#rockytraildestination: Central Coast for Rocky Trail COUPLES

Hiya, Rocky Trail Lovers!

This is for you, if you are keen to race at one – or both – of our back to back events on the Central Coast this year: the Shimano MTB Grand Prix 4 and 7 hour will happen at Ourimbah MTB Park on Saturday, 23 June and the Fox Superflow, sealed by Stan’s will take you onto the awesome gravity enduro trails there a week later on Sunday 1 July. Wether you both race or bring your loved one along to watch, support or explore the Central Coast while you race, here are some “little adventures” for you on the Central Coast!

Have ‘a little adventure on the Central Coast’ with Rocky Trail!

Martin and I have been living on the Central Coast for five years and we’ve had so much fun exploring what this beautiful region has to offer when it comes to beaches, mountain bike trails and cycling paths and socialising – cafes, restaurants, pubs, romantic spots, shopping, chocolate tasting (and buying!), wellness treats and all that right in between Sydney and Newcastle – and certainly worth the drive from Canberra and further afar.

Come and create memories – let us tempt you to bring your loved one!

Both events are proudly supported by the Central Coast Council and together with the major sponsors Shimano Cycling Australia, RIDE Fox Australia and sealant partner, Stan’s NoTubes with Jetblack Products Australia, all your rider photos from both events are included in the entry fee! – What a great souvenir from a weekend away together!

Video Trailer 2018

We always are having fun exploring our home region – check out our Video Trailer about our little family adventure (and for a day we ventured out just the two of us!!)!

 

About the Rocky Trail events

Shimano MTB Grand Prix, 23 June 2018

Think: racing Saturday, beaches and cafes Sunday.

This is your classic cross-country lap event, which promises you “old school cross-country racing” on the home track of the Rocky Trail Entertainment crew, right in the heart of the NSW Central Coast! Race solo or in teams for four or seven hours!

This race is part of a series, however, every race is a stand-alone event and you collect points for a series ranking. – Rocky Trail delivers a set of events that is less of an elite- and winners-only-focused competition, but a positive and inclusive experience for all participants – on awesome trails at fun and exciting destinations that will make it worthwhile for your whole group of riding couples and mates! Race on Saturday, explore on Sunday!

>> More information on the event website

Fox Superflow, sealed by Stan’s, 1 July 2018

Race the Fox Superflow sealed by Stan’s in 2018 – each race is a standalone event and you can collect points for the series ranking!

The Ourimbah trails will offer really “old-school” race tracks that will be fun to explore! We will have 2 trails all running at the same time and you will ride to the top of all 2. You will need to do 2 runs on each track and have up to 5 tries (your fastest 2 will count). U13 and U15 categories will only have to do 1 run per track but also have mutliple tries where their fastest time will count.

Why Superflow?
Because the race tracks are picked by the Rocky Trail crew so that they give the riders that “super flowy” feeling! Each timed section demands different skill sets of the riders – from tricky sections around rocks and tight corners to flowy berms and quick stints that needed pedal power and endurance.

Almost all events require riders to ride to the starts on their bikes (but not for this event in Thredbo!) and it that way the series offers a big variety of trails. All our trails can be as tough as you want them to be – there are always different line choices and generally, the faster and the harder you go, the more challenging they get. We specifically pick our venues to meet those requirements.

No start order, no worries – Spend all day together!
They are unique Australia-wide in that we can offer an awesome day out to a wide range of riders – from elite to amateur racers to families, couples and groups of friends riding together. We have introduced a very flexible timing system so our events don’t require any start orders and riders can pick the sequence in which to complete the timed race stages themselves. That way, riders of different categories can spend all day riding and racing together!

>> More information and register on the event website.

See you out there,

Juliane

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Have ‘a little adventure on the Central Coast’!

…here’s what awaits you:

Photos: Central Coast Council

 

Plan your stay

We will have a catering van at both events, serving hot and cold drinks, snacks and food (think pasta, sandwiches, yoghurt, fruit) all day on the Saturday 23 June and on Sunday, 1 July. Here are some more links to accommodation and event websites:

>> Visit Central Coast Tourism – Accommodation: “From beach B&Bs to rainforest retreats, there’s a stay to suit your style and budget.”

>> Visit Central Coast Tourism – Eat & Drink: “Whether you’re after à la carte or a casual meal, there’s something to please every taste.”

>> Visit Central Coast Tourism – Things to do: “Unleash your adventurous side, discover pristine beaches, explore nature trails or just relax and unwind.”

>> Follow #thisisthelife, Central Coast’s portal for activities and what’s on up here on Facebook

>> Follow “Visit the Central Coast NSW” for great stories and getaway ideas on Facebook

>> Venue Map and how to get there

>> Race Registrations: Shimano MTB GP / Fox Superflow, sealed by Stan’s

>> Race schedules: Shimano MTB GP / Fox Superflow, sealed by Stan’s

 

Fun and romatic trips on the Central Coast

 

Wyong Milk Factory

Wyong Milk Factory is a 2 minute drive from the event centre – cafe, restaurant, hairdresser, beauty treatments, gift & furniture store, pub, fitness centre, cheese factory, chocolate factory – need we say more???

>> Wyong Milk Factory

>> Luka Chocolates – see below for “Event Partner Offer”

>> Little Creek Cheese Factory

Wyong Town Centre

Take a stroll through the Wyong Town Centre on Allison Road – barber, cupcake store, restaurants, a pizzeria cafes with Glee Roasters and Duck Duck Moose and one of our event partners, Panonia.

>> Panonia – see below for more information

>> Glee Roasters

>> Duck Duck Moos Cafe

> Sirone’s Pizza by the metre

Whale Watching

It’s whale watching season – did you know that more then 25,000 hump back whales migrate up the East Coast of Australia every year? The Central Coast has several fantastic headlands and vantage points to view this spectacular annual display. Our favourite spots are:

  1. Crackneck Lookout, (Wyrrabalong National Park).
    You can drive right to the top. Limited parking is available, and it can be very busy on sunny weekends. Several picnic tables and benches are available. Pack a picnic and enjoy the sunshine.
  2. The Skillion, Terrigal.
    As you drive into Terrigal, the Skillion is a prominent landmark. Parking is available easily, however, it is a steep walk to the top. There is a concrete stairway and path added, so no problems taking prams up there. The view is certainly a reward for a bit of effort!
  3. Norah Head Lighthouse.
    Norah Head Lighthouse is beautiful to visit in any season – see our notes on the beautiful bushwalk below! There is designated parking with a pathway to the Lighthouse. There are ample spots to sit and scan for the passing whales. The people of Norah Head will this year celebrate the 13th Annual Whale Dreamers Festival at Norah Head Lighthouse on Sunday 1 July 2018. This event fundraises for the conservation of and research projects about whales.
    Why not get the best view of the whales right from the top and book a lighthouse tour to walk the 96 stairs to the top!
  4. Bateau Bay Beach Viewing Area.
    While it is not the highest vantage point, a beautifully landscaped sandstone platform provides a clear viewing point out over Bateau Bay. Plenty of parking is available, and picnic tables and amenities are close by. Check out our notes on our favourite bushwalks below! – Park the car here and take the bushwalk to the top of Crackneck for the ultimate whale watching location. It is not a difficult bushwalk however the surface is uneven, and it is undulating terrain.
  5. Copacabana Beach – Whale Watching Platform – Captain Cook Lookout.
    At the Southern end of the coast this purpose built platform has views all the way south to Palm Beach.

> Visit NSW information Whale Watching

TreeTops Adventure Park

Just 300m from the Rocky Trail event centre at Ourimbah State Forest you can experience the iconic Australian bush like never before. Get up-close and personal with native Australian wildlife and magnificent Gum trees, as you climb, weave and fly through the tree tops on self-guided rope courses. Flex your adventurous spirit and test yourself mentally and physically with over 100 elevated obstacles with rope ladders, wobbly bridges, tunnels, cargo-nets and zip lines. – Perfect for the accompanying families and friends while you race or as a pre- or post-race activity together!

>> TreeTops Adventure Park website

Australian Reptile Park

One of our most favourite excursions is to the Australian Reptile Park just off the Gosford exit – you would have noticed the huge dinosaur on your way up to Wyong! This is a hands-on zoo located in a natural bush setting, home to exotic reptiles from around the world and a wide variety of Australian native animals. Enjoy live entertaining shows, themed exhibits and behind the scenes tours. Learn about conservation work undertaken by keepers including the Tasmanian devil breeding program at Devil Ark, and our lifesaving snake and spider venom collection work.

>> Australian Wildlife Park website

Gosford – Kincumber Pub

This a great pub, but don’t let the name fool you – great food, delicious cocktails in a really nice and sophisticated setting!

>> Link to Kincumber Pub feature on Playing in Puddles website

Tasting Triple – Beer, Schnapps, Wine

This is one of our “classic-Wisata-visitor-tours” on the Central Coast – visit the Distillery Botanica for some delicious spirits, head down to the Six String Brewery for a cool beer (and a delicious snack in their on-site pub) and then, for dessert, visit the Firescreek Fruit Winery just around the corner – all three are within a 2-5 minute drive from each other between Gosford and Terrigal near Erina.

>> Firescreek Fruit Wines website

The winery opened its cellar doors in December 2003 to offer you a seasonal variety of boutique fruit flower and herb wines. Wine tasting is complimentary – Cellardoor Wine Tastings: Every Wednesday to Sunday. 10:30am- 4:30pm

>> Distillery Botanica website

This boutique distillery is home to an array of award winning tipples including Moore’s Dry Gin, Distillery Botanica Gin and Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur. The distillery is set amongst 3 acres of beautiful gardens. You’re invited to take a stroll through the lovely gardens and drop into the cellar door, open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.

>> Six String Brewery

At Six String Brewery it’s all about great beer and music – the tasting room and brewery is located near Erina. Open Wed-Sat 12-10pm, Sunday 11am-5pm. – There is a great smokehouse/bar/restaurant, which is an offspring of the brewery – Sounds on West in Umina. The ribs and hearty food there are so delicious, especially when washed down with a cool brew! We’ve been there and can only highly recommend it!

Erina Fair

A bit of shopping therapy needed? Erina Fair is the largest shopping centre on the Central Coast, about a 40 min drive from the Ourimbah State Forest event centre.

>> Erina Fair website

Tuggerah Westfield

Located just across the highway from the turn-off into the Yarramalong Valley and only about a 10 minute drive from the event centre. Nice and open shopping centre. Not as big as Erina, but a really nice selection and wellness and beauty shops.

>> Tuggerah Westfield website

Umina – Beach and lunch/dinner

This charming little village is a gem on the Central Coast and one of our favourites! The beach is divine and you must check out the new ‘Sounds on West’ restaurant just a bit over a kilometre from the playground. It’s the latest offspring from the Six String Brewery – a rustic restaurant with a charming backyard and garden where the kids can roam free and even eat the strawberries! There’s a blackboard to draw on and Lego to play with… heaven! Not to mention the food – ribs, corn bread, sausages, Schnitzel and beer. Yasss!

>> Sounds on West

Terrigal – Beach, restaurants, bars and nightlife

Terrigal is a beautiful village on the coast with a bustling nightlife on the weekends! Beautiful walks along the shore and an amazing look-out invite you to spend the day – have lunch in a bistro or cafe and head out into a bar after a delicious dinner in one of the many restaurants! Here are our favourites:

>> The Cove Cafe – beautiful lunch spot on the quiet(er) West-end of the beach

>> Reef Restaurant – located above the Cove Cafe

>> The Cowrie Restaurant – just click on the link and you’ll be hooked by the view!

>> Maccoa – reviewed by Coastal Chic

>> Peter Kuruvita’s Seafood Feast at Terrigal – reviewed by Coastal Chic

> Seasalt – Fine Dining with a view at the Crown Plaza – reviewed by Coastal Chic

Coastal and Bush Walks that we love

There is a great collection of bushwalks on the “Central Coast Weekender” blog here – and in the following a few that we really love:

Bateau Bay – Wyrrabalong National Park – a beautiful walk that spans from Shelly Beach all the way south to Forresters Beach and Juliane’s regular walking and running track, often also with Cosmo. Enjoy scenic views and wildflowers along The Coast walking track near Bateau Bay. This is a great winter walk, and there are excellent spots for whale watching along this easy walk in Wyrrabalong National Park.

Kincumber Reserve – A relaxing, peaceful open space perched above Kincumber and Green Point on the beautiful Central Coast of NSW. –  As recommended on Central Coast Weekender.

Somersby Falls – A beautiful, short walk, just around the corner from the Australian Wildlife Park at the Gosford exit of the M1.

Forest of Tranquility at Ourimbah – over 100 acres of bush with a surviving Australian Rainforest and pristine streams, diverse wildlife and flora. With walking trails, sculpture trail by local Artists at our unique venue it is the ideal place to relax and spend a day or a few hours.

Strickland State Forest near Ourimbah – we often venture out here, because Strickland has extensive walking tracks through varying forest types – past waterfalls, under cabbage tree palms and along creeks.

Click here for some more Central Coast Destinations as recommended by the “Central Coast Weekender” blog.

Our all-time favourite: Norah Head – Bushwalk, rock pool and The Ark Cafe

This is one of our favourite breakfast and brunch spots on the coast! You can park your car near the cafe and do the easy 3.5km walk through the bush to the Norah Head light house, climb down the steps to the beach and walk along the beach and around the headland to the Rock Pool. From there steps lead back up to the cafe.

>> Link to walk on Wild Walks website

>> The Ark Cafe website (open every day 8am-4pm)

 

Cycle the Lake

Check out cycle paths on our Rocky Trail Destination website, which launched a Cycle The Lake project thanks to the Lakes Festival on the Central Coast in 2017.

>> Link to Cycle The Lakes website on Rocky Trail Destination

 

Website links for insider tips on the Central Coast

 

We collected some links to websites and blogs of locals for ideas to explore the Central Coast and “have a little adventure” up here for the weekend!

>> Central Coast Weekender blog

>> Six Seaside Cafes for a Sunday Brunch – by Coastal Chic

>> The Coast’s best Smoothie Bowls – by Coastal Chic

>> Modern Organic Long Jetty Zen – by Coastal Chic

>> Organic Bella Brunch in Terrigal – by Coastal Chic

>> Restaurants on the Central Coast reviewed by Coastal Chic

>> Accommodation on the Central Coast by Coastal Chic

>> Grubhunter  – Food Finder on the Central Coast

>> Gosford Farmer’s Market – Weekly every Sunday from 8am to 1pm

> Coastie market guide by Coastal Chic

>> ‘LIKE’ the “This is the Central Coast” Facebook page for regular tips on what to discover on the coast!

 

Local business supporting the events

Panonia Wellness and Recovery Products

PANONIA
Shop 6, The Chapman Building
14-16 Alison Rd., Wyong NSW 2259

Both Juliane and Martin have been using Panonia’s range of natural wellness products, which are produced right in the heart of Wyong! Panonia’s “Active Wellness Range” consists of Relaxing Bath Soak, Comfort Spray and Massage Oil. Each product in the range is available in a Bushwalk Recovery blend, which contains potent Australian Native essential oils with anti-inflammatory, decongestant and pain-relieving properties. It is this blend that allows us to aid in reducing pain and inflammation – perfect to recover from our racing weekends!

Rocky Trail arrangement:
“We will have samples of the “Bushwalk Recovery Bath Soak” available as giveaways in our Rocky Trail bazaar at the Shimano MTB GP and as prizes at the Fox Superflow!”

Meet the Panonia founder at out races!
Ashka will be on-site on 23 June from 7-10am to tell you all about her products and what’s good for you and why not visit the beautiful Panonia store in Wyong as well?

>> Panonia on Instagram

>> Panonia on Facebook

>> Panonia website

>> Our favourite products – more information about Panonia on the Rocky Trail blog

 

Luka Chocolates

LUKA CHOCOLATES
@ Wyong Milk Factory
Alison Rd., Wyong NSW 2259

Luka Chocolates is an Australian artisan chocolate company inspired by gathering the best knowledge and know-how from traditional Belgian chocolate makers.

We love stepping into the Luka Chocolates store at the Wyong Milk Factory – first of all the sweet smell of those delicious chocolate treats is just to die for and through a huge window you can actually watch as the Luka crew hand-craft the chocolates into so many different shapes and flavours.

Go on, drop in and taste a different kind of chocolate and let us take you on a journey into the intricacies of taste and flavour…

Luka Chocolates offer:
“We would like to offer the Rocky Trail racers a special discount of 10% off with the mention of the specific phrase ‘ROCKY TRAIL RACERin the shop.

For purchases online, the following discount code applies: RockyTrailRacer.

This offer is valid from 23 June 2018 until 2 July 2018.”

>> Luka Chocolates on Instagram

>> Luka Chocolates on Facebook

>> Luka Chocolates website

 

What else is happening on the Central Coast on the Rocky Trail event weekends?

 

 

 

 

Photos: Rocky Trail Entertainment / OuterImage.com.au