The Entrance has sprawled beyond its origins at the mouth of Tuggerah Lake to become one of the Central Coast's main centres. With excellent beaches, including land-side family-friendly paddling, it's a popular destination. The daily pelican feeding in the town centre draws crowds at 3.30pm.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Sydney Region attractions

1. Australian Reptile Park

13.76 MILES

Get up close to koalas and pythons, gaze in awe at big crocs, and watch funnel-web spiders being milked (for the production of antivenom) and a Galapagos…

2. Bouddi National Park

13.82 MILES

At this spectacular park, short walking trails lead to isolated beaches and dramatic lookouts from where you can experience the annual whale migration…

3. Brisbane Water National Park

16.28 MILES

Bordering the Hawkesbury River, 9km southwest of Gosford, this park, despite its name, is mostly sandstone outcrops and forest, with only a short Brisbane…

4. Pearl Beach

17.74 MILES

This secluded beach is perhaps the Central Coast's most beautiful; a seductive curve of sand lapped by gentle waves with a lovely outlook across the bay…

5. Barrenjoey Lighthouse

19.2 MILES

This historic sandstone lighthouse (1881) sits at the northern tip of the Northern Beaches in an annexe of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. You've got two…

6. West Head

19.75 MILES

This central section of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is a spectacular wilderness, with awe-inspiring vistas over Pittwater and Broken Bay, hidden beach…

7. Palm Beach

20.09 MILES

Long, lovely Palm Beach is a crescent of bliss that's famous as the setting for cheesy TV soap Home and Away. The 1881 Barrenjoey Lighthouse punctuates…

8. Currawong Beach

21.01 MILES

You will have to take the ferry at Palm Beach to reach this sheltered, carless beach suburb on the shores of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. There…