The Entrance

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.

The Entrance - Pelican Feeding - Central Coast

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.

Things to do and places to stay

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  1. The Entrance Market

    Saturday 24 March 2018 to Saturday 14 July 2018 , The Entrance

    The Entrance Market, is a weekly market for the Central Coast providing a socially orientated shopping experience for all to enjoy from 9am till 2pm. Come and browse for fresh food, hot food and supporting stalls in a family friendly loc…

    24 Mar - 14 Jul
  2. The Entrance Winter Blues and Jazz Festival

    Event dates to be confirmed: July 2018 , The Entrance

    Grab a chair or blanket and sit back and enjoy free live Blues and Jazz entertainment from some of Australia's best known artists as well as stalls and amusements rides, all in Memorial Park along the water's edge at The Entrance on the C…

    06 Jul - 08 Jul
  3. Country Music Festival

    Saturday 11 August 2018 to Sunday 12 August 2018 , The Entrance

    Join the locals at the beautiful seaside location of The Entrance on the New South Wales Central Coast for the Country Music Festival. Held over two days with a fantastic line up of country music performers, the festival is one not to be …

    11 Aug - 12 Aug
  4. Central Coast Ukulele Festival

    Event dates to be confirmed: September 2018 , The Entrance

    The Central Coast Ukulele Festival festival is unique in that it brings people from all ages and walks of life together to make and enjoy music. The program is jam packed with ukulele clubs from across the state as well as professional uk…

    20 Sep - 23 Sep
  5. ChromeFest

    Friday 26 October 2018 to Sunday 28 October 2018 , The Entrance

    ChromeFest is a three day event and is a tribute to classic American autos, hot rods, rock n roll, and rockabilly. ChromeFest features three days of non-stop free entertainment and displays, over 70 market stalls, dance demonstrations, dan…

    26 Oct - 28 Oct
  6. Carols by Candlelight by The Entrance

    Monday 24 December 2018 , The Entrance

    The annual Carols by Candlelight celebrations will be held on Christmas Eve at The Entrance. Come along and join this very special evening under the stars. The main focus of the evening will be the traditional carols featuring local perfor…

    24 Dec