A recent rejuvenation of The Entrance Town centre has led to an array of family friendly parks, splash pools, weekend markets, carnival rides, open air cafes, clothing boutiques and ice cream shops.
Free weekend entertainment and a host of events are held on the waterfront and in the adjacent Memorial Park. Some of the most popular celebrations are the New Year’s Eve and Australia Day fireworks, Harmony Day celebrating Australia’s cultural diversity, ANZAC day commemorations, heritage car shows, the Winter Blues and Jazz festival, Country music festival, Ukulele festival, Chromefest, Central Coast Half Marathon, Dogs in the Park and Carols by Candlelight. Weekly events are advertised on the notice board near the Pelican feeding or in the Visitor Centre.
A visit to The Tourist Information Centre on Marine Parade is time well spent. The lovely, knowledgeable staff can point you in the right direction for brochures, maps and things to do in the local area. They can also issue fishing licences, National Park annual passes and bike hire. The visitor centre is open from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week. Their contact details are 02 4334 4213 or www.theentrance.org.au
For keen shoppers, you can shop till you drop at the retail precinct along The Entrance Rd. Shops include surf and beach wear, Balinese homewares, New Age shops, soap and candle displays, re-cycled designer clothes, antique shops, fresh food shops, coffee shops, casual eateries and a Post Office and Coles on the corner of Dening St.
Saturday markets are held in Memorial Park on the waterfront. There is something for everyone including hand made jewellery, boutique clothing, local farm produce, herbs, natural soaps, pet accessories, children’s toys and games and some tasty food outlets including pizza, savoury traditional Turkish flatbreads, fresh honey and snow cones.
Wet weather options include the Majestic Cinema showing the latest block buster movies, browsing for a good read at the Book Exchange, re-discovering the old time favourite lollies in “The Lolly Barn” or “Lollies n Stuff”, shopping at the surf or beach clothing boutiques or enjoying a relaxing Thai massage.
For those interested in history, head down to the Military Museum attached to the RSL club at 313 The Entrance Rd. Open Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm, the museum showcases a large display of military artefacts including uniforms, medals, radio sets, weapons and photos. Admission is free.