Andersons offers a variety of boats for hire, half cabin, open boats, aluminium boats with canopy and the BBQ boats. Bring the family or friends along for a great day out, you don’t need a boat licence all the boats are very easy to operate, hire fee includes the boat, fuel, map and full instructions. We also offer unique BBQ boats which can carry up to 12 people, these are the best way to get out on the water with your group. They include electric start motors with steering wheel, along with toilet facilities, BBQ and stereo system. Go fishing and cook your BBQ. Great for Birthday parties or any type of group function. Hires are available from a couple of hours through to the full day every day all year round, just bring your food to cook, cutlery, drinks and we can look after the rest. Fishing gear available at the boatshed shop along with bait, tackle, ice, hire rods, fishing licence, coffee, cold drinks and snacks. The boats are pet friendly, wheelchair access is good. Open 8 -5 every day (plus extended hours during summer holiday period through until sunset). Find us on Facebook. Address: Andersons Boatshed, 3a Petit St Booker Bay, Phone 43 413219. Website: www.andersonsmarina.com.au
A ‘must do’ Central Coast experience. Hire from a huge selection of pedal boats and kayaks, or try stand-up paddle boarding. Aquafun is located on the shores of Avoca Lake, an enclosed large coastal lagoon with a large island and lots of bays and wetland to explore. An idyllic park location with shady picnic and barbecue areas, it is just 100 metres from the heart of Avoca Beach shops and cafes, a children’s playground, and just 100 metres from the beach.
Aquafun is a great Central Coast activity suitable for the whole family. Relax under the huge fig trees in the reserve and watch the kids or go on an adventure of your own. Something for all the family.
aquafun.net.au 15 Ficus Ave, Avoca Beach
Amaze your senses… look, listen and learn when you visit the Norah Head Lighthouse. Take a guided tour which leads you up the 96 stairs to the top of the tower where you’ll experience spectacular views from the tower balcony. Marvel at the optics prism as you imagine polishing its 700 lenses. Listen to stories of shipwrecks in days gone by as one of the well versed tour guides step you back in time to feel what it was like to be a Lighthouse Keeper at Norah Head Lighthouse. Learn about the duties of a lighthouse keeper and how the light was first operated. A lighthouse tour steeped in history is sure to inspire you in adventure!
If you’ve loved the tour and would like to stay the Reserve also offers unique heritage listed accommodation in two separate fully equipped Lighthouse Keepers Quarters. 4 Star rated, both are comfortably furnished with each providing three bedrooms and generous living spaces. This stunning location makes for a perfect romantic getaway, whilst the fully fenced quarters provide privacy when on your staycation. Take time to explore the grounds of the lighthouse at your leisure. The surrounding beaches provide secluded enclaves and hours of family friendly activities. The viewing platforms offer a birds eye view for whale watching during the whale migration seasons – northwards in the Autumn and southwards in the Spring.
Norah Head Lighthouse Reserve can be hired for your Wedding ceremony, reception, photography and accommodation. The complete Wedding Package for your special day…
Phone: 0452 564 102 To book go to: www.norahheadlighthouse.com.au
The Edogawa Commemorative Garden is a gift to the City of Gosford from the people of Edogawa and was officially opened on 4 September 1994 by Dirk O’Connor, the Mayor of Gosford and Mayor Nakazato of Edogawa.
The garden is designed according to the design principles of the Heian Period (700 AD) as a strolling garden with meandering pathways. It was constructed by Imperial Gardens Pty Ltd using Australian raw materials. It is based on a traditional ‘Shuyu’ (strolling style) garden, and covers an area of approximately 4000m2. The meandering pathways lead to traditional Japanese features including, a Japanese teahouse, raked dry stone garden (Karesansui), stone lanterns and a pond filled with Koi fish. The arrangement of plants highlights the changing seasons and passing of time.
Since 1988, Gosford City has enjoyed a Sister City relationship with Edogawa, Japan. Sister City relationships promote knowledge and appreciation of other cultures within the community and encourage the exchange of cultural information between people and nations. A display of cultural gifts from Gosford’s Sister Cities is located in the Sister City Collection display case in the Main Gallery.
This historic icon has charmed and delighted young and old at The Entrance since 1930. It has seen a number of owners since its arrival in Australia from France in the early 1900s and is now part of the National Trust classified Haas Family carnival, a family that has 400 years of carnival ancestry. The carousel, which was built in the late 1800s in Germany, was originally ‘powered’ by a pony but was converted to steam at the turn of the century. It remained steam driven until the 1950s when an old chev. engine was installed, and was converted to electricity in the 1970s. Its reed pipe organ, operated by bellows, remained in commission until 1950. Music is now supplied by tape, although the organ front has been restored. The carousel has pride of place on The Entrance waterfront where it is visited by not only today’s children, but by the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents of those children. Have fun with us and ride the historic carousel icon of The Entrance Near the Sails Stage The Waterfront, The Entrance Children’s birthday parties a specialty. Phone: 0414 581 001.
Opened in November 2003, Mt Penang Gardens is considered an enduring and radical contribution to public garden design in Australia. Its distinctive design by Anton James sets it apart from the traditional botanical garden. His garden within a garden produces an understated landscape that is less manicured and in a constant state of being. It continues to evolve today.
12 unique garden rooms, sculptures and cascading waterways. Individual ‘gardens’ are set on and around a large sculptural plateau and walled spaces, abstract pergolas, fountains, ponds, cascades and a 35 metre cantilevered steel footbridge.
Over 8 hectares of native beauty. Along with waterways and stunning summer aquatic gardens, you’ll find that over 70% of the plants are native to Australia. Marvel at the creative ways in which modern landscapes and Australian native flora blend together to produce amazing seasonal displays.
Take the discovery trail: There is something new to experience all year round as you meander through the Gardens. You can hug a bulbous Bottle Tree; wonder at the Dragon Garden’s strange cacti and succulents; be fascinated by the Wondabyne Stone Sculptures; or admire the stunning water lilies and lotus flowers in our Aquatic Garden. From drought tolerant displays to our playful puddle gardens, every pathway opens up a new world of discovery at Mt Penang Gardens.
Open daily: 9:30am – 4:30 pm (excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day) Open 7 Days. Address: Central Coast Highway, Kariong. Phone: 43401002. http://mtpenanggardens.com.au/
Five times recipient of the Central Coast award for excellence in tourism and Cultural Heritage. Set on two and a half acres with peaceful surroundings, Henry Kendall Cottage was once a home for pioneer poet Henry Kendall.
The Museum: One room contains some of the poet’s possessions, while the remaining rooms are furnished as an old cottage.
The spacious Historical Museum displays a wide variety of items from the past including typewriters, bottles and old memorabilia. A slab shed in the grounds contains tools and farm machinery.
The Grounds: Picnic tables and an electric barbecue occupy a pleasant picnic area. Extra tables and chairs and an urn of boiling water are available if required.
Open Wednesday, Saturday, Sundays & public holidays. Address: 25 – 27 Henry Kendall St, West Gosford. Phone: 4325 2270. Website: www.henrykendallcottage.org.au
Fernbank Farm is a wonderful heritage property at Wyong Creek and has recently become available as a Farm Stay and boutique wedding venue. Built in 1904, Fernbank has been lovingly restored and has 4 double bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Over the course of her 25 year ownership, Meg Gossert has tried to reinstate all of the original materials of the building. So much so, the home is considered one of the Central Coast’s most treasured heritage assets. The property is set on 25 acres, 8 of which are beautiful gardens. The garden features a gorgeous rotunda by the lake, a lovely Somesby pebble area and hand-made iron gates to lead you along the hedged dam bank. Home of Central Coast Carriages and beautiful Santosa Clydesdale Stud, guests can enjoy a ride in the newly imported Landau Carriage. Address: Wyong Creek. Phone: 0414 541 901 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.fernbankfarmstay.com
Koorinya Park Gardens is situated high above the beautiful Yarramalong Valley with magnificent Ocean Views. The three acres of landscaped gardens which have been awarded Wyong Shire and the Central Coast grand champion during the past 30 years of competition make an ideal venue for weddings – namings – re-affirmations – commitments, with a beautiful Bridal Arch, Gazebo, fish pond, conveniences, hot water available, undercover area. Bring your morning tea or lunch if desired. Hot water available. Address: 336 Forest Road, Kulnura.
Phone: 02 4376 1220 Email: email@example.com
Australias largest Horse riding & outdoor Adventure Centre Horse riding – Lead pony rides – Quad biking – Abseiling – Kayaking – Fishing park – Camping Just 15 mins from Gosford Cooks Road, Glenworth Valley. Open 7 days. Bookings essential. Phone: 4375 1222. Website: www.glenworth.com.au
The Australian Reptile Park is the hands-on zoo and boasts loads of animal interaction and exciting wildlife shows. Have a close encounter with some of the park’s scaly and furry animals during Snappy Hour 11am-2pm daily, including a walk with Hugo the giant Galapagos tortoise. Elvis, NSW’s biggest crocodile, is fed at 1:30pm on weekends and school holidays. See our spectacular alligator feeding from the banks of our massive ’gator lagoon. See native and exotic reptiles and spiders in our unique exhibits The Lost World of Reptiles and Spider World, featuring Tarantula-ville. Discover how we’re helping save the iconic Tasmanian devil with our exciting conservation project, Devil Ark. Witness venomous snake and funnel web spider milking every day. Have a photo with a snugly python, wombat or cuddly koala. Enjoy the children’s adventure playground, cafe and picnic area, free BBQs and hand feed friendly kangaroos. Address: Pacific Highway, Somersby. Phone: 43401022 Website: www.reptilepark.com.au
The Camping Area boasts luscious green lawns, which are adjacent to the water and white sandy beach. Perfect if you want to take a boat down, enjoy a spot of fishing or just have a swim. Pack a picnic and take a bushwalk through the surrounding Brisbane Waters National Park. There are electric BBQs on-site, a tennis court, kids’ playground and more. The camping ground offers exclusive use of its amenities to campers. There are disabled amenities, a family room and laundry facilities. We offer powered and unpowered sites for tents and caravans. There is a brand new kiosk offering ice, ice creams, coffee, snacks, bait, and a whole lot more. Phone: 4325 8222.
There’s so much more to Forest of Tranquility – Australian Rainforest Sanctuary than first meets the eye. Cathy and Ed Manners opened the park to the public in 1985. They view it as a work of art, using the natural shapes and colours of the rainforest as the canvas for a wide variety of ever changing views and vistas. You’ll do well to find a more beautiful setting for a picnic or barbecue. But the park also offers a unique chance to experience and learn about the life and times in an authentic Australian rainforest.
The park is home to almost 200 species of rainforest flora and sanctuary to more than 126 species of native birds.
Address: 390 Qurimbah Creek Road, Ourimbah Phone: 43621855 Website: http://www.forestoftranquility.com
On the Brisbane Waters foreshore with Club Bar, Brasserie and gaming lounge. Yacht & dinghy racing, corporate events, junior and amateur sailing and learn to sail programs.
• Live Entertainment • Happy Hour • Trivia Night • Meat Raffles & Disco
Gosford Sailing Club 28 Masons Parade Gosford
Ph 02 4325 7216 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.gossail.com.au
Getting married? Your wedding day is the public celebration of a lifetime commitment to each other.
With a Civil Marriage Ceremony performed by Gail Brigden, you have the freedom to make your wedding day as special as you wish. Gail speciliases in performing civil wedding ceremonies in some of the Central Coast and Hunter Valley’s most spectacular locations. From Yarramalong Valley to Terrigal, from Nelson Bay to Pokolbin, Gail can advise you on the perfect location for your wedding ceremony.
Phone: 0414 615 233 Email: email@example.com Website: www.kooindahwaterscelebrant.com.au
One of the largest private collections of military memorabilia in Australia open to the public, interest groups and schools.
A truly unique experience complete with life like scenes and sound effects from the Frontline.
Adults $10 Students & Concession $6
Open Every Saturday 10am to 3pm. Monday To Friday by Appointment. Phone 4324 1588
24 Tatura Ave Gosford NSW 2250
The Australian Seabird Rescue are a team of volunteer specialists focusing on the rescue and rehabilitation of pelicans, seabirds and other shorebirds throughout the Central Coast area.
As well as fundraising activities, educating the community and actively patrolling pelican roosts and fishing hot spots in search of injured birds.
We are a registered charity organisation relying on the kindness and support of the community for volunteers and donations. Phone: 0438 862 676. Emails: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tuggerah Lakes estuary is a unique environment and rich in biodiversity. Over the years the estuary has been influenced by many different human activities.
The Tuggerah Lakes Estuary has been shaped by a rich and vibrant history. It began with the early Aboriginal tribes followed by the arrival of European settlers who triggered a wave in logging, fishing, dairying, tourism and urban development.
Today, it is a bustling urban hub home to 140,000 people and a favourite destination for thousands of annual holidaymakers. Website: www.loveourlivinglakes.com.au
Bar facilities, Poker Machines, TAB, Keno, Foxtel and an ATM as well as the picturesque golf course.
Live Music on the 1st Saturday night of the month and the Last Sunday afternoon of the Month. Open 6 days a week for lunch and dinner (closed on Mondays).
Address: Hallards Road, Central Mangrove Phone: 43731129 Website: http://mmmclub.com.au
Police, Ambulance, Fire 000
Gosford Hospital 4320 2111
Woy Woy Hospital 4343 8444
Wyong Hospital 4393 8000
Visitor Information Centres
Lake Macquarie Visitor Information Centre
228-234 Pacific Highway, Swansea. Phone 1800 802 044. www.visitlakemac.com.au
The Entrance Visitor Information Centre
Marine Parade, The Entrance. Phone 02 4385 4074. www.theentrance.org.au
Toukley Visitor Information Centre
Wallarah Point Park, Gorokon. Phone 02 4392 4666.
Greater Toukley Vision
Phone: 4397 1711. https://www.greatertoukley.org.au/
Ettalong Visitor Information Centre
Ettalong Diggers Club, 51-52 The Esplanade, Ettalong. Phone 02 4343 0111.