The first time I ever saw The Entrance NSW was a typical summer day in Australia...
The sun was shining. The water was a clear aqua. Dozens of pelicans and anglers dotted the channel... I was flabbergasted by the natural beauty of the area!
The pelicans, fishing and prawning and the channel best describe the place.
The Entrance is the English meaning of the aboriginal word Karagi, meaning the ocean enters Tuggerah Lake.
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Memorial Park is fabulous for families with children.
Visit during a weekend or school holidays. The place comes to life. It transforms from a sleepy town into a buzzing place with entertainment young children die for: carousel, jumping castles, rides, a little train…
This Ferris wheel is usually there during school holidays...
Plus small children love to splash in Vera’s Water Garden, a wading pool...
The biggest attraction here is Pelican Feeding. Feeding occurs every single day of the year at 3.30 pm at the foreshore next to Memorial Park.
It’s your chance to get up close with dozens of pelicans. Arrive between 2.45 – 3.00 pm to get a good seat and watch pelicans turn up one by one and congregate. I think it's the best part of the show.
In any case you’ll see plenty of pelicans in the channel at any time of the day.
The Entrance Market (photo) is held every Saturday.
Besides, many events and festivals happen in Memorial Park:
Walk on the boardwalk and admire the view
of the channel, the Tasman Sea, and Tuggerah Beach stretching as far as the
eyes can see.
If you like history, read the signs along the boardwalk...
The boardwalk is part of the Heritage Walk that displays 75 signs and photos along Marine Pde and The Entrance Rd. You can download an app on your phone qwe.com.au/TE.
Picnic Point is also the start of the 12-km shared walking and cycling track that follows the edge of Tuggerah Lake...
It's one of the best bicycle paths on the Central Coast.
The 300 m patrolled beach is just at the end of the boardwalk. The beach is patrolled in summer.
The Entrance Baths are on the other side of the beach...
The baths are a great place to swim at The Entrance if you like calm water. You'll find a 50 m lap pool and toddler pool.
Just on top of the hill above the baths are Edith Ring Rest...
A man built this seat in 1936 after his wife Edith Ring passed away. She used to sit at this spot to enjoy the view of the ocean. Sit there and enjoy the view, too!
The Coast to Lake Walk is an interesting and varied walk that follows the channel, the beaches between The Entrance and Toowoon Bay, goes through a town, then follows Tuggerah Lake back to The Entrance.
The walk takes 1.5 – 3 hours depending on your pace. The walk is well signed.
Visit Long Jetty if you like retro, vintage and second hand shops and hipster cafes. It's on a noisy road but I like the shops. It's often referred to as a mini-Newtown.
Visit Norah Head Lighthouse. You can walk to the top of the lighthouse for a few coins. The guides are friendly and the stories are compelling. Norah Head is a lovely village to hang out.
Norah Head is only a few minutes' drive from The Entrance.
Visit the Sensory Garden at Terilbah Reserve at The Entrance North. The garden has different species of Australian native plants and trees. Walk around the pathways and enjoy views of Tuggerah Lake from the platform.
Walk Wyrrabalong Coast walking track and visit Crackneck Lookout. It’s a great and easy coastal walk.
Closer to The Entrance are two walks in the bushland: The Lillypilly loop and Red Gum trails. They are short bushwalks and you get glimpses of Tuggerah Lake.
There are beautiful beaches close by…
Toowoon Bay is perfect for young children because the water is calm and there’s lifeguard patrol.
For a sense of seclusion visit Blue Bay (not patrolled).
The Entrance is the town on the Central Coast where you can find the greatest variety of lodgings.
Accommodation here ranges from budget hostel and caravan parks to luxury resorts and apartments. But the quality of the accommodation also varies a lot.
To help you find a quality accommodation, I have uncovered the 8 top places to stay at The Entrance NSW, from budget to high-end. These lodgings consistently receive great reviews from guests. Find out about them here...
The town is located on the Central Coast NSW Australia, 1 hr 30 min north of Sydney and 1 hr 10 min south of Newcastle.
The best parking spot is beside Memorial Park. There’s also parking at Picnic Point
and a car park on Duffys Lane. Parking is free.