Today I’m sharing with you my “3 ultimate family friendly things to do on the Central Coast”. If you live in Sydney, you may refer to those living on the Central Coast of NSW as Coasties. I grew up visiting the coast on camping trips as a kid and also coming here to visit relatives. Yet never in my wildest dreams did I think that I’d end up living here. Now I just think: “Wow I’m so lucky to live in such a beautiful place. Why didn’t we move here sooner!”. I’m not quite sure how long you need to have lived here to earn the title of “Coastie”, nevertheless I can’t wait to be called one! Here then are just 3 reasons why it’s both a great place to visit and live.
Amazement Farm & Fun Park#shareaustralia
For any animal loving family (like us) Amazement Farm & Fun Park is an amazing place to bring the kids. Amazement is set on 16 acres and is a great farm visit for city folk wanting to get back to nature. The kids just adore being able to cuddle and care for the baby animals they have there. Depending on the time of year you go you can see all manner of fluffy creatures.
The are some lovely mazes to get lost in and the kids just have fun running around outside feeling free.
With lots of cars, bikes and tractors for the kids to ride they’ll have a ball in the kids’ playground. There are even giant pedal cars for the adults to have a bit of a fun ride with too.
Not far away from the playground is the Big Barn Cafe for you to grab a coffee and a bite or you are welcome to bring your own picnic supplies and enjoy the space in the many picnic areas.
With plenty of farm animals too there are ponies to meet and brush and, my favourite, the beautiful alpacas. It would be a fantastic location for a “farm party” and they offer some party packages with or without catering. Also on offer is a farmstay option with a farmhouse that can accommodate up to 20 guests.Amazement Farm & Fun Park
You’ll find Amazement at 170 Yarramalong Road, Wyong Creek NSW and it’s open Friday to Sunday 10am – 4pm and 7 days during the school holidays. Phone – 02) 4353 9900
Central Coast Steam Model Co-Op#shareaustralia
Another place we love to go as a family is the Central Coast Steam Model Co-Op at Narara on the Central Coast not far from Gosford. The first Saturday of every month from 11 – 4pm volunteer members of the Co-Op get together to share their love of trains by giving train rides on the back of these scale model trains.
It started as a small track some 33 years ago by a group of enthusiasts and today has over a kilometre of track in 2 gauges that run scale locomotive, steam and diesel trains around the grounds with children, parents and grandparents all enjoying the ride.
The only thing you need to remember is to wear closed in shoes as no thongs or sandals of any sort are allowed. Trust me you want to remember this, as I felt so bad for a poor child who wasn’t allowed to ride on the trains on her visit that I lent her my daughter’s shoes so she could have a turn!
It’s a relatively cheap day out too with train rides costing only $2.50. You are most welcome to bring your own picnic like many do and enjoy some time relaxing on the grass while the kids have fun riding on the trains. Once again they do also offer their venue for parties and for a pretty reasonable price you get your own picnic table for up to 20 guests and enjoy catching your own two private trains from “Helstan Circle” train stop for 2 hours included in your party price. We’ve been to a few parties there and they are lots of fun. There’s enough room to run around and play some party games.
The little kids love it but the great part about this place is all the family seems to enjoy it. The dad’s love a chance to talk trains with their sons, the grandparents love reliving their train adventures and I can honestly say the bigger kids and even the mums have a great time. Good wholesome fun that won’t break the bank!Central Coast Steam Model Co-Op
You’ll find the “Mini Trains” at Showground Road (opposite Bellbowrie St), Narara NSW and it’s open the first Saturday of each month from 11am – 4pm. Don’t forget to wear closed in shoes. For party bookings phone – 0432 499 220
Talking about wholesome fun, for my last location I’d love to share a beautiful part of nature on the coast that is Somersby Falls. When you think waterfalls you think Blue Mountains and I do have a soft spot for them as my parents lived there for many years. We do however have our very own stunning waterfall right here on the Central Coast and it doesn’t take forever to walk down to see it.
Don’t forget your camera! We all take our cameras and the kids especially have fun doing some photography.
The Somersby Falls are part of Brisbane Water National Park, so you will just need to have some coins handy to pay the $7 park entry fee per vehicle at the coin operated pay and display machines. There is a 500m return walk through the rainforest that has great views of different angles of the waterfalls.
Summer is a great time to visit as the kids always enjoy splashing about in the water to cool down after their walk. There is a picnic area open from 8am to 5pm and 8pm during daylight saving. It only takes 15 minutes to walk down the well-maintained steps to the falls so it’s a great “bush walk” for the kids. If they need help on the way back up it’s just an extra workout for you and not too far to make it unbearable. I managed it easily when my kids where toddlers and I wore them in a baby sling.
There is something so meditative about the gushing sound of the waterfall that relaxes you and makes you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere.Somersby Falls
You’ll find the Somersby Falls at Somersby Falls Road, Somersby NSW (part of the Brisbane Water National Park) and it’s open 9am – 8pm daylight savings time or 5pm at all other times. Remember coins for parking meters. Phone – 02) 4320 4200
The Central Coast is only an hour out of Sydney and makes a great day trip, weekend or holiday destination. When we came and stayed at a pet friendly house near the beach for a week’s holiday, I didn’t want to go back to Sydney so we went looking at open houses! It’s truly amazing what the Central Coast has to offer so I hope you plan a trip to come here and visit some of these fun family locations soon.
Have you visited the Central Coast lately? Have you been to any of these three locations before? What is your favourite place to visit on the Central Coast? Let me know in the comments below or share your locations using the hashtag #shareaustralia
What is the main factor in deciding a location for a family day out? Fun for all, cost, distance?