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Coasting : Coastal Life 17th Dec 2009
central coast tourism Summer 2010 COASTAL LIFE 19 Scho ol’s out All ages and riding abilities are catered for – ranging from the gentle ponies for 3- to 10-year-olds who can be led on one-hour rides, to more challenging horses for the most experienced riders who can choose to explore the valley at their own pace. And during the school holidays Glenworth Va lley offers children discounted rates on riding, as well as half- and full-day horse riding camps, overnight camps for older children, and adventure MAX camps where they can combine horse riding with kayaking, abseiling or quad biking. Go to www.glenworth.com .au for more. Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park (4375 1100) at Calga hosts some terrific children’s workshops from 11am to 1pm on weekdays during the school holidays. The park offers visitors remarkable access to 180 species of native animal roaming free and happy in the bush, and also features ancient Aboriginal sites. The workshops begin when the kids make and apply their own ochre face paint. Then they set off on an adventure where they enjoy a range of activities including throwing boomerangs, tracking kangaroos and emus through the bush, and patting pythons. Fun is the name of the game... just don’t tell the kids that the workshops are educational, too! Go to www.walkaboutpark.com.au for more. Amazement (4353 9900) at Wyong Creek is an enchanting family fun park with a difference (see the Q&A story this page). During summer it’s open until 7pm. Go to www.amazement.com .au for more. When the kids need to cool it, check out Erina Ice Arena (4367 8244) at Erina Fair shopping centre. There are two-hour skate sessions each weekday during the holidays, and there are night sessions and discos on Fridays and Saturdays. And speaking of the great indoors, there are quality children’s play and amusement centres at Kids HQ (4355 4455) at North Wyong, Chipmunks Playland and Cafe at Westfield, Tu ggerah, and Grommets Kids World (4384 8832) at Diggers at The Entrance, while Mingara Recreation Club (4349 7799) at Tu mbi Umbi is home to children’s entertainment at The Playhouse, The Te rrace Playground, and Adventure Mini Golf (4349 7883). To ur de Long Jetty Cycle Hire (4332 2232) offers a range of modern bikes for everyone in the family – they even have bikes with baby seats. Bateau Bay Te npin Bowling Centre (4332 9999) and Gosford City Te npin Bowling Centre (4328 3133) are equipped for bumper bowling (say goodbye to gutter balls!) and slip into cosmic bowling mode on Friday nights and all weekend where music and flashing lights transform the alleys. Q&A: Gennie Engebretsen of Amazement at Wyong Creek Q: Yo u look very familiar. Where have we seen you before? A: I have been an actor for most of my life. I started as an eight-year-old in Wa lt Disney’s Greyfriars Bobby (UK). Recently I was in Packed to the Rafters. And Muriel’s Wedding is a film people recognise me from - I played Deidre “What a coincidence!” Chambers, Bill Hunter’s bit on the side. I have appeared in almost every Australian TV show in the last 25 years but do very little these days. In fact, I wonder if I am past my use-by date! Q: How does an experienced actor come to open a family fun attraction at Wyong Creek? A: A streak of madness, a commitment to nurture family life, and a heart to create something significant for the community. Q: What can you tell us about the mazes? A: The Summer Maze is about two acres (8100 square metres) and is sown with maize and sunflowers. The design changes each year and has a different quiz trail. This summer we have a Lost in Space theme and a maze in the shape of a rocket. We have two other permanent lilly pilly mazes and are currently making a third. The heart labyrinth is the centre of everything. There are also maze mats which are pretty challenging, a balance maze, an upstairs-downstairs maze, and a rope maze which gets everybody tangled up. Q: Yo u must really enjoy using hedge trimmers... A: Actually, I do confess to being a passionate gardener - however I am trying to train the goats to nibble in straight lines. Q: Ever had to send out a search party for a lost visitor? A: The platform in the middle of the Summer Maze is usually manned by one of our guides with a walkie talkie. Everyone entering the maze takes in a flag on a pole which they can wave if they get into trouble. Children do seem to go ‘missing’ when it is time to leave. We usually find them in the fairy cubby. ACTIVE: Glenworth Va lley Outdoor Adventures offers visitors horse riding, kayaking, quad biking, mountain biking, abseiling and camping. Q: Apart from the mazes, what else can families expect to see when they visit? A: The property is just less than 16 acres (6.5 hectares). There is a lovely walk through the Wild Wood and heaps of friendly animals. We have unicorns that turn into donkeys in the daytime. And there are alpacas, lambs, goats, miniature horses, all kinds of chickens, ducks and peacocks – most of whom are running free – and Bunny World, which is the old above-ground pool transformed into a warren which the children can get into with bunnies, guinea pigs, silky chickens and Lance the blue-tongue lizard. There is a car track with electric gators, puzzles and yard games of all kinds. And the big barn – a work in progress like all of Amazement – is lovely to sit in, play games and bask on the veranda. It will eventually house a cafe and multi-media equipment. Q: What most impresses first- time visitors to Amazement? A: The relaxed family atmosphere, the chance to get up close and personal with a whole lot of animals, and an experience they have never had before. Q: Anything else that you’d like our readers to know? A: We ’re open until 7pm during summer. Bring a picnic or use our barbecues or order a hamper and plan to spend some time hanging out with friends and family in a lovely setting. It’s good therapy - families who play together stay together. Gennie Engebretsen and friends, at Amazement. A Great Day Out for the Whole Family! ExplorePlayGrow Ph: 4353 9900 or at www. amazement.com.au • 17 0 Ya rramalong Road , Wyong Creek , NSW 2259 ASK ABOUT OUR GROUP BOOKINGS SPECIAL Get Lost in Space this Summer at Amazement! From maddening mazes to cuddly animals, Amazement offers a range of activities the whole family will enjoy. This year’s Summer Sunflower Maze opens on Boxing Day. It is in the shape of a rocket and everyone gets a chance to win great prizes in the Lost in Space fun quiz trail! We’re just 5 kilometres from the F3 in the Ya rramalong Valley. ■ Lilly Pilly Maze ■ Summer Maze ■ Picnics and BBQ ■ Fa rm Animals ■ Big Barn ■ Maze Games ■ Electric & Pe dal cars ■ Wild Wood SPECIAL SUMMER OPENING HOURS (Christmas to East er) Open on weekends and Public/School holidays from 10am – 7pm (last entry 5pm) Adults: .................................... $15 Conc./Seniors: ............... $12.50 Juniors (3-16): ....................... $10 Under 3’s: ............................ FREE Family Pass (2+2): ............... $45 Amazement is an Australian Government Funded Initiative under the Australian To urism Development Program c8657782-17Dec Picture by Aaron Brown.
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