GET OUT THERE: Wyong Lakes Festival hits the shire from November 12 to 20.
GET OUT THERE: Wyong Lakes Festival hits the shire from November 12 to 20.

Tuggerah Lakes will come to life

CENTRAL Coast Council's award-winning Wyong Lakes Festival returns in November, bigger and better.

Tuggerah Lakes takes centre stage when more than 30 events make a splash from November 12-20.

The nine-day program features a program of sporting, family, cultural, educational and live music events on and surrounding the Tuggerah Lakes catchment including:

* Memorial Park, The Entrance.

* Picnic Point, The Entrance.

* McKenzie Reserve, Budgewoi.

* Canton Beach foreshore.

* Colongra Bay foreshore.

* Long Jetty foreshore.

The council's events officer, Cobey Linsley, said this year's program had expanded and will be focused around the six key event hubs.

"We have even more events planned for this year's festival as well as some of the favourites from last year returning," Ms Linsley said.

"The opening weekend will be jam-packed and include a spectacular free evening concert featuring headliner Thirsty Merc and fireworks.

"The popular triathlon and stand up paddle board competitions will also be running on the opening weekend as well as a free brunch by the lake.

"The final weekend of the Wyong Lakes Festival will finish with a big splash and will see live bands, moonlight cinema, folk festival, water obstacle course and a street festival.

"We've had more interest this year from groups wanting to be a part of the festival and have even more free events locked in the calendar."

Some of the additions to the 2016 Wyong Lakes Festival include Colour Ya World, Obstasplash, Lighthouse Folk Festival, Long Jetty Street Festival and Long Jetty Moonlight Cinema.

The council's administrator, Ian Reynolds, says he is excited about the opportunities the festival will bring.

"No wonder our Wyong Lakes Festival is winning statewide awards, it's a fantastic event that takes in one of the most iconic locations on the Coast - Tuggerah Lakes," Mr Reynolds said.

"The festival is a great way for residents and visitors alike to take part in a wide range of interesting events and explore our beautiful lakes at the same time. I can't wait to see the Lakes come to life on and off the water."

All events are free for spectators, with opportunities to be in some events.

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