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Three To See: Central Coast Pizza, Bar & Grill Restaurants

New York Pizza Bar & Grill

Fountain Plaza, Shop 11/148 The Entrance Rd Erina, (02) 4365 0767
Website: www.facebook.com/nypb.com.au

Looking for a great night out and want to avoid the crowds at Terrigal? We suggest you try New York Pizza Bar & Grill at Fountain Plaza Erina. This outdoor shopping plaza is fast becoming an emerging hive for foodies, all thanks to New York Pizza Bar & Grill’s unique offering as a bar, pizzeria and grill. Inspired by traditional New York’s own offering, visitors can enjoy great beer, wine and cocktail options while tantalising their tastebuds with delicious pizzas, ribs and more.

New York Pizza Bar & Grill is open:
Mon to Sat: 12pm-3pm lunch & 5pm-11.45pm dinner.
Sun: 5pm-9pm dinner.

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Four Hands Pizza Bar & Grill

6/17 Church St Terrigal, (02) 4384 4492
Website: www.fourhandspizza.com.au/

Yum, yum! Since opening its doors in 2013 Four Hands Pizza Bar & Grill has wasted no time in proving they’re here to stay. Being the only eatery offering good coffee from lunchtime until late is just one of their perks. Try their tapas tasting plates (the Chorizo and Scallop dishes are winners) whilst sipping on a craft beer (Two Birds Golden Ale goes down well) or delicious cocktail. Gourmet pizza is Four Hands’ specialty and you can’t go past the Duck with Coriander.

Four Hands Pizza Bar & Grill is open 7 days, all day for lunch and dinner.
Dinner bookings are essential!

Michael’s Italian Family Restaurant

1/29A Victoria St East Gosford, (02) 4325 3753
Website: www.michaelsfamilyrestaurant.com.au/

For years Michael’s has been a firm favourite amongst locals thanks to their delicious menu that never disappoints. Like garlic bread? You will love their garlic pizza base – we do! If it is seafood you love, Michael’s offers a great range of pizza, pasta and entrée options that will surely delight. Watch on as cooks spin and flip pizza dough as they prepare your pizza from start to finish, and enjoy a wide range of traditional and gourmet options such as Michael’s Malaysia gourmet pizza, it’s sublime!

Michael’s Italian Family Restaurant is available for dine-in or take away.

Opening Hours:
Tues, Wed & Sun: 4pm-9pm.
Thur, Fri & Sat: 4pm to 9.30pm.

Three more Bar & Grill restaurants worth a visit on the Central Coast…
Beef & Barramundi Bar & Grill (Cnr Oceanview and Schnapper Rd, Ettalong Beach) 4344 6828.
Terrace Grill (4 Ash St, Terrigal) 4385 8800.
Lone Star Rib House (Westfield Shoppingtown Tuggerah) 4353 5552.

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Three to See: Central Coast Markets

The Central Coast is home to some of the best markets around, accompanied by live entertainment. Whether you crave food, fresh produce, clothing or home decor then be sure to stop by and support local businesses!

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Avoca Beachside Markets
Where: Heazlett Park Foreshore, Avoca Beach
Dates: Held on the 4th Sunday of every month.
Time: 9am til 2pm.
Website: www.facebook.com/AvocaBeachsideMarkets

Avoca Beachside Markets is not only a premier market for locals – it is also a multiple award winning market! Enjoy live entertaining as you wander through a vast array of store offerings from local art, beauty and health, fashion, international food and fresh produce. All this and more set alongside Avoca’s stunning beach and lagoon with quirky vintage theming. Be sure to arrive early or face parking delays!

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Shelly Beach Markets
Where: Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College, Shelly Beach.
Dates: Last Saturday of every month.
Time: 9am til 2pm.
Website: www.facebook.com/ShellyBeachMarkets

This market is a regular haunt for so many reasons – the stalls are always fresh and exciting, the atmosphere is relaxed and inviting and there is ample parking too. Visitors will enjoy live music, jumping castle for kids, international food offerings, fresh produce, baked and deli goods, plants, new kids and adults clothing, new home wares, candles, pet accessories and so much more. Be sure to allow yourself a good hour or else you just won’t get through it all!

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The Entrance Farmers Market
Where: 
The Entrance Memorial Park
Dates:
 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month.
Time: 
8am til 1pm.
Website: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Entrance-Farmers-Market/173519609400895

If you love fresh food, you will be spoilt for choice at The Entrance Farmers Markets. Fresh fruit, vegetables, baked goods, deli goods, dairy, handmade pasta and wine are some of the amazing offerings you will find at every Farmers Market. But it doesn’t end there – fresh juice, handmade sweets, olive oils, spices, herbs, gourmet tea and coffee nuts and snacks will also tantalise your taste buds. And after the avid foodie has stocked their pantry, they can browse an array of handmade clothing, home wares, soaps and beauty products.

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Three more markets worth a visit on the Central Coast…
Ettalong Markets (189 Ocean View Rd, Ettalong Beach).
Get Fresh Food Festival (Fountain Plaza, Erina).
Peninsula Waterfront Art & Produce Market (Anderson Reserve, Woy Woy).

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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

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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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Spotlight On: Kaleah Balcomb, Cove Cafe

Cove Cafe is highly regarded as Terrigal’s best cafe and if you’re not already familiar with Cove, let me explain: cafe patrons are initially blown away by its seaside location at The Haven … and then the food arrives! Delicious, beautifully presented unique meals created by top chefs. And did we mention the coffee? Cove manager Kaleah Balcomb not only oversees the day to day operations of the business, she also makes a killer coffee, coming second recently in Manfredi’s Barista comp. We chat to Kaleah about Cove and her love for the Coast…

Tell us about Cove Cafe and how it eventuated…
The Cove is an amazing cafe right on the beach in the Haven, Terrigal. I actually started working upstairs in Reef Restaurant about 5 years ago, and then somehow found myself working downstairs at Cove around sporadic university and music commitments. My love of coffee and the fantastic workplace means I’ve been unable to leave!

Would you say breakfast or lunch is your busiest time of day?
It depends on the day of the week. During weekdays breakfast tends to be busier, a lot of people come in for their morning coffee. On weekends lunch tends to be more popular, especially if the weather is nice.

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Tell us about what your role entails…
I generally work coffee and teas. I honestly love to make coffee and experiment with different styles of latte art. I also equip all staff with barista skills – even at least at the basics – so anyone can step up to the machine when needed. My job description also happens to cover drinking as much coffee as possible!!

What is your most popular dish?
The Bacon & Egg Spring Rolls – we are the only cafe that does a dish like it.

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Which dish is your personal favourite?
Let me think … Bacon & Egg Spring Rolls! They’re so good that customers became angry when we tried to take them off the menu! Plus there’s no hangover cure like them…

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What do you enjoy most about the Central Coast?
The laid back vibe.

Is there anything the Central Coast needs?
We’re lucky enough to be in a place that has almost everything. I just wish it was all closer together!

Your favourite place on the Coast?
Too many to choose from. Terrigal has a great beach and a good choice of cafes, restaurants, bars and ice creameries. Not to mention a wonderful view all of the time.

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Which beach do you love most and why?
Bateau Bay. It’s a fairly quiet beach, my family would always go there when I was little and we would climb the rocks. I have fond memories of it.

Which sports team do you support?
The one that’s winning at the time!

Best Dining Experience (apart from Cove Cafe)?
The Reef Restaurant!

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If someone was visiting the Central Coast for the first time what would you recommend they do?
Visit Cove Cafe! The pelican feeding at The Entrance is good too and time at our beaches is well spent.

Where do you love to go when not on the Coast?
To be honest, I don’t leave much – I love it here. Every so often I’ll do a trip to Sydney or Newcastle.

Which Accom Holidays property would you most like to stay at?
Agave at MacMasters Beach looks stunning!

Visit Cove Cafe’s website for their menu, giveaways and cafe news: http://covecafe.com.au/

Click here to read guest reviews from TripAdvisor.

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Blink & You’ll Miss It: August 2014

August  September: Australian War Memorial Exhibition, Gosford

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1st – 9th August: Annie The Musical, Laycock St Theatre Gosford

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1st – 10th August: Days Like These Art Exhibition, North Gosford

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Saturday 2nd & 16th August: The Entrance Farmers Market, The Entrance

AVOCA BEACHSIDE MARKETS 2014 DATES

Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd August: Chrysler Wake Run, Canton Beach

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Sunday 3rd August: Star 104.5 Get Fresh Produce Market, Fountain Plaza Erina

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Friday 8th August: Moneywise Australia Race Day, Wyong

Saturday 9th August: Alex Lloyd live, Lizotte’s Kincumber

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Thursday 14th August: Walker Bros Race Day, Gosford

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Friday 15th August: Marcia Hines live, Ettalong Diggers | Toni Childs live, Lizotte’s Kincumber

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Monday 18th August: Cirque Mother Africa, Laycock St Theatre

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Friday 22nd August: The McClymonts live, Mingara Tumbi Umbi

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Saturday 23rd August: Wine & Degustation Dinner, The Springs at Peats Ridge

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Sunday 24th August: Avoca Beachside Markets, Avoca Beach

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Saturday 30th August: Shelly Beach Markets, Tuggerah Lakes Secondary Campus

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Blink & You’ll Miss It: June 2014

Thursday 5th June: Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase, Laycock Street Theatre

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Saturday 7th June: The Entrance Farmer’s Markets, The Entrance

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Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June: Classical Music Festival, Pearl Beach Memorial Hall

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Friday 13th June: Manfredi at Bells Wine Dinner, Bells at Killcare

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Saturday 14th June: Gourmet Picnic Ride, Glenworth Valley

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Saturday 14th June: Craft Beer & Cider Festival, Kincumber Hotel | Bay to Bay Fun Run, Fisherman’s Wharf

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Saturday 21st June: 5 Lands Walk 2014, Macmasters Beach to Terrigal | The Entrance Famer’s Markets, The Entrance

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Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd June: Elvis Festival 2014, Kincumber Hotel

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Sunday 22nd June: A Taste of Avoca, Avoca Beach | Avoca Beachside Markets, Avoca Beach

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Thursday 26th June: Horse Racing, Wyong Race Course

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Friday 27th June: Casey Donovan live, Lizotte’s Kincumber

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Saturday 28th June: Shelly Beach Markets, Shelly Beach

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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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Three to See: Central Coast Wineries & Breweries

Firescreek Winery
192 Wattle Tree Rd Holgate, (02) 4365 0768
Website: http://www.firescreek.com.au/

Firescreek Winery opened its cellar doors in 2003 and this local vineyard has been delivering delicious, quality fruit and herb wines ever since. Firescreek fruit wines are unlike other fruit wines – they vary in complexity, acidity, sweetness and aroma, and vintage varieties vary from year to year. Each variety is made in limited supply which means that favourites sell out quickly, however new varieties are introduced through the year to keep  wine connoisseurs on their toes. And locals will be proud to know that Firescreek Wines have won countless awards – click to view. Tastings and tours are encouraged, however groups of 10+ are asked to call before arriving.

Firescreek Winery is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm daylight savings time, and 10am – 4pm outside daylight savings.

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Six String Brewing Company
4/330 The Entrance Rd Erina, (02) 4365 4536
Website: http://www.sixstringbrewing.com.au/

This place rocks! If you like the pub scene but always feel like the oldest person there (we’re not all 18 with flashy new ID’s) then you will love the cool, laid-back vibe at Six String Brewing Company. The Central Coast’s first homegrown craft brewery made from 100% locally made product, this local brewery/boutique pub offers great beer, delicious food and live music. The idea for a local homegrown brewery originated in 2009 and after endless bureaucratic hurdles, the dream finally came alive in 2013. Six String Brewing Company makes six different brew varieties as well as limited edition seasonal brews to keep fanatics coming back for more. Newbies to the brewhouse can see where the brews are made and order a tasting paddle which consists of four different varieties… and once you have found a favourite you can take the experience home with their one litre Squealer and two litre Growler jug.

Click Here to view brewhouse and tour times.

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Distillery Botanica
25 Portsmouth Rd Erina, (02) 4365 3968
Website: http://distillerybotanica.com/

Made using traditional European methods, this unique variety of boutique fruit and herb wines are gorgeous. Whether it be light fruity wine, quality vodka, dry gin, or sticky dessert wine, there is something to suit everyone’s palate. Formerly known as St Fiacre Distillery, the shop and distillery are set in fragrant gardens in Erina, just ten minutes drive north-west of Terrigal. Owned and operated by Philip Moore, founder of Australia’s largest wholesale herb nursery, who brings his knowledge to the drinks he masters. Coffee lovers will enjoy the Short Black Coffee Liqueur and those with a sweet tooth can’t go past Sticky Date Liqueur. Fruity options include blackcurrant, blackberry,  raspberry, lemon myrtle and aniseed.

Distillery Botanica is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm.

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Other breweries worth a visit on the Central Coast…
Central Coast Brewery (9/10 Pioneer Ave, Tuggerah) 4351 4824.

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Blink & You’ll Miss It: October 2013

We have compiled a fantastic range of exciting events for you to think about for this month, there’s definitely something for everyone.

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Thursday 3rd October: Horse Racing, Wyong Racecourse

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Saturday 5th October: Oktoberfest, Six Strings Brewery | East Meets West Degustation Dinner, The Springs Golf Club

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Sunday 6th October: Eastern Region Roller Derby Smackdown, Niagara Park

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Thursday 10th October: Horse Racing, Gosford Race Club

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Saturday 12th October: Monster Truck World Series, Gosford Showground | Central Coast Mariners vs Western Sydney Wanderers, Bluetongue Stadium

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Friday 18-20th October: Under the Sea Film Festival, Avoca Beach Picture Theatre

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Sunday 18-20th October: Chromefest, The Entrance

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Three to See: Central Coast Clubs

Mingara Recreation Club
Mingara Drive, Tumbi Umbi, (02) 4349 7799

From its humble beginning with just 20 members in 1971 to today’s state-of-the-art premises with over 20,000 members, Mingara Recreation Club has come a long way. Open to members and visitors, this family-friendly club is home to an aquatic and fitness centre as well bars, eateries, cafes,  a casino-style area, athletic track, mini-golf and kid’s playhouse. Choose from a variety of fabulous restaurants and cafes or enjoy a drink at the bar with friends. *Please bet responsibly.

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Breakers Country Club
64 Dover Road, Terrigal, (02) 4384 2661

Breakers Country Club is a popular local haunt for birthdays, weddings, enjoying a meal with the family or having a drink with friends. Formerly known as Terrigal Memorial Country Club, Breakers is a whirlwind of activity! Home to the Terrigal-Wamberal RSL Sub Branch, Terrigal Mens and ladies Golf club, Wamberal Mens and Ladies Bowling Club and Terrigal Darts Club. Come along with friends and enjoy the club’s stylish new courtyard and indulge at the brasserie.

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Central Coast Leagues Club
Dane Drive, Gosford, (02) 4325 9444

The first registered club on the Central Coast, Central Coast Leagues Club (CCLC) was formed in 1954. Located opposite the Gosford waterfront, the CCLC is not only home to a range of restaurants including popular Star Buffet and Japanese Teppanyaki, it also contains a TAB lounge which international sports across 22 screens, bars, games area and free entertainment. The Central Coast Leagues Club is the ideal place for friends to meet for recreation and leisure activities.