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R U OK? Day 2020
An opportunity to ‘check in’ with anyone you think might be feeling isolated or struggling with anxiety, especially during these challenging times.
A lack of connection (or lack of belonging) is what we want to prevent.
By inspiring people to take the time to ask “Are you OK?” and listen, we can help people struggling with life feel connected long before they even think about suicide.
It all comes down to regular, face-to-face, meaningful conversations about life. And asking “Are you OK?” is a great place to start.
Avoca Beachside Market
9:00am - 2:00pm Sunday 22 March 2020
Avoca Beachside Markets is a boutique event held on the fourth Sunday of each month at Heazlett Park Foreshore in Avoca Beach. This free monthly event has become the premier artist, food and musician community market on the Central Coast for the past 9 years and a must visit for out of town travellers and day trippers.
Shop at the 120 plus stalls in a relaxing and creative environment with products ranging from local art, eco, recycled and up-cycled goods, skincare, jewellery, homewares and international food to name a few, whilst listening to beautiful free live music from local musicians provided by Fairplay Entertainment on the Star 104.5FM live stage from 9am onwards.
The waterfront produce section allows you to purchase fresh local fruits, vegetables, herbs, cheeses, breads, spices and more in a relaxed vibe.
With a beachfront location, bursts of colour, high quality stalls and conscious ethos, this unique boutique market has something for everyone.
Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre
11A Terrigal Drive, Terrigal (Near Fire Station)
Get up close and personal with some of the wonders of the sea by visiting the Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre (CCMDC). The kids will love this hands-on learning experience and the cafe serves coffee and other refreshments for mum and dad.
See our displays
Say hello to our marine creatures
Enter our colouring or guessing competition
Watch “The Adventures of Gavin the Leafy Seadragon”
Become a Junior Marine Scientist by doing our quiz.
Paint a plaster or do a free craft activity
Enjoy great food and coffee at our Parkside cafe
Open Weekends, Mondays and School Holidays,
10 am to 4 pm, last entry 3pm.
Some Central Coast cafes worthy of a weekend road trip
352 The Round Dr, Avoca Beach
Only a three-minute drive from Avoca Beach is an old corner store housing specialty coffee cafe Like Minds. It’s evident, once stepping inside, however, that Like Minds is so much more than just a place to drink coffee. It’s also an art gallery, creative hub, design venue and market garden — a community space to be used and enjoyed.
The Glass Onion Society
2/308 The Entrance Rd, Long Jetty
The Glass Onion Society is not just a cafe, but an espresso bar, restaurant, gallery space and a live music venue, too. Since opening in 2011, the Long Jetty venue has become a favourite among local foodies, freelancers, creatives and families who are after high-quality food in a not-too serious setting that feels a bit like it could be your living room.
26A Adelaide St, East Gosford
Down a side street, in a warehouse-style venue in East Gosford, is Oomph Cafe and Foodstore, which opened shop back in 2005. The cafe, bakery, pizza restaurant and vegetable market aims to serve only organic and locally sourced ingredients in support of the local community and businesses.
Lords of Pour
199A Ocean View Rd, Ettalong Beach
Located on the main strip in Ettalong Beach, Lords of Pour is a cafe with “killer brews and awesome chews”. The cafe, helmed by Ben Coward, provides Coasties and visitors with coffee from all across Australia, including Melbourne and Newcastle, as well as beans from Norway. The cafe also offers three takes on a B&E roll: one standard, one with maple bacon and pulled pork, and a vegan option pumpkin and mushrooms.
The Fat Goose
54 Araluen Dr, Killcare
Located in Hardys Bay, the Fat Goose is somewhat of a Central Coast institution for baked goods. Its breads, pastries and pies have been eaten by both locals and tourists since 2007. All breads and pastries are made on the premises and turned into delicious dishes, adorably named after local landmarks and people, from the Half Tide Rocks — sautéed mushrooms, shallots, garlic and parsley on toast — to the Killcare Boaties, which is a dish of fennel rosti with premium smoked salmon and creamy scrambled eggs. It also does gluten-free loaves.
TREETOPS ADVENTURE PARK
Ourimbah State Forest,
1 Red Hill Rd, Wyong Creek (cnr Yarramalong Rd)
Come and 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.
There are adventure courses for both children and adults making it a really fun day out.
Are you or your kids creative?
WHERE TO START?
First thing’s first, you need to find yourself a rock, the flatter the better. Give your rock a good clean and let it dry.
Now it’s time to get creative! You can decorate the rock any way you want. You can paint them, use pens, or even glue things to them. (be mindful of the rain though - some people add a coat of clear varnish at the end to protect them).
Once your masterpiece is finished, turn it over and write our group’s name on the back “#CopaRocks” and draw a little Facebook logo.
(Sharpie pens are good for this bit)
Go to Facebook and search for #CopaRocks, join the Group and post your photo.
Then all you need to do is find the perfect hiding place. You don’t want to leave it anywhere dangerous like the middle of a road or footpath, and you don’t want to leave it somewhere too obvious so that it will be found the second you put it down.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?
It is the hide and seek game that has been sweeping across the world! A way of expressing yourself by creating art on small rocks, sharing art by hiding it for someone else to find and getting outdoors to hunt for art done by others.
Anyone can get involved, whatever age you are.
IF YOU FIND ONE:
take a photograph of the rock and share it on the facebook group #CopaRocks so that the person who hid it in the first place can follow its journey. Then re-hide it in a new location for someone else to find.
Raw & Unearthed Click here to contact us
Nature play party in your backyard!
We provide up to six experience stations including:
Tool Kit- hammers, saws, rope, drills, magnifying glasses
Nature Art/Bush crafting
Slackline Balancing (if usable trees)
Mix & Mess mud play
Additionally we provide invitations & all resources. Children take home all other goodies they create on the day too!
$18/invite + $30 booking fee
(T&C apply) min 15 invites
Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures
Fun for both kids and adults
Regarded as one of the Central Coast’s leading tourist attractions, Glenworth Valley is renowned for its horse riding and variety of outdoor activities including quad biking, kayaking, abseiling, laser skirmish and camping.
Our activities take place on our privately owned 3,000 acre wilderness property nestled in a scenic valley and surrounded by National Park. We are located in the NSW Central Coast hinterland, just off the M1 Freeway, and is an easy one hour drive north of Sydney’s CBD or just 20 minutes from Gosford.
Providing safe and enjoyable experiences is our number one priority. Our trained staff are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to ensure the safety and enjoyment of our guests at all times. All training and equipment is provided for all of our activities, and experienced guides will accompany you on your activity. Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures is a founding member of the Australian Horse Riding Centres Association that regulates safety standards for the horse riding industry.
Aquafun at Avoca Lake - See website here
JUST DOWN THE ROAD FROM COPA!
Sat - Sun 10am - 5pm.
Open every day during school holidays and public holidays (except Christmas Day)
Closed June, July, August
We have a huge range of fun and modern human-powered watercraft for you to explore the beautiful and peaceful Avoca Lake.
A brand new fleet of easy to use pedalboats,
Single and double kayaks
Stand-up paddle boards.
Hire options include the per person 'FUN pass' for use of all craft, or the cheaper per boat rate.
We are located right in the heart of Avoca, with the beach just metres away as well as our shopping village, with a selection of quality eateries, services and quaint boutique shops.
Central Coast Leagues Club, Gosford
Monday (School Holidays 9:30am to 5pm)
Monday (School Term 9:30am to 3pm)
Tuesday - Friday: 9:30am to 5pm
Sat: 9.30am to 9pm
Sun 9.30am to 5pm
Laser Mania is a state of the art laser tag game offering casual play, birthday party packages, teens, adults, school groups, corporates and more!
93 Gavenlock Road, Tuggerah
Slam Factory’s Skate Skool is the best way to improve your skateboarding.
Every Term we run new Skate Skool groups to suit school age kids of all abilities. Groups go for one hour and run all term. We currently have groups running on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at either 4:20 and 5:30 as well as Saturday morning at 10:30 or 11:30am.
Group lessons are a great way to progress in skateboarding while meeting new friends. Our coaches are all expert skaters who can teach you the tricks you want to learn. From your first push, first drop-in and beyond our coaches help kids learn and improve safely whilst having FUN!
Private lessons are available most days for skateboards or scooters. A private lesson can be one on one or you can invite up to three riders to join you.
During a private lesson you can ask your coach for ideas or focus on any aspect of riding you choose. Private lessons are a great way to get started or to take your riding to a new level. Coaches can often give ideas on what skills to work on next to keep you motivated and improving.
Private lessons cost $30/half hour or $45/hour and include entry to Slam Factory for one person. If you wish to add friends to your private lesson they just pay the skatepark entry price.
MOOC – Massive Open Online Course – By Copa local Di Hardiman
See www.mooc.org for FREE online courses that are open to everyone with a computer/tablet. You also have the option of paying for a certificate of completion if you wish. Australian universities including ANU, Monash, University of Queensland and University of Tasmania have MOOCS available and a number of overseas universities have included their courses. There are hundreds of online courses covering a wide range of subjects e.g. Agriculture, Medicine and Psychology to name just a few. I suggest you go online and have a browse to see if there’s a course that suits you.
The courses are run by specialists in their fields and use a variety of teaching and learning methods, e.g., videos, group chats, assignments and tests. There are no pre-entry requirements. I’ve recently completed a University of Tasmania course and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was called “Understanding Dementia” and the course ran for 7 weeks. I spent several hours on it each week and have now enrolled in another course as it was so enjoyable to exercise those grey cells!
Let’s work together to keep Copa safe by staying at home, keeping happy and engaged and looking after one another.
Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures
20 June 2020
Cost: $130pp – 5 hour guided tour
Join us for a fabulous day of paddling a kayak amongst the peaceful surrounds of Woy Woy Bay & Brisbane Water, indulging in local wine tasting & fresh seafood.
21 June 2020, 30 August 2020, 13 September 2020, 25 October 2020, 15 November 2020
Cost: $160pp – Approx. 4 hours
Don’t miss a great day of horse riding through Glenworth Valley complete with a gourmet lunch and finished off with wine & cheese tasting back at the homestead.
29 August 2020, 12 September 2020, 24 October 2020, 14 November 2020
Cost: $155pp – 3.5 hours including lunch (Ride 2+ hours) Note: Minimum age is 12 years.
If you’ve ever dreamed of being a Jack or Jillaroo and droving a herd of cattle on horseback then our Cattle Droving Ride is for you.
Put your horse riding skills to the test as you work with your guide and fellow riders to move the herd of cattle through Glenworth Valley’s property on horseback. After your ride you’ll be rewarded with a cold beer and a BBQ to top off a brilliant morning. This ride is one of Glenworth Valley’s most exhilarating horse riding experiences.
Our Cattle Droving Ride is suitable for riders of all abilities from nervous first timer and beginner riders to very experienced riders. With 200 horses for riding, horses are individually assigned to each rider to ensure that riders of all ages and abilities are matched with a horse to suit their needs. Individual instruction is given to all riders prior to departure and throughout the ride.
Central Coast Reef & Game Fishing Terrigal TO FIND OUT MORE CLICK HERE
Operating from Terrigal, Central Coast Reef and Game Fishing Charters is owned & operated by Paul Minto & is based at The Haven, Terrigal. They operate a modern, fast vessel for:
Deep Sea Reef Fishing
Mixed Groups: $140 per person (Min 5, Max 10)
Larger Groups: $140 per person Max 12 persons.
Exclusive Boat Hire: $1,400 (No Min number, Max 10)
All bait and tackle supplied. You may bring your own if you wish.
Game Fishing - See website for costs
Kingfish Charters - See website for costs
Whale Watching - See website for costs
Avoca Picture Theatre
Meet new friends at FILM APPRECIATION GROUPS AT AVOCA THEATRE
Whether you come along as a regular or just want to join in when you’re free, you’ll be welcome at the Avoca Beach Picture Theatre Film Group. The group runs every Wednesday and Thursday, usually around 10am (check website for details). After viewing the movie, the group adjourns to the lawn with a complimentary cuppa and has an informal half hour discussion about the film. Over the years, many friendships have sprung from the meetings.
The film group has been co-ordinated by Copa resident, Elaine Norling since 2005.
At $12 a session, it’s a pretty cheap morning out and you’ll get to see films you might not have considered. All welcome.
http://www.avocabeachpicturetheatre.com.au/ – Then scroll down to Film Group
Copa Beach – How lucky are we!
If you are like myself and migrated up to beautiful Copa from Sydney, you will likely be in awe of the massive part of the beach that is leash free! What a refreshing change from dodging the rangers and fighting with the dog-haters that patrol those beaches!
I would like to remind dog owners to keep their eyes on their dogs and not on their phones though when out and about. Please pick up and properly dispose of your dog's droppings - keep the poo off the beaches, parks, pathways, bush and out of the waterways. There is NO DOG POO FAIRY who magically picks up poo if you don't. When you bag your dog's poo, please put the bag in a bin. Please don't throw it into the bush or the dunes (that's just disgusting). This is also the law. The little kid following along behind you on the beach does not need to step in dog poo!!
Sometimes dogs go off wandering without their owners too. If this happens to you get on Copa ChitChat Facebook Group and let everyone know, it has happened quite often and the runaways always get quickly re-united with their owners due to the lovely Copa community looking out for them.
Gosford has a Program Which is a Dog Lovers Dream!
If you’re a dog lover, but unfortunately can’t have a dog of your own… This is for you!
The Central Coast Animal Care Facility has a fantastic dog walking program. Allowing orphaned doggo’s to socialise with Coasties! Animal shelters can be a stressful environment, and the goal of this program is to minimise the stress these poor animals endure.
Volunteers are welcome to come by the facility 7 days a week from 6am-4:30pm, no bookings needed. Once a simple induction is complete (Induction days are Monday & Friday), you are free to roam the facility and spread as much love as possible! From sitting in the kennels having a cuddle, to going for a walk around the block, you can truly see the positive impact it has on the dog’s energy.
When: Induction days - Monday, and Friday’s.
Where: Central Coast Animal Care Facility – Gosford Pound. Pateman Rd, Erina