As we all flock to the best vantage points along our coastline to watch the humpback whales make their way up the coast, we are really watching ‘Big-winged New Englanders’ because, strangely, that’s what their scientific name, Megaptera novaeangliae, means. Humpback whales were named by early marine scientists in New England, in the US, who
With jaw-dropping scenery at almost every turn, it’s no wonder the Blue Mountains was declared a World Heritage Area in 2000. Its ancient landscape was formed some 300 million years ago and comprises more than 1 million hectares of eucalyptus-blanketed valleys, soaring sandstone cliffs, cascading waterfalls, dense forests and hidden canyons.
Megan Arkinstall and her family took a Volkswagen Tiguan for the easy two-hour road trip from the Coast to the historic Blue Mountains, soaking up its natural beauty by day and snuggling up by the fire at night –the perfect winter weekend.
The Central Coast is, quite rightly, best known for its stunning coastline and its relaxed beachside suburbs. But there is another world of lesser-known scenic and recreational enjoyments to be discovered in the region’s unspoiled hinterland. And the jewels hidden in the landscape are undoubtedly its wonderful waterfalls.
Maitland is the littlest Hunter Valley wine region that could. It has pockets of charm, history and a new generation of creative, arty types helping to make Maitland a destination. And for food and wine lovers? A vibrant scene awaits.
Here’s how to spend 36 hours in and around Maitland.
Who better to intimately know the very best of the Central Coast’s most secluded beaches than Reed Plummer the man who has spent the last six years visiting them in their many moods to photograph them from on high. Here are his favourite spots.
From bushland to turquoise sea
If you think camping is not quite for you: love the escapism and adventure of the outdoors but hate roughing it, then think glamping.
‘I would like to see the Central Coast established as the largest natural koala sanctuary in the world,’ Jake Cassar says. ‘We have all the right trees here to offer new homes to koalas from fire-ravaged areas.’