"Fun is good." – Dr. Seuss
The Entrance attractions are fun for children and families. Here are our 5 favourite things to do with the kids...
Small children enjoy Memorial Park. They love to play in the two playgrounds and splash in Vera’s Water Garden for hours at a time. It's one of the best things to do for kids at The Entrance.
During weekends and school holidays, The Entrance becomes an exciting fair with:
Tip: for a good coffee and a bite to eat, go to The Burrow for Toby’s Estate coffee on Coral St. Or The Entrance Lake House on Oakland Ave for good coffee in rustic, relaxing feel and surroundings right opposite the water. There's a great place to sit outside with your family.
Have you ever seen dozens of pelicans up close? Pelican Feeding is the biggest attraction at The Entrance.
Pelican Feeding officially starts at 3.30 pm, but unofficially starts before 3.00 pm. Pelicans start arriving one by one to shore where they congregate and wait to be fed. The pelicans know exactly what time it is. Don’t believe me? Come and see by yourself. It’s amazing.
You learn a lot from the talk. They explain interesting facts about the pelicans and how the daily feeding began and why. It started by accident over twenty years ago. A boy who worked at the local fish and chip shop started feeding them scrap. It became a daily ritual. The pelicans would come everyday at the exact same time to demand their meal.
The show entertains, but it also serves another purpose. Volunteers inspect and treat the birds for injury, particularly from fishing hooks and lines.
Enjoy the sound of waves crashing to shore while doing laps
at The Entrance Baths in the 50 m Olympic pool. Built in 1938 these
heritage-listed baths also include a smaller lap pool and a shallow toddler
pool. Generations of residents learnt to swim in these baths.
There are amenities and everything you need beside the pools: Changing rooms. Toilets and showers. Ample space to sit and watch. A kiosk. And a lifeguard between September and April.
I asked my nine-year old daughter what attraction she liked best at The Entrance. She answered: "Vera’s Water Garden and the Baths."
The Tuggerah Lake Cycleway is my favourite attraction at The Entrance. The track lies in a quiet spot away from the main road along Tuggerah Lake. The path offers luxury amenities along the way: playgrounds, toilets, and a view of the lake.
Cycle to the playground and BMX track at Saltwater Creek Reserve in Long Jetty. On the way to the park lies the longest jetty in New South Wales called Long Jetty (could you have guessed the name?). Have a walk on it.
The path starts at Picnic Point and goes for 12 km to Chittaway Bay.
Walk on the boardwalk along the channel from Memorial Park to the Surf Lifesaving Club. Take in the view of the channel dotted with pelicans and anglers and of Tuggerah Beach the other side of the channel. This 6 km beach stretches as far as the eyes can see. Our kids like scootering along the boardwalk.
Are you interested in history? The walk displays signs of old photos and stories that take you back in time. The signs tell about life in The Entrance during the past: A photo dating 1956 shows women sitting at the back of a Red Bus wearing glamorous 50’s hats during the Mardi Gras celebration. Another photo dating around 1920 shows women wearing swimwear and holding sun umbrellas typical of the time.