From Friday 15 May some of the COVID-19 restrictions will be eased in New South Wales to allow up to 10 people to catch up in an outdoor area. You’re still required to social distance – even from your friends/family (so no hugging just yet) – but from Friday onwards you’ll be able to picnic together, to take a walk, to play at a playground and to find a space on the beach and play in the sand.

We’ve compiled this list of 10 outdoor activities families across the Central Coast will be able to enjoy together.

Be safe. Be sensible. And enjoy! 

Picnic at Avoca Lake

Pack a picnic and enjoy the sunshine at Avoca Lake. If the kids are game they could even have a dip. The Heazlett playground is just nearby too. Aquafun is closed until Spring, but return again then as their pedalboats, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards keep kids entertained for hours.

Swim, play and cycle at the Peninsula Recreation Precinct in Umina

Know that breakfast in bed just won’t happen with your energetic rug-rats? Head for Umina for a dip in the ocean prior to a take away coffee from Jasmine Greens Café (phone 4344 5398). Throw in the scooters and bikes and follow breakie with a family ride around the Peninsula Recreation Precinct. Check out our review of the Precinct here.

Go fishing at Woy Woy 

Throw out a line and catch your lunch off the wharf at Woy Woy’s Lions Park (the end of North Burge Road). The resident pelicans will love catching your off-cuts, the kids will love the playground and you can enjoy a quiet – and uninterrupted (oh so rare!) – chat with your hubby.

Have a BBQ at Long Jetty’s Saltwater Park

Let someone else take over the tongs and enjoy a BBQ at Long Jetty’s Saltwater Creek Reserve (Cnr Central Coast Highway and Tuggerah Parade). The fully fenced Liberty Park is great for tiny tots, older kids will love getting air off the jumps at the dirt bike track and there’s plenty of green space for a game of cricket or butterfly chasing.

Enjoy Bombini’s woodfired pizza at Avoca Beach

Allow Bombini chef Cameron Cansdell to take over the dinner prep and order some take out woodfired pizze. The meat and mushroom pizzas get our tick (call 4381 1436). They do Nutella and hazelnut pizzas too – go on, you deserve it. Take it to Avoca Beach and watch the sunset.  

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Go for a Rockpool Ramble at Norah Head 

Take the kids for a rockpool ramble, wander the grounds around the Norah Head lighthouse and grab a yummy take away brunch from The General Store and picnic on the surrounding grass.   

Enjoy your park and coffee too at Parklife

Get to Parklife at Terrigal for duck spotting, playground playing and yummy food noshing thanks to Pauly Mac. 

Head to Wyee Point Reserve for sunshine and space

With two play areas, a bike path and loads of grass – the Wyee Point Reserve is picnic perfection. 

Ice-cream and wanderings on Ettalong Foreshore

Ettalong Foreshore has it all – a gentle beach, a cycle path, two playgrounds, AND just down the road, Helado: an ice cream parlour that recreates childhood sundae dreams.    

Explore Kincumba Mountain

Kincumba Mountain is a fabulous place to explore. There’s ample grass spaces for kids to kick a ball or play tip, as well as Honeman’s Rock (aka Honeyman’s Rock) – a large 60m-long and 30m-wide rocky outcrop that just begs exploration. Plus there’s multiple bushwalks. 

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