New South Wales' Central Coast stretches from the northern suburbs of Sydney to Newcastle and is one of Australia's fastest growing regions.
It is easily accessible from Sydney. A train trip or drive along the F3 Freeway is only around an hour and the old Pacific Highway tourist route takes a little longer. It can also be reached by the Ettalong ferry from either Darling Harbour or Palm Beach.
We took a Palm Beach Ferry to Ettalong to check out the new Outrigger Ettalong Beach Resort. The new beachfront accommodation has 236 deluxe studio guest rooms and one and two bedroom waterfront spa suites, terraced to make the most of coastal and hinterland views.
The Resort has a fitness centre, pool and sundeck, heated pool and whirlpool spa. Half Tide Rocks Restaurant serves contemporary cuisine for lunch and dinner. Rocky Point Cafè Brasserie offers all day dining and at Tallow Beach Terrace you can enjoy cocktails and entertainment overlooking Ettalong Beach. Chica Grace Lounge serves drink from 9am to 2am.
The Outrigger adjoins the War Memorial Club which has a rooftop bar/grill at great prices and million-dollar views!
Just five minutes away is Umina Ocean Beach Holiday Park, a place that's heaven on earth for children. Perfect for surfing, swimming, fishing, sailboarding or just relaxing on the beach, this place has been a family holiday favourite for decades. It's in bushland on the edge of the beach and has a wide range of accommodation from five-star villas with spas to caravan and camping sites.
You can sip a drink as you enjoy the pool which is surrounded by palms and tropical gardens. Children have their own pool, complete with protective sails and brightly coloured mushroom fountains.
The Park has two half-tennis courts, games room, playground with climbing frames, slides, roundabouts and swings.
The central coast of New South Wales.
Palm Beach to Ettalong ferry fare is $8.50 for adults and $4.30 for children, one way. Outrigger Ettalong Beach Resort studio spa suites start at $166 a night, twin share. Ocean Beach Holiday Park has cabins starting at $99 a night for two people.
Please note that the prices listed are valid at the time of filming.
Palm Beach Ferry Service
Ph: (02) 9974 2411
Fax: (02) 9974 3279
Outrigger Ettalong Beach Resort
53 The Esplanade
Ph: 1800 819 123, (02) 4344 8888
Fax: (02) 4344 8800
Ocean Beach Holiday Park
Ph: (02) 4379 9444
Fax: (02) 4341 4855