Long Jetty is the small town located next to The Entrance on the Central Coast in Australia. Here you’ll find very long and popular jetties and attractive vintage and second-hand stores next to trendy cafes.
But what attracts my family and me to this town is the family-friendly cycle track along Tuggerah Lake.
Discover the attractions and accommodation...
"As much as I love to shop online, I also love waking the streets on a beautiful day and seeing what finds I can discover in a small shop or vintage store." – Natalie Massenet
Shop in the attractive vintage and second-hand stores on Central Coast Highway between Thomson and Stella St. Many locals don’t even know they exist.
Visit the beautiful Webster’s Vintage for a treasure hunt for clothes, books, furniture, and toys.
I found these two fellows for my kids ($7 for both… bargain!).
The shops are unique... at least here in the region. You can find stylish home furniture and clothing, hemp clothing and products, creative bouquets, vinyl records... It's a welcome change from the generic stuff we see in shopping centres.
The shops are only part of the attractions of this town.
The fantastic Tuggerah Lake Cycleway is flat and toilet blocks, playgrounds, and covered picnic tables are scattered along the way – perfect if you have children. Plus it’s away from the main road. The cycle track goes for 12 km between The Entrance and Chittaway Bay. You’ll have a nice view on the lake.
Don't have a bicycle? You can hire bicycles at e-bikes r us corner Tuggerah Parade and Central Coast Highway or at Boomerang Bike Hire automatic stations at The Entrance.
Be sure to walk on the longest jetty (351 m) in NSW. It's located at the end of Archbold Rd. Standing at the tip you’ll feel far on the lake. The photo doesn't do it justice. The 100 years old jetty is named Long Jetty – that’s where the town takes its name from. Next to the longest jetty are two other old jetties: Watkins and Parrys.
Years ago ferries used to bring people from Wyong for holidays and prawning. The jetties were that long because the water had to be deep enough for the ferries to reach. Today, the longest jetty is popular with photographers.
If you have kids, you’ll find good fenced playgrounds and a wide-open space with picnic tables and barbecues, a BMX track, and free Wi-Fi corner Tuggerah Parade and Central Coast Highway. Lion Park, another playground with a climbing space ship, is across the road.
To give you an idea of distances, it takes us 30 minutes to cycle from the longest jetty to the playgrounds at slow pace with our four-year-old.
If you feel like a long walk, the Coast to Lake Walk (7.6 km) does a loop along Tuggerah Lake, The Entrance channel, the beaches from The Entrance to Toowoon Bay, and through town back to the start. The walk is interesting since you go through different landscapes (town, lake, channel, ocean). It takes about 1.5 hours if you walk fast and 3 hours if you stroll. The walk is well signed.
It’s worth spending a few hours in this town is you're holidaying close by.
If you feel like a good coffee and something to eat, cafes and restaurants are located beside the vintage shops.
Glass Onion Society is a popular and trendy cafe. It's the perfect place for shopping-adverse partners to hang out with a high standard coffee and something to read (my hubby would rather be tortured than going inside a shop).
But my favourite cafe is Common Ground (corner Elsiemer St) – a smaller cafeteria-looking place that serves Campos coffee and delicious food.
Green Tangerine, across the road from Glass Onion Society, is another trendy spot.
Jetty Motel offers great value for money. Jetty Motel is located near The Entrance, beautiful beaches and beside cafes and shops. It’s also at walking distance to Long Jetty Hotel, which has excellent food and live music in the weekends.
The rooms are spacious and spotless and the beds are comfortable. Plus you get a hot breakfast delivered to your room. If you’d like a quiet room, ask for one away from the road. The friendly hosts Richard and Martina can give you insiders’ information about the local area.