As winter comes to an end in the next couple of months, travelers will start to seek warmer places to spend their holidays. One of these warm places is a small coastal town tucked away on the New South Wales Central Coast, The Entrance. The town itself is so close to both Newcastle and Sydney that it has been a mecca for tourists since the 1800s.
As well as providing pristine beaches and a great relaxed atmosphere, there is also a lot of history to learn.
History has it that the Governor of Tasmania, Colonel D. Collins discovered the town in 1796 after arriving on the First Fleet. Collins was searching for an escaped convict believed to be living amongst the Aborigines in the area. The town was subsequently occupied in 1828 by Henry Holden.
One of the most popular attractions in town is the pelican feeding every afternoon. This had its origins about 20 years ago when local fish shops would feed the scraps to the pelicans every afternoon. This resulted in dozens of pelicans lining up around 3.30pm waiting to be hand fed by volunteers attracting hundreds of tourists daily.
The pelicans are not the only ones to get fresh fish. For those seafood lovers like myself, you do not have to venture too far to get a feed of fresh fish and chips.
If seafood is not your thing, don’t despair, every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month, The Entrance Farmers Markets are an excellent place to obtain your fresh produce, arts and crafts.
At the end of the day, you can catch one of the magnificent sunsets you will ever experience by the boardwalk.
Welcome sign overlooking the beach
Hungry pelicans waiting for their daily feed
Sunset by the boardwalk
Words and images by Jose Alonso