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Coasting : Coastal Life 17th Dec 2009
central coast tourism Summer 2010 COASTAL LIFE 9 MAKING A STAND: A young pupil finds his feet under the watchful eye of Sandra English of Te rry McDermott Surf Coaching Australia. Picture by Richard Gosling. DIVE, DIVE, DIVE: How the former-HMAS Adelaide might look to divers once she is scuttled off the coast of Avoca in 2010. Picture courtesy of Bob Diaz of Pro Dive Central Coast. The Central Coast has always been a playground for those who love swimming, surfing, fishing, and generally messing about in boats. But a new player on the aquatic scene, scheduled to arrive on March 27, 2010, has everyone talking. That’s when the decommissioned HMAS Adelaide is expected to be sunk as an artificial reef and diving wreck 1 kilometre off the coast of Avoca. Having the only naval wreck on the entire NSW coastline will prove to be a massive drawcard for the region, and Te rrigal will become the land base for dive tours. Bob Diaz of Pro Dive Central Coast (go to www.prodivecentralcoast.com .au) said divers from all points of the compass would descend on the region to be among the first to see what a new wreck looks like. “Divers will be lining up for return visits, over time, as the sea life takes hold and fish such as blue groper and mulloway take up residence,” Bob said. Follow the progress of the scuttling at www.hmasadelaide.com. For those who prefer their fun afloat, rather than under the surface, check out Central Coast Charters (phone 0488 123474) for reef or game fishing, whale watching or scenic cruises. Central Coast Reef and Game Fishing Charters (0427 665 544) can get you out there, and amongst the big ones, in a fast and modern boat. They will take care of everything from providing the best Shimano rods and reels to cutting your bait and rigging your lines. Go to www.reefandgamefishing.com for more. Hitching a ride with Central Coast Ferries (4363 1311) is a great way to explore the region. They operate ferries between Woy Woy, Saratoga, Davistown and Empire Bay, and their popular services include a ‘’restaruant run’’ to Hardys Bay, and ‘’ferry to the footy’’ at Gosford. The Central Coast is home to a host of drive-yourself hire boat operators on Explore the big blue On thewater WHAT A CATCH! Some happy anglers celebrate their successful expedition with Central Coast Reef and Game Fishing Charters. the local estuaries, such as Andersons Boatshed (4341 3219) at Booker Bay, on Brisbane Wa ter, which offers a range of half-cabin and open launches, as well as aluminium boats with outboards, for hire. Go to www.andersonsmarina.com .au for more information. Aquafun on Avoca Lake (0413 808 394) offers a different range of fun craft for hire, including pedal boats (single, double or quadruple), kayaks (single, double, sit-in or sit-on) and zippy surf skis. All ages and levels of fitness are catered for, and lifejackets are provided free. Go to www.aquafun.net.au for more. There’s no better place to learn how to surf than on the Central Coast, and at Te rry McDermott Surf Coaching Australia (4399 3388) you’ll be taught by Sandra English, a multiple winner of state and national surfing titles, and one of Australia’s most highly credentialed coaches. Lessons cater for all ages, and from beginners to experienced surfers, and are usually held at the beautiful Soldiers Beach, at Norah Head. Group or private lessons are available, and during the school holidays children can take part in three-day classes. All softboards and wetsuits are supplied. Go to www.surfcoaching.com.au for more. The Central Coast’s magnificent waterways are about to boost their pulling power... CENTRAL COAST REEF & GAME FISHING CHARTERS TERRIGAL Check the website for availability & recent catches www.reefandgamefishing.com Member of: Central Coast To urism, Commercial Vessel Association of NSW, Central Coast GFC, Ecofishers Ph: 0427 66 55 44 Email: email@example.com NSW Maritime & Fisheries Licenced No fishing licence required All equipment & bait supplied Yo ur catch cleaned & iced Individual & group bookings Covered seating & toilet Gift vouchers available Owner operated since 1996 c864 9595-17Dec
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