A weekend in the Central Coast – where to go, eat and stay!

Take a trip to the Central Coast and explore some of our favourite areas; Killcare, Ettalong, Terrigal, Woy Woy and a place where we just visited some new great establishments – Gosford.

The central coast has some awesome surf beaches; MacMasters beach, Shelly Beach, Avoca Beach and Umina to name a few. There’s also national parks and nature reserves and waterways to fish and even find yourselves a pearl!

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There’s cultural activities, galleries, concerts garden or photography exhibitions and markets to keep you busy.

On our trip we did a few fun activities; a distillery tour, chocolate factory tour and even a tour of NSW’s only Pearl farm.

The region is not short of places to eat and eat we did. From a stop at Saddles on our journey up, to dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and finishing an amazing meal in Gosford at the Bon Pavilion, there is certainly plenty of great food to indulge in.

Activities

The chocolate factory has tours, a gourmet cafe, junior workshops and a retail store. It is a one stop chocolate shop where you can learn, create, taste and take home! See our blog here for more details.

One of the coolest experiences on the Central Coast was a tour of the Broken Bay Pearl farm, which is NSW’s only pearl farm. Located in Woy Woy, the Pearl Farm cultivates Akoya pearls from the Pinctada fucata oyster. On the tour you learn about the process on land, take a boat tour to see this work in action and grade pearls upon return to land. A one of a kind experience. We thoroughly recommend this and encourage you to take a tour. Read more about it here.

Try some gin at the Distillery Botanica in Erina which has been produced by Philip Moore, ex horticulturalist and now botanical gin manufacturer. Botanica Distillery is well worth a visit to enjoy the surrounds, to have a chat with Philip and to enjoy a tasting at the cellar door. See here for more details.

Accomodation

Relax and unwind by the sea at Terrigal Crowne Plaza with absolute beach front with sweeping views of the beach, it’s the perfect place for a little getaway. A hotel that has it all, leisure facilities including a pool, table tennis, gym and Endota Day Spa. There’s also three ocean front restaurants and bars. See our blog here for more details

Where to eat

Saddles

Saddles is a stunning bakery, cafe and restaurant in Mt White.  It is an absolute gold mine and one of the most picturesque places we’ve been. Saddles bakery and restaurant serves breakfast and lunch as well as a dinner menu on Fridays. From house made granola, to poached eggs, french toast and the most amazing pies and sausage rolls, you will be delighted with the food on offer. Read more about Saddles here.

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Bon Pavilion

The Bon Pavilion is a huge and flexible architectural open space, where people can come in and meet, have a coffee and cake, light lunch, alcoholic drink in the sports bar or a sophisticated meal in the upmarket restaurant.  The food is prepared with ethically sourced premium ingredients delivered with precision and superb culinary technique. The menu has an emphasis on proteins cooked on the bone for enhanced flavour. See our blog here for more details. 

Seasalt

Seasalt restaurant, located within the Crowne Plaza is great because you don’t even have to step foot outside the hotel. With ocean views, it has a stunning outlook and is set up for a sophisticated dining experience. Executive chef Simon Quick has curated a great array of ala carte menu options that change seasonally and the meals are presented beautifully and are of high quality. See our blog here.

Bar Botanica

On the site ‘Bar Botanica’, just a stones throw from their cellar door, is Bar Botanica, serving some fantastic gelato, utilising flavours from the garden. This is operated by the Mr Goaty Gelato team. The lemon Myrtle flavour we tried was outstanding! They also have food and coffees and the Garden is beautiful to sit in and enjoy your food. They also have a truck which can be used for weddings and events! See our blog here.

There’s so much to do in such a short time, that we will be keen to return soon to see more. Have a read, plan your own little trip and you will certainly have a great time.

Reach out if you have any questions,

We’d like to say a sincere thank you to all venues for their hospitality, to Scout Pr and This is the Central Coast for organising our visit.

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