Let’s say you have visitors from overseas and they have had enough of sitting on Terrigal beach.  Or it’s school holidays and the kids are, well, being kids… What can you do for the next week that isn’t in your back yard at North Avoca?  Here are some suggestions for day trips from my crew in the office.  I’m not pointing fingers, but someone kept suggesting the vineyard tour…  Just sayin’

  • Drive to Kirribilli.  Visit the Kirribilli markets under the bridge, walk across the bridge to The Rocks for lunch. Then wander round Circular Quay to the Open House and Botanical Gardens.  Grab an ice cream from one of the street vans and eat your ice cream in the garden.  Head back to Circular Quay to catch a ferry to Luna Park.  It’s a lovely walk.

  • Hunter Valley wineries – The Hunter Valley has an extraordinary amount of things to do.  Hunter Valley Gardens typically has great activities for kids.  Golf courses and retreats – check out Golden Door Spa and Health Retreat.

  • There is also an annual Hot Air Balloon festival – hop online to see if they have any availability to join them.  Horse riding is also available.  And to combine not just cheese and wine tasting, do a bit of research and make your way to one of the outdoor concerts.  Everyone from Bruce Springsteen to The Eagles stops by the Hope Estate as part of their National Tour.  Needs a bit of long term planning, but keep it on your radar.

  • Something for the kids (or something to get the kids out of your hair)? Head over to Wyong Milk Factory Café  and enjoy the indulgent cheese and chocolate factories, then hire a kayak or rowboat to work off those calories!
  • After the kids are finished, head over to Yarramalong where you’ll find Amazement Farm & Fun Park. The kids can pet the friendly farm animals, or lose themselves in the outdoor garden mazes –no sorry, you cannot leave them!

  • And if they’ve still got energy, finish the day off by flying through the air on one of the crazy flying foxes at Treetops Adventure,  Ourimbah State Forest.

  • Don’t forget some of our hidden secrets- pack a picnic and enjoy the day relaxing (and possibly shopping!) at these beautiful spots: Somersby Falls, Norah Head Light House, Avoca Beachside Markets, Ettalong Beach Markets, Wyong City Farmers Markets, Gosford Regional Art Gallery & Edogawa Commemorative Gardens, Australian Reptile Park, Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, Mt Penang Gardens, Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventure.

 

And don’t forget, when all else fails or you simply could not be bothered moving, the wonderful array of cafes, restaurants, and boutique shops at our fingertips in  Terrigal and North Avoca…gotta love the Central Coast!

 

CarolJennings.com.au

 

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