For a lush, green contrast to the coast, head inland to the picturesque Yarramalong Valley – only 35 minutes from The Entrance.
Enjoy the scenes of fertile pastures, turf farms, grazing horses and cattle, a macadamia nut farm, a lavender farm and a little village with café, store and petrol. The Yarramalong Valley Store and Café, located in the heart of the valley offers café style eating, indoors or out. The café is dog friendly too which is a bonus.
A nice picnic area behind the General Store is the Jack Gear Reserve on the Wyong River – perfect for a dog walk or a kick around with the kids. This is also the site of the Yarramalong Valley Spring Festival. Held in August / September the festival showcases fresh, local produce, farm animals, kid’s activities, live music, wood chopping and even a wife-carrying competition!
A bit further into the valley is the historic St Barnabas Church. Built in 1877 it is one of the oldest churches in the Central Coast area and is now under a permanent conservation order.
For hikers, The Great North Walk passes through Yarramalong. You can follow winding country roads to Cedar Brush Creek in the north or head up Bumble Hill track to Kulnura in the south. The entire 250km Great North walk from Sydney to Newcastle takes about 10 days to walk but many people prefer to walk it in more manageable day trips.
Another point of interest in Yarramalong is the Darkinjung Barker primary school just east of the village. Opened in 2016 on the grounds of the old public school, it is an education initiative between a local Aboriginal land council and Barker College, one of Sydney’s private schools. Set in a beautiful bushland setting, the school has gifted 25 indigenous kids a chance at closing the gap. The school curriculum includes a dynamic cultural program where children learn to celebrate their Aboriginality.