Hiya, Rocky Trail Families!
This is for you, if you are keen to race at one – or both – of our back to back events on the Central Coast this year
Have ‘a little family adventure on the Central Coast’ with Rocky Trail!
Martin and I have been living on the Central Coast for five years and especially since having Cosmo 3.5 years ago, we’ve had so much fun exploring what this beautiful region has to offer.
Beaches, playgrounds, cafes, kid-friendly restaurants and especially cycle paths – see us explore our home together with Cosmo in this Video Trailer:
Come and create memories – let us tempt you to bring the family and the kids!
While you race, they will have plenty of things to see and do and they can also get a piece of the racing action by spectating or some kids activities we offer.
Both events are proudly supported by the Central Coast Council and together with the major sponsors Shimano Cycling Australia, RIDE Fox Australia and sealant partner, Stan’s NoTubes with Jetblack Products Australia, all your rider photos from both events are included in the entry fee!
Have ‘a little adventure on the Central Coast’!
Visit the Central Coast online visitor portal for lots of ideas of where to stay and what else is on …here’s what awaits you:
Photos: Central Coast Council
Plan your stay
Whether you’re after à la carte or a casual meal, there’s something to please every taste.
From beach B&Bs to rainforest retreats, there’s a stay to suit your style and budget.
Unleash your adventurous side, discover pristine beaches, explore nature trails or just relax and unwind.
Whenever we’re looking for ideas we head to the Playing in Puddles website – THE site for kids on the Central Coast!
Fun family trips on the Central Coast & Juliane’s favourite spots
- Things to Do – our selection via Central Coast Tourism website
- Bars, Clubs and Pubs – our selection via Central Coast website
- Adventure Itineraries
- Nature Itineraries
- Link to walk on Wild Walks website
- The Ark Cafe website (open every day 8am-4pm)
TreeTops Adventure Park
Just 300m from the Rocky Trail event centre at Ourimbah State Forest you can experience the iconic Australian bush like never before. Get up-close and personal with native Australian wildlife and magnificent Gum trees, as you climb, weave and fly through the tree tops on self-guided rope courses. Flex your adventurous spirit and test yourself mentally and physically with over 100 elevated obstacles with rope ladders, wobbly bridges, tunnels, cargo-nets and zip lines. – Perfect for the accompanying families and friends while you race or as a pre- or post-race activity together!
Australian Reptile Park
One of our most favourite excursions is to the Australian Reptile Park just off the Gosford exit – you would have noticed the huge dinosaur on your way up to Wyong! This is a hands-on zoo located in a natural bush setting, home to exotic reptiles from around the world and a wide variety of Australian native animals. Enjoy live entertaining shows, themed exhibits and behind the scenes tours. Learn about conservation work undertaken by keepers including the Tasmanian devil breeding program at Devil Ark, and our lifesaving snake and spider venom collection work.
Gosford – Kincumber Pub
This a great pub, but don’t let the name fool you – great food, delicious cocktails, nice setting and heaps of stuff for the kids to do!
Gosford – Japanese Garden
This is a nice one if you’re in the Gosford area; the cafe serves yummy food and for a buck you can buy some fish food and go out into the gardens and – feed the fish! Cosmo loves it and, wait for it, there is a big playground right outside near the car park also (you’ll drive past it to get into the car park).
Umina – Beach, playground and lunch/dinner
This charming little village is a gem on the Central Coast and one of our favourites! We recently headed there after Cosmo got up from his nap and explored the massive ‘Peninsula Recreation Precinct Playground’. It is a paradise for kids of all ages and their parents – a toddler area with pirate ship and a sandpit, massive swings for the older rascals, a huge climbing net and the beach right across the road. Oh, and we must mention the cafe and restaurant right next to it! But that’s not enough, you must check out the new ‘Sounds on West’ restaurant just a bit over a kilometre from the playground. It’s the latest offspring from the Six String Brewery – a rustic restaurant with a charming backyard and garden where the kids can roam free and even eat the strawberries! There’s a blackboard to draw on and Lego to play with… heaven! Not to mention the food – ribs, corn bread, sausages, Schnitzel and beer. Yasss!
Wyong Milk Factory
Wyong Milk Factory is a 2 minute drive from the event centre – cafe, restaurant, hairdresser, beauty treatments, gift & furniture store, pub, fitness centre, cheese factory, chocolate factory – need we say more???
Wyong Town Centre
Take a stroll through the Wyong Town Centre on Allison Road – barber, cupcake store, restaurants, a pizzeria cafes with Glee Roasters and Duck Duck Moose and one of our event partners, Panonia.
Coastal and Bush Walks that we love
There is a great collection of bushwalks on the “Central Coast Weekender” blog here – and in the following a few that we really love:
Bateau Bay – Wyrrabalong National Park – a beautiful walk that spans from Shelly Beach all the way south to Forresters Beach and Juliane’s regular walking and running track, often also with Cosmo. Enjoy scenic views and wildflowers along The Coast walking track near Bateau Bay. This is a great winter walk, and there are excellent spots for whale watching along this easy walk in Wyrrabalong National Park.
Somersby Falls – A beautiful, short walk, just around the corner from the Australian Wildlife Park at the Gosford exit of the M1.
Forest of Tranquility at Ourimbah – over 100 acres of bush with a surviving Australian Rainforest and pristine streams, diverse wildlife and flora. With walking trails, sculpture trail by local Artists at our unique venue it is the ideal place to relax and spend a day or a few hours.
Strickland State Forest near Ourimbah – we often venture out here, because Strickland has extensive walking tracks through varying forest types – past waterfalls, under cabbage tree palms and along creeks.
Playing in Puddles Website
One of our favourite websites to browse through of an afternoon or on the weekend is “Playing in Puddles” – there is an amazing collection of local playgrounds, activities, kids events and maps with heaps of useful and vital information for mums and dads!
Here are our (and Cosmo’s) favourite playgrounds and why:
Saltwater Creek Playground, Long Jetty
An amazing playground with a sandpit and also toddler-friendly slides and swings. Great BMX track out the front and huge meadows and BBQ facilities to hang out in between. We often ride to this one from our home near Wyong – you can check out cycle paths on our Rocky Trail Destination website, which launched a Cycle The Lake project thanks to the Lakes Festival on the Central Coast in 2017.
Canton Beach Playground, Toukley
Bill Sohier Park, Ourimbah
This one is located near Ourimbah Uni and not far from the event venue. It’s not huge, but really nice and secluded and quiet most of the time.
Ettalong Beach Waterfront Playground
Bushlands Reserve Playground, Springfield
This one has the longest slippery dip on the Central Coast, that alone is worth a visit – and there is a little kids bike track too!
Terrigal Rotary Park Playground
We haven’t been yet, but have heard so much about this already! As soon as Cosmo’s sniffles stop we’ll check it out and update our “review’ here 🙂
Website links for insider tips on the Central Coast
We collected some links to websites and blogs of locals for ideas to explore the Central Coast and “have a little adventure” up here for the weekend!
- Six Seaside Cafes for a Sunday Brunch – by Coastal Chic
- The Coast’s best Smoothie Bowls – by Coastal Chic
- Modern Organic Long Jetty Zen – by Coastal Chic
- Organic Bella Brunch in Terrigal – by Coastal Chic
- Restaurants on the Central Coast reviewed by Coastal Chic
- Grubhunter – Food Finder on the Central Coast
- Gosford Farmer’s Market – Weekly every Sunday from 8am to 1pm
- Coastie market guide by Coastal Chic
- LIKE’ the “This is the Central Coast” Facebook page for regular tips on what to discover on the coast!
There are so many experiences that await,
here are just a few to get you started:
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Photos: Rocky Trail Entertainment / OuterImage.com.au
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