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You’ve just stepped out of a mind-blowing yoga class and grabbed a Blue Moon smoothie. You stroll down High Street’s Insta-famous shops passing cafés filled with people chatting over their morning breakfast. The shop windows are a showreel of unique art, design, fashion and antiques curated by local makers, creators and collectors. You meet hubby down by the Jetty with the kids ready to cycle along the Coastal walkway. You’re feeling inspired by this getaway, which you seem to slot into so naturally.
The lakeside town of Long Jetty has experienced a cultural rebirth in recent years and is affectionately known as the Newtown of the Central Coast. The Long Jetty town has been revived by a group of passionate entrepreneurs with hip cafes, vintage and modern boutiques, and is home to some very talented creatives.
It is a mix of lakeside residential streets branching off to the foreshore, alongside its main street featuring a collection of boutique shops, contemporary gallery spaces, modern cafes and gig spaces, one old school pub, one WWII cinema, vintage op shops and quirky businesses found nowhere else in the region. It also has three jetties that inspired its namesake - Parry’s Jetty, Watkin’s Jetty and The Long Jetty.
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Start on High Street with deliciously fresh local food at Modern Organics – a popular yoga studio and café to immediately destress at the start of your holiday. There’s something truly special about sharing this space with its community when you arrive.
Long Jetty shops are full of bespoke handmade items – it is a dream for fans of vintage and coastal style! Great shops to visit include Sorry Grandma, Tiki La La, and Webster’s for superb vintage, Shadow Bang Apothecary for dried flowers and homewares, The Sound Exchange for its epic vinyl collection, Tiny Folk Co and Buckle My Shoe for fashionable kids, Mowgli Studio for indoor plant heaven and community store Blank Canvas. Plain Janes, run by sisters Amelia and April, sell popular labels like Nude Lucy, Assembly Label and Levis alongside their curated collection of shades, flowers and ceramics.
Explore the Grant Malony Gallery, part of the Lucky Surf & Supply Store. This unique spot is part surf shop, part workspace and part café (they do bottomless batch!). Not only can you spot Malony’s whale motifs across the Coast, but you can also catch his nature-inspired work in progress at this studio.
Sips, snacks and selfies must be had at The Savoy, a 1950s retro theatre. After a seriously chic makeover, it stands today as a trendy bar and restaurant that still screens films in its historic cinema space.
Private group experiences are also available, complete with your own designated waiter!
Experience international eats with a visit to Bali or Hawaii at Bowlarama, serving plant-based smoothies and bowls reminiscent of what you’d enjoy on a tropical island paradise.
Venture to Japan with Yasaka Japanese Dining, or try Kaino’s Seafood and Burgers, serving homemade lunches with a middle eastern influence.
Wrap up your tastebud tour in Mexico via Hernando’s Hideaway (a favourite with the locals) or for a spicy alternative, pop into Jolly Good Indian Restaurant, a long-standing local takeaway headed up by restauranteurs Raj and Raki.
A beautiful span of green space lines the eastern foreshore of Tuggerah Lake. Long Jetty Foreshore Reserve features a shared pathway designed for strolling, cycling, skating or jogging, and hosts the Shelly Beach Markets on the last Saturday of the month.
The best way to explore on foot is by following the signposted scenic trail from lakeside Long Jetty to seaside Toowoon Bay.
The Coast to Lake Walk is an easy, self-guided route connecting you to local attractions, landmarks, and public amenities around The Entrance and Long Jetty peninsula, covering 7.6 kilometers.
Not much of a walker? Explore the shared pathway on two wheels with Boomerang Bike Hire located at The Entrance Visitor Information Centre.
In addition to capturing a sunset shot at The Long Jetty, a colourful photograph of yourself at one of Thompson Street’s famous painted wall murals is an essential part of the Long Jetty experience. The vibrant ‘Welcome to Long Jetty’ mural is extremely Insta-worthy, collectively created by artists Dan Coy, Brent Smith and Nathan Pickering.
Long Jetty’s central location grants it a long list of nearby hot spots. Visit The Entrance and follow the scenic boardwalk along the coastline. Terrigal is a short drive away, a popular spot for beachside brunch, bars and boutiques. Bateau Bay is where professional renovators Kyal and Kara call home.
There’s also surfer’s haven Shelly Beach, and popular foodie stop and SUP paradise Toowoon Bay. Within minutes you can also reach Wyrrabalong National Park and climb to Crackneck Point lookout, or walk the Lillypilly or Redgum loop trails for a selfie panorama where lake greets ocean.
Quintessential Central Coast lifestyle – picturesque surf beaches and lake, national parks, art and fashion, bakeries and bars, cafés and culture.
The town centre, a stretch along The Entrance Road, is a showreel of unique art, design, and fashion curated by local makers and creators. An entrepreneurial hub backed by a community of business owners that transpire creativity.
Long Jetty is a collection of boutique shops, contemporary gallery spaces, modern cafes and gig spaces, one old school pub, one WWII cinema, vintage op shops, and other quirky businesses. It also has the longest Jetty that inspired its namesake.
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