There's plenty of exciting and family friendly places and activities on the Central Coast, we're spoilt for choice! Take a look below at some of our top recommendations to take the family out to.
1. The Haven, Terrigal
For a picturesque day out in the fresh air, make a trip to The Haven, in Terrigal. Pack a picnic and soak up the scenery or let the kids run around on the oval, kicking a ball. If the weather is warm, why not head to the beach and take a swim in The Haven's calm waters. There are several cafes and restaurants to choose from if you fancy eating out, with food ranging from fish 'n' chips to milkshakes to fine dining, or make use of one of the BBQs and picnic benches available. Bring the dog to the off leash dog area and, if you're up for a challenge, walk up to the top of The Skillion and be rewarded with panoramic views over the ocean and surrounding beaches. During winter months, its also the perfect spot for whale watching.
The Haven, Terrigal
2. Ettalong to Palm Beach Ferry
For a trip that everyone will enjoy, take a ride on the Ettalong to Palm Beach ferry. Have your cameras ready to snap some truly magnificent views of the Central Coast, Box Head, Lion Island and the Northern Beaches. The ferry ride takes 30 mins to reach Palm Beach and once you're there, either have an explore of the Northern Beaches, grab some fish 'n' chips or head back on the ferry to Ettalong and enjoy lunch at The Box On The Water whilst the kids play in the adjacent playground.
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3. Wyong Milk Factory
The Milk Factory, located at wyong, is guaranteed to make a fun trip out. There's a great playground with tree houses and a pirate ship plus a cafe selling delicious food. Once you're done eating and playing, check out the resident chocolate and cheese factories and perhaps make a purchase to take home. There are also kayaks and row boats available to hire and take out along the river, so plenty to keep everyone happy.
The playground at Wyong Milk Factory
4. Spoon Bay
One of the Coast's little treasures, Spoon Bay sits nestled between Wamberal beach and Forresters Beach. Best parking spots are situated at the end of Spoon Bay Road, then walk along the track through the bush and down the steps to the beautiful, quiet beach. At the right tide times, the kids will love to explore the rock pools, so bring appropriate footwear and go see what hidden creatures are there. Spoon Bay is definitely worth a visit for a peaceful and stunning beach trip for the whole family.
5. Pelican Feeding, The Entrance
A popular and must see Central Coast activity amongst tourists and locals alike, is to go see the pelicans being fed at The Entrance. Operating daily at 3.30pm, make sure you arrive early to secure a good spot to get up close and personal to these magnificent birds. As wells as being entertained, you'll be educated too by a running commentary about the pelicans, marine life and local area information. Once the pelican feeding is over, there's plenty more to see and do at The Entrance, including the new playground, the water park, the waterfront boardwalk plus a selection of cafes, restaurants and shops to explore and eat at.
6. Somersby Falls Picnic Area
Hidden within a lush rainforest in Brisbane Water National Park and surrounding by waterfalls and a walking track, you'll find a perfect picnic area to bring the family. Open from 9am, there's picnic benches and BBQs available for use plus plenty of shade amongst the tall trees. Watch the water falling from the creek or go exploring on the 500m out and back walk through the rainforest, to take in more views of the waterfalls. Be mindful of young children on the walk, as the track gets steep and sometimes slippery.
7. Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures
Situated in the hinterland region behind the Central Coast is Australia's largest outdoor activity centre. Set over 3000 acres, there's plenty of activities to choose from, including horse riding, kayaking, quad biking and abseiling. If you fancy making a weekend of it, try staying at the riverfront camping spot or in an Eco-cabin if you don't want to sleep in a tent!