From 'The Entrance' at the north end to Patonga at the south end, it initially appears that most of the Central Coast has been left behind with Boris Becker and the hyper- colour t- shirts of the late 80's. Day trip proximity to Sydney and an abundance of beaches retain its position as a popular family destination. But scratch beneath the brown formica surface and some hidden gems are there to be found...The best tip is to avoid school holidays and ensure dinner plans are early...most kitchens close at 8pm. Avoca and Terrigal are where the action happens...Hardy's Bay and Killcare carry the flag for most refined, whilst Pearl Beach and Patonga represent beachy hideaways of a pleasant yesteryear. A great winter getaway with establishments open all year.