The Great Escape

Beautiful landscapes, an abundance of wildlife, beaches, boutiques and restaurants galore. There’s more than a little bit to love about NSW’s Central Coast, just an hour’s drive from Sydney’s CBD.

 

It was explorer and author Jacques Cousteau who said, “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” He was certainly onto something. Whether relaxing on golden sands by gently crashing waves, or ambling along the foreshore, past pelicans gliding on the water, there’s something magnetic about the attraction of a seaside town. Perhaps it’s the fresh sea air, or the waft of fish and chips from a nearby cafe, encouraging you to sit down, take stock and enjoy your surroundings. There’s no denying that the Central Coast is a place that was made for relaxing in; where there’s plenty to do, but you set the pace. Sure, it has a holiday vibe, but that’s all the more reason to be lured into staying. Stretching from the mouth of the Hawkesbury River to the southern end of Lake Macquarie, the Central Coast is a vibrant jewel in NSW’s glittering crown. So what are the highlights?


SEE

Surrounded by waterways, cafes and upmarket shops, the Central Coast is a smorgasbord of spectacular scenery and cosmopolitan towns.

Beachside strolling, café-sitting, boutique-shopping and fresh sea air; you’re spoilt for choice on the Central Coast, dotted with seaside towns, each with their own unique energy and style. Start at Terrigal, a thriving oasis where food, wine and luxury accommodation make for the perfect getaway. South of Terrigal, lies Avoca Beach, home of upmarket cafes and trendy boutiques along the waterfront. There’s even a stretch of sand where dogs are free to frolic. Meanwhile, Copacabana, Macmasters Beach and Killcare are beautiful seaside communities that offer everything from romantic sail boat charters, and long beach strolls to restaurants and shopping. Need some serious retail therapy? Erina Fair, in Terrigal Drive, is the largest single level shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere. Just don’t lose track of your credit card…


DO

Lazy days, five star retreats and plenty of pelicans – the Central Coast offers something for everyone.

Head to The Entrance, a thriving town, full of the shops, boutiques and restaurants you might expect to find by the seaside. But what makes The Entrance unique is the large community of pelicans that call it home. If you’ve never seen these magnificent birds up close, you’re in for a treat. Every day, they gather at Pelican Plaza on the purpose built feeding platform, to be fed fresh fish – a tradition that’s been going for twenty years, since the local fish and chip shop started throwing them scraps.

Head to the Bouddi Peninsula to discover the true meaning of rest and relaxation at Bells at Killcare, an adults-only, five-star retreat set against the backdrop of Bouddi National Park and Maitland Bay. It also happens to house the Central Coast’s only hatted restaurant, Manfredi at Bells overseen by Stefano Manfredi. Fancy a drink? Gosford’s Distillery Botanica, known for its award-winning Australian native flavoured gin delivers on all counts. Distiller Phillip Moore, spent more than 20 years as a trained horticulturalist and herbalist, before turning his hand to creating his distinctive tipples. But it’s not all beaches, shopping and fine food, there’s something for everyone on the Central Coast – including car enthusiasts. Gosford Classic Car Museum has a mindboggling display of over 450 cars and motorbikes with a total value of over $70 million, from Ferraris and Holdens to Communist Vehicles from the Soviet Union.


LIVE

If you want to spend your days within a warm and welcoming community, dedicated to a lifestyle that inspires contentment, you’re in luck.

Beautiful locations, incredible amenities and a welcoming community – life in a Lendlease Village provides endless rewards. Set on almost 60 acres of coastal hinterland, Brentwood Village is a peaceful oasis with picturesque beachside towns just minutes away. It’s a relaxing retreat that feels like a world away, yet has all the conveniences of Terrigal and Avoca on its doorstep. Choose from 2 and 3 bedroom villas, all with contemporary open-plan living space and private courtyards. If you’d like a bit more support, there are also 1 and 2 bedroom Serviced Apartments available. With close proximity to beautiful beaches, cafes and shopping centre, along with convenient transport links, life at Brentwood Village is one of convenience and contentment.

Meanwhile, Henry Kendall Gardens offers a uniquely peaceful and laid back lifestyle with stylish homes, outstanding facilities and a welcoming atmosphere, set amidst 100 acres of subtropical rainforest and landscaped gardens. Choose from 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units featuring contemporary open plan living spaces, or Serviced Apartments offer additional services including cleaning, cooking and laundry. Ideally located near shopping centres and medical services, it’s equal parts relaxing, entertaining, enjoyable and fun. The only question is: why would you want to live anywhere else?