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Published March 14th 2012
Easter is just around the corner and if you are thinking of getting away for a few days, it's time to book your escape.
NSW Central Coast, which is just an hour north of Sydney and south of Newcastle offers a world of beautiful coastlines, golden beaches, calm lakes, evergreen national parks and lively coastal towns.
But there is more to Central Coast than sun, sand and surf – award winning golf courses, national parks, horse riding and an outdoor adventure centre, the Australian Reptile park, Ken Duncan gallery – Australia's largest panoramic photo gallery, markets, shopping centres… and so much more.
For families travelling with young children, you will find plenty of playgrounds at the following locations: Avoca Beach, Copacabana Beach, Davistown, East Gosford, Gosford, Erina, Empire Bay, Green Point, Kariong, Kincumber, Patonga, Pearl Beach, The Entrance, Umina Beach, Woy Woy and many more.
Most of the playgrounds also have toilets, picnic tables and shade and some also have BBQs and cafes nearby. For more information about playgrounds in the area check out this website.
Keeping fingers crossed that the Easter weather will put on a good show, but if it doesn't here are some ideas on what to do when the sky's not blue …
Gosford Regional Gallery – Features a diverse exhibition program, kids' workshops and café
Ken Duncan Gallery – Imagery of Australia and beyond from renowned panoramic photographer, café on site
Toowoon Bay Gallery – Exhibiting original artworks by NSW artists, limited editions of Norman Lindsay etchings and a range of unusual gifts
Australian Reptile Park – Award winning indoor exhibits Spider World and Lost World of Reptiles as well as daily wildlife shows
Bateau Bay Ten Pin Bowling – Enjoy a family favourite, café on site
Erina Ice Arena – Kids can enjoy world class ice skating facilities, while parents partake in retail therapy
Grommets Kids World in Diggers - Indoor play centre with soft play area for toddlers, jumping castle, air hockey table and café for parents
Kids HQ - Indoor family entertainment centre with Mega Maze, Cannonball Battle, Jumping Castle, Toddler's Play Zone, Sports Zone, Party Room and café on site
Peninsula Leisure Centre
Indoor pool, health club, spa, sauna, crèche, children's play area and café
Avoca Beach Picture Theatre
A boutique beachside theatre presenting festivals, events and quality arthouse and mainstream films.
Boutique picture theatre presenting a wide range of popular films
Central Coast also offers a range of excellent dining experiences – from coffee and cake to fish and chips, fresh produce to fine dining at waterfront locations with magnificent views. Some of the most popular places include:
Whether you are looking for a beachside escape or a carefree family holiday, accommodation options in the area are endless. Choose from private cottages, secluded beach bungalows, 5 star B&Bs, motels, hotels, luxurious resorts, self contained apartments and caravan parks. For more information on accommodation, go to Visit Central Coast.
Where on the Central Coast will you escape these Easter holidays?