From Easter to school holidays and Anzac Day to lovely autumn days, April is a wonderful time to be on the Coast.
Here are some of the most exciting, fun and tasty things on offer across the Coast this April.
One of the most sought-after new dining venues to open on the Coast is finally due to fling open its doors in early April.
The team behind Mr Goaty Gelato will officially open Bar Botanica, the Coast’s first gin and gelato bar, in the lush garden grounds of Distillery Botanica at Erina on April 3.
It has been a huge undertaking transforming part of the Fragrant Garden, where the distillery is located, into a stylish new cafe and bar, so for the first few weeks the team will be offering freshly-roasted coffee, house-made cakes and their award-winning goat’s milk gelato.
More food and drinks will be on offer in the ensuing weeks.
Bar Botanica opening
Wednesday April 3: 9am-3pm
Distillery Botanica, Erina
Cost of food and drink
Here’s the big scoop for April, Helado at Ettalong is turning two and to celebrate they’re offering $2 gelato scoops on their birthday. Hip, hip hooray!
There will also be mini sundae deals and homemade waffles to sweeten the party, and free face painting to amp up the fun.
Because it’s an espresso AND gelato bar, there will also be coffee galore including filter tastings.
Or for the ultimate combination of both, it’s hard to go past the El Escobar – a coffee based sundae with a shot of Pablo and Rusty’s espresso and homemade mocha sauce.
Now that they’re two, Helado is launching an exciting new menu which will see loaded jacket potatoes, burritos and some vegan dishes added to the line up.
Helado 2nd birthday party
Saturday April 6: 2pm-5pm, with $2 gelato scoops on offer between 2pm-3pm
Helado café, Ettalong
FREE tastings + $2 ice cream scoops
Surrounded by pristine nature, it’s hard not to live well on the beautiful Central Coast.
The Central Coast’s very first Live Well event is a celebration of health, happiness and all the wonderful wellness that comes with our laidback coastal lifestyle.
Held on World Health Day – April 7 – the program boasts workshops on healthy living, nutrition, meditation, spiritual health and fitness, as well as the chance to try something new such as power ballad pilates (it’s a thing) or kids yoga, across several areas including EAT, MOVE, THINK & EARTH.
The EARTH hub brings together practitioners, products, providers and produce such as Nurtured Earth Organics, Sea Shepherd, Superseed Hemp Foods, Eco Pirates and Slammin Shampoo Bars, all with the aim of helping locals find new ways to love the earth and be kinder to the environment.
The free event – a collaboration between Fixx Events, who put on the fabulous Avoca Beachside Markets, and Central Coast Council – is all about learning how to eat well, relax well, be well and Live Well.
Sunday April 7: 10am-4pm
Along the Gosford Waterfront
TreeTops has netted the Central Coast an exciting Australian-first suspended park which opened just in time for the April school holidays.
TreeTop NetWorld, which officially opened on World Health Day (April 7), is literally a world of nets among the tree tops at the Ourimbah State Forest.
The high-flying fun takes place five metres off the ground including seven netted “rooms” – Chaos Crossing is the biggest at 180 square metres – five tree houses, 14 bridges and one climbing cage.
The network of netted-trampolines, ball pits and walkways took nine people more than 2200 hours of hand-sewing to construct. All up, 3450sqm of nets were used to build the gigantic tree top playground.
NetWorld is the latest zany addition to TreeTops Central Coast which also boasts vertical challenges, a rollercoaster zipline and an adventure park.
Open seven days
TreeTops, Ourimbah State Forest
$18 for a two-hour session for all ages from 1+
One of the newer markets to launch on the Coast, Handmade on The Coast offers creative Coasties the chance to spruik their handmade wares by the water at Woy Woy.
Held on the second Saturday of each month at Woy Woy Wharf Park, these markets are dedicated to products that have been handmade, designed, cooked or created by a Central Coast local.
It’s a great way to support budding small businesses while also picking up something special and truly one-of-a-kind.
We’re talking everything from cruelty-free creams to abstract art, handcrafted jewellery, gluten-free treats and eco homewares.
Handmade on the Coast
Saturday April 13: 9am-2pm
Woy Woy Wharf
Film buffs rejoice – Body Movement at Kincumber is set to transform into a pop-up wine bar and cinema for one night only on April 13.
And it’s no ordinary flick. Award-winning documentary, Waiting – The Van Duren story, which recently took out the Indie Memphis Film Festival, is screening, and the man, Van, himself, will be there, along with the Aussie filmmakers.
If you haven’t heard of Van Duren, don’t feel out of the loop, that’s the premise of the doco.
When Greg Carey and Wade Jackson stumbled upon the mysterious musician’s lost album, they couldn’t understand why the man who caught the attention of the Rolling Stones’ manager and was tipped to be the next Paul McCartney faded into obscurity.
Waiting – the Van Duren Story is a love letter to the artist that could have helped to define a generation.
There will also be a wine bar brought to you by High Tide Bar Co, Mr Goaty’s gelato and a DJ spinning vinyl so you can make a night of it.
High Tide Pop Up Cinema
Saturday April 13: 530pm–11.45 pm
Body Movement, Kincumber
$25 + BF – book online.
Mini masterchefs can get their cook on these school holidays with Pinocchios hosting cooking classes for kids aged 5-13.
Pizza is on the menu, with kids learning how to mix ingredients, roll their own dough and choose their own toppings for a savoury and a dessert pizza.
Then for the best part – after they’ve learned how to make pizza, they can gobble it all up.
Mums and dads are welcome to stay and watch and won’t go hungry or thirsty with vino and grazing platters on offer.
All participants receive a ‘take-home’ dough jar and recipes so they can show off their new pizzaiola skills at home.
Pizza cooking classes
Tuesday April 16, Wednesday April 17 and Wednesday April 24: 1130am
Pinocchios Wine & Pizza Bar, Gosford
$35 + an extra $10 for parents to enjoy a glass of wine and grazing platter while they wait – book online.
With so many holidaymakers flocking to the Coast for Easter, bars like Margarita Daze will be open all long weekend.
For Easter by the beach, hop into the chic Hamptons-style bar and restaurant for Easter-themed cocktails and scrumptious seafood by the sea from Good Friday right through to Easter Monday.
Indulge in the ultimate seafood feast on Good Friday with oysters, fish’n’chips, chilli crab, fried calamari and barbecued prawns on the menu, or enjoy a family lunch with a view on Easter Sunday, while someone else does the cooking and cleaning.
The venue is located smack bang on Umina’s Ocean Beach with views out to Lion Island and beyond so it’s the perfect place to hop onto a bar stool and enjoy a sundowner or two.
There will be good tunes accompanying the good vibes with live music from 6pm-9pm on Easter Saturday and 2pm-5pm on Easter Sunday.
Easter by the beach
Friday April 19-Monday April 22
Margarita Daze, Umina Beach
Cost of food and drink
On the third Sunday of the month, the Peninsula Recreation Precinct at Umina Beach is the place to be with the increasingly popular Umina Beach Markets rolling into town.
With many of the event’s 90 stalls offering plant-based options, it’s the Coast’s premier vegan-friendly market.
Buying local is something Coasties embrace and these markets offer punters the chance to support their neighbours while doing some shopping by the sea.
Stalls offer everything from art with a message about animal conservation to homegrown herbs and small-batch soap.
Grab a coffee in a keep cup, sip some Somersby OJ, takeaway a vegan cupcake or two, and try a resihi latte.
Avoid the parking craziness with a free shuttle bus from Woy Woy or Ettalong Wharfs or Ettalong Diggers.
Umina Beach Markets
Sunday April 21: 9am-2pm
Peninsula Recreation Precinct, Umina Beach
There will be a full day of racing, live music on the lawn and free kids entertainment – giddy up!
To commemorate the day, the first 500 people through the gates will receive a complimentary rosemary buttonhole and in the spirit of the ANZACS, there will be a gregarious crowd playing two-up in the courtyard.
Leave the car at home and take advantage of a free shuttle bus from Gosford Train Station (Stand 6) between 10.30am and 5.30pm.
ANZAC Day races
Thursday April 25: 11am-5pm
The Entertainment Grounds, Gosford
$20 for adults, $10 concession + FREE for children under-17 (accompanied by an adult) and current/ex-service men and women. Buy online now or at the gate.
One of the most popular monthly events on the Central Coast is the Avoca Beachside Markets.
Held on the fourth Sunday of the month, the cult market day sees more than 120 stalls pop-up on the grass alongside pretty Avoca Lake.
A hub of coastal creativity, emerging and established artists and artisans offer all manner of up-cycled, recycled, pre-loved, vintage and bespoke one-of-a-kind treasures from handmade soap to beautiful baby clothes, original artworks and coastal chic homewares.
The markets have a green heart with many vendors focussing on renewable and eco goods and a reusable Boomerang Bag available to steer shoppers away from single use plastic.
A live stage has been a breeding ground for some of the Coast’s most talented musical exports including The Voice contestants Ellie Drennan and Nathan Hawes who got their start busking regularly at the markets.
It’s always a busy day in the small coastal town so spare yourself parking pain and take advantage of a free shuttle bus which runs every 15 minutes from Avoca Hotel just down the road.
Sunday April 28: 9am to 2pm
Heazlett Park Foreshore, Avoca Beach
For some ‘zooper’ school holiday fun, The Australian Reptile Park is launching a ‘Zooperheroes’ program which will see the Coastie institution become the first zoo in Australia to feature a Superhero Stunt Show.
Forget Wolverine, the echidna’s spikes are a real super power, Elvis the Crocodile is set to become a reptilian Hulk, the Funnel Web Spider will take on Spider-Man and The Platypus is set to make a splash as Aquaman.
The two-week program will educate guests on what each of the animals’ special capabilities are, while a daily interactive Superhero Stunt show will feature popular superhero characters showing off their super powers.
For any tiny tots who want to practise their own stunts and super powers, there will be a jumping castle.
Capes, which can be purchased at the gift shop, are expected to fly off the shelves.
April school holidays (April 15-28): 9am-5pm
The Australian Reptile Park, Somersby
Family pass $105
Calling all digital nomads, creative Coasties, budding entrepreneurs and small business owners! There’s a chic, new co-working space in town.
With oodles of space, stylish interiors and sweet little touches, Studio Shed, which opened at Kincumber last month, has been designed for co-working, workshops, launches and events.
It’s all about getting creative, collaborating and connecting with like-minded people.
During April, the super stylish space is offering a launch special of $200 for the whole month including two days a week between Monday and Thursday. That’s only $25 a day!
Studio Shed launch
Two days a week Monday-Thursday in April
Unit 2, 17 Kerta Rd, Kincumber
$200/month April special – book at email@example.com