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The Entrance: Central Coast

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by Manuel (subscribe)
Freelance writer and street photographer
Published March 16th 2014
The Pelican Capital of Australia
The channel that connects Tuggerah Lake with the Tasman Sea.
A panoramic view of the channel at The Entrance.


The Entrance is a popular tourist destination in the Central Coast region of New South Wales, less than 100 km northeast of Sydney. It is roughly an hour and a half by car, but total travel time can double when using public transportation due to wait times and transfers.

The Entrance is known as the Pelican Capital of Australia
Pelican feeding at The Entrance.


The Entrance is bounded by water on three sides, which makes it ideal for water activities. It got its name from the channel that connects Tuggerah Lake with the Tasman Sea. Fishing at the channel is quite popular. The running waters usually bring in schools of fish, and blackfish abounds along the channel edge among the rocks.

The Nora Head Lighthouse across the channel from The Entrance should not be missed in a visit in this part of the Central Coast.
A memorial to the merchant marines who lost their lives in war, Nora Head Lighthouse.


The Entrance is known as the Pelican Capital of Australia, and one of its attractions is the daily pelican feeding, rain or shine. Pelican feeding is right next to Vera's Water Garden, which is always a hit for kids. The Sails Stage, which is just a few steps away, hosts some of the best acts and performances in the region on weekends and holiday periods. A few steps further would be the Memorial Park which is the focal point of all activities in The Entrance. It could be home to shows, weekend markets, carnival rides and jumping castles, picnics, kite flying, or just a quite run and ball play.

View from the Nora Head Lighthouse at The Entrance
The Tasman Sea as seen from Nora Head north of The Entrance.


There is a lot to do in The Entrance, food is very affordable, and accommodation is plenty. The Heritage Walk is an interesting couple of hours' stroll through local characters of days gone by, landscape, lifestyles, and the larrikins who helped create The Entrance that it is now, known for its beautiful and relaxed atmosphere.

The waterfront at The Entrance
The waterfront at The Entrance.


Come visit and spend a weekend at The Entrance. Its proximity to Sydney makes a day trip possible too. Click here for more information.
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Why? Experience the best of Central Coast
When: Weekends
Phone: 02 4333 5377
Where: The Entrance, NSW
Cost: From $ to $$$
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