5 Best Attractions at The Entrance

"Fun is good." – Dr. Seuss

The Entrance attractions are fun for children and families. Below are our 5 favourite things to do with the kids... 

1. Memorial Park 

The Entrance NSW Vera's Water Garden

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:

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

Tip: for a good coffee and a bite to eat, go to The Burrow for Toby’s Estate coffee on Coral Street. Or The Entrance Lake House on Oakland Avenue for good coffee and relaxing atmosphere. There's a great place to sit outside with your family.

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 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 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 every day at the exact 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.

More on Pelican Feeding

3. The Entrance Baths 

The Entrance Baths

Enjoy the sound of waves crashing to shore while doing laps at The Entrance Baths in the 50 m Olympic pool. These heritage-listed baths were built in 1938. There are also 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."

More on the beach and baths

4. Tuggerah Lake Cycleway

tuggerah lake cycle track

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.

More about the cycle path

5. 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 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 in the past...

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

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

Best Family Accommodation in The Entrance

  • Sandy Cove Apartments have outstanding self-contained apartments in a great location. It’s a 5-minute walk to Pelican Feeding and the beach. Some apartments have terrific ocean views. The facilities are great as well. There are a heated swimming pool and spa, gymnasium and sauna. 
  • Pullman Magenta Shores Resort has great facilities. There are eating options onsite, three different pools and direct access to the beach. There's also an excellent golf course. The apartments overlook the golf course, lagoon or gardens. This accommodation is set on 52 acres and is located a 10-minute drive to The Entrance. 
  • Blue Lagoon Beach Resort is a nice caravan park a 10-minute drive to The Entrance town centre. There are beachfront cabins on the shores of Shelly Beach. Shelly Beach is a great beach for surfing and swimming. There are great facilities for kids: heated pool and spa, tennis courts and playground.  
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