The Central Coast is renowned for its spectacular coastline, waterways and beaches. But head inland to the hills and valleys of the hinterland and you’ll discover rich pasturelands, regenerative farms, orange orchards, wildflower nurseries, pecan groves and alpacas. Wander away from the major roads and you’ll find equestrian centres and outdoor adventure activities, national parks and forests with hidden waterfalls, and Mangrove Creek Dam set in a catchment area of 101 sq. km of native bushland and streams.
In winter, the hinterland extends an open embrace to visitors for the Harvest Festival on the June long weekend (June 12–13). Follow the festival trail to visit farms, food hubs and lots of family fun. There are both free and ticketed activities on the program.
Show the kids where food comes from and how it is farmed at GRACE SPRINGS FARM
Join the farmer on a 90-minute tour of Grace Springs Farm where you can cuddle a chick, see the pigs being fed, moo at happy cows, help collect just-laid eggs, and see chemical-free farming in practice.
1128 George Downes Dr, Kulnura. Farm tours Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13: 9am–10.30am, 2.30pm–4pm.Monday, June 14: 9am–10.30am. Bookings essential gracespringsfarm.com.au/farmtours
Stop for a yarn in Yarramalong for coffee or lunch at ANGEL SUSSURRI… where ‘angels whisper’
Sit and relax in the country cafe, or pick up a pre-ordered picnic box to go. Stay a while at the Manor House in any of its six cosy boutique guestrooms. The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch (bookings essential). Mosey on down and find a posy or treasures in The Garden florist and gift shop, open 9am to 3pm.
1-4 Linga Longa Rd, Yarramalong. Open Friday, June 11 and Saturday, June 12, 9am–8pm, and Sunday, June 13, 9am–3pm. Bookings essential: angelsussurri.com or 02 4356 1066
Discover new flavours and winning wines at GLENWORTH VALLEY Grazing Food & Wine Festival
Glenworth Valley transforms into a food-lover’s paradise. There’s live music, boutique food and wine stalls, animals to pat, lead pony rides, markets and family fun.
Cooks Rd, Glenworth Valley. Open Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13, 11am–5pm. Bookings essential glenworth.com.au
Drop in for a taste temptation at the mountain’s premier restaurant at THE SPRINGS
Escape, indulge and unwind at The Springs at Peats Ridge. Enjoy the rural views on the 50-hectare property while sipping on cocktails made from local gin, and craft beers sourced from Central Coast brewers. The Sitting Duck restaurant showcases the ultimate farm-to-fork experience with locally sourced produce created by chef Dan Capper. This year, Dan is creating a retro-food tapas menu for the Harvest Festival, along with wood-fired pizzas.
1080 Peats Ridge Rd, Peats Ridge. Bookings essential 02 4373 1522 (ext 2) the-springs.com.au
Stroll the gardens on SOMERSBY GARDENS’ open day
Discover the picture-perfect wedding and function centre set amid 20 hectares of spectacular native bushlands and gardens.
380 Somersby Falls Rd, Somersby. Open Saturday, June 12and Sunday, June 13, 9.30am–3pm. No bookings required. Gold coin donation, with all proceeds to Somersby Rural Fire Service. somersbygardens.com.au
Take inspiration from the mountains to find your inner creative at ART IN THE GARDENS
Express yourself in a painting and drawing experience in a country garden in groups of six to 10, while you also enjoy a light lunch, tea and coffee.
1628 Wisemans Ferry Rd, Central Mangrove. Open Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13, 10am–1pm. Cost: $65 each (all materials included). Bookings essential: foodandfunoutdoors.com
Buy fresh local produce at the MOUNTAIN GROWERS MARKET
Grab yourself the freshest local produce on the Saturday and Sunday Mountain Growers Market. While you’re there, wander through The Barn to delight in its vintage wares and collectables. Rest a while on the veranda to enjoy a coffee in the cafe.
1109 Peats Ridge Rd, Peats Ridge. Open Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13, 8am–2pm. No bookings required.
See how Australia’s best fruit juices are grown, squeezed and bottled at EASTCOAST BEVERAGES
Ramble around the orchard and enjoy the live music, local food and market stalls, and plenty of entertainment for the kids. It’s a third-generation, family-owned affair.
993 George Downes Drive, Kulnura. eastcoastbeverages.com.au
Wander through a garden of Eden in the Central Coast’s unique PARADISE BOTANICAL GARDENS
Stroll the 20 hectares of gardens, woodlands, streams, waterlily ponds, quaint bridges and eccentric sculptures. Bring your own picnic hamper or try some of their farmhouse baked scones, local jams, tea or barista coffee. Check out the Springfield skin and hair care products sourced and inspired by the property, and see the beautiful wedding grounds.
147 Cherry Lane, Kulnura. Open Saturday, June 12 and Sunday, June 13 only; noon–2pm. No bookings required. paradisebotanicalgardens.com.au
Enjoy an intimate farm experience for adults and kids at FANELLI ORGANICS farm tour.
Get your hands dirty harvesting some fresh veggies, pick oranges from the orchard, help feed the farm animals, explore the tractor display and learn about organic farming practices from the farmer himself. Produce is available to purchase.
10 Pembertons Hill Rd, Mangrove Mountain. Hour-long tours at 10am, noon, 2pm and 4pm on Sunday, June 13 only. Bookings essential: fanelliorganics.com.au
For the complete list of participating venues, events,and for detailed information visitcentralcoast.nsw.gov.au/harvestfestival