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The Entrance

Go hiking, watch the daily pelican feeding, relax on white-sand beaches and head off on a fishing excursion at this coastal resort town.

Enjoy the great outdoors at The Entrance, a coastal town located at the point where Tuggerah Lake enters the Tasman Sea. Try fishing, learn how to surf and discover the beauty of the Wyrrabalong National Park, set on a peninsula between the lake and the sea.

Hang out on the beach, build sand castles and soak up the sun. Dine in restaurants overlooking the water or pack a picnic to eat in the park along the waterfront. On Saturdays, a craft market is held at the Waterfront Plaza, with vendors selling carved wood items, jewellery, handmade children’s quilts and clothing as well as souvenirs. On the first and third Saturday of every month, a farmers’ market stocked with local produce is held at Memorial Park.

Rent a canoe and paddle around Tuggerah Lake or lie back and relax on a catamaran. Fishing is a popular pastime on the lake, and whiting, flathead and bream are common catches. A 12-kilometre (7-mile) bike path surrounds the lakeside and picnic spots, parks and playgrounds can be found along the trail. Bring the kids to Vera's Water Garden and sit in the shade as they splash about among the child-friendly water sprays.

Hike along the coastal trail in the nearby Wyrrabalong National Park. Pause at Crackneck lookout and try to spot migrating humpback whales in the water below. The whales are most commonly sighted between May and August.

Observe the daily pelican feeding in Memorial Park and find out more about the colony of large birds who live on Tuggerah Lake. The tradition of feeding the pelicans began more than 20 years ago when a local fish and chip shop started throwing out their scraps.

The Entrance is a great place to unwind in nature. Visit the resort town year-round, using the beach and lake to cool off in the summer and exploring the national park in winter.

Top hotels in The Entrance

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Oaks The Entrance Waterfront Suites
Oaks The Entrance Waterfront Suites
4 out of 5
89 The Entrance Road, The Entrance, NSW
RM339
per night
7 Apr-8 Apr

Situated near the beach in The Entrance, this aparthotel is close to Pelican Plaza, Blue Bay Beach and Swadling Reserve. Local attractions also include Toowoon ...

4/5Very Good! (1,759 reviews)

"Location is excellent, pub next door has tasty reasonably priced meals and prompt service, dawn & sunrise beautiful, reasonably quiet, plenty of parking at the council carpark next door. The hotel needs a refurb, paint is tired, some lights not working, shower outdated etc."…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2020

Oaks The Entrance Waterfront Suites
Ocean Front at The Entrance
Ocean Front at The Entrance
4 out of 5
102 Ocean Parade, The Entrance, NSW
RM261
per night
7 Apr-8 Apr

With direct access to the beach, this The Entrance motel is on the boardwalk and within 1 mi (2 km) of Blue Bay Beach, Toowoon Bay Beach and Swadling Reserve. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (532 reviews)

"Great accomodation. Very clean and modern rooms. Next time I’ll book the spa room! Awesome Friendly staff too."…"

Reviewed on 2 Feb 2020

Ocean Front at The Entrance
Nesuto The Entrance Apartments
Nesuto The Entrance Apartments
3.5 out of 5
18 Coral Street, The Entrance, NSW
RM330
per night
3 May-4 May

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Pelican Plaza and Blue Bay Beach. Toowoon Bay Beach and Swadling Reserve are also ...

3.8/5Good! (987 reviews)

"Space and outlook very clean and great facilities ."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb 2020

Nesuto The Entrance Apartments

Popular things to do in The Entrance

Terrigal Beach
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Terrigal Beach

5/5(2 reviews)

From great surf to gorgeous views it’s no wonder this is one of the best-loved oceanfront spots on New South Wales’ Central Coast. 

Australian Reptile Park
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Australian Reptile Park

Spend the day roaming this leafy bushland zoo to hand feed kangaroos, spy Tasmanian devils and see a huge range of reptiles from Australia and beyond.