A beautiful seaside destination, The Entrance is an aquatic playground on the scenic Central Coast of NSW. With sparkling Tuggerah Lake on one side and the deep blue Pacific Ocean on the other, all kinds of fun water sports are available. The daily Pelican Feed on the waterfront is popular, too.
Australia’s largest water birds flock to Pelican Plaza in pretty Memorial Park at 3.30pm every day to be fed fish. With wing spans up to 2.8 metres and long pouch beaks, Australian pelicans are a wonderful wildlife spectacle up close. The feeding is also an opportunity to help injured birds.
Next to the park is the enchanting Vera’s Water Garden, a splash pool for kids with brightly coloured fountains in the shape of magical sea creatures. For a delightful foreshore walk, head south from the park to The Entrance Beach. Two ocean baths are at the southern end of the patrolled beach.
You’ll find plenty of delicious cafes and restaurants, with fresh seafood a specialty. There are free barbecue facilities and picnic tables by the lake at the Picnic Point Reserve and the Long Jetty Foreshore Reserve, where the iconic and aptly named Long Jetty spans over the shallow waterway.
A 12km shared path winds along the lovely lake. Tuggerah Lakes Cycleway travels between Chittaway Bay and Magenta, which is across the bridge near the northern section of Wyrrabalong National Park. You can hire bicycles near both the Pelican Plaza and the Visitor Information Centre.
Close to other marvellous attractions at Bateau Bay, Toowoon Bay and Norah Head, The Entrance also enjoys a vibrant events calendar of festivals and weekly Saturday markets. Two wonderful music festivals are the Winter Blues and Jazz Festival in July and the Country Music Festival in August.
Accommodation options include backpackers, camping and caravanning in holiday and tourist parks, apartments and waterfront resorts. The Entrance is about 80 minutes’ drive from Sydney and 70 minutes from Newcastle. Or you can take public transport, with regular trains and connecting buses.