With the Pacific Ocean to one side and Brisbane River to the other, this stretch of coastline offers an irresistible lifestyle, on and off the land, and all only 90 minutes from Sydney’s CBD. If a laidback weekend by the sea is high on the agenda, the Central Coast more than delivers.
From Killcare to Wamberal and everywhere in-between, your weekend on the Central Coast will be well spent…
Best coffee in town
Becker & Co, a little café in Avoca Beach village keeps locals well-caffeinated. Steps away from Avoca Beach, this is the place to go for a post morning swim. Their menu gets breakfast and brunch right with seasonal and organic produce.
Erina Fair aside, Terrigal is the shopping and dining hub of these coastal towns, and coastal chic Designer Forum is leading the charge with labels such as Zimmermann, Jac + Jack, Bassike and Camilla gracing its racks.
With the Girls
Day spa treatments to Italian dining, Bells at Killcare is a Hampton-esque boutique hotel that is situated on acres of landscaped gardens. This is the place to relax over a leisurely lunch after a well-deserved treatment at the day spa.
It’s hard to go past a fine dining experience at Bells at Killcare. The dining room that opens out onto a veranda and overlooks the gardens is the backdrop to a menu that is all about Italian cuisine, that is made from fresh, local ingredients. Pair it with their award-winning wine list and you’re set.
Terrigal has an abundance of activities, plus a thriving shopping and dining scene but Avoca Beach is where it’s for families who like things a bit more chilled. This beachside village has a family-friendly beach, great cafes, and Avoca Lake can be explored by kayak, paddleboard or pedalboats from Aquafun
What started out as a theatre in the front garden as a fundraiser to build the Avoca Beach rockpool, Avoca Beach Picture Theatre has turned into an award-winning cinema that has a line-up of arthouse, classic and blockbuster films. They also play host to music and cultural evenings.
Back to nature
Bouddi National Park, in all its rugged beauty, is one place you will want to keep coming back to, time and time again. And it’s easy to see why with its secluded beaches, coastal walking trails, mountain bike trails, incredible views, camping and picnic spots.
Pack a picnic and settle in for the day at Maitland Bay. The 2km trail that leads to the secluded bay is steep but short. When the tide is low an 1898 shipwreck is worth exploring. It’s a popular bushwalk, but stay for the sunset, that’s when the romance factor really kicks in.