Pretty simple really. Brilliant coffee, cute boutiques & outdoor adventures
We’ve got to admit, poor old Wyong has copped a bad rap over the years, but the good news is there’s a change in the air and there’s plenty going in the taste buds department! Here’s a cheat sheet to what’s good in the north end of the Central Coast.
COFFEE & CAFES
Duck Duck Moose
This little gem on Alison Road is a perfect drop-in spot for a coffee and cake. In the coffee department, these guys are slowly building themselves some neat credentials and a loyal customer base. Owner and operator, Tom bakes all the cakes himself and is a proud Wyong local, “I grew up in Wyong. I’ve always lived in Wyong and still do,”
Duck Duck Moose has a great vibe with fresh and airy interiors, surrounded by white-washed plywood. The café serves both breakfast and lunch and pours a DC coffee blend which is easy to drink, medium body and nice and creamy. The DDM Facebook page even features a Melburnian calling it “The Best Coffee on the Central Coast”. Now, if that’s not the last word, then we don’t know what is!
Where: 7B Alison Rd, Wyong
Where all your dessert dreams come true! The Marshmallow Co. at Wyong has been a labour of love for local couple Breah Mayer and Joel Twyman since 2017. Situated at Wyong’s iconic Chapman Building, this place is going to take you straight back to your childhood and imagining your own Willy Wonka experience, Breah is the creative brains trust and the driving force behind the business, continually comin up with an entirely original and awesome new marshmallow creation.
Where: The Chapman Building, Shop 10, 14-16 Alison Rd, Wyong
Glee Coffee Roasters
Located in the beautiful and historic Chapman Building in Wyong, the team from Glee had their eyes on this space as a potential business site for 10 years before moving in and they were the first to do so as part of the building’s new lease on life. Owners Ben and Jem specialise in both filter and drip brews and they believe that coffee doesn’t get old, it just gets better. “Our coffee is rich, but easy to drink,” says Ben. “Our coffee showcases flavours like rich jammy fruits and milk chocolate sweetness, as well as hints of blueberry jam. It’s got a balance of both body and acidity,” he adds.
Where: The Chapman Building, Shop 9, 14-16 Alison Rd, Wyong
Scout & Trader
After your coffee at Glee, take a walk through the Chapman Building and check out one of the other tenants. The 120 year-old building in the heart of Wyong houses not only Glee, but also Scout & Trader.
Owned by Kiri, Scout & Trader is all about homewares and gifting who said “I always dreamed of opening my own retail space,” and her dream has come to life beautifully, inside the charm of the Chapman Building.
EAT & DRINK
Osteria A Mano
Open since 2014, this Italian restaurant on the Pacific Highway is home to some seriously delicious authentic Italian cuisine. Owner Alessandro Cigola explains, “At Osteria A Mano, we aim to recreate a little corner of Italy in Wyong. Our philosophy is to showcase homemade traditional Italian dishes; with a focus on fresh quality ingredients and produce chosen carefully daily”. It's a favourite amongst locals who come back week after week. Sorry, we've let this amazing foodie secret out of the bag!
Where: 66 Pacific Hwy, Wyong
It’s safe to say the Central Coast has its comfortable share of burgers, pizza and Thai restaurants. When it comes to getting out for a new flavour, it can take quite a bit of research! And when it comes to South African cuisine, it’s definitely not a restaurant you’ll see on any street corner., which is why we love Old Mates Kitchen! It’s a real family affair with South African couple, Chrissie and David running it with their two adult children, Nicholas and Kiera. Be sure to try their most popular dish is the Bunny Chow which is very hot Durban beef curry in a cob loaf.
Where: 142 Pacific Hwy, Wyong
Located in the grand old 1930’s State Bank building, Motel Mezza restaurant and bar boasts high ceilings with the original and restored pressed metal, Art Deco concrete walls, polished floorboards and opulent interiors including a fireplace. Inspired by traditional Lebanese cuisine and drink, the menu is focused on sharing Mezza platters and banquets. Think dips, flat breads, small bites, sauces and plenty of Lebanese barbecue-style meats.
Where: 98 Pacific Hwy, Wyong
Wyong Farmers Market
Every first and third Saturday of the month (pending race days), this is the place to come to get your farm-fresh food that’s locally produced right here on the coast. You can talk directly with the farmers to learn how your food was grown and pick up some new recipes. And be sure to enjoy a taste test!
Artisans come from all over to show off their clothing and jewellery. Find something totally unique to bring home and show off for years to come. The markets run on first and third Saturdays of the month from 7:30am to 1:00pm at the Southern Grounds of Wyong Race Club (off Rose Street).
Great option for those that are keen for a short drive down the M1, the Wyong Milk Factory has the makings of a perfect day out. Take in the history of the site, which has been lovingly restored with a new lease of life since its 1907 beginnings. The factory’s café is open for breakfast and lunch daily. The Tavern is open Wednesday through to Sunday for lunch and dinner and features live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
After a feed, go wild on the kayaks, rowboats and stand up paddleboards that are available for hire in the Wyong River. And don’t forget to hit Little Creek Cheese and Luka Chocolates before you go….it will go down lovely with a vino at the end of a fun-filled day! Entry is free and the factory is open daily.
For The Kids
If you’re partial to the occasional zip line, then this is the place for you. It’s basically a big zip line and obstacle park in the untouched Aussie bush. The experiences are suitable for kids as young as three and they also cater for people of some physical, intellectual and sensory disabilities, as well as some wheelchair facilities. Everyone is in and we love it!
The park is split into two areas, one for the kids and another for the big kids. The Adventure Park is made up of flying foxes, tarzan swings, tightropes and suspended trapezes. The Vertical Challenge tasks anyone over the age of five to climb a eucalypt gumtree. And then there’s the Crazy Rider, which is touted as the world’s longest and wildest rollercoaster zip line. There’s something for everyone in the tree tops at TreeTops.