The Active Mum
With boundless energy and a can-do attitude, active mums thrive on micro adventures, and the Central Coast is jam-packed with them. Join Mum for a post-dawn hike through Bouddi National Park, home to one of the most beautiful trails – dare we say on the entire East Coast of Australia – from Putty Beach to Maitland Bay (three kilometres one way). Stopping midway to watch the sun rise over the ocean is the perfect excuse to admire the view(and catch your breath if Mum’s outpacing you). Down in the bay, enjoy a swim and DIY breakfast picnic. Another top activity for active mums is a guided kayak eco-tour with Aquafun Avoca Lake, where you can get to know this popular lagoon beyond its shoreline. By the time lunch rolls around, you’ll be famished so cross the road to corner-store cafe Like Minds Avoca for a healthy(ish) feed.
The Earth Mum
Whether she’s a devout Take 3 for the Sea follower or is rocking original Levi overalls, “Earthy Mum” is happiest when she’s chilled-out, in nature, and with a Masala chai in her reusable coffee cup. Start her day with a unique breakfast with an alpaca experience at Iris Lodge Alpacas, Jilliby. She’ll get to hand feed the alpacas before enjoying her own brekky in their company and she won’t forget that in a hurry. If Mum’s craving chilled-out indoor time, pop into slowwell.co, a beautiful space in Ettalong that’s dedicated to filter coffee. While you wait for a cup, peruse the wellness-themed store, with its curated selection of books and homewares. They also run self-awareness workshops if Mum’s on an inward journey or searching for fresh inspiration.
The Beach Mum
She goes to bed with salty hair and has a perpetual sun-kissed look – and “Beach Mum” wouldn’t have it any other way. When it comes to being spoilt, she’s pretty happy when a buddy can join her for a sea-and-sand sojourn. Start with an ocean swim (or laps in an ocean pool) before heading to surf shop/cafe Ocean Haus in Terrigal to buy a new wetsuit and enjoy an acai breakfast bowl. While you’re filling your bellies, check the surf report so you can whisk her to the best beach for a surf or stand-up paddleboard (she’ll likely own a board already). Lunch should be a casual affair and there’s no better place than the new and hip Shady Palms at Avoca. The laissez-faire vibe and unpretentious menu make it a winner. If Mum loves heading out to sea, sign her up for an outing with Terrigal Ocean Tours. Keep an eye out for dolphins and seabirds on the tours from Hardys Bay or, in the coming months, for humpback whales on a whale-watching tour from Terrigal – just don’t forget your spray jackets. For night-time fun, Mum will love the new Terrigal Beach House with its Adirondack chairs and seafood platters, as well as one of the Coast’s newest bars – the funky safari-themed Lyons Den in Gosford. Ask for a Simba’s Wake Up Call cocktail with cocoa-infused tequila, cold brew and chilli agave ($18).
The Connoisseur Mum
Whether she loves the arts, wine or food – or something different entirely – the best way to fill a Connoisseur Mum’s cup is to treat her to new experiences. One of our favourites, and still relatively undiscovered, is a visit to Broken Bay Pearl Farm at Mooney Mooney, where she’ll learn how pearls are grown and graded. If Mum prefers the creative over the culinary, take her to Exhale Art & Wellness Studio in Long Jetty. This lovely, light-filled space is all about embracing your inner Monet, with art classes, paint and sip (wine, that is) sessions, and exhibitions. The eclectic neighbourhood of Long Jetty is also home to Rowsie Lane, self-described as a “floral fun house” with pretty posies and wreaths. Pick up something special for Mum to take home.
The Glamour Mum
Always the belle of a dinner party, “Glamour Mums” have us “oohing” over their on-trend attire and latest holiday escapades. That’s why the best way to a glamour mum’s heart is through a little pampering – let’s face it, when doesn’t Mum deserve to be pampered? A top spot to start is Bell’s Day Spa at Killcare, where you can book her in for a mud wrap, exfoliation or massage. Continue the theme at the freshly renovated Allure the Salon, Terrigal, where Mum can enjoy a “hair facial”, including a scalp massage. Glamour Mums also appreciate a spot of shopping, and you’ll find beautiful, feminine collections at La Boheme (Scenic Highway, Terrigal) and Antigua Collective.
When she’s looking and feeling her best, arrange a meet-up with her besties at Holgate’s Firescreek botanical winery for a chocolate and wine pairing – she won’t want to leave, and who can blame her? That is until you tell her she’ll be spending the night at one of the Coast’s newest (and trendiest) holiday properties, Waters Edge at Forresters. With views to impress, a stay at this beachfront locale will score you plenty of brownie points.
WORDS JENNIFER ENNION