treat for the senses The Entrance - Old favourite has more to offer 15 16 Terrigal-Avoca Beach - Seaside beauties Music and entertainment - Never short of a good night out Dining - Coast is home to good taste Events - Plenty to see and do over summer Relax - Feel-good ideas for ‘me’ time Retail therapy - The Coast is a shopper’s paradise Wisemans Ferry - Steeped in history 18 19 20 21 22 23 Inquiries: Angie Woods phone 43653300 Editor: David Stewart Writers: Paul Callaghan, Michael Dubois, Vanessa Handley, Steven Spierings, David Stewart Photography: Phillip Hearne, Aaron Brown, Richard Gosling, Corey Davis/Getty Images, Marco Del Grande, Sandra Jackson, Steve Robertson, Sahlan Hayes, Quentin Jones, Kristjan Porm, Andrew Sawatske, Liam Driver. Design: Joe Introna, John Watson For advice on the best places to play and stay contact Central Coast Tourism. Our friendly staff offer a wealth of local knowledge and can assist with your holiday planning needs. central coast ? Accommodation and tour bookings ? Advice on the best beaches, restaurants and markets ? Free Central Coast holiday information pack ? Public Internet access Open 7 days Kariong - 52 The Avenue Drop into an Information Centre: Gosford - 200 Mann Street Open 7 days The Entrance - Marine Parade Phone: 1300 132 975 (toll free)• Visit:w w w . v i s i t c e n t r a l c o a s t . c o m . a u HIGH LIFE: Take a tour through Norah Head Lighthouse (page 11) 17 I HAVE a confession to make: helping to put this magazine together has given me a good wake-up call. OK, I’ll admit it, because I’ve lived here for more than 30 years I’d started to lose sight of how special the place is. Only when I began researching, writing, and compiling the pictures and articles for this inaugural edition of Coastal Life magazine did it hit me: the Central Coast is fan-bloody-tastic! It’s a great place to visit – as you’ll discover – and a wonderful place to live. Consider, as I did, just how the place stacks up... For the anglers in the family, the Central Coast is a paradise of beach fishing, rock platforms, lakes, rivers and lagoons. Golfers are discovering that the area now boasts some of Australia’s best public, resort and private courses. And speaking of active types, they’re catered for with horse riding, kayaking, sailing, scuba diving and swimming, to name but a few options. Nature lovers revel in our deserted stretches of beach and the coastal walking tracks in the national parks. And as a haven of rural tranquillity, the lush valleys of the Central Coast are welcome therapy for those who need to simply get away from it all. Children delight in the region’s waterways and wildlife and adventure attractions. And when Mum and Dad are in the mood for some culture, the Central Coast’s theatres, shopping centres, restaurants, galleries and licensed venues deliver the indulgent creature comforts. You know what? I’ve just decided where I’m going for my next holiday. I’m staying right here! Editor - David Stewart FINE FARE: Seasalt Restaurant at Crowne Plaza, Terrigal (page 19) 5 6 8 9 Welcome to the Central Coast The Central Coast is a perfect destination for a relaxing short break or a carefree holiday. PICTURESQUE: Kooindah Waters Golf Club near Wyong (page 4) SURF’S UP: The Central Coast is a paradise for surfers (page 8) RETAIL THERAPY: Shopping’s a pleasure at Erina Fair (page 22) December-February Coastal Life 3 Visi tor Informat ion Centres visitor guide FREE with discount vouchers! ????? ? ? ? ? ? ??? ? ? ? ??? ? ? ? ???? ?? central coast 2009 Official Visitor Guide ?