The Central Coast is an ever-evolving place but its ability to offer us a reprieve from our daily grind never wavers. Brimming with natural splendour and flanked by calm coastal waters, it’s a pretty idyllic place to hole up or visit for a weekend.
While its natural beauty holds strong, when it comes to things to eat, see, shop, drink and explore, there’s always something new to sink your teeth into.
If you’re looking for a round-up of the ol’ faves on the Central Coast—that survived and thrived across Covid—we have you covered with the best restaurants, best local favourites and the best outdoor activities. But to showcase a few fairly new kids on the Cenny C block, we’ve teamed up with Love Central Coast, so you can uncover something new to explore next time you visit.
From bustling bars to coastal boardwalks, here are 8 new things to uncover next time you visit.
Good ol’ Gosford has had a little facelift of late and the iconic waterfront landmark that was once home to the notorious Iguana Joe’s has new residents. While ‘Iggies’ is long gone, the sails silhouette still remains but in its place is Drifter’s Wharf—the third brainchild from the team behind Terrigal’s Mumbo Jumbo’s and Avoca’s Shady Palms. Flinging open its doors in December 2021, it’s set to be a summer hotspot with sweeping water views, wharf-style seating, vibing live music and a delicious mix of fresh seafood and cocktails.
Bringing the flavours of Mexico to the peninsula is LA Taco, Ettalong Beach’s newest restaurant developed by Cameron Cansdell and Hayley Hardcastle of Saddles in Mount White—so you know it’ll be tasty. Tucked behind Ettalong’s famed cafe Lords Of Pour, the cosy cantina is serving up authentic Mexican with a modern twist. Expect drool-worthy tacos designed to be devoured with one hand like char-grilled veggies and classic Mexican thirst-quenchers like margaritas and sangria jugs.
(Images: Drifter's Wharf, Hotel Gosford, Terrigal boardwalk and La Taco)
Coastal Walk Terrigal
One of the jewels in the Central Coast’s crown is Terrigal and it’s recently scored a brand spanking new boardwalk and viewing platform. Hugging the coastline, the new timber boardwalk connects Terrigal’s village with The Haven and the Skillion landmark. Wind down with a picturesque stroll after you’ve hit Terrigal's boutiques or take a walk before dinner at dusk as the entire platform lights up at night.
Referred to fondly by locals as ‘The Beachie’, this beloved pub and waterfront hotel just scored a major, multi-million dollar revamp—and it’s pretty spectacular. Opening earlier this year under new ownership, the venue now offers all-day dining, spacious Hampton-inspired lounging booths and live gigs. If you’re looking to kick back and lean into a lazy Sunday session or a delicious, sun-soaked lunch with your crew and a view, The Beachie is where it’s at this summer.
Tropicana Social Club
Beloved Tropicana Pizza moved house in early 2021 and with good reason—they needed more space to meet the demand for their incredible slices. Moving from Blackwall Road to Trafalga Avenue, the Tropicana crew are still serving up the same tasty feeds but they now have a spacious tiki-style diner to house their fans. Dripping with palm fronds, vintage cane and pineapple lights, the playful fit-out is a warm, vibing and inviting space that’s perfect for a laid-back feed with your mates—an undoubtedly welcomed addition to Woy Woy’s growing dining scene.
While this one isn’t the newest of new kids on the block—it opened its door in late 2020—it’s still considered a refreshingly new watering hole and laidback restaurant that’s perfect for sinking a few sunset sips with mates. Nestled in a heritage-style sandstone building, Lyon’s Den has a strong focus on supporting local producers, which we love, and a next-level tapas menu to boot.
(Images: The Beachcomber restaurant, Tropicana Social Club and Hotel Gosford.)
The team who livened up Ettalong’s cafe culture many moons ago with The Box has now brought delicious vibes to Gosford waterfront with Frederico's, a Latin American-inspired spacious restaurant and bar. And while, again, it’s not the newest face on the block, this fiery eatery has certainly earned its Cenny C stripe with its tasty Latino-style menu and spirit. Dubbed an ‘all-day fiesta’, the reputable menu is designed to share and is packed with modern Latin American-style dishes, like blackened BBQ cauliflower, fresh ceviche, chilli pan-fried prawns and slow-cooked nachos with stringy cheese.
For a long time, Hotel Gosford was a forgotten pub deep in the heart of Gosford’s CBD—a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it kind of venue that certainly wasn’t one to write home about. But now, as Gosford becomes increasingly more gentrified, Hotel Gosford has gone through a deserving renovation. Paying homage to its humble beginnings in 1926, the restaurant, bar and hotel is an ode to the roaring 20s with rich timbers, brass accents and a contemporary approach to heritage chic. Expect comfort pub classics with a modern twist like crispy chicken schnitzel or chicken parmigiana with salad, gravy and crunchy potato spiral.
A treasure trove of tasty delights, natural splendour and breathtaking water views, The Central Coast is the perfect weekend escape if you’re looking to escape the grind and uncover something new. If you’re looking for more things to eat, see and do on the Central Coast head here.
Images: Supplied and sourced from Instagram.