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January 2020

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The start of a new year is the perfect time to make new friends, catch up with family, and stay active, which are all keys to good health.

Luckily, when it comes to socialising and entertaining visitors including grandchildren on school holidays, options abound for residents of Wood Glen.

Aside from Wood Glen’s own wide-ranging facilities, the scope of activities and experiences available on the doorstep are almost limitless.

Lap up the endless kilometres of world-class beaches and stunning picnic spots with panoramic backdrops by all means, but don’t forget to explore the treasure trove of activities close by much-loved by tourists and locals alike.

Here is a selection of what’s available close to home:

For starters, try cruising the proposed Forresters Beach Marine Sanctuary aboard Terrigal Ocean Tours’ 30-minute Summer Blast Tour from now until April.

Look for dolphins as they frolic in the warm waters beside the boat. From May to October, treat your visitors to an hour-long whale watching tour and experience one of the true marvels of nature as giant humpbacks slap their flippers, rise out of the ocean and splash back down on their backs.

The young and young at heart can lap up the fun meanwhile aboard Aquafun Avoca Lake’s fleet of pedalboats, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards on weekends and daily in school holidays from September to May – perfect for whiling away a few hours on the water.

Terrigal Paddle Boats meanwhile, operated by ESS Board Store, hires out a range of craft on Terrigal Lagoon.

For a unique perspective, a guided walking tour with Girra Girra Aboriginal Experiences at Karalta Road, Erina, offers a window into the lore, language and a connection to the land that has sustained a culture for 65,000 years.

Witness a traditional Acknowledgement of Country, see original engravings and rock carvings and hear the stories, and share in the wisdom of the world’s oldest living culture.

If a lazy few hours sampling some homegrown, handcrafted ales appeals, Erina’s family-friendly Six String Brewery has a taproom open to the public for tastings. A restaurant meanwhile serves up food suited to the beers on offer.

Brewery tours are held on Saturdays at 11am, with visitors given insights into how small-scale beer is produced.

Distillery Botanica at Erina meanwhile is set amongst tranquil gardens and offers an array of spirits and liqueurs, including Moore’s Gin and Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur. Visitors can relax, enjoy a stroll through the gardens and taste the range.

To truly fascinate and tire out the youngest members of the family, there’s nothing like a trip to the zoo, especially when there’s dinosaur for a park mascot.

Ploddy, the mascot of Australian Reptile Park at Somersby, is visible on the mountain top before the Gosford exit heading north on the M1.

Once inside, see kangaroos, koalas, and Tasmanian devils, cassowaries, dingoes, Komodo dragons, alligators and walk with Hugo, a giant Galapagos tortoise.

Under 20 kilometres from Erina at The Entrance, one the Central Coast’s most popular tourist attractions unfolds daily with the famed pelican feeding.

It started with staff at a local fish shop feeding scraps to the birds more than 20 years ago.

Today, a team of volunteers and sponsors feed the pelicans fresh fish at 3.30pm each day from a council-built feeding platform known as Pelican Plaza.

The feeding provides volunteers with an opportunity to look for pelicans which might have be entangled in hooks and lines.

While you are at The Entrance, make a day of it by taking the grandchildren to the Vera’s Water Garden.

On the foreshore next to Memorial Park, the attraction offers ample seating with shaded areas for adults. The kids meanwhile can run through water sprays, scale brilliantly-coloured fountains and make their way their way through wading pools.