SUMMER 23/24

The Central Coast is teeming with so many places to see and restaurants to try that the northern end of this beautiful region can tend to be a little overlooked unless you’re a local in-the-know. Luckily, areas like Wyong and Toukley are booming with new, entrepreneurial cafés, restaurants and bakeries just waiting for you to take a bite.


Their ginormous, fluffy doughnuts are ‘blowing up’ on Instagram, but the story behind their beginnings makes this sweet treat all the more tasty. Emma Peat, the creator of these delicious treats and owner of Daily Dough Co, was working four jobs when Covid hit and, like so many others, was left unemployed. It was thanks to this turn of fate that Emma decided to get
back to her first love, baking, and began selling her delightful doughnuts from home. When the overload of orders became too big for her tiny kitchen, she knew it was time to take it to
the next level. By July, Emma was able to open her very own doughnut shop, Daily Dough Co, in Wyong, and since then, her doughnuts have absolutely taken off. Pop on in and enjoy a delicious crème brûlée doughnut and a coffee …but be warned, they sell fast!

Wyong Milk Factory, 141 Alison Road, Wyong

If just a coffee isn’t enough, and you’re looking for more than lunch, Fade Nation in Toukley provides just that. It’s a barber shop that doubles as a café specialising in smoothies, fresh juices and coffee that you can sip while getting a fresh new do. And when you’re done, be sure to browse their collection of Fade Nation apparel before you go.

309 Main Road,Toukley

Alyssa Walker is another business owner who was able to realise her dream in the wake of Covid. After five years of working in hospitality, Alyssa found a run-down corner shop in Wyong and saw its potential for a popular restaurant and trendy bar of her very own. By mid-year, her dream was realised, and Juicy Lu’s has been buzzing ever since. Check out their sensational burgers and a unique cocktail concoction of your choosing – perhaps a Nutella martini or an elderflower bomb to blow your senses.

108 Pacific Highway, Wyong

Owner Rindy Moroney, a disability support worker and now business owner, was inspired by a holiday in the United States to make the bold decision to open her own burger place with
a difference in Wyong. Stop by for a sweet chilli buttermilk cob burger, jammed with buttermilk chicken and oozing delicious brie cheese. Rindy not only spends her time creating unique, taste-tempting burger combinations but continues to believe in helping other start-up businesses when she can. One such business was Loaded Dough, makers of the Instagram-famous cookies. Together, the two businesses create unique taste combinations, such as the ice cream sandwich made with the delicious New York-style Loaded Dough cookies.

5 Alison Road, Wyong

If you’re devastated by the thought of not spending your summer in Italy this year, then rest-assured, this little familyowned restaurant in Toukley – under a new owner – is bringing Rome to you. It exudes Italian charm with twinkling fairy lights and a view of the fired-up pizza oven, so you’ll be slipping ‘ciaow’ and ‘saluté’ into your conversation in no time. Try Nonna Maria’s traditional lasagne followed by some of mamma’s tiramisu and let all your problems melt away. And, si, ‘When in Rome’ is the name of the restaurant.

268 Main Road, Toukley

Throw away your idea of supermarket marshmallows and say hello to the fully loaded gourmet version at The Marshmallow Co. Joel and Breah Twyman started selling marshmallows in 2017.
‘We started making them by accident,’ Joel says.

The couple was having a backyard bonfire and made marshmallows for the occasion. But they went overboard and Joel ended up taking some to work to share with colleagues.
The marshmallows were such a hit that friends and family wanted to buy some. That’s when they launched their market business. Although people weren’t used to anything but pink and white marshmallows, once they tasted the Twyman’s decadent versions they were hooked. And The Marshmallow Co. moved to a bricksand-mortar home in Wyong. ‘We’ve had a really awesome response,’ he says. ‘People travel from all ends of the Coast.’

As soon as you lay your eyes on the fluffy handmade creations it’s easy to understand why people travel far for them. The most popular flavours are lemon meringue, toasted coconut and raspberry white chocolate, but there are a few unique flavours, too, including Neapolitan, Banoffee and watermelon. The couple also creates custom wedding flavours, and sells hot chocolate and hampers. There is even a DIY s’mores kit, if you want to swing in and pick one up before your next summer camping trip.

Shop 10, 14-16 Alison Road, Wyong



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