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Coasting : December 15th 2008
central coast tourism Patonga Beach Patonga – Pearl Beach > > > Q A& Photographer Ken Duncan Ken Duncan, Australia’s leading panoramic photographer, talks about his career and the wonderful new showcase for his work, the Ken Duncan Gallery (phone 4367 6701) at Erina. Q: What can visitors expect when they visit your gallery? A: A sanctuary experience where they can come and contemplate the beauty of creation – and enjoy good food at the same time at The Sanctuary Cafe. Q: Anything that might appeal to families on a budget and with no space in the family station wagon for one of your amazing framed panoramic pictures? Where relaxation is a shore thing At Patonga and Pearl Beach the clock seems to run a little slower and there’s still plenty of space on the beach to lay down a towel. Pearl Beach and Patonga are ideal waterside getaways right at the southern tip of the Central Coast offering a variety of holiday accommodation options, including camping, caravanning and holiday home rental. The beaches at Patonga and Pearl Beach are family friendly – well protected from large swells, with Pearl Beach in particular offering a stunning stretch of pristine sand on which to soak up the sun. Patonga Beach, although unpatrolled, is situated in an inlet and is a great spot for families with young children. There’s much more than just the beach. You can spend a day exploring the Brisbane Water National Park. a fire trail at the northern end of Patonga Beach leads to Pearl Beach. The walk takes about two hours and offers stunning views across Palm Beach and Pittwater and some lovely, classic australian bush. Just remember to take a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water. Holiday accommodation is available at the local caravan and camping park or holiday accommodation. rent a house by the beach for the whole family or enjoy a few nights camping at the Patonga Caravan Park. The area includes all living essentials including electric barbecues, an amenities block with toilets, showers and laundry, as well as a boat ramp. enjoy a meal at the new Patonga Beach Hotel (phone 4379 1111) or the Patonga Beach Hotel A: We have gifts for every taste and budget – from $1.50 all the way up to thousands of dollars. We have things like books, jigsaws, postcards and tableware as well as my prints. Q: Do people ever proudly show you their scenic holiday snaps? A: Yes. I love seeing other people’s photos – as long as it’s not too many! I have received many great location ideas from patrons of the gallery. Q: You’re well known for going to great lengths to get particular pictures. What’s the most trouble you’ve ever gone to in order to get a picture? local fish and chip shop. The hotel has an extensive range of meals on offer which can be enjoyed from the comfort of the dining room or on the terrace. The local fish and chip shop is located opposite the Patonga Ferry (9918 2747) and is very popular. There a number of dining options at Pearl Beach such as cafes and takeaway shops. You’ll also find what has recently been voted the Central Coast’s best restaurant, Pearls On The Beach (4342 4400), right on the water’s edge at the southern end of the beach. A: Getting captured by a field unit of the Hezbollah on the border of Lebanon in Israel as they believed I was an Israeli spy! It was a very tense situation where guns were drawn and very serious threats made but in the end I was able to get out of the situation – but that in itself is another very long and interesting story. Read about it in my new book Life’s An Adventure. Q: Your favourite photographic location? A: I live in my favourite photographic location. It’s called the Central Coast! Q: Complete this sentence: The one thing I’d really love to photograph is... A: Earth. I’d love to watch the Earth rising from the Moon, rather than doing a sunrise or a full moon. There is no bigger picture that I can think of than actually the whole of Earth. ST FIACRE DISTILLERY Australia’s uniquely tempting liquers Enjoy international award winning liqueurs, organic coffee and biscotti or linger over a long cocktail and lunch in our garden marquee.’ “Chat with the distiller, Philip Moore, at the bar or in the distillery.” “Stroll through our garden of distillery and fragrant plants.” ST FIACRE DISTILLERY 25 Portsmouth Rd Erina NSW 2250, Australia Ph: +612 4365 3968 Mobile: 0422 23 23 62 (Formally the site of the Fragrant Garden - A Central Coast tourist icon for 30 years) December-February Coastal Life 13