The Central Coast, nestled between Sydney and the Hunter Valley, offers eye-catching natural beauty, unique Australian attractions and an unrivalled array of accommodation, shopping and dining options.
New experiences to the region include the Bear Grylls Survival Academy and TreeTops Crazy Rider. While the accommodation offerings include a refreshed Crowne Plaza Terrigal, Pullman Magenta Shores and the new ibis Styles The Entrance.
WHAT’S NEW ON THE NSW CENTRAL COAST
Australian Reptile Park: New Animals
New critically endangered species on display at the Park coming this month, June 2015, include the Fijian Crested Iguana, a large stocky bright green lizard with three narrow white bands and distinct crested spines that run across Is back. Fijian Crested Iguana will be introduced to the Lost World of Reptiles becoming an ambassador for the species.
The Eastern Quoll, is another threatened species arriving at Australian Reptile Park in June 2015. This species can no longer be found on the Australian mainland, and only remains in Tasmania found amongst rainforest, heathland, alpine areas and scrub. This unique species will be viewable at the Reptile Park’s Nocturnal House.
Dingo Puppies are going to be on-show at the Australian Reptile Park until October 2015 where guests can have the opportunity for photos and meet and greet with the puppies and parents. With a dingo breeding cycle generally expected to yield two or three pups, Adina and Fred exceeded expectations by producing five healthy pups.
Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures: Bear Grylls Survival Academy
Glenworth Valley is the only location in Australia to feature the Bear Grylls Survival Academy, selected for its pristine landscape in 3,000 acres of unspoilt wilderness.
During the Survival Academy you will learn basic survival skills including the priorities of survival, fire starting, water purification, navigating without a compass and you’ll also have the chance of trying some “interesting” food. It wouldn’t be Bear Grylls without some adventure thrown in! During the Bear Grylls Experience, you’ll abseil down a 15m cliff, squeeze through a rock crevasse and pull yourself up steep gullies, all while traversing through the natural rainforest.
Overnight options are also available where you will learn to build your own sleeping shelter.
The Academy gives people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to learn some basic survival skills while having a great adventure in the Australian bush.
The Bear Grylls Experience is suitable for people 9+ with a reasonable level of fitness, is fully guided and all necessary equipment is provided.
TreeTops: TreeTop Crazy Rider
On Sunday, November 16. 2014 the first crazy rollercoaster zip line was launched on the Central Coast and at a staggering one kilometre long, it’s triple the length of any existing tree-based ride in the world.
The new rollercoaster is a stunning ‘WOW’ concept in adventure which gives people a ride of their life combining the suspense and thrill of a rollercoaster with the amazing flying sensations of a zip line.
Called the TreeTop Crazy Rider, it’s the next generation in zip lining and a five minute fast and furious experience that breaks new ground in having outrageous and unexpected fun. After takeoff, riders dart through the trees traversing 40 slaloms and three 360 degree exciting loops while suspended up to 18 metres (six storeys) above ground. It’s the first in the world using new high wire technology created by Australian innovators Sandrine Gaymard and Fred Galimard from TreeTops.
“We’ve worked hard to make the experience longer, scarier and to get people really excited,” Ms Gaymard said. “The result is amazing. It’s a twisty, curly, thrilling ride in the tree tops and we’re proud to offer something truly unique and ground breaking to Australian ace-Tourism.”
Glenworth Valley Function & Events Centre
Glenworth Valley is already regarded as Australia’s leading outdoor activity centre, famous for horse riding, quad biking, kayaking, laser skirmish, abseiling and bushwalking. Set on 3,000 acres of unspoilt wilderness and just one hour north of Sydney’s CBD, Glenworth Valley is fast becoming one of greater-Sydney’s most popular camping sites, with the riverfront sites proving popular with locals and tourists alike. The bushland setting, combined with rainforest, dramatic cliff faces and Popran Creek make Glenworth Valley popular for corporate functions, team building sessions and to the inbound incentive market, particularly from China.
In Glenworth’s next exciting chapter, construction of a Functions & Events Centre has just commenced. The all-weather state of the art facility will seat up to 420 delegates, with full kitchen providing Cafe and restaurant facilities. It will also feature showers for campers and a check in area for outdoor activities. The centre will help Glenworth Valley attract weddings, conferences and team building groups.
Crowne Plaza Terrigal: New Look Crowne Plaza Terrigal
In celebration of Crowne Plaza Terrigal’s 25th anniversary, the hotel’s exterior is sporting a new look.
In keeping with the warm and welcoming atmosphere for which Crowne Plaza Terrigal is renowned, repainting works have been completed to enhance the hotel’s refined, sleek and contemporary features.
In addition to complimenting the hotel’s existing architecture, the new colour palette has been carefully selected to refresh this much beloved local icon and compliment its stunning and tranquil beachside surrounds.
ibis Styles The Entrance: Brand New Hotel for the Central Coast
Opened November 2014, the 52 room ibis Styles The Entrance overlooks Tuggerah Lakes and is approximately 2 minutes from the beautiful beaches nearby.
The hotel has access to all the facilities of the entertainment club, diggers © the entrance, which features dining, a play centre for children and a world class gym.
Perfect for business and leisure travellers the hotel offers Standard and Superior King and Queen Rooms along with King Sofa options.
Pullman Magenta Shores Resort: Pullman arrives on the Central Coast
Pullman Hotels and Resort’s strong presence in the five-star sector expanded in May 2014 to include Magenta Shores, previously a Quay West property.
Located only 90 minutes drive north of Sydney and nestled between the pristine waters of Tuggerah Lake and the Pacific Ocean, Magenta Shores is the first Pullman on NSW’s Central Coast.
In becoming the latest hotel to join the ever increasing Pullman network in Australia, Magenta Shores has completed a refurbishment of its 59 guest rooms and villas to be in line with global Pullman standards and refresh of the resort’s bar and restaurant.