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The Best Things to Do in The Entrance for a Blissful Escape

Discover what makes this coastal sanctuary the ultimate getaway with our roundup of the best things to do in The Entrance.

A beachside haven where locals and visitors live harmoniously side by side, The Entrance is a tried-and-true holiday destination.

Sporting beachy charm, beautiful natural landscapes and year-round family appeal, you will quickly be hooked on the area’s love for all things outdoors. So, if you're craving a trip to the Central Coast where you can switch off and unwind, this is the place to do it.

Helping you make the most out of every minute, our trusty guide has you covered with all the best things to do in The Entrance. 

Best Things to Do in The Entrance: Eat & Drink

Albie’s Coffee Bar

Albie’s Coffee Bar

Rocking some serious curb appeal, this charming coffee bar is serving up full-bodied brews with fuss-free bites to match.

If you find yourself lakeside, Albie’s tidy assortment of house blends and single-origin espresso lay the foundation for a cup that’s perfectly balanced and meant to be savoured.

A popular takeaway coffee spot, the food has been designed with busy locals in mind – think grab-and-go fresh pastries and hot toasties that pair perfectly with your morning latte.

2/1a Tuggerah Parade, The Entrance

Tango Pizza-Tapas

Tango Pizza-Tapas

A down-to-earth Mediterranean eatery, Tango is loved for its relaxed, family-friendly vibes and moreish bites.

Marrying Italian and Spanish flavours, the menu ranges from light tapas and share plates to wholesome pasta, wood-fired pizzas and a handful of indulgent desserts. 

3/1 Tuggerah Parade, The Entrance

Ocean Restaurant

Ocean Restaurant

At this award-winning waterfront restaurant, watch the waves roll in whilst you indulge in some of the Central Coast’s best local seafood.

Daytime diners at Ocean Restaurant should keep an eye out for whales and dolphins which regularly pop out to say hello while the evening promises a meal steeped in moonlit romance.

The menu is just as inviting as the views - the standout ocean seafood platter lets you sample a little bit of everything.

102 Ocean Parade, The Entrance

The Entrance Social Club

The Entrance Social Club

Having undergone a massive renovation in 2022, The Entrance Social Club (formerly The Entrance Hotel) is the place to head for booze, bites, and after-hours fun.

The iconic venue’s fresh fit-out oozes Palm Springs cool with two uniquely vibey spaces; Taffy’s Sports Bar and Mrs May Bistro complete with a stunning courtyard and deck.

When the sun is shining, craft beers and cocktails reign supreme, and from the kitchen you can expect fresh seafood favourites with a spin, bar snacks and traditional pub classics.

87 The Entrance Road, The Entrance

Best Things to Do in The Entrance: Play & Explore

Memorial Park

Visit Memorial Park

With a playground, BBQ area and plenty of green space, Memorial Park is a Mecca for young families. The central meeting place for locals and visitors alike, this bustling foreshore plays host to a wealth of community events and amusements, from markets and seasonal festivals to live music, rides, and slides.

Test your skills on the giant chess board or let the little ones splash at Vera’s Water Garden. A veritable hive of activity, Memorial Park delivers in spades.

46 Marine Parade, The Entrance 

The Entrance Ocean Baths

The Entrance Ocean Baths

With breathtaking views over the beach and out to the ocean, this outdoor aquatic facility includes a 50-metre lap pool and a small children’s alternative.

Equally huge in its expanse and popularity, The Entrance Ocean Baths is just a short walk from the centre of town at the southern end of the beach. It's free to use and toilets and showers are available. 

88 Ocean Parade, The Entrance

Shadow Bang

Shopping in Long Jetty

Rocking its brand of style and flair, Long Jetty’s eclectic energy creates the perfect balance of quirky and cool.

A thrifter’s paradise and one of the most entertaining things to do in The Entrance, Central Coast Highway hides an incredible array of well-edited vintage clothing and accessories – think 90s-cut denim shorts and imported Harley Davidson tees from California.

Be sure to check out TIKI LA LA and Sorry Grandma.

Keeping things sustainable, we also suggest a visit to the most delightful triangular shopfront (just calling out for a cute Insta snap) Shadow Bang - home to fashion and beauty with heart.

Long Jetty, NSW

Central Coast Beaches

Relax at the Beautiful Beaches

Pack your swimmers, sunscreen and towels and head to the beach. Just down the road from the hustle and bustle of town, The Entrance Beach provides a coastal escape for locals year-round.

For those looking to venture a little further, the central coast is brimming with beautiful beaches that are just begging to be explored.

Tuggerah Parade Corner of The Entrance Road

Tuggerah Lakes Cycleway

Explore The Entrance and its surroundings on two wheels via the Tuggerah Lakes Cycleway, a 12-kilometre off-road pathway that follows the lake's foreshore to Chittaway Bay.

Suitable for all ages and fitness levels, you can do as much or as little as you like, with parks, playgrounds, toilets, picnic and barbecue areas at various points along the way.

Tuggerah Parade Corner of The Entrance Road

Wyrrabalong National Park

Wyrrabalong National Park

Just minutes from The Entrance, you'll find the beautiful Wyrrabalong National Park, where you can enjoy whale watching, fishing, surfing, bushwalking and birdwatching. 

Visit to swim, surf and fish along a striking coastline and be awed by the superb red gum forest, diverse wildlife and rich Aboriginal heritage.

Wilfred Barrett Drive

Best Things to Do in The Entrance: Stay

Regency Court Apartment

Regency Court Apartment

With direct beach access and a swimming pool in the complex, the Regency Court Apartment is a beautiful place to call home during your stay at The Entrance.

The apartment is equipped with two separate bedrooms and includes a kitchen with a dishwasher and a dining area. The air-conditioned living spaces overlook the beach, and feature a small balcony and BBQ, making this feel like a home away from home. 

3 Hutton Road, The Entrance 

Oaks The Entrance Waterfront Suites

Oaks The Entrance Waterfront Suites

Oaks The Entrance Waterfront Suites is ideal for weekend escapes or longer holidays. Situated right on the water's edge with gorgeous views of both the surf beach and Tuggerah Lake, you'll be more than comfortable here. 

Have a swim in the beautiful resort pool, laze on the surf beach, or do a spot of shopping at nearby boutiques.

89 The Entrance Road (via, Duffys Lane), The Entrance

If you loved our round-up of the best things to do in The Entrance and you're after more Central Coast inspo, be sure to check out our edit of the best luxury accommodation on the Central Coast and take a dive into the best beaches on the Central Coast.

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