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Weekend Escape: The Entrance

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Published September 23rd 2020
Escape now & enjoy the coast on this short weekend getaway
* Please note due to COVID-19 still being present some attractions and places of interest may be closed- check websites for updates.

Nestled between the tranquil calm waters of Tuggerah Lake and the glistering Pacific Ocean, as well as being surrounded by water on three shores, The Entrance is nearly an island. This aquatic playground is packed with family-friendly attractions, activities, water-based activities, walking and cycle trails, and of course, famous for its pelicans and Pelican Feeding, hence why The Entrance is known as the 'Pelican capital of Australia'.

Located approximately 90-minute drive from Sydney CBD, discovering The Entrance in a weekend is doable. It is an ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and get lost in the endless blue of its surrounding waters. Nearby you will find quaint towns of Magenta and Norah Head, which make a perfect day trip from The Entrance, with their friendly cafes, spectacular lookouts and white-sand beaches that act as a backdrop to lush National Parks.

Must-do attractions when visiting The Entrance include the famous Pelican Feeding, which happens every day at the waterfront at 3:30pm. The feeding is not just purely that, it allows volunteers to make sure that these cuties are not tangled up in lines, hooks or other debris. You are more than welcome to donate. Another must-do attraction is The Entrance Coast to Lake Walk.

The Entrance Coast to Lake Walk is not just popular with the locals, but tourists alike. The Walk can be broken down to three sections, with each section covering a different perspective of The Entrance. The walk overall is 7.6kms long and winds its way passing lakes, beaches, rock platforms, lush bushland, and more.

Other things to do at The Entrance and nearby include visiting Norah Head. Norah Head is home to the spectacular Norah Head Lighthouse (operating since 1903), as well as Lighthouse Beach and Soldiers Beach where it has the whitest sand on the Central Coast.

For Lookouts, the Pelican Beach Road Lookout is an awe-inspiring vantage point, and from here a 3.4km walk on the Red Gum Trail winds its way through towering red gum forest. The Lillypilly Loop is another walk to explore. The Loop Walk passes lush rainforest, cabbage palm trees and burrawangs.

Vera Water Garden is perfect for the little ones to splash around, while The Entrance Beach is a spectacular spot to swim, relax and enjoy a leisurely foreshore walk.

The Tuggerah Lakes Cycleway (and walkway) is another thing to do and experience on this weekend trip. The Path passes the tranquil waters of Tuggerah Lakes, passing the Saltwater Creek Boardwalk, then winding its way to Chittaway Bay and Magenta.

For a list of free attractions at The Entrance click here.

List of all attractions click here.

Click here for Road Trip to The Entrance article

Where to Stay:

The Entrance offers an array of accommodation stays to suit all interests and budgets including hotels, motels, and backpacker stays, apartment stays, holiday parks and camping, resorts and retreats, and more.

Click here for the website.
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Why? A coastal short coastal getaway
When: All year round
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Where: Central Coast
Cost: Free & Ticketed Attractions- See Above
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