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Three to See: Central Coast Beaches

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Soldiers Beach

Soldiers Point Drive, Norah Head.
Unspoilt by urban development, Soldiers Beach is a stunning patrolled beach (not through winter) ideal for swimmers and surfers. Known to locals as a surfer’s paradise, Soldiers Beach is home to the Norah Head Lighthouse which is a popular location for weddings and romantic picnics. Historic guides are available on weekends from 10am-2pm. Soldiers Beach is located nearby a café, general store and takeaway shop.

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Putty Beach

Putty Beach Drive, Bouddi (accessible via Bouddi National Park).
With Killcare Beach regarded as one of the top ten Australian beaches, it is no wonder that Putty Beach in Killcare is one of the Central Coast’s best kept secrets. Tucked away past the camping grounds in the Bouddi National Park, this calm family-friendly beach is pristine and peaceful. For the avid surfer, wander down the sand to Killcare beach where the barrels are perfect. As it is located in the national park, pets are not allowed at Pretty Beach, however they are permitted at Killcare Beach.

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Terrigal Beach

Terrigal Esplanade, Terrigal.
Terrigal Beach is home to one of the Central Coast popular towns, surrounded by fantastic restaurants, cafes and shopping. Patrolled all year around, Terrigal Beach is ideals for surfing, swimming, fishing and contains rock pools for the kids to explore. The Haven is a mini harbour area that is popular for boating and is increasingly becoming popular for diving since the scuttling of the Ex-HMAS Adelaide in 2011. Terrigal Beach is one of the most visited beaches on the Central Coast.

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Booker Bay

Welcome to Booker Bay.

Booker Bay is situated in the Woy Woy Peninsula on NSW’s Central Coast. Staying in Booker Bay gives you access to a picturesque coastal village of Ettalong Beach situated beside the popular Brisbane Waters. Located south-east of Woy Woy, this lazy fishing town is located about 80 kilometres north of Sydney and forms part of the Gosford Shire. Accessible from Sydney and Newcastle via the M1 motorway (formerly F3), Booker Bay is a short drive to Woy Woy railway station. Ettalong Beach is the sister suburb of Booker Bay with both towns originally occupied by the Dharruk and Darkinjung Indigenous communities. European settlers soon discovered the area shortly after settling in Botany Bay.

Retaining the historic charm of a once thriving fishing and boat building community, arts and crafts and good food are popular in the community as well as Ettalong’s Cinema Paradiso theatre. Ettalong Beach is only minutes away which is home to a variety of cafes, restaurants, home wares stores and more. For those who love the beach, Ocean and Umina Beaches are close by and surfers can enjoy the famous local beach known as Box. The local wharf has regular ferry services travelling between Ettalong, Wagstaffe and Palm Beach.

While the area is a popular holiday destination for tourists, much of the population is made up of permanent residents. Take a walk along the foreshore and gorgeous beaches and you’ll soon discover the locals – they’re the ones who look relaxed!

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Directory: Things to do in Booker Bay

Anderson’s Boatshed Boat Hire (3a Pettit St, Booker Bay 2257) 4341 3219
www.andersonsmarina.com.au/

Booker Bay General Store (72 Booker Bay Rd, Booker Bay 2257) 4341 7440

Central Coast Fishing Charters (12 Telopea St, Booker Bay 2257) 0488 123 474
www.centralcoastcharters.com.au/

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Featured Booker Bay Accommodation

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Exceptional beachside living could be yours! This ultimate designer home was built with lifestyle and decadence in mind.

Beauty by the Bay

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Enjoy spacious living and brilliant sunrises at Beauty By The Bay. Set along the water’s edge with amazing water views.

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Copacabana

Welcome to Copacabana.

In early European settlement days, Copacabana was originally named Tudibaring, an Aboriginal word meaning ‘place where the waves pound like a beating heart’. To add confusion, the seaside town was also known as Allagai, Judi Barn, Kincumber and Macs until 1954 when Gosford City Council granted permission to name the town Copacabana after the famous beach in Brazil. A popular surfing and swimming beach, Copacabana is situated at the northern end of Macmasters Beach, the two beaches divided by Cochrone Lagoon.

Copacabana is home to a Surf Life Saving Club and the beach is patrolled with people urged to swim between the flags. From late May to early August, humpback whales can be seen frolicking in the waters as they migrate to warmer water. Copacabana features a small shopping strip featuring cafes, bakery, newsagent and chemist. Situated only 90 minutes drive north of Sydney CBD.

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Directory: Things to do in Copacabana

Allagai Bay Café (4/202 Del Monte Pl, Copacabana 2251) 4382 6120

Copacabana Newsagency (206 Del Monte Pl, Copacabana 2251) 4382 2442

Copacabana Surf Life Saving Club / Bar Copa (Del Monte Pl, Copacabana 2251)

Copaccino’s Café (216 Del Monte Pl, Copacabana 2251) 4382 6100

Luca’s Chemist (Shop 3/202 Del Monte Pl, Copacabana 2251) 4308 6600

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Featured Copacabana Accommodation

Cloud9

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Basked in natural light, with grandstand beach, lagoon and headland views. One of Copa’s best luxury beach homes.

Surf on Copa

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Located directly opposite Copacabana beach entrance, and beside the shopping village, Surf on Copa is the quintessential holiday home for families to create wonderful memories.

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Seaside Sanctuary @ Kopakawana

This is one of the Central Coast’s hidden gems, with 180-degree ocean views across to Sydney’s city skyline.

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Blue Bay

Welcome to Blue Bay.

Tucked between The Entrance and Toowoon Bay, Blue Bay is located on a peninsula between Tuggerah Lake and the Pacific Ocean. Named after the calm blue water that graces its 250 metre long shoreline, Blue Bay is one of the Central Coast’s best kept secrets. This small seaside town is perfect for families thanks to its gentle beach with small surf. The bays attract bream and whiting, while the rocks are fished for luderick, blackfish and mulloway. A popular place for stand up paddle boarding, Blue Bay beach is only a two minute walk along the sand to patrolled Toowoon Bay beach which also offers a children’s park and picnic area. Blue Bay is also just a short walk to Toowoon Bay cafes and The Entrance Surf Life Saving Club. Apart of the Wyong Shire Council, Blue Bay is only 90 minutes drive north of Sydney CBD.

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Directory: Things to do in Blue Bay

Ocean Restaurant (102 Ocean Pde, Blue Bay 2261) 02 4334 4600
www.oceanrestaurant.com.au/

Featured Blue Bay Accommodation

Waves at Blue Bay

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Generous in its proportions, this impeccably styled absolute beachfront with 180-degree ocean views is perfectly positioned.

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Avalon Beach

Welcome to Avalon Beach.

Avalon Beach is a much loved coastal suburb set along Sydney’s beautiful Northern Beaches in New South Wales. Named after a legendary island which meant ‘earthly paradise’, this luxurious seaside town is ideal for surfing and swimming. Avalon is a thriving and bustling cultural hub where you will find an array of cafes, restaurants, bars and shops, all offering a coastal, relaxed atmosphere.

Avalon Beach itself has a 25-metre saltwater rock pool at the south end of the beach. Surf Life Savers patrol the beach during the summer months. If golf is your thing then Avalon Golf Course is a must with its fantastic sweeping views overlooking clear blue waters. For those who love to explore, try the Bangalley Headland Walk which starts at Whale Beach Rd and ends at Marine Pde.

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Directory: Things to do in Avalon Beach

Avalon Beach SLSC (Avalon Beach, Avalon 2107) 02 9918 3298
www.avalonbeachslsc.com.au/

Avalon Beach Rockpool (south-end of Avalon Beach)

Avalon Chinese Restaurant (6/74 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon 2107) 02 9918 6319
www.avalonchinese.com.au/

Avalon Golf Course (32 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon 2017) 02 9918 2606
www.avalongolfcourse.com.au

Cafe Ibiza (47 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon 2107) 02 9918 3965

www.cafeibiza.com.au/

Chelsea Tea House (2/48 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon 2107) 02 9973 3090

ChillBar (74 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon 2107) 02 9918 4445

Clareville Kiosk (27 Delecta Ave, Clareville Beach, Avalon 2107) 02 9918 2727

www.clarevillekiosk.com.au/

Dunbar Park & Playground (Old Barrenjoey Road Next to Avalon Recreation Centre)

Franks Bar (10/20 Avalon Pde, Avalon 2107) 02 9918 0999

Le Boulevard French Restaurant (40 Avalon Pde, Avalon 2107) 02 9918 8933

www.bistroboulevard.com.au/

Sky Thai (21 Avalon Pde, Avalon 2107) 02 9918 3605

Starfish Cafe Avalon (23 Avalon Pde, Avalon 2107) 02 9918 2077

Swell Café (Shop 3 /74 Old Barrenjoey Rd, Avalon 2107) 02 9918 5678

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Featured Avalon Accommodation

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Barefoot Beach House

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Nestled in a tranquil tree-lined street, this immaculate modern house is in a peaceful location. A short drive to beaches.

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Spotlight On: Michael Hayes, Reef Restaurant

Being a restaurant manager is no easy feat but when you work at one of the Central Coast’s best restaurants no two days are the same. With a stunning outlook from his ‘office’ out to Terrigal Haven and beyond, it is easy to see why Michael Hayes of Reef Restaurant loves Terrigal. We had a quick chat with Michael about Reef Restaurant and his favourite places on the Coast…

Tell us about Reef Restaurant and how it eventuated…
The Reef Restaurant was created some 12 years ago following the rebuilding of the old Sailing Club, the Galley Restaurant. The present owners of Reef Restaurant and Cove Cafe took over 5 years ago.

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What is your most popular dish?
Our most popular dish is the Deconstructed Beef Wellington.

Which is your personal favourite?
My personal favourite is the Kinkawooka Black Mussels in white wine and cream garlic sauce.

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Reef Restaurant is a popular venue for functions… Absolutely. We cater for weddings of all sizes and different types functions ranging from corporate to private events. We can seat up to 150 guests for functions and around 200 standing. Weddings are very popular so it’s a must to book well in advance. The view and atmosphere here is simply amazing – you won’t want to miss out!

What do you enjoy most about the Central Coast?
There are so many beautiful beaches, cafés and restaurants.

Is there anything the Central Coast needs?
I think more double lane roads are needed. There are just too many single lanes which slows down the traffic and makes driving a chore… And maybe a rugby league team!

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Your favourite place on the Coast?
Terrigal. It stays beautiful, regardless of the weather or season. It’s always different and beautiful.

Which beach do you love most and why?
I know I might sound biased but I would have to say The Haven Beach at Terrigal. It is family friendly, there is always something exciting happening with divers coming in and going out, and people out and about. It is a good place to watch the boats come in and clean the fish on the boat ramp nearby.

Which sports team do you support?
Can I choose a couple? I back the Central Coast Mariners, Canberra Raiders and Liverpool Football Club.

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Best Dining Experience (apart from Reef Restaurant)?
I was lucky enough to experience Tetsuya’s in the city – that was amazing! The food, service and ambience were above and beyond my expectations.

Your preferred place to shop?
Sergeant Peppers Menswear in Terrigal. I love nice clothes that fit well.

If someone was visiting the Central Coast for the first time what would you recommend they do?
They have to walk up The Skillion. It really is a must.

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Where do you love to go when not on the Coast?
Sydney – every now and then I have to get my city fix because it is just so different to the Coast.

Which Accom Holidays property would you most like to stay at?
Lighthouse at Avoca Beach!! It’s just too good to ignore.

Visit Reef Restaurant’s website for their menu, giveaways and news: www.reefrestaurant.com.au

Click here to read guest reviews from TripAdvisor.

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FEB-HOT-OFFERS

Feb’ 14 Hot Accommodation Deals


LAST MINUTE SUMMER HOLIDAY DEALS ARE NOW AVAILABLE! BOOK NOW!

We have an exciting February ahead, traditionally a fantastic time of year as you get the chance to have the best locations with a fraction of the school holiday crowds. We have some limited last-minute availability for the month, please call our offices to find out more. Our friendly staff will be happy to help you: ​Terrigal: 4385 9564 ~ Ettalong Beach: 4344 6152

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We have two fantastic Central Coast accommodation deals for you:
Just 90 minutes drive north of Sydney CBD, there are plenty of excuses to get away!

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HOT OFFER: THE PINES, OCEAN BEACH (ID #188)

Take a massive 50% off current season rates at 
The Pines, Ocean Beach at Ettalong Beach until 31st March, 2014

*Conditions: Subject to availability. Valid to 31.3.14  Cannot be used with any other offer.

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HOT OFFER: SIROCCO, TERRIGAL (ID #178)

Stay for 5 nights, pay the weekend rate of only $1,900 – that’s a saving of $950!

*Conditions: Subject to availability. Valid to 31.3.14  Cannot be used with any other offer.

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Jan’ 15 Hot Accommodation Deals


LAST MINUTE SUMMER HOLIDAY DEALS ARE NOW AVAILABLE! BOOK NOW!

Take 20% off the peak rate on all properties until 23rd January 2014. We have limited last-minute availability for the month, please call our offices to find out more. Our friendly staff will be happy to help you: ​Terrigal: 4385 9564 ~ Ettalong Beach: 4344 6152

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We have two fantastic Central Coast accommodation deals for you:
Just 90 minutes drive north of Sydney CBD, there are plenty of excuses to get away!

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HOT OFFER: AWANUI, BLACKWALL (ID #159)

Stay at stunning waterfront cottage Awanui in Blackwall in January and save 30% off the peak season rate!

*Conditions: Valid until 23rd January 2014. 30% discount is off the property’s peak rate. Subject to availability and cannot be used with any other offer.

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JAN_2HOT OFFER: THE LONG HOUSE, MACMASTERS BEACH (ID #116)

Stay for one week at The Long House at Macmasters Beach for just and pay the weekend rate of $900 – that’s a saving of 50%!

*Conditions: Valued at $1,800 based on the property’s rack rate. Offer is available to the first 5 bookings only. Date of stay at this property must fall between the following dates: 1st February to 31st March 2014.

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December ’13 Hot Offers

LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS & SCHOOL HOLIDAY DEALS ARE NOW AVAILABLE! BOOK NOW!

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We have limited last-minute availability for the month of December and January. Call our offices to find out more – our friendly staff will be happy to help you: ​Terrigal: 4385 9564   ~   Ettalong Beach: 4344 6152

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We have two fantastic Central Coast accommodation deals for the month of December.
Just 90 minutes drive north of Sydney CBD, there are plenty of excuses to get away!

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HOT OFFER: Blue Mist (ID #172)

Stay for one week at Blue Mist and pay the weekend rate of just $2,950! That’s a saving of over 30%.

*Conditions: Valued at $4,500 based on the property’s rack rate. Offer is available to the first 5 bookings only. Date of stay at this property must fall between the following dates: 1st December 2013 to 19th December 2013. Excludes December School Holidays. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

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HOT OFFER: Araluen (ID #175)

Stay for four nights mid-week at Araluen for just $660 – that’s a saving of 50%!

*Conditions: Valued at $1,320 based on the property’s shoulder rate. Offer is available to the first 5 bookings only. Date of stay at this property must fall between the following dates: 3rd December 2013 to 19th December 2013. Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

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Stunning Beachfront Special

Stay for 4 nights mid-week at stunning beachfront apartment Calais, for just $1,000. (save 50%). To view Calais Beachfront on our website then click here.

If you wish to enquire at a later date – remember the Calais property ID is: 171

*Conditions: Valued at $2,000 based on the property’s rack rate. Offer is available to the first 5 bookings only. Date of stay at this property must fall between the following dates: 1st August 2013 to 19th September 2013. Excludes September School Holidays.

Bookings are limited to the first 5 people to book so call today & mention “Calais winter special” when booking!

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