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December 2011

Central Coast

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From the Editor December Welcome to the Central Coast in December! It’s time to celebrate, going on holidays or partying with Family and Friends and offcourse the BIG one Christmas. I am also celebrating that I have found a Fantastic Butcher that has his own SMOKE HOUSE. Nestled in at the Peninsula Plaza Woy Woy, the Ham is one of the best I have eaten. The variety of sausages will also impress.From the Traditional to the exotic, most are Gluten Free. I have tried 4 different varieties and will try them all as I love Sausages. If it is something different you are after here is an example: Crocodile, Roo, Emu, Venison, Camel and Wild Boar... Then there are Mark’s Award Winning Sausages and believe me there are a few of those to try too. Back to the HAM... You can enjoy this all year round as it is made Fresh all the time, not in the freezer but straight out of the Smoke House.

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My friends and I have already ordered ours, time to order yours. See pages 2 and 27 for more information. The Central Coast has the most beautiful sandy beaches and waterways. Contact Anderson’s Boat Hire and you too can enjoy them from the water. Pages 19 for all the details. Our December imag has so much in it for you to enjoy. Take your imag with you as there are discounts from some of our advertisers. Whatever you do or wherever you go, stay in good health and to you and yours I wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS.

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Festive Fun on the Central Coast this December! December means one thing – Christmas on the Coast! As you’ll see with the “What’s On” list over the page, there’s more to celebrate this month than you can poke a candy-cane at! The last month of the year kicks off with a big weekend – the Tuggerah Lakes Mardi Gras Festival celebrates its 60th anniversary on Saturday 3 December from 1pm at The Entrance. The Central Coast Concert Band also celebrates a milestone – its 80th concert – on Sunday 4 December at the Laycock Street Theatre, North Gosford. Plenty of live entertainment including Catherine Britt, Dragon, Israel Cannan, The Black Sorrows, Diesel, Richard Clapton, and Dirty Dick’s Theatre Restaurant will be crammed into a month bursting with talent!

Festive feasts abound on Sunday 25 December, with a range of Central Coast dining venues featuring Christmas Day Lunches. Head to www.visitcentralcoast.com.au to view the full list of options, including special Christmas fare at Mingara Recreation Club and Crowne Plaza Terrigal! With Christmas wrapped up for another year, there are plenty of ways to ring in 2012. The Entrance hosts its annual family-friendly New Years Eve Celebrations in Memorial Park, while the Gosford New Years Eve Festival returns again, with horse racing, the Mariners v Gold Coast Football match at Bluetongue and live entertainment on the waterfront. Both locations conclude their celebrations with spectacular fireworks displays over the water at around 9pm. The Beachcomber Hotel at Toukley also hosts a huge “NYE” night with bistro specials, nightclub from 9pm and midnight fireworks.

For a New Years experience with a difference, don’t miss the Peats Ridge 2011 Sustainable Arts & Music Festival. Held annually over three days at Glenworth Valley, this extraordinary event attracts huge crowds each year and features incredible musical talent, with ARIAaward nominated Gotye the headline act at this year’s Festival. Peats Ridge runs from December 29 to January 1. For information on this event and so much more this summer, make sure you visit our website, or call into any of our Visitor Information Centres! Phone: 1300 132 975 for more information visit www.visitcentralcoast.com.au

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Christmas celebrations are the highlight of a month packed full of high-energy events across the region. From communitybased Christmas celebrations in Wyong and Blue Haven to major Carols events at Gosford’s Bluetongue Stadium, Memorial Park at The Entrance and Mingara Recreation Club, there’s something for all the family to enjoy! The Central Coast Christmas Fair takes place at Terrigal on the December 11, and a special “Christmas Party Picnic” Horse Racing Day will be held at Gosford Racecourse on December 17.

Contact Central Coast Tourism for FREE information on accommodation, restaurants, what’s on, discount vouchers, local attractions, markets, special offers and Internet access.

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What's On December 3rd Mardi Gras Festival

16th - 18th Diesel

1st Hat Fitz & Cara Rabinson - Live at Lizottes, Kincumber. Tickets 4368 2017

18th Christmas Under the Stars - Mingara Recreation Club. Enquiries 4349 7799

1st - 3rd NAISDA presents “Zugubal” (Dance) Laycock St Theatre, Nth Gosford. Tickets 43 233 233

19th 2GO Newcastle Permanent Carols Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford. Enquiries 4337 2500

2nd Catherine Britts Hillbilly Christmas Jam Live at Lizottes, Kincumber. Tickets 4368 2017

19th - 20th The Black Sorrows - Live at Lizottes, Kincumber. Tickets 4368 2017

3rd Tuggerah Lakes Mardi Gras Festival Memorial Park, The Entrance. Enquiries 4333 5377

21st Richard Clapton - Live at Lizottes, Kincumber. Tickets 4368 2017

3rd Wyong Public School Community Christmas Fair - Wyong. Enquiries 4352 2077 3rd Dragon - Live at Lizottes, Kincumber. Tickets 4368 2017 3rd Dirty Dick’s Theatre Restaurant - Gosford Race Club. Enquiries 4325 0461 3rd - 29 Jan Australian Watercolour Institute Exhibition - Gosford Regional Gallery. Enquiries 4325 0056 4th Independent Power Boat Club Race Day Budgewoi Lake, Toukley. Enquiries 0412 708 392

4th Power Boat Race Day

4th Central Coast Concert Band’s 80th Concert - Laycock St Theatre, Nth Gosford. Tickets 43 233 233 7th San Remo/Blue Haven Community Christmas Celebration - Blue Haven Sports Oval. Enquiries 4390 7888 8th Horse Racing – Gosford Race Club. Enquiries 4325 0461 9th - 10th Dirty Dick’s Theatre Restaurant Gosford Race Club. Enquiries 4325 0461 10th The Entrance Farmers Market – Memorial Park, 8am. Enquiries 4930 5156

31st Fireworks

10th Gosford City Markets – Kibble Park, Gosford. Enquiries 4322 7726 10th Football: Central Coast Mariners v Newcastle Jets - Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford 5:30pm. Tickets 132 849 11th Back to the Tivoli - The Show Room, Mingara. Tickets 4349 7888 11th Central Coast Christmas Fair - Terrigal High School. Enquiries 0416 097 707

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14th Israel Cannan - Live at Lizottes, Kincumber. Tickets 4368 2017 16th - 18th Diesel: Live and Incredible - Live at Lizottes, Kincumber. Tickets 4368 2017 17th The Entrance Farmers Market – Memorial Park, 8am. Enquiries 4930 5156 17th Christmas Party Picnic Raceday – Gosford Race Club. Enquiries 4325 0461 17th Dirty Dick’s Theatre Restaurant - DoyalsonWyee RSL. Enquiries 4390 9041

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18th Mumz Share the Love Boutique Market - Mingara, Tumbi Umbi. Enquiries mumzsharethelove@aapt.net.au

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22nd Magic Millions Raceday - WYong Race Club. Enquiries 4352 1083 23rd Twilight Carols - Tennis Courts, Pearl Beach. Enquiries http://pearlbeach.net.au 24th Carols in Kibble Park - Gosford. Enquiries gosfordapex@gmail.com 24th Carols by Candlelight - Memorial Park, The Entrance. Enquiries 4333 5377 24th Christmas Eve Snow Party - The Beachcomber Hotel, Toukley. Enquiries 1800 621 696 25th Mingara’s Family Christmas Lunch - The Show Room, Mingara. Enquiries 4349 7799 25th Christmas by the Sea – Lord Ashley Lounge, Crowne Plaza Terrigal. Enquiries 4384 9111 25th CHRISTMAS DAY on the CENTRAL COAST See listing at www.visitcentralcoast.com.au 29th Brian Cadd & Russell Morris - Live at Lizottes, Kincumber. Tickets 4368 2017 29th todayscountry94one Country Music Raceday – Gosford Race Club. Enquiries 4325 0461 29th - 1 Jan Peats Ridge Sustainable Arts & Music Festival, Glenworth Valley. Tickets http://peatsridgefestival.com.au 31st December - New Years Eve Gosford NYE Festival - Football, Races and Entertainment Horse Racing: Gosford Race Club from 11am. Enquiries 4325 0461 Football: Central Coast Mariners v Gold Coast Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford 6:15pm. Tickets 132 849 Waterfront Entertainment NYE Extravaganza with Beccy Cole - Live at Lizottes, Kincumber. Tickets 4368 2017 NYE Celebrations - Memorial Park, The Entrance. Enquiries 4333 5377 NYE Fireworks, Nightclub, Bistro & more The Beachcomber Hotel, Toukley. Enquiries 1800 621 696


Peninsula Recreation Precinct, Umina Don’t miss out on the biggest climbing net in Australia, located at the Peninsula Recreation Precinct, Sydney Avenue, Umina. Close to accommodation of caravan parks, hotels and BnB’s, this park has something for children aged 1-100. There are BBQ’s, plenty of places to throw a picnic rug, kick a ball or ride a bike. There is adult fitness equipment and every kind of children’s play equipment you could imagine.

Local Rotary will be having Santa Photos in the park on Thursday’s, Friday’s and Saturday’s throughout the month of December and BBQ’s most weekends. So if you don’t want to cook your own, support them and buy a sausage sandwich. To view the locations of all Gosford City Playgrounds, visit our website at www.gosford.nsw.gov.au

Coast Helicopters Coast Helicopters services the Central Coast of NSW with quality aircraft and personnel. We cater for the tourist, the business traveler or for that special occasion. Our heliport is located at Erina on the banks of Brisbane Water just off the Central Coast Hwy at Pateman Road. Transfers to Mascot, Parramatta and Newcastle are only 20 minutes, or maybe it’s a local charter flight you are after taking in the golden sands of the Coast’s beaches. We also perform Flights to the Hunter Valley vineyards and local restaurants. This summer you must treat yourself or that special person to a flight with Coast Helicopters. www.coasthelicopters.com.au info@coasthelicopters.com.au Erina Heliport, Pateman Road, Erina T: 02 4365 0371

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Peter Brock Foundation Rose

Seacoast Fishing Buy the freshest seafood on the coast. come and try our locally caught seafood. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays our boys Peter Mark and Blane, bring in their daily catch for Sue and staff to sell direct to the public. Coming up to our warmer months Nov Dec Jan Feb our lobster season is under way. November the boys put out about 200 traps for lobsters and as the water warms the lobsters start to move out to sea in search of food after being in hibernation over the winter period. Our stocks of live lobsters are kept on our premises in large tanks for the public to choose. We then can cook them or the customers can take a live lobster home. We also catch and sell snapper, sea bream ocean jackets and trevally. NZ salmon, ocean trout, and fresh crystal bay prawns or fresh tigers or kings (what ever is the best this week) we buy in. Peter has been fishing for about 28 years and has plenty of experience, knowing where to place his traps, Mark is our youngest partner and is very knowledgeable also and Blane is our excellent deckey. Please call us anytime for updated catch info on : 43686160 Patanga Street, Kincumber

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To honour motorsport legend Peter Brock a very unique rose was released in time for the V8 Supercars at Bathurst, NSW. September 2011 marked the fifth anniversary of Peter’s tragic death and the Peter Brock Foundation Rose is a growing symbol that honours the legacy of “Brocky” and continues his passion for helping others. When Peter retired from full time racing in 1997 his driving passion and energy took a turn away from the track to establish the Peter Brock Foundation. His kindness, drive and selfless devotion in giving back to society made a real difference to many Australians who needed a helping hand. Danees Denman, Director of the Peter Brock Foundation said “We are delighted and extremely honoured to be associated with this magnificent blooming rose, a truly perfect rose. The Peter Brock Foundation Rose acknowledges Peter Brock’s integrity and tireless dedication to provide a better quality of life for those less fortunate. Peter Brock was a wonderful individual who captured the heart of all those he meet. The Foundation hopes this rose will capture your heart. The Peter Brock Foundation is very grateful for Knight’s Roses inspiring passion and unyielding support to make a difference”. For two years Knight’s Roses have been propagating this magnificent rose. “This has been one of the most exciting projects we’ve ever undertaken. Out of the hundreds of rose varieties that we have grown this is by far the most outstanding red rose I have ever seen. When I think of Peter Brock, I like most Australians immediately remember the famous number 05 and the unmistakable bright red Holden race cars. This stunning red rose is big on impact just like the late great Peter Brock” said Knight’s Roses Director Daniel Knight. Peter’s brother Lewis Brock is very proud to represent the Brock family

in the release of the Peter Brock Rose. “Peter came from humble beginnings in Hurstbridge, outside Melbourne, to dominate race tracks around Australia and the world. He was a living example of the power of dreams and a great spokesperson for the underprivileged and downtrodden. His dream lives on in this rose”. To continue the legacy of Peter Brock, Knight’s Roses will proudly donate a percentage of the purchase price of the Peter Brock Foundation Rose to Variety, the children’s charity. Jack Cannons AM, National Chairman of Variety said “Variety, the children’s charity is proud to be associated with the Peter Brock Foundation Rose. Peter will be remembered as a generous man who did so much for charity. His legacy will continue through the sale of this beautiful rose and we are very grateful that a percentage of the proceeds will go towards supporting special needs children across Australia”. Knight’s Roses are one of Australia’s largest wholesale Rose suppliers, producing around 500,000 roses to nurseries in every Australian state. “As a young kid growing up in Gawler, I always admired Peter Brock. To have the privilege of actually naming a rose in Peter’s honour is an amazing opportunity. I’m also very proud to be taking the rose from Gawler to Bathurst for all to see” said Daniel Knight. Available on the Central Coast from Penrose Garden and Aquarium.


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Wyong to Yarramalong

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The Central Coast’s Beautiful Hinterland

What to See & Do

Explore some of the most beautiful countryside in New South Wales – less than half an hour from the beach! Wyong, Wyong Creek and Yarramalong boast not only superb views, but an exciting range of activities, attractions and experiences for the whole family. The township of Wyong is easily accessible, just off the Newcastle-Sydney freeway and serviced by a major train station and buses. Golf enthusiasts will enjoy a round of golf at Wyong Golf Course or the Troon course Kooindah Waters. Pamper yourself at the Kooindah Waters day spa, or enjoy a meal at the many cafes and restaurants scatted throughout the town. Head out through Alison Road, and begin your journey through the hinterland. Pop into Alison Homestead for a lesson in local history, and sample delicious locally made gourmet cheese at Little Creek Cheese. Nestled between

the Ourimbah State Forest and Watagan State Forests, this beautiful hinterland boasts unique attractions, for everyone from families looking for a fun day out or couples on a romantic adventure. Kids (and the young at heart!) can wander through the mazes at Amazement, swing through the trees at Treetop Adventure Park or go for a horse ride with Springfield Trails. Explore the bustling agricultural industries within the Yarramalong Valley. Tour Cedar Park Lavender and Yarramalong Macadamia Nut farms and discover how local produce goes from the farm to product. Don’t forget to bring some gifts home for your family or friends – or to keep yourself! Learn about the local history with a visit to the historic St Barnabas Church, and drop into the Yarramalong Manor. If you keep following this windy road through the patchwork of farms, you travel through the quaint Mangrove Mountain and eventually link back up the freeway at Somersby.

Danielle Morrison Studio - Gallery Come and have a look!!!! Full of beautiful artworks, unique furniture and accessories from all over the world, fabulous one of a kind chairs! Stocked full of goodies that you would not see anywhere else!!!!

11 Alison Road Wyong NSW 2259 Enquiries: 0400 345 291 danielle.morrison@hotmail.com Facebook Danielle Morrison Studio-Gallery Gallery is open 10 - 4 Tuesday to Friday and as always, I am happy to open by appointment. Hours may vary over Christmas so please don't hesitate to call to enquire!!

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Sample delicious and locally made cheese at Little Creek Cheese – A family owned and operator of gourmet cheese. z Wander through the mazes and meet and pat the friendly animals on site at Amazement. z Swing through the trees like Tarzan at the Tree top Adventure Park, set in the lush Ourimbah State Forest. z Tour the Cedar Park Lavender park z Ride a horse through the Watagan State Forest with Springfield Trails. z

Visitor Information Centre Kariong: 52 The Avenue, Mt Penang Parklands, KARIONG NSW 2250 The Entrance: Marine Pde, Memorial Park, THE ENTRANCE NSW 2261 Telephone: 1300 132 975 info@centralcoasttourism.com.au www.visitcentralcoast.com.au


Yarramalong Macadamia Nut Farm Only 1 hour from Sydney and half way to the Hunter, the Macadamia Farm and Firefly Bistro is an excellent stopping point for lunch and a stroll through the orchards, and don’t forget to stock up on freshly shelled Macadamias while you are there! The crazy weather has sent the orchards into blossom whilst this season’s nuts are still falling, so it is all happening there! The Firefly Bistro serves excellent Espresso Coffee with homemade Macadamia Scones, Brownies, and Rich Chocolate and Macadamia Caramel Tart. You can also enjoy fireside dining or sit outside on the balcony and take in the peace and tranquillity of the beautifully manicured macadamia orchards. Enjoy a glass of wine (BYO) with your lunch. Healthy and hearty freshly cooked quality food is on the menu which you can browse on our website at www.yarramalongmacadamiafarm.com.au 34 Macadamia Lane, Wyong Creek, NSW 2259 The farm is just 15 minutes from Wyong and the F3 Tuggerah intersection, in the beautiful Yarramalong Valley. Turn right off the Yarramalong Rd onto Macadamia Lane and the farm is just on the left over the river bridge.

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Amazement offers a great day out for the whole family with mazes, games, cafe and loads of cuddly animals for you to meet. Open every weekend, public and school holidays. Weekdays available on request for schools, buses and coaches. 170 Yarramalong Road Wyong Creek NSW 2259 T: (02) 4353 9900 www.amazement.com.au

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The Parlour Room From Wyong District Museum & Historical Society 1 Cape Road, Wyong 2259 Phone: 4352 1886 Open Sat, Sun & Wed 12- 4pm While strolling through the Museum, I take a pause to sit on the window seat in the Parlour. The Parlour room has some beautiful displays of the past, kindly donated by local families. The table centred in the room gets me thinking about the family meals that would have been shared in this room over the years. With Christmas fast approaching, I think about the early settlers celebrating a traditional English Christmas in the roaring Australian heat. Before Federation doubts were expressed about whether the transfer of the Christmas festival from the winter of the northern hemisphere to the summer of the southern could possibly produce a successful or 'real' celebration.

Wyong District Museum & Historical Society Inc.

In 1868, Marcus Clarke scornfully wrote of those who felt compelled to keep up the traditions of England and stated “It may be rank heresy, but I deliberately affirm that Christmas in Australia is a gigantic mistake”. Although the majority of the Australian population did not share Clarke's ideas, the continued celebrations existed within a public discourse which aired doubts well into the 1930s and 1940s. These doubts related to the ability of the English Christmas to survive in the Australian climate and environment. The subject most often expressed was the hot Christmas dinner. The English Christmas has indeed survived, though now we have the blessing of Air Conditioning to enjoy our hot meal in comfort. Though Santa Claus has not adapted to our summer, he still wears that thick red suit, maybe he needs red shorts and a singlet for his trip down under? Tis the season to be jolly, and may this season be Merry for all.

HENRY KENDALL

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1 Cape Road, Wyong Ph: 02 43521886 Look back in time at one of the first, and one of the last, historic properties of Wyong with splendid valley views and country charm. Alison Homestead is an enjoyable place to relax and see how Wyong once was. Set on 5 acres of rolling lawns, gardens and bush land with a BBQ area and picnic facilities. ENTRY FEES: Adult $5 Child $2 OPEN: 12 Noon to 4pm Sat, Sun & Wed. School & Bus Tours by arrangement.

Owned and Maintained by Brisbane Water Historical Society Inc.

• A huge variety of artefacts from different periods • Bookshop • Slab shed - housing 3 exhibitions of local industries: Citrus, Timber, Blacksmithing • Two-seater pit dunny • Farm implements exhibits • BBQ picnic area Open 10am - 3pm Wed, Sat, Sun, public holidays (exc Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & Good Friday)

Entry fees Adults - $4, Child / Concession - $3 25-27 Henry Kendall St, West Gosford Ph: 02 4325 2270  Fax: 02 4322 2589 Email: info@henrykendallcottage.org.au

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Hooked on Flowers NSW Hooked on Flowers new store is now located in Alison Road Wyong. The moment you enter you have a wonderful sense of energy and the perfume of many flowers inviting you in. With the beautiful flowers and gift range the store is a pleasure to shop in. Not like your average florist, Michelle has over 20 years of experience in the industry. She has designed and produced some great floral pieces including Corporate Designs, Wedding Flowers for The Central Coast, Sydney and the Hunter Valley. So whatever the occasion, you can be assured Hooked on Flowers will look after your special needs. We are open from Monday to Saturday. We have a lovely bridal room where you can sit and discuss ideas for your wedding flowers in a relaxed enviroment. Hooked on Flowers can also hire products for you to save you time running around. Bridal Clients are seen by appointments only. Fresh Flowers have such a creative way to express your thoughts. And we offer a delivery service with "The Moment of Truth". Nothing is more special than a friendly face delivering flowers to your door. We carry a vast array of special Blooms, so please call in when your next in this area and we look forward to meeting you. 7–11 Alison Road Wyong. Phone: 0439 605 371.


Segway Located a short 10 min drive from Gosford is Mount Penang Parklands. This parkland oasis is one of the hidden jewels which is often overlooked by locals as well as tourists. In October a brand new unique activity commenced it’s business utilising some of the great qualities of the park. Segway Central Coast allows people from ages 9 to 90 to experience one of the newest and exciting activities ever. Riding a Segway is different from anything you have ever done. The machine is controlled by moving your body weight. The movements are slight and easy. Once you have spent 5 minutes mastering the basic start, stop and turns you are guided out amongst the parklands to really see what this machine can do. Within 10 mins you are promoted from beginner’s mode onto advance mode and things start to speed up. To find out more or to book one of these once in your life rides check out www.segwaycentralcoast.com.au or ring on 0403354568.

Central Coast Christmas Fair Central Coast Christmas Fair (formerly Terrigal Christmas Fair) now in its 4th year remains the premier Christmas event on the Coast. Over 20 000 patrons have attended this locally loved event from Fixx Events P/L in the past 3 years, and it is a great day for the whole family, boasting over 100+ high variety market stalls, live entertainment all day from Lizotte’s, International Food Area, Santa Visits, Childrens Choirs, Roving carol singers, Christmas Trees and Produce, Sea FM and 2GO promotions, amazing kids interactive and

amusement area and animal rides to name a few. New inclusions this year feature outdoor kid’s movie cinema, buskers, cartoon characters, dress up photography, cooking demonstrations and giveaways. Central Coast Christmas Fair will be held on Sunday 11th December from 9am-3pm at Terrigal High School which has plenty of space, shade, picnic areas and entry this year will be via gold coin per family and will help sustain the events longevity. We look forward to seeing you again at the Central Coast’s much loved fair and ask to you support this local produced event. For all event information visit www.fixxevents.com.au

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Soldiers Beach Š Julie Watson

Greater Toukley The Greater Toukley area extends from the Toukley Bridge to the Norah Head Lighthouse and incorporates Toukley, Canton Beach, West Toukley, East Toukley, Noraville and Norah Head. The Greater Toukley area is a very special place, an unspoiled coastal area located 1 hour drive north of Sydney on the beautiful Central Coast. The Toukley peninsula is situated between the lakes, by the sea and near the trees. Surrounded by water on three sides with Tuggerah Lake to the South, Budgewoi Lake to the North and the ocean to the East. The area is a waterfront haven for fishermen, boating enthusiasts, windsurfers, jet skiers, divers, surfers and beach lovers. The North Wyrrabalong National Park is located within 5 kms of the Toukley CBD and boasts a network of walking trails through the last significant coastal rainforest on the Central Coast. The Greater Toukley area is an expanding residential and holiday resort area where you will enjoy a relaxed, friendly atmosphere perfect to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

What to See & Do Tour Norah Head Lighthouse. For bookings Ph 1300 132 975 z

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What’s on in Greater Toukley this Month... Sunday 4th December Power Boat Races The Independent Power Boat Club is hosting their December Race Day on Budgewoi Lake from 10am on Sunday 4th December. Best viewing from The Beachcomber Hotel or meet the guys at Osborne Reserve boat ramp located in Peel St, Toukley. Information visit www.ipbc.org.au

Sunday 4th December The Little Blues Festival The Toukley Golf Club Bistro plays host to the Little Blues Festival from 5pm on Sunday 4th December. For bookings call 4396 1500. For further information call Julia on 0413 611 043. Every Sunday Toukley Sunday Markets Every Sunday morning the markets are held in the Coles car park off Yaralla Rd in Toukley from 7am to 1pm. There are over 70 different stalls from craft, plants and bric a brac. For information call 0416 280 589.

Romantic Norah Head Lighthouse Spend a romantic weekend, midweek escape or family holiday in the beautifully restored Lighthouse Keepers Quarters dating back to 1903. The Lighthouse Tower and Cottages are heritage listed and restorations have kept their original feel. Accommodation is available in the Lighthouse Keepers Quarters, where you can experience the life of a Lighthouse Keeper. Planning your special day? The grounds around Norah Head Lighthouse can be hired for private ceremonies. Learn about the rich history of the Lighthouse - guided tours are conducted every weekend, and daily during school holidays. In the area surrounding the Norah Head Lighthouse there is a viewing platform for whale watching during the whale migration seasons - northwards in the Autumn and southwards in the Spring. www.norahheadlighthouse.com.au or call 1300 132 975 to find out more and to book in your Norah Head Lighthouse experience.


Norah Head Bowling and Sports Club WEDNESDAYS... Meat, Fruit & Veg Raffles Tickets on sale 6pm Draw 7pm THURSDAYS... Sporties pool comp…WIN UP TO $50 Sporties Cash. FRIDAYS... Meat Raffles. Membership Draw 5.30 to 6.30. Minor Jackpot Draw $500 +$50 per week. 7.30 Major Jackpot Draw $1000 + $100 per week. Entertainment from 7.30pm. SATURDAYS... 1st Sat of each month - Band Night from 8pm. SUNDAYS... BBQ in our family friendly Beer Garden from 5:30pm – choose from fish, chicken, or steak with salad for just $15.00. Live entertainment from 5:30pm. HAPPY HOUR 7 DAYS 5PM TO 6PM During the December we will be adding a minimum of 5 Christmas Hams to every meat raffle and will have a ‘Mega Ham Raffle’ on Sunday 11th and 18th of December with 30 Hams to be won! Captain Kids Christmas Party Sunday 18th December from 3pm with special guest Santa!

elements Garden Centre ELEMENTS GARDEN CENTRE an oasis of peace in busy East Toukley, overflowing with healthy, colourful plants in a small space. We stock a good range of natives, exotics, succulents, cacti, vegetables, herbs, punnets, loads of potted colour and indoor plants. We also have a range of potted gift ideas with loads of gifts in our two gift shops- one is devoted to beach themed items and shells. Our range of potting mixes is very good going from basic All Purpose to specialist mixes such as succulent, orchid, bonsai etc and we stock compost, organic soil, cow manure. We have a good range of pots, water features Gardeners other requirements are not forgotten with a range of chemicals, fertilizers, pebbles and other gardening needs being covered. If we don’t have what you want, ask the staff and we will order it in for you. We have free local delivery with a small fee applying to other areas. Come in soon for a pleasant surprise.

elements garden centre a unique nursery experience a wide range of exquisite flora and water features sourcing of your individual plant & garden requirements is our pleasure. OPEN 7 DAYS 348 Main Rd East Toukley 4396 4741 Free Local Delivery

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Asian Supermarket on the Central Coast. All you need to cook any Asian dish Steam Boat,Yum Cha, Peking Duck and BBQ Pork fresh every Thur after 2pm • Herbal Medicine to relieve Arthritis Pain. • Gluten free products. • Cholesterol Free Coconut Milk. • COOKING CLASSES EVERY SATURDAY. • Home Delivery in selected areas. • Dedicated staff on hand to help if you need any assistance. Open 7 days Shop 3 Erina Mall (next to IGA) 216 Central Coast Hwy Erina Phone 4365 6268 www.asiansupermarket.com.au

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Ken Duncan You probably know of Ken Duncan’s beautiful landscape photos. But you’ve never seen anything quite like his latest exhibition. Ken Duncan’s new exhibition contains spectacular images depicting Ken’s up-close and personal encounters with magnificent African wildlife. Plus inspiring all-new photos of our stunning Australian landscape. Also just released Ken Duncan’s brand new book - Australia - Our Island Paradise .This new volume invites you to join Ken on a very personal journey to many favourite corners of this diverse island continent. His expansive 5:1 ratio “megapans”, captured on film, are gloriously showcased in a series of extra wide gatefold spreads. Some of Ken’s latest digital images - from the original 4:3 ratio to broad, stitched panoramas – are shown here for the first time, displaying his mastery across a variety of photographic media and formats.

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To compliment the spectacular imagery in Australia - Our Island Paradise Ken shares anecdotal tales behind some of his photographic adventures; the grounding of the Pasha Bulker north of Sydney and trips to the Antarctic, Mitchell Falls in WA and Hebel Hotel in Qld, plus many more. For photographic enthusiasts who desire a greater understanding of how Ken captures his amazing images, he has included detailed notes on every photo and technical information on his choices of equipment. To see Ken Duncan’s stunning new exhibition and breathtaking book visit his Central Coast Gallery – 414 The Entrance Road, Erina Heights NSW”


Ettalong Beach © Val Bridge

Ettalong & Woy Woy With its popular and safe beach Ettalong is a family favourite waterfront town overlooking Broken Bay and Lion Island and is 85 km north of Sydney with a population of approximately 4,100. Some of the attractions Ettalong offers include - Dining and Eating Out, Entertainment, Food and Wine, Landmarks and Buildings, Natural Attractions, Shopping, Wineries, Vineyards and Breweries Ettalong beach is situated in the Peninsula Area of the Central Coast with picnic, BBQ and Toilet Facilities available. It is within walking distance to Ettalong Village. The area hosts its own shopping centre with many accommodation outlets including caravan park, small supermarket, Post Office, newsagency, chemist, various restaurants & cafes, fresh bread and cake shops, butchers, fresh fruit and vegetable, local church, primary school, antiques and curios and much, much, more. Major Facilities in Ettalong Beach include a wharf with ferries travelling to Palm Beach and back, plus local trips. There is a twin cinema - including an outdoor cinema located at Ettalong Beach Tourist Resort.

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Ettalong has a village market full of that old world charm and operating weekends and Monday as well as public holidays Ettalong Beach Tourist Resort is a Mediterranean inspired motel and apartment accommodation with its own Roman Baths, Spas, and mini tourist desk. Ettalong Beach Hotel includes TAB, Entertainment Lounge, The Mantra Ettalong Beach Resort offers a unique experience on the Central Coast and provides an exciting array of leisure and entertainment facilities. The local area has many attractions available – coach tours, bushwalking, kayaking, fishing, boat hire, bicycle hire, scenic flights etc. Seaside Village Markets, the largest undercover markets on the Central Coast, is open every weekend. Finally why not explore Brisbane Water National Park, one of the oldest in NSW, where you'll find Aboriginal engravings, wildflowers and great bush walks. A great place to visit and one which you will not regret spending some time.

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What to See & Do Ettalong to Palm Beach Ferries travelling daily. z

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Visitor Information Centre Mantra Ettalong Beach Resort 53-54 The Esplanade Ettalong Beach, NSW 2257 Telephone: 02 - 4344 8888 Fax: 02 - 4344 8800 info@centralcoasttourism.com.au www.visitcentralcoast.com.au

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Anderson's BBQ Boat Hire Why not get the crew together and experience the beautiful Brisbane Waters onboard on of our unique BBQ boats, go fishing and cook your fish straight out of the water. Great for Birthday parties or any type of group function. Bring the family or friends along for a great day out, you don’t need a boat licence and is very easy to operate, we will give you a map and full instructions. The boats can carry up to 12 people, have electric start motors with steering wheel, along with toilet facilities, BBQ and stereo system. Hires are available Half Day or Full days every day all year round, just bring your food to cook and we can look after the rest. Our famous Half Cabin hire boats are also available all year round, along with open boats and Aluminium boats. Fishing gear available for hire or sale from the boatshed shop along with bait, tackle, ice, cold drinks and snacks. 3a Petit St Booker Bay

Located in the old real estate on the roundabout, ‘Love of a LifeStyle’ is a unique find on the Peninsula. A beautiful blend of antiques, home wares, gifts, photography and arts and crafts from local talents, offer something for everyone. This little gem has a warm and charming atmosphere that invites you in and then welcomes you to stay. And the vast array of fun/funky, unique/chic, eclectic/eccentric, cheerful and colourful wares, will ensure you find something special for someone special. A disabled entrance makes this quaint store accessible to all and the delightful courtyard with refreshing sea breezes is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a cuppa from the Blue Mountains and a sweet treat from local home based bakers. Open 9.30am to 4pm Thursday to Monday, closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Open every day during the school holidays. 176 Broken Bay Rd ETTALONG (at the roundabout). It’s a trip well worth making and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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Goddess by the Sea Seasons Greetings to all. December is an exciting month for Goddess by the Sea. Our Christmas VIP night is on Thurs 8th December and we are also taking part in the first annual long lunch market day at the Wharf at Wagstaffe on Sat 10th December. For more details on our VIP night email goddessbythesea@bigpond.com or call the shop. Looking for something that is quirky and unique this Christmas for that someone special,you must make a trip to Goddess by the Sea. We have free gift wrapping with every purchase, and laybys are available. Have a safe and wonderful Christmas. 203 MEMORIAL AVE ETTALONG BEACH NSW 2257 Ph: (02) 4341 4229 Email: goddessbythesea@bigpond.com

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The Entrance © Glen Scarborough

The Entrance

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The Playground of Two Cities A place to relax, recharge and explore, The Entrance is an entertainment venue for the Central Coast region and a holiday destination for those living further afield. Located in Wyong Shire, and within easy distance from Gosford City local government area, The Entrance is pretty seaside town. It is home to welcoming residents, unique flora and fauna and spectacular scenery. A range of holiday accommodation is available to suit every visitor’s budget and lifestyle, from resort hotels, motels and bed and breakfast homestays, to caravan parks and camping sites. If you’re in need of relaxation grab a book to read on the beach, meet a friend for coffee, feed the resident pelicans at 3.30pm daily or let the children splash to their heart’s content in Vera’s Water Garden. Drop a fishing line along the waterfront or hire a boat for a deeper sea fishing or scuba diving experience. Afterwards, unwind with

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our free live entertainment and sip a cocktail and sun goes down. The Entrance’s coastal location offers a showcase for the region’s fresh food, with a fine selection of eateries available. Choose from the alfresco and indoor dining options throughout the town and take in The Entrance’s outstanding view while you eat. Choose from breakfast in the sun at one of the many cafes, a picnic by the lake, enjoy a takeaway snack as you watch the waves roll in at the beach, a refreshing drink in the pub beer garden or an intimate candlelit a la carte dinner at one of the town’s fine restaurants. Avid shoppers will enjoy browsing for hours through The Entrance’s boutique shops, searching for personal mementoes to mark your stay in our town. Take advantage of the many delights at the farmers market which fills Memorial Park on the first and third Saturday of each month which attracts

Old, Modern and Out of Print Books

Bought and Sold • Over 60,000 old, modern and out of print books in 100 categories • Hard Covers and Paperbacks • Books for the collector, reader, student & all the family.

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thousands of shoppers. All the facilities and services you need to make your stay comfortable and memorable at The Entrance are available at your disposal. So visit The Entrance for the day, a week, or longer, and allow yourself to relax, recharge and explore! Phone: 1800 335 377 for more information or visit www.theentrance.org

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31 years of pleasure bringing you the works of Australian artists, potters and glassmakers.

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(heading north on The Entrance Rd, turn right into Pacific St at the Long Jetty Hotel. At the end of Pacific St turn left © Kayle Barton the gallery is only 50m up the road)


This historic icon has charmed and delighted young and old at The Entrance since 1930. It has seen a number of owners since its arrival in Australia from France in the early 1900s and is now part of the National Trust classified Haas Family carnival, a family that has 400 years of carnival ancestry. The carousel, which was built in the late 1800s in Germany, was originally ‘powered’ by a pony but was converted to steam at the turn of the century. It remained steam driven until the 1950s when an old chev. engine was installed, and was converted to electricity in the 1970s. Its reed pipe organ, operated by bellows, remained in commission until 1950. Music is now supplied by tape, although the organ front has been restored. The carousel has pride of place on The Entrance waterfront where it is visited by not only today’s children, but by the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents of those children.

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What's On at The Entrance Saturday 3rd Tuggerah Lakes Mardi Gras 11am – 9pm The Entrance Full street Parade,14 Mardi Gras Queen Entrants, Beatnix, Yogi & Boo Show for the kids, OMG, A visit from Santa to light the Christmas tree, Entertainment from 11am and a massive fireworks display at 9pm Sunday 4th Tim Pringle 11am – 3pm Sails Stage Saturday 10th The Entrance Farmers Market 8am -1pm Memorial Park About Face 11am -3pm Sails Stage Sunday 11th Ziggy Zapata 11am – 3pm Sails Stage Saturday 17th The Entrance Farmers Market 8am – 1pm Memorial Park Sunday 18th Brent Murphy 11am – 3pm Sails Stage OMG

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Saturday 24th Carols by Candlelight 6pm – 9pm Memorial Park Smurfs show for the kids and kids at heart, Tuggerah Lakes Show band with Lambeth Bennett, Fireworks display at 9pm Saturday 31st New Years Eve Celebrations 5pm – 9pm Memorial Park OMG, No Pressure and kids entertainment

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The Tuggerah Lakes Mardi Gras Festival is celebrating its 60th anniversary on Saturday 3rd December 2011.

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Commencing at 1pm with a massive street parade followed by entertainment, crowning of the Tuggerah Lakes Mardi Gras Queen and to finish off the night there will be a huge fireworks display. We are currently sourcing all previous Tuggerah Lakes Mardi Gras Queens to be apart of this years celebrations.

Near the Sails Stage The Waterfront, The Entrance  Children’s birthday parties a specialty.

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Avoca Beach Growers Market Heazlett Park Avoca Drive. First Sunday of month 8am – 2pm. Contact 0415 863 398 Paul Avoca Beachside Market 4th Sunday of the month. Next Market 22nd Jan 2012. 9am – 2pm. Heazlett Park, Avoca Beach. www.fixxevents.com.au or 0416 097 707 Budgewoi Markets 1st Saturday of each month Opposite new coles shopping centre at Budgewoi. Enquiries 43909131 Central Coast Craft Sale Art Studios at Gosford Regional Gallery, 36 Webb St. East Gosford. 10th September 9.30am until 4pm. We support The Children’s Medical Research Foundation. Enquiries Vick (02) 4323 3698 Davistown RSL Charity Markets 19 Murna Road, Davistown Large all-weather undercover market held the 3rd Sunday of each month from 9am-2pm. December 18, 2011 Enquiries: Sue at Fairhaven 0407757866 Ettalong Markets Under cover. Open every weekend, Baby & Kids market first Sunday of every month. 189 Ocean View Rd, Ettalong Beach You can get here by ferry, train & bus.Ph: 43 425 451 Kincumber Markets Kincumber Uniting Church Car Boot Sale. Cnr Killuna Rd & Avoca Drive. Held on the first Saturday of the month from 7am to 12mid day. Contact 43681351 or 43695939. Op Shop Open Wed to Fri 10am to 2pm, Saturday 10 to 12 mid day. Mangrove Mountain Country Markets Community Hall, Cnr Wiseman Ferry Rd & Waratah Rd, Mangrove Mountain Last Sunday each month 9am - 2pm. Enquiries 02 4377 1162 Morisset Mega Markets Off the F3 Freeway, Morisset exit. Open Saturday, Sunday and Public Holiday Mondays. 8.30am to 4.30pm. 3 acres undercover - 100’s of market stalls. www.megamarkets.com.au Morisset Showground Markets Morriset Showground Ourimbah St 1st Sat/month Ph: 02 4973 2670 8am onwards.

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Niagara Park Market Day Niagara Park Shopping Centre 2nd Saturday of month 9am - 2.30pm Ourimbah Lisarow RSL Markets Pacific Highway, Ourimbah An all-weather undercover market held the 4th Saturday of each month from 10am-2pm. December to be advised. Enquiries: Sue at Fairhaven 0407757866 Point Clare Markets 209 Brisbane Water Drive, Point Clare Large Outdoor market. Saturday, October 29, 2011 9am-2pm Enquiries: Sue at Fairhaven 0407757866 Swansea Markets Quinn Park, Swansea (next to pool) 4th Saturday of month Wide variety of stalls, 7.30am-12.30pm Stallholders Ph Val McCarter on 4972 1705 Swansea Main St Markets Pacific Hwy, Swansea, 5th Saturday of month 8.30am - 1pm. Ph: 4945 3292 or 0409 726155 Terrigal Market Day Anglican Church Holy Trinity Market day. Third Saturday of month 9am to1pm. 92 Serpentine Road Terrigal You will also find our OP Shop open Tues – Fri 9am to 4pm Contact 43 651115 or 43 651280 Terrigal Lions Club Car Boot Sale Terrigal Lagoon Reserve Cnr Willoughby Rd & Terrigal Dr. 1st Sun of month Ph: 0406 500 925 9am -1pm The Entrance Art & Craft Market Marine Pde, The Entrance, Sundays 9am – 4pm Ph: 4332 3425 The Entrance Lions Club Markets The Entrance Cinema Car Park, Bayview Ave Sundays 8:30am - 12:30pm Toukley Sunday Market Coles car park - Yarralla Rd 7am - 1pm. Variety of stalls. Run every Sunday (weather permitting) Enquiries - 0416280589 Wyee Community Markets 2nd Sat each month. Wyee Hall Grounds, Cnr Wyee Rd & Hue Hue Rd Wyee. Stall Holders welcome. Ph: Janet 02 4357 1852

Avoca Beach Growers Market Come along to Heazlett Park on the first Sunday of every month, where the Avoca Beach Grower's Market will present you with a spectacular and mouth watering array of gourmet foods and fresh produce. The market’s focus is primarily to support food producers from local regions. You can meet the growers and producers, taste-test many treats and buy direct, often at cheaper than normal prices. With such a wonderful diversity of products available, you are sure to enjoy a great day browsing the stalls to the beat of the live music.. and later enjoy a fantastic meal!

Next Markets 4th DEC 2011 5th FEB 2012 Heazlett Park Avoca Beach Contact Paul 0415 863 398 www.avocagrowersmarket.com

A boutique market supporting work at home mums products. Sun 18 December Mingara Recreation Club 10am-3pm Sun 22 January Mingara Recreation Club 10am-3pm Sat 17 March Gosford RSL Club 9:30am-2:30pm

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Mumz Share The Love Boutique Market Mumz Share The Love Boutique Market is the first 'boutique market' supporting work at home mums products. A Mumz Share The Love Boutique Market holds its first Grand Opening on the 18th December 2011 in time for the Summer Season and Christmas. Our Boutique Market will be selling products from handmade accessories, gift ware, clothing, textiles, decor, home ware, and much, much more. ‘Mumz Share The Love Boutique Market’ wants to feature the most interesting, unique, individual, inspiring products. You don't need to be a handmade business to be a stallholder at our market. As long as you are a mum and it’s your own home business. www.mumzsharethelove.com 0424 100 650

The Olive Tree Market Buy Handmade for this Holiday Season. New Stallholders this December 3rd and 17th. The Olive Tree Market is ready for Christmas with two markets this December 3rd & 17th with extended trading hours from 9am-6pm. This Holiday Season support Local and Independent Artists, Designers and Crafters and buy unique gifts from the hands of the people who make them! The Olive Tree Market is Newcastle's Dedicated Monthly Handmade Market and home to over 100 Creative Minds and each December Market will feature many new stalls. Including illustrator Angie Goto, Jeweler Gavin Vitullo, Designer Viva La Lampe and Indigenous Artist Tom Croft. The Olive Tree Market is one of the hidden treasures of Newcastle and has featured in Jetstar Magazine & The Sydney Morning Herald. The Olive Tree Market operates Rain, Hail or Shine with the majority of the market held under cover. Contact: 0439649058 www.theolivetreemarket.com.au

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Tasting on the Coast Austrian Schnitzelhaus Welcome to our corner of Austria! In the heart of the Central Coast, situated at the Erina Fair Shopping Centre, we are located next to the cinemas in “The Hive”. We are offering freshly prepared traditional Austrian/German cuisine plus 10 different styles of schnitzels. For summer we have a “summer lunch” promotion with meals starting from $ 12.50, available in the restaurant or as “alfresco dining” in our beer garden where you can soak up the atmosphere and a little summer sun. So if you are after a romantic dinner for two or a fun filled evening with friends, a quick meal before the movies or some quality time with the family, then this is the place to be. Our Beer garden offers a safe place for families with its own private children’s playground. We have a wide range of Austrian/ German beers, wines, schnapps and softdrinks, a full a la carte menu, plus fantastic kiddies menu which they can colour in and keep. Come on in and try one of our very popular dishes such as the “German Sausage Platter”, the “Whole Roasted Pork Knuckle” or our “Farmers Platter”, and don’t forget to save some room for the “Traditional Apple Strudel”. The Austrian Schnitzelhaus in an ideal venue for parties or your next Christmas event and we have a selection of set menus to suit all budgets. Live music on Sunday evenings . We are fully licenced, close to public transport and have plenty of parking. The Hive, Erina Fair 02 43674874 www.austrianschnitzelhaus.com.au

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Sea Grill Restaurant Little Creek 220 Del Monte Place, Copacabana. Cheese Factory Phone: 0243823360 "What a wonderful surprise our lunch in this light, airy restaurant opposite the beach front at Copacabana was. We all chose an entree and my friend Klara (Imag owner) suggested we share a seafood platter for 2 for mains. I hate sharing. However, she is a great 'foodie' like me and is very knowing so I acquiesced... How right she was. The menu is a Seafood lovers' dream. The Seafood platter for two was absolutely magnificent with 2 whole crabs cut in half to adorn the platter. There were Sydney rock oysters succulent and tasty, beautiful big prawns, smoked salmon and then a selection of calamari, yabbies in Garlic butter, Tempura Prawns, a wonderful pasta full of seafood and the best 'melt in your mouth' Tempura fish I have had, (the owner tells me the secret is in the making of the tempura and I will attest to that). All served with a wonderful array of Lemon, Fruit, Salad and great chips.... I would have said impossible to top, however that was before we ordered sweets. I have eaten all over the world and will state I have never seen more interesting/ better presented sweets. The list was fascinating before we saw the presentation....WOW! I had the Liquorice All sort Ice Cream with Liquorice Ice Cream Bullets and Lime Coulees. Desserts are the Chef's speciality,(we didn't have to ask) not a crumb was left and our finger-marked plates attested to that. This restaurant is special, memorable, and has it all. (They even do take-away if you are having guests and need to impress and enjoy at the same time). I can't wait to visit again!" Carolyn Sinclair, Chef, Old Courthouse Restaurant, Minmi, 1990-2003

Most people think of cheese as something that you have with a nice glass of wine or grate on top of pasta or just plain good old sandwiches. Little Creek Cheese makes a selection of cheese that has many uses. If you haven’t tried their BBQ Cheese then you just don’t know what you’re missing out on. BBQ cheese is made to a similar recipe to what the Cyprus Cheese called Haloumi is made. The difference being Haloumi is made from Sheep’s milk and BBQ cheese is made from Cow’s milk. The cow’s milk gives the cheese a creamier flavour but still cooks up the same way as Haloumi. Cooks up?? If you haven’t tried it cooked then you’re in for a treat. Take a piece of BBQ Cheese approximately 1 to 1.5 cms thick and just pan fry in a small amount of oil or butter. You can also put it on the BBQ Hot Plate or even grill it. Cook till golden brown and flip over and do the same to the other side, when cooked squeeze a little lemon on it or spread a little basil paste and top with fresh cut tomatoes, then enjoy. Do not forget their wonderful Picnic Packs that are perfect to take to Christmas Parties. 141 – 155 Alison Rd , Wyong NSW 4353 CHEESE (4353 2433)


Garden 2 Plate

Edwards Family Butchery Marc Edwards of Edwards Family Butchery has a long history of the top quality products from his range of award winning gourmet sausages, to his perfectly smoked hams, kransky and chorizo's. After numerous shops on the North Shore and as far away as the Whitsundays, Marc and his family have settled on the Central Coast. The shop is perfectly located in the central position of Woy Woy at Peninsula Plaza with great parking and easy access to anywhere on the coast if your looking for top quality produce at very reasonable prices you cant go past Edwards Family Butchery. Taste Testing every Saturday 10 am till 2.30 pm Open Mon to Fri 7am to 6.30pm Sat 7am to 5pm, Sun 7am to 4pm Shop 9, Peninsula Plaza Woy Woy Phone: 4342 2372

The guys from Adam’s Garden and the energetic girls from Full On Flavour have teamed up to introduce Garden 2 Plate, a new and exciting organic gardening and cooking class on the Central Coast. Discover how to grow vegetables, herbs, fruits and nuts in your own garden (or pot!) in an informal learning environment. After a lesson in the garden you will be inspired with an interactive cooking demonstration using all the fresh produce straight from the vegetable patch! Then celebrate all that seasonal foods have to offer with a full on feast served in the farm barn. Organic horticulturist and permaculture expert Adam McCall says increased health awareness, rising energy prices and issues like global warming are encouraging people to discover the delights of food grown in their own gardens. Perhaps you’re looking to cut down on those supermarket bills, or seeking new creative flavours and techniques in the kitchen, or you just want to meet like minded people, Garden 2 Plate has something for everyone. They even do corporate team building classes, just book 8 or more people on a day that suits you! The classes are unique, fun, motivating and of course absolutely delicious! Places are limited so book now! Upcoming classes: Sat 10th Dec 2011– Christmas Seafood Sat 21st Jan 2012 – Summer Fiesta www.garden2platekillcare.com www.facebook.com/Garden2Plate

Vplus Asian Supermarket Located at Erina Vplus is your 'friendly' Asian supermarket with dedicated staff on hand to help if you need any assistance finding ingredients or crockery for your authentic Asian dishes - Just go and see them!. Vplus boasts an extensive range of Asian groceries including many lines that were previously only available in Sydney. Shoppers can choose from a range of dried, canned and frozen foodstuffs from Japan, Korea, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Vietnam and China. Vplus also has a wide range of fresh, locally produced goods delivered weekly from Sydney. PEKING DUCK or BBQ pork is always available for customers to enjoy, fresh on Thurs and frozen any other time. Do you enjoy Yum Cha? Vplus’ specialty is a range of frozen food produced in Sydney. Cooking CLASSES in Asian Food most Saturdays. Only $15.00 Book now Ph: 02 4365 6268. Shop 3 Erina Mall (next to IGA) 216 central Coast Highway Erina www.asiansupermarket.com.au Open 7 days

Billy Law from Masterchef at Vplus

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iTheatre Laycock Street, North Gosford T: 02 4323 3233 www.laycockstreettheatre.com laycock.theatre@gosford.nsw.gov.au NAISDA presents

Zugubal Zugubal is a breathtaking dance from NAISDA, Australia’s Premier Indigenous Dance College. Zugubal is a word used by all Torres Strait Islander people to acknowledge and give respect for past, present and future law. This exciting performance will feature Koiki by renowned Indigenous choreographer Gail Mabo, including traditional dancers from the Torres Strait. Koiki is the story of Gail’s late father, the celebrated Eddie Mabo. This contemporary form of creative expression takes us on the journey of Eddie Mabo’s life. The program will also include dynamic, new and contemporary works by some of Australia’s noted choreographers. Adult $27, Conc./Child/Student $17, Groups 10+ $25 1 December 7.30pm, 2 December 11am & 7.30pm, 3 December 7.30pm

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Gosford Musical Society Juniors presents

Camp Rock The Musical Directed by Kerrie Kochford. Disney's popular movies, Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2 blend together to form CAMP ROCK: the Musical. Mitchie Torres is back at Camp Rock for another summer of fun with her friends and love interest Shane Gray, of Connect 3 fame. Shane and his brothers have come to help their Uncle Brown run the summer music camp. Unfortunately this year, Brown's ex-band member, Axel Turner, has opened his own glitzy music camp right across the lake, effectively stealing Camp Rock counsellors and campers alike. Mitchie, Caitlyn and Connect 3 now find themselves makeshift counsellors in a struggle for the life of Camp Rock. Complicating matters is the fact that Nate Gray and Axel's daughter, Dana, seem attracted to one another from the start. The show culminates in a 'Sing-off' televised for the viewing audience to vote for the best camp. Central Coast Concert Band presents

The 80th Concert Don’t miss this fabulous celebration of the band’s milestone 80th concert with special guest band The New South Wales Ambulance Service Band. The NSW Ambulance Service Band was commissioned in 1985 and has performed for Her Majesty the Queen at the opening of Parramatta Stadium, graduation ceremonies, Government House, Ministry of Health Functions and special events in Sydney and Rural NSW. Audiences will enjoy an

Who will win the contest? And who will survive to see another year of making music and fun in the summer sun? Come and find out for yourself this summer. All tickets $20 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 January at 10.30am. 19, 20, 21 January at 7.30pm

entertaining selection of music and song performed with celebratory and Christmas themes, including Pirates of the Caribbean, Sabre Dance, St Louis Blues March, Thunder and Lightening, Cakewalk from Suite of Old American Dances, West Side Story, Jasper’s Dance from Pineapple Poll, Lucy Long Bassoon Solo, Thames Journey by Nigel Hess, O Holy Night, Irish Washerwoman, Selections from The Music Man and more! Adult $25. Conc. $20, Child $15 4 December 2pm


Marian Street Theatre presents

Sleeping Beauty & The Golden Fish Two fairy tales full of magic and mystery for the Summer Holidays playing from 12 January to 3 March 2012. SLEEPING BEAUTY tells the story of Princess Rose who pricks her finger on her 16th birthday and falls asleep for a hundred years. Finally a prince arrives with almost enough courage to rescue Rose. But he can’t do it by himself. Come and help us tell the story. Become a wise woman to bless the princess at her christening. Draw your sword to protect the kingdom. Laugh while you help the kitchen staff prepare the food for the palace parties. Then walk the seashore in our second story THE GOLDEN FISH with Peter, a poor fisherman, who takes pity on

Glenn Elston presents Kenneth Grahame’s

The Wind In The Willows "You'll love this production - no matter what age you are" – Sun Herald Sydney’s favourite family entertainment The Wind in the Willows continues its well-loved summer tradition when the infamous Toad of Toad Hall and his friends Ratty, Badger, Mole, Weasel and Otter return to The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney playing from 6 to 28 January 2012. Kenneth Grahame’s immortal story of life on the riverbank is brought to life in this delightful promenade production that has become a traditional summer favourite providing enchanting and lively family entertainment. There’s lots of audience participation for the young ‘wabbits’ who are encouraged to get involved in the action, and are given every opportunity to scream out loud, sing along and become part of the adventure. The costumes are wonderful and there is fun for young and old as the Head Chief Rabbit transforms the audience into ‘wabbits’

a glittering golden fish in his net. The magic fish grants Peter a wish in return for its life. What will he ask for? Isabel his wife keeps changing her mind, and wanting more. Be careful, Isabel! We promise magic and mystery, and the excitement of overcoming danger with Sydney’s oldest children’s theatre. Join us on the journey! Marian Street Theatre, 2 Marian Street, Killara School Holidays: 12 – 25 January Monday to Friday 10.30am &1pm; Saturdays 1pm 28 January – 3 March | 2 shows daily on Saturdays only at 10.30am & 1pm Children $18, Adults $22, Families of four $68; Groups 15 or more $15 per head; Birthday parties after Saturday shows $27 includes show, refreshments and games

Bookings: 1300 306 776 or www.mca-tix.com.au Info: www.mstyp.org.au

– with a waggle of the ears, a wiggle of the nose and a promise not to dwop any wabbit wubbish as they move through the gardens. Over the years tens of thousands have delighted in the simple pleasures of this rollicking production… so this summer pack a picnic, pack the kids... and head on down to the riverbank. 6 to 28 January 2012 (no performance on 26 January) 11am and 6pm from Tuesday to Saturday The Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney Enter any gate and make your way to the Harbour side of the Main Pond PRICES: Single Tickets $25, Family of Four $90, handling fee may apply Bookings: 1300 122 344 www.shakespeareaustralia.com.au or Ticketek 1300 795 012 www.ticketek.com.au

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iGallery

Australian Watercolour Institute

Gosford Regional Gallery 36 Webb Street, East Gosford T: 02 4325 0056 F: 02 4325 0062 gallery@gosford.nsw.gov.au www.gosfordregionalgallery.com Open daily, 10am - 4pm. FREE ADMISSION

3 December - 29 January 2012 Galleries 1 and 2 The Australian Watercolour Institute is one of the oldest groups of artists in Australia, and its members include some of Australia's most respected artists. This exhibition includes work by over 60 members, including Guy Warren, Susan Sherridan, Brian Stratton and Suzanne Archer and three invited guest artists.

As We See It Willemina Villari, Denny Hoffman and Felicity O'Conner 3 December – 11 January 2012 Foyer Gallery Willemina Villari, Denny Hoffman and Felicity O’Connor share a common interest in the creative process. This exhibition is united by an exploration of how abstract forms and colour can be used to visually interpret a visceral response to an idea or concept. The diverse styles of their paintings and sculptures reflect the different temperament of each artist.

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The Toukley and Districts Art Society The Federation Gallery and Information Centre, in Wallarah Park, Gorokan, just before the Toukley Bridge, is where the public will find original cards to send to friends and family for this festive season. The jewellery, craft, porcelain and paintings on display also make an original gift for Christmas. During December, the public can participate in the painting classes run by Peter Tassell each Wednesday from 9am to 12pm, for the price of $5 and, or participate the ceramic painting classes run by Claire Lewis, also on Wednesday from 12pm to 3pm, also for the price of $5. The Toukley and Districts Art Society wishes the staff and readers of IMAG a Merry Christmas and a very happy new year. The Art and Information Centre is open Tuesday to Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 1pm. Entry is free. More details: 4392 4666 or visit the www.toukleyartgallery.com.au


Guesthouse

Mulla Villa

Catering for weddings, romantic getaways, dine by candlelight or under the stars, sip a glass of local wine near the pool, enjoy a spa en suite with r/c air in all inclusive packages, set on 100 acres of pristine Australian country side. Families welcomed, organic produce served. 3174 Great Northern Road Wollombi Phone 02 4998 3254

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Wollombi Village Vineyard

When you visit Tocal Homestead it's hard to imagine days gone by. Tales of architects and graziers, bushrangers, businessmen, social reform and philanthropy are woven through the highs and lows of life on this unique property.

Rated HHHH by James Halliday

2971 Payne’s Crossing Road Ph: 0419 997 434 Open every Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays from 9am - 4pm. As well as Chardonnay, Shiraz, Rose & Fortified wines, we specialize in Limoncielo, Dolzetto, Amaroe, Caffé, Chocolatte and Passione liqueurs, and also have a variety of seasonal liqueurs and a range of Digestive liqueurs. Tastings available at the Cellar Door.

Open Sat, Sun & public holidays March to November 10am - 3pm Tocal Road, Paterson Ph 4939 8901 w/days Ph 4939 8939 w/ends

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