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Coasting : December 15th 2008
12 Coastal Life December-February Under Cover > > > Wet weather? It’s not a problem Rain, hail, gale or shine, it’s always perfect weather for these under-cover activities. BRING out the artist within when you visit some of the Coast’s outstanding galleries: The Ken Duncan Gallery and The Sanctuary Cafe (phone 4367 6701) and Neale Joseph Fine Art Gallery (4367 3777) both at Erina Heights; Bay Gallery (4343 1990) at Et- talong Beach; Gosford Regional Gal- lery (4325 0056) at East Gosford; and Toowoon Bay Gallery (4332 6023). Catch a show at: Laycock Street Theatre (4323 3233) at North Gosford; Woy Woy Little Theatre (4344 4737); or Lizotte’s Restaurant (4368 2017). Explore the region’s history at: Alison Homestead and Wyong District Museum (4352 1886) which is open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4pm; The Entrance RSL Military Museum/Library (4332 0144) at Long Jetty, which is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 3.30pm; and Henry Kendall Cottage and Historical Museum (4325 2270) at West Gosford, which is open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm. Or get the blood pumping at: Peninsula Leisure Centre (4325 8123) at Woy Woy with its indoor pools, health club and children’s play area; Bateau Bay Tenpin Bowl (4332 9999); Grommet’s Kids World inside Diggers @ The Entrance (4384 8832); Mingara One The Lifestyle Centre (4388 9202) with its state-of-the-art gymnasium and pools; and Erina Ice Arena (4367 8244) for some ice-skating fun. Henry Kendall Cottage and Historical Museum central coast tourism Erina Ice Arena Q A& Fisho Dave of Hawkesbury River Crab and Oyster Cruises Fisho Dave is host and affable master of ceremonies aboard Hawkesbury River Crab and Oyster Cruises (www. crabandoystercruises.com.au or phone 9985 8237). Fisherman, boat captain, comedian, singer and tour guide... Fisho Dave does it all. Q: Dave, how long have you been working on the cruises? A: About seven years. Fisho Garry also works as an MC on these cruises providing much the same information as myself about the seafood delicacies. Q: The seafood is superb – does the Hawkesbury have a reputation for excellent crabs and oysters? A: Of course. Hawkesbury seafood is the best in Australia as Sydney market prices indicate. Bream from this river are presently selling for twice as much as anywhere else. Q: How fresh are the cruise seafoods? A: I doubt if anywhere else in Australia shows patrons the seafood being caught and then cooked. Q: How popular are the cruises? A: Our business has built a reputation for leisure cruising mixed with the serving of fine, fresh seafoods. Asian visitors especially are surprised at how we catch the crabs from the traps we’ve set and then cook and serve them. I set the traps at night and next day on the cruise invariably we find a crab or crabs in them. Pull huge sport fish on a charter departing from Ettalong on the Central Coast, the Hawkesbury OR Pittwater! Central Coast Charters Do reef fishing without the hassle. On this reef fishing adventure you’ll learn professional reef fishing technique. The big fish are waiting for anyone from beginners to semi-pros! Let professionals guide you on this reef fishing charter trip to the best water on the northern coast of Sydney, up to the central coast. Without the hassle of licenses, hire or finding your own bait or tackle, it’s easy to just get into the fishing! Using only the best equipment - Shimano rods, quality bait and tackle all from the quality 52ft Stebercraft - you’re free to concentrate on your technique whilst hearing the stories of experienced fishermen. There’s a seat and rod holder for every angler because on a 6.5 hour adventure, you’re bound to need a break! Morning tea is provided, and any fish caught will be cleaned for you ready to be taken home. Types of fish caught in the area include marlin, albacore, teraglin, mackerel, pearl perch, samson fish, yellowfin tuna, jewfish, leatherjackets, snapper, cobia, flathead, kingfish and more! You’ll be so well-taken care of on this multi-award winning charter that your reef fishing experience and the techniques you learn will stay with you for life. 0488 12 FISH (3474)