8 Things to Do with Kids at The Entrance

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"Fun is good." – Dr Seuss

The Entrance is a beachside town on the Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia. 

The town is popular with Sydneysiders because it's close to the city and easily accessible. 

It's a vibrant place during the school holidays and on weekends, and there are plenty of things to do with small children. 

The Entrance attractions

Find out below about our favourite family attractions at The Entrance. 

1. Vera's Water Garden

The Entrance NSW Vera's Water Garden

We all know kids love water.

Little ones immediately rush to the colourful statues and the water fountains and they love splashing in the shallow water for ages. 

Remember to take their swimmers and a towel. 

Vera's Water Garden is located at the waterfront near Memorial Park. 

2. Playgrounds and Amusement Rides

Kids love to play in the two playgrounds and enjoy the amusement rides. 

During weekends and school holidays, The Entrance turns into an exciting fair.

You'll find: 

  • Amusement rides
  • A Ferris wheel
  • Jumping castles
  • An old carousel
  • A little touring train
  • Free entertainment

Located at the waterfront near Memorial Park. 

2. Pelican Feeding

Pelican Feeding The Entrance

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 the show unofficially begins before 3.00 pm because the pelicans arrive one by one. They assemble on the shore where they wait for their food. It's fascinating to watch. 

The pelicans know what time it is precisely. It’s amazing.

You learn a lot from the talk. Volunteers explain interesting facts about the pelicans and how feeding began and why.

Pelican Feeding started by accident over twenty years ago.

A boy who worked at the local fish and chip shop started feeding them scrap. Then it quickly became a daily ritual.

The pelicans would come every day at the same time to demand their meal.

The show entertains.

But it also serves another purpose... volunteers inspect the birds for injury, often caused by fishing hooks and lines.

Click here to read our full article on Pelican Feeding.

3. The Entrance Baths 

The Entrance Baths

Enjoy the sound of waves crashing to shore while doing laps in the 50-metre Olympic pool at The Entrance Baths.

There's also a smaller lap pool and a shallow toddler pool.

These heritage-listed baths were built in 1938. Generations of residents learnt to swim in these baths.

There are amenities and everything you need besides the pools: Changing rooms, toilets and showers and a kiosk. 

There's ample space to sit. 

A lifeguard patrol the pool between September and April.

4. The Entrance Beach

Kids enjoy swimming at the small 300-metre beach. Lifeguards patrol the beach during the summer months.

There are plenty of other gorgeous beaches nearby and great surfing spots just north of The Entrance. 

5. Tuggerah Lake Cycleway

tuggerah lake cycle track

Tuggerah Lake Cycleway is a favourite family attraction at The Entrance.

The track lies in a quiet spot away from the main road along Tuggerah Lake.

The path passes playgrounds, toilets and picnic spots.

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 named Long Jetty. Walk on it.

The path starts at Picnic Point and goes for 12 km to Chittaway Bay.

Click here to read our full article on Tuggerah Lake Cycleway. 

6. The Entrance Boardwalk 

The Entrance channel

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. 

Kids like scootering along the boardwalk.

If you're interested in history, the walk displays signs of old photos and stories that take you back in time. The display signs tell about life in The Entrance in the past.

A photo dating from 1956 shows women sitting at the back of a Red Bus. The women were wearing glamorous 50s hats during the Mardi Gras celebration.

Another photo taken around 1920 shows women wearing swimwear and holding sun umbrellas typical of the time.

7. Virtual Reality Games

If you’re looking for something to do while it’s raining, or if you want the kids to have a blast, take them to VRROOM Entertainment.

Kids will love playing virtual reality games.

VRROOM Entertainment offers many multiplayer and single-player games for children aged 8+.

There’s a spacious area where you can sit and wait while the kids are having a blast.

Located 315 The Entrance Road, The Entrance.

Booking is required.

8. The Entrance Cinema

Majestic Cinemas The Entrance is a 2-screen cinema situated in the heart of town.  

The cinema screens blockbuster, art-house and foreign films.

One highlight is savouring a handmade choc top!

Tip: for breakfast or lunch, head to Cafe Escape at 15 Victoria Avenue. They serve great coffee and delicious food at an excellent price.

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Hi! I'm Christine.

When we moved to the Central Coast from Sydney 15 years ago, we struggled to find thorough information about the beaches, bushwalks and hidden gems, so we set out to explore as best as we could. Now that we have visited every town, beach and secret spot, I'll help you discover this stunning region! 

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