Things To Do

Explore Long Jetty and Toowoon Bay this Spring

At the northern end of the Central Coast lies little-known Blue Bay and neighbouring Toowoon Bay – two swoon-worthy inlets where sapphire breakers gently lap the shore. Cross the narrow peninsula to the shores of Tuggerah Lake and a whole other world awaits.

Commonly referred to as the ‘Newtown of the Central Coast’, Long Jetty’s wave of makers and innovators has breathed new life into this former down-at-heel neighbourhood where kerbside cafes line the main drag and street art is found down side streets and alleyways. In this magical corner of the coast, you can experience the best of both worlds – lake and beachside.

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Morning coffee and a swim

Join the locals for an early morning dip in the calm, protected waters of Toowoon Bay. Connected to Shelly Beach’s northern end by an off-leash dog area and to curvaceous neighbour Blue Bay, Toowoon Bay’s languid waters beckon for a dip, stand up paddleboard or snorkel around the rocks.

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Dust off your sandy feet and make for Toowoon Bay Village’s sweet cluster of shops. Join the queue at Flour and Co, a much-loved family-run bakery and café frequented by friends Kyal and Kara Demmrich, the Block stars, who previously lived across the road. Formerly known as the Toowoon Bay Pie Shop this café and bakery has been in the Picot family for more than three decades. Pick up some old school custard tarts and raw cheesecake for the road.

Where: 88 Toowoon Bay Road, Toowoon Bay
When: Daily | 6am-3pm
Website: click here

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Lunch at the Glass Onion Society

Follow the Lulu Lemon crowd (Modern Organic next door offers yoga classes) and inked couples to this café cum gallery that kicked off Long Jetty’s reboot. Find yourself a cosy corner (or an alfresco seat if you’re dining with the pooch) at this hipster hang with its retro furniture, local artwork, and vintage camera collection. The menu includes a signature Mr Black Jack burger packed with all the trimmings, the eye-popping Purple People Eater smoothie bowl, and smoothies that are a meal unto themselves.

Where: Shop 1&2/308 The Entrance Road, Long Jetty
When: Daily | 7am-3pm
Website: click here

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Another favourite to check out:

The Green Tangerine, 393 The Entrance Rd, Long Jetty (opposite the Glass Onion Society)

Browse the shops

Post lunch check out Long Jetty’s fab collection of clothing and lifestyle boutiques. Pop into Plain Janes, Tiny Folk Co. (for threads for the nippers) and Shadow Bang.  Take a browse around Mowgli Studio for their lush plants and pots while Lucky Surf Supply is a cool surf retailer and coffee space. In the rear studio is the workshop and studio of local artist Grant Moloney (you’ll see his whale motifs across the Central Coast).

Sunset + Drinks at The Savoy

Catch a blazing sunset at Long Jetty’s ‘longest jetty’, then follow the millennial crowd to The Savoy - once home to the Central Coast’s biggest movie theatre. Enter via the stairs beside the pawnshop and find yourself a window seat at this reborn landmark. Here patrons tuck into Napoli style pizza, buffalo cauliflower bites and charcuterie platters while downing cocktails and vinos from the mostly natural, low sulphur wine list. If you’re in town on a Thursday don’t miss the Savoy’s classic film night in its grand old theatre.

Where: 2/391 The Entrance Road, Long Jetty 
When: Thurs-Saturday | 4pm-late
Website: click here

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Dinner at Cecilia Restaurant and Wine Bar

Back in Toowoon Bay village, Cecilia's – sister restaurant to The Entrance Lake House - is delivering a contemporary Japanese-infused culinary experience to the coast. The welcome is warm and interiors airy at this village gem where diners can watch head chef Adam Viner work his culinary magic. Mornings are for leisurely brunches of corn and zucchini fritters. Come sundown expect small plates of yellowfin tuna crudo and mains like blue-eyed cod with sake, burnt lemon, tomato, and crispy brussels or confit eggplant with pickled cabbage, vegan XO, and edamame. Allow the friendly wait staff to pair wines with Viner’s superb dishes for an elevated dining experience.

Where: 89 Toowoon Bay Road, Toowoon Bay
When: Wed-Fri 6-8pm | Sat+Sun 8am-2pm
Website: click here

On your way home stop off at Norah Head for a swim or stretch your legs along the long stretch of sand found at North Entrance Beach. If you’re keen to explore more, book a night or two at the newly opened Nest at Blue Bay, a short stroll from the both the sea and all the action of Long Jetty.

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Sheriden Rhodes was hosted by Visit Central Coast however the author’s views are her own. See