I’ll be honest, we only stayed in the Central Coast for two nights. After finally packing up and leaving Sydney, we didn’t want to have to travel too far with the caravan. Especially since it would be the first time for us towing all that extra weight.
I’m so happy that this decision led us to the Central Coast. Now that I’ve seen it, I know it would have been a shame to miss. My only regret is that we didn’t stay longer. Let me share with you why I loved our stop over at the Central Coast.
1. It’s not far from Sydney
At a little over an hours drive, the Central Coast makes for a quick and easy getaway. This also means it’s an easy day trip if you don’t have the time to spend a few days there. I can’t believe we lived in Sydney for 4 years and never made our way up to the Central Coast. We seem to have skipped it entirely to go up to the Mid North Coast instead. If only we had realized sooner what a gorgeous area it is.
2. Beaches are EVERYWHERE
I am a sucker when it comes to beautiful coastal beaches. When you are in the Central Coast, you’re certainly not short on options for beaches. You don’t have to go very far to find a beautiful spot to stop and take in the view.
We decided to make a day of it and spend some time at a few different beaches. Having Sarge with us, our focus was on exploring the pet friendly ones. We started at Wamberal beach, moved down to Terrigal and then one final stop at Avoca beach (known for its surfing).
3. Sorry did you say pet-friendly?
Like I mentioned above we spent a day checking out a few of the pet friendly spots. There are many areas along the coast and inland that provide you with the opportunity to let your furry friend run free.
When we were planning our day, I started on the council website which gives you a map and a list of all the areas that you can stop by with your dog. I was surprised by the number of stops we had to choose from.
Our favorite was Wamberal beach which offered a huge off lead space, easy to follow signs and poo bags at the entrances in case you ran out of your supply. It even had some on-lead sections which made for a fantastic walk for the 3 of us to enjoy together. Best of all though with all that space, Sarge had the chance to really stretch his legs and burn off some extra energy. Both important things when travelling with pets.
Terrigal was a bit of a different space. Off lead along a hill side close to the cliffs. But there are some great walking paths that you can follow to take in the coastal views as well as the iconic headland known as ‘The Skillion’. I’m sure Sarge appreciated this unique rock formation just as much as we did.
4. Unique wildlife experience at The Entrance
The Entrance is home to one of the most unique things I’ve ever experienced, the pelican feeding. These are wild pelicans that come by every day for the 3:30 feed. While it’s highly entertaining to watch, it also serves an important purpose. It gives the Marine Rescue crew a chance to check on the birds from a medical perspective. Its not uncommon for the birds to have hooks in their gullets or fishing lines tangled on other parts of their body. While the pelicans are busy mowing down on some fish, the crew has a chance to attend to any birds in distress. For more information make sure to check out their page.
Make sure not to miss out on this event in the pelican capital of Australia.
When you’re travelling Australia, don’t forget to include the Central Coast!