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Parklife Coffee at the Rotary Park Playground, Terrigal

September 1, 2018

We have news! Big news! Huge news! A kiosk has opened at the new Rotary Park in Terrigal!

The man behind this genius is local chef Pauly Mac, whose Fat Meringue food van frequents the Greedy Guts Food Markets and Avoca Beachside Markets.

Here’s why we’re excited:

  • The kiosk is located within the fenced area of the park! Yep, you read correctly: you don’t even have to leave the fenced area of the park to order your coffee! We don’t know any park anywhere that offers this awesomeness.
  • The playground is brand-spanking new (it opened at Christmas 2017) and has a range of equipment suitable for kids aged 0-10. (Scroll down for more details on the playground).
  • The kiosk has a mini toy library. Stop by to borrow spades, diggers, cars and other toys to play with in the park.
  • There’s no need to race for the sheltered tables: the kiosk has picnic blankets and cushions available, so you can take up a spot under the shade of the trees.
  • They do coffee! Need we say more? Check out details of the menu below.
  • They’ll deliver the food to your picnic rug and to your car! If you’ve ever been stuck with a bub asleep in the car you’ll know that this is pure genius. Likewise, if you’re en-route somewhere and hunger pangs, call ahead, place your order and have it delivered to your car window: now that’s awesome drive through.

The Parklife Pop-up Coffee Kiosk Menu

The menu will change each week, and they’re keeping it small, local and healthy. Kids can grab a snack pack of housemade hummus, carrot sticks, crackers and a free-rage boiled egg, or share in a big hearty bowl of goodness with you: brown rice, charred cauliflower and green pesto is on the menu this week.

Sweet stuff isn’t overlooked. This week’s cake is a flourless chocolate with lavender cream and the cookies are baked with kids in mind: they’re small and perfect for a treat – not the enormous sugary discs you find in many cafes that fill your kids for dinner and breakfast the next morning.

They’re grinding single origin “Amber Organic” coffee beans from Honduras and serving orange and apple juice from local greats East Coast Beverages.

How did this awesome idea come about?

In late January 2018 Paul visited Terrigal’s Rotary Park with his children and was disappointed to find that there was no coffee available. Sound familiar? Being a chef, Paul decided to change that. He approached the Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre, which sits on the same block as the park, and asked if he could turn their canteen space into a kiosk. They agreed and boom boom: hello Parklife!

Parklife Pop-up Coffee Kiosk

Hours: Monday-Friday 6am-2pm. Saturday and Sunday 8am-2pm.

Location: 11 Terrigal Drive, Terrigal.


The Rotary Park Playground, Terrigal

The absolute stand-out feature of this park is the gorgeous wooden pirate ship created by Andrew Smith Timber Creations in Somersby. This is a space for little pirates to take to the seas and for imaginations to run wild. The surrounding sandstone and wood is a great circuit for tots keen to work on their balance. 

They have two large play structures – one for young children and one for older kids. The toddler one has a steering wheel, rope climb and slippery dip.

The play frame for older kids has a bouldering wall, rope maze, timber-wall climb and slippery dip.

You shouldn’t have to queue too long for a swing as this park has a group swing, both standard and bucket seat swings and an “Expession Swing” – one of those face-to-face adult-child swings which, personally, we just love.

They also have an in-ground merry-go-round and flying fox.

Ages: The park is best suited to kids aged 1-10.

Fenced: 99% fully fenced! Bear with us as we explain. The park is fenced from the fire station all the way to the Marine Discovery Centre, which is awesome as it means the grassed area next to the park is also enclosed. The park is fully fenced along the road side, so you needn’t worry about kids with the road – top points there to Council. There is a gap in fencing behind the Marine Discovery Centre – we don’t think this will be a problem for most, but it’s good to know. We felt our kids were very safe in the space.

Shaded: No shade over the playground equipment sadly. There are some sheltered picnic tables and lots of trees to sit beneath near the Marine Centre.

Facilities: Sheltered picnic tables, 2 BBQs, public toilets.

Tips: There is no shade over the play equipment, so don’t forget your hats and sunscreen. It’s baking at midday in the heat of summer. Most of the ground cover is soft-play or grass, but there is some mulch (every parent hates mulch!).

Parking: Pull up right out the front on Terrigal Drive.

Location: 11 Terrigal Drive, Terrigal.

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