An oddly named place called The Entrance North is a lovely little place on the pristine beaches of Central Coast in New South Wales, Australia. The Entrance North a peninsula joined to The Entrance by a road over the water. This is right at the spot where Tuggerah Lake meets the ocean and the whole area is known for its laid back atmosphere.
This area is one of the oldest tourist destinations in Australia and has been hosting those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of life since the 1800’s. Since it is not far from Sydney and Newcastle, even the locals come down here on weekends to stay in lovely rental accommodation and relax a little. For tourists from other countries, there are a host of things to keep even the kids interested and busy.
For those who are feeling in need of some exercise, this is a great place to bring or hire a cycle. The land is quite flat and the scenery is breathtaking. There are paths that have been constructed specifically and they take the rider around Tuggerah Lake. Alternatively, take a walk along Heritage Walk.
It is probably the waterways which attracts so many and here find things as diverse as pelican feeding to giant chess boards to play on. Fishing is available in the lake or out on the ocean and there are many watercraft companies that can arrange a trip.
The town underwent a fifteen million dollar facelift in the recent past and, along with accommodation in The Entrance North, people were drawn back to this now cosmopolitan place to enjoy some down time. There are cafes, designer shops and a host of different historical places to visit which is set off perfectly by the surrounding waterways.
For people with children, the Memorial Park is a great place to let them get rid of some energy and most people land here at some point over the weekends. Entertainment is provided, particularly on weekends and school holidays, so check this out before visiting.
For something out of the water or off the beach, and we all know that Australia has some of the best beaches in the world, Bayview Mall is the perfect place for some retail therapy. There is a cinema nearby so there is always something to do here.
It is perhaps the proximity to Sydney that attracts most foreign visitors since they can experience the city life and see all the major tourist attractions, like Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, museums, art centres etc, but still come back to the quietness of the beach life. For those who want to see a show or have a romantic night in one of the top class hotels in the city, accommodation is available in all price brackets.
Back at the beach, there are several National Parks nearby which allows visitors to see some of the indigenous wildlife. This, along with all the snorkelling and water sports and boat trips available, means that there is always something to do here. A hire car is advisable although not everyone will need it.
All beach venues in Australia have all kinds of accommodation available. From rental apartments, serviced apartments and five star hotels, even those who want a caravan or a backpackers place will be catered for. In the hotter months, finding accommodation with a pool is recommended so that the kids can cool off.
From October to April is the best time of year to visit with January probably being the hottest month. Rainfall is nothing like it is in the UK so only light, long sleeved garments are needed if visitors come during the ‘winter’ – May to September. Plan to avoid summer holidays for the Australians because coastal strips as beautiful as this usually get full pretty quickly.
Flight direct from Heathrow to Sydney are plentiful and some make stopovers in Japan for a day or two to break up the journey. From Sydney it is just less than an hour to the beaches of The Entrance North. Accommodation can be booked in advance as well as transfers, car hire, and any other entrance fees on the internet. This means that less money has to be carried on the trip.