10 Things to do on the Central Coast
1. NEWCASTLE ART GALLERY
Whether you are a first-time visitor to the gallery or a regular patron, you will find many nearby attractions to make a full day of your visit. Discover an abundance of unique shops and cafes along nearby Darby Street, enjoy a stroll or a picnic in beautiful Civic Park, or discover Newcastle's other cultural venues. Located at 1 Laman Street, Newcastle. Phone: 49745100.
2. THE ENTRANCE MARKETS
EVERY Saturday at Memorial Park until June 24 from 9am to 2pm, right on the foreshore at the Entrance. You will find farm fresh produce, gourmet delights and an eclectic mix of artisan crafts, fashion, homewares and fresh flowers. Join the Central Coast's friendliest local community for breakfast or lunch and enjoy all the pleasures of the seaside, including feeding the pelicans or riding the funfair! Located at the Memorial Park, The Entrance. Enquiries to 43335377 or stallholder enquiries to 99992226.
3. MARKETS AT THE FAIR
ON THE second Saturday of every month at the Hive, Erina Fair. The fresh new market has hit the Central Coast. Relax, indulge the senses, wander and unwind as you and your family discover an array of local produce, gourmet condiments and exquisite hand crafted products. Next market is on February 11 from 10am to 3pm. For details contact Joanne Giles on 0400552679.
4. TRIVIA WITH EL TRIVIACHI
TIME to use your grey-matter and prepare for three rounds of the trickiest trivia around with your hosts El Triviachi. With heaps of multimedia questions and prizes, it's the best trivia night this side of the Rio Grande. Held monthly on the last Thursday of the month. The next one will be held on February 23 at 7.30pm, with sign-ups from 6pm and questions from 7pm. Located at Hardys Bay Club, 14 Heath Road, Hardys Bay. For details phone Hardys Bay Club on 43601072.
5. CHAMBER PHILHARMONIA COLOGNE (GERMANY)
DON'T miss this rare opportunity to experience one of Germany's finest Ensembles Chamber Philharmonia Cologne. Classics from Germany. A diverse program ranging from Antonio Vivaldi and his tremendously famous "Four Seasons” to W.A. Mozart, Peter Tchaikovsky and Niccolo Paganini. On Monday, February 6 at 8pm at the Anglican Christ Church, 3 Mann Street, Gosford. For bookings visit the Music Centre Gosford, Shop 4, 39 Central Coast Highway, Gosford West or phone 43254900.
6. BLUE THUMB PLANTING DAY
DO YOU have an enthusiasm for nature and gardens that you'd like to share with others and love plants and the environment? If so, you could become a Tour Guide or a Master Gardener. Our volunteers range in age from 18 to 70+. Volunteer opportunities are available year-round, both weekdays and weekends, in a variety of areas. You can help out once a week to once a month. You don't need to have a green thumb or a plant science background. You'll have fun. We are flexible and will ensure volunteering will fit around your other commitments and interests. Join our Blue Thumbs and get planting in our native garden. Monday, February 6 then monthly on the 1st Monday of the month starting at 9.30am at the Mt Penang Gardens, Kariong. For more information phone 43401002 or visit www.ccrdc.nsw.gov.au.
7. LITTLE CREEK ARTISAN CHEESE FACTORY
CENTRAL Coast's own local, award-winning, handmade gourmet cheese factory and outlet. Proudly known for their haloumi cheese, after winning gold three years in a row at the Sydney Royal and won gold in Hobart and Melbourne Royals. Their gold-winning Haloumi is used in many restaurants on the Central Coast and down into Sydney. Their second most known cheese is the garlic and dill-marinated goat feta. Located within the Old Wyong Milk Factory, along Alison Road in Wyong. Phone: 4353CHEESE(43532433).
8. PELICAN FEEDING, THE ENTRANCE
THE pelican feeding takes place on The Entrance waterfront each day and is one of the Central Coast's most popular tourist attractions, entertaining and educating visitors and residents alike about the area's own pelican colony. It was all started over 20 years ago by staff at the local fish shop, who would feed scraps to the pelicans every day. Then in 1996, The Entrance Town Centre Management built the feeding platform known as Pelican Plaza. You can feed the pelicans whole fresh fish 365 days a year and make it the spectacle it is today. Memorial Park off Marine Parade, The Entrance. Phone: 1800335377.
9. TERRA CHRONOS, LAND AND TIME
TERRA Chronos, Land and Time is the second solo exhibition of works by Central Coast landscape photographer Michael Blyde. The images on display will showcase some of the amazing locations from the local area and right across Australia. Michael's works depict stunning locations, both popular spots and the lesser known gems, with dramatic skies, using unique angles and bold compositions. Now open until Sunday, March 5 from 8am to 8pm daily. The exhibition will be held at the Mercure Kooindah Waters, Central Coast, 40 Kooindah Blvd, Wyong. For more information, phone Michael Blyde on 0420822447.
10. DENILIQUIN FISHING CLASSIC
The Deniliquin RSL XXXX Fishing Classic will celebrate its 20th year and is bound to be the best yet. It will be held on February 17-19 and will see the return of the kayak section which crowned the Champion Angler for 2016, hauling in a whopping 99cm Murray cod. Also returning for the second year will be the tagged cod with the prizemoney jackpotting to $10,000. Like every year, there will be some amazing prizes up for grabs, activities, food and drinks. http://www.denifishingclassic.com.au