What to do in the Central Coast, NSW – part 3

Final coverage post for our trip in May to Central Coast – part 3!
Don’t forget to try the fish and chips in Nelson Bay, nothing quite like a seafood box from a sea town.


Also had a lovely pear desserts (did you know desserts spelled backwards is stressed?) cooked and prepared by Jess.
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Upon leaving our cottage on the last day we wrote in the guestbook to leave our mark and romance!
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Mandatory selfie before leaving.
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Other things we managed to slip into our trip were visiting the local national park in the area – a must do. We managed to find a waterfall at this one too.


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Jess getting excited to use her bubble gun.
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She’s got it out!
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Gan Gan hill look out!
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Back at home and repairing out skin with Jess’ recommendation for skin repair!
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Hope you enjoyed it and have an idea of what to do, I know we certainly did!

Nelson Bay (a trip back to the past)

Following my previous post on Nelson bay, I had mentioned that it wasn’t our first time there. It was back in 2011 when we had first met each other (this is a whole other story) and will just briefly cover what we got up to that time around compared to our most recent trip 5 years on!
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We stayed at Samurai Beach Resort which has sadly closed down since then. It was a beautiful place although I do remember it wasn’t as easy to find the rooms in the dark because of the lack of lights!


Here is Jess checking some of the local attractions and finding out information on where we should go!

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Not sure what I was doing here but the room was beautiful and came with our own bathroom also unlike some places which may have a shared bathroom.
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Sand dunes and boarding seemed like the thing to do when you’re up in Nelson Bay!


The difference with this trip is that we got to meet the camels! (although we didn’t ride them).


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What else can you do at Nelson Bay if you’re only there for a night?


What can you possibly be looking for Jess?
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Ah hah! No trip is complete without a good Baskin & Robins ice cream!
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Another view of Jess at the bottom of the dunes, so cool!
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We also had a Domino’s pizza on the way back which was so delicious and ever stuck in our memories that Jess was so full she slept on the way back to Sydney!


A great escape for any couple, both short and long! We willy likely visit again one day!
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What to do in the Central Coast, NSW – part 2

Next up, we packed our bags and headed to Peats Ridge about 30-45 minutes from Nelson Bay Sydney bound direction.
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We rented a beautiful secluded little cottage in a farming area.


The best thing was, there were horses and even farm animals just right next to us!
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It’s worthwhile going to Coles or Woolies before you embark on the journey as Peats Ridge is quite in the middle of no where!
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Preparation for our meals.


We cooked burgers together! Its actually very satisfying cooking by yourself.
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No animals were harmed in the making and cooking of our meals above and future displayed ones 🙂


Another great thing to do is abseiling!


They had some really good instructors and overall very well worth the experience!


After that we cooked another delicious dinner served by none other than the Masterchef Jess!


Always be prepared with a nice wine to supplement your dinner.
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Will finish off with part 3 shortly!
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What to do in the Central Coast, NSW – part 1

In May of this year, Jess visited Sydney again and we decided we’d have a trip to the central coast of NSW. It was our first “wild” adventure where we would stay away from suburbia and have a little time away from the busy-ness of Sydney. Where did we decide to go? Central Coast of course!

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We first went to Nelson Bay to catch some sunshine and a bit of the ocean and stayed at a house hosted in Nelson Bay. It was a nice cosy place right next to the beach!


Highly recommended the host Trisha as she was very helpful and friendly, here is Jess taking a mandatory selfie of herself 🙂

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Now us together after a good night’s sleep.
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Next up we went to the sand dunes via the tour buses for some sand boarding!  They have various levels of difficulty (which was pretty much different sand dune starting heights). I felt it was quite slow on the non-steep ones and wasn’t really worth the effort walking up unless you went to the steep ones!

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Keep your hands out to balance on your way down!

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Next up, we took the bus back to Nelson Bay then went for a boat trip for dolphin watching!

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Don’t forget your sunscreen!

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They also had a boom net which I managed to convince Jess to go on. Surprisingly there were no dolphins that came to that side because of the sun being on the other! Shame.

All suited up to go now 🙂
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Funny thing was, once Jess got off the boat and into the boom net everyone started wanting to go in! I took the role of photographer!

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Best thing was, we actually did see dolphins and a beautiful view this time (one of our first trips out of Sydney was to Nelson Bay but unfortunately no dolphins that time).

 

Newcastle Cathedral Church

It seemed when Jess was in Sydney, we often went up to Newcastle now and then whether it was a surprise, random trip, buying items, selling items or even to visit somewhere. Well regardless we came across a random church (it was random to us) which turned out to be quite an attraction after reading online.

 

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