Looking for things to on the Central Coast? Look no further than a visit to Long Jetty in NSW. We couldn’t believe the amount of times we’ve driven through the Central Coast and yet we hadn’t ever heard of Long Jetty until a few years ago. And while the Central Coast spreads over quite a large area, we have to say, there’s no other small town near Sydney like Long Jetty.
Known as being the Central Coast’s version of Newtown, Long Jetty packs a punch for being a bit of a hipster town, complete with cool street art, great cafes and vintage shops (which is such a surprise being next door to the local holiday town The Entrance). So, let us introduce you to why you should make the effort to visit on a weekend getaway from Sydney, or even a day trip from Sydney.
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Long Jetty Restaurants
There are loads of excellent Long Jetty restaurants and cafes to choose between. Here are the main Long Jetty cafes you need to visit.
The Glass Onion
We’ve been to The Glass Onion twice now. Choose to sit inside with vintage furniture and an art gallery to capture your interest, or outside to people watch and take in the atmosphere of the town. When I asked the waitress what the most popular dish was on the menu, she said it was the Eggs Benny – the longest serving item on the menu. As usual, I opted for an acai bowl which was great.
There are loads of cafes to choose between in Long Jetty though. If you’re wondering where to get breakfast in Long Jetty, below are some other options.
We would probably try Green Tangerine Cafe next time, which is located opposite The Glass Onion. This is the cafe you want to eat at if you want a fun photo of the famous ‘Long Jetty sign’ street art on the side of it. It looked really popular!
If your idea of eating at a farm to plate restaurant sounds like heaven to you, head to Common Ground, run by husband and wife Chef Nic Barrett and Kath Austen. Nic used to work alongside Pete Evans, and has been running this restaurant which is the home of slow cooked meats, locally sourced produce and a down to earth dining experience.
In the week, Common Ground operates for breakfast and lunch, and for dinner from Thursday to Saturdays.
Address: Common Ground, 7/328 The Entrance Rd, Long Jetty NSW 2261
If you’re short on money, pop over to Tacoast, which is a takeaway joint serving up tacos and empanadas from just $5 each.
Address: Tacoast, 316 The Entrance Rd, Long Jetty NSW 2261
Hernando’s Hideaway Mexican Kitchen
Find a cool Mexican restaurant on the edge of Long Jetty called Hernando’s Hideaway Mexican Kitchen. Although at the time of writing it’s temporarily closed, keep an eye out for when it re-opens and make the effort to visit this Long Jetty restaurant for dinner.
Drinks At The Savoy Cinema
The Savoy is a bit of a hidden gem in the area. Although it used to be the biggest cinema on Central Coast, it’s now a cool restaurant and bar. Go on a Tuesday or Wednesday for cinema night, but check first post Covid times!
Address: The Savoy, 2/391 The Entrance Rd, Long Jetty NSW 2261
Long Jetty Shops
There are some really beautiful shops you could easily kill a few hours checking out. We were quite surprised when we rocked up to Long Jetty to see how many lovely shops there are here. Here are some of the standout homewares, kids shops, and vintage shops you need to visit.
The first shop in Long Jetty you’ll probably notice is Shadow Bang which is a cool triangle shaped shop in the heart of the town. Inside, you’ll find more on the pricey side for clothes and a few bits of homewares.
Address: Shadow Bang, 310B The Entrance Rd, Long Jetty NSW 2261
I think Plain Janes is my favourite shop in Long Jetty! It’s a cool clothing shop for men and women, selling brands such as Assembly Label and Levis. The homewares are gorgeous too – I could have shopped up a storm here!
Address: Plain Janes, 346 The Entrance Rd, Long Jetty NSW 2261
Kids Clothing Shops
There’s quite a few independent kids clothing shops in Long Jetty. Choose between Mid Town Kids, Tiny Folk and Ohana Boutique, for unique and gorgeous baby and kids clothing.
Vintage Shops In Long Jetty
I love the vintage shops, a total surprise for us when we first visited the area. Here are some of the best vintage shops to check out.
Long Jetty Vintage Shop
Check out Long Jetty Vintage for vintage t-shirts and and so much more!
Around the corner from the main street is the Long Jetty Op Shop. Dig through the second hand clothing and find an absolute bargain.
Address: Browse About, Shop/12 Pacific St, Long Jetty NSW 2261
Wellness Places In Long Jetty
I love that there’s a bit of a hippy vibe going on here. Head over to the Totally Active Healing Centre and take a tarot class, learn reiki or chill out and learn tarot, reiki, meditation classes.
If you’re looking for things to do in Long Jetty, check out Exhale Art & Wellness Studio. They run loads of cool classes for adults and kids such as paint & sip classes, earring making classes, and girls body positivity classes.
A Dash Of Christmas Shop
A random but one of the best things to do in Long Jetty is to visit A Dash Of Christmas Shop! I know a year round Christmas shop is kinda random, but this one is properly amazing. It wasn’t open at the time of visiting, but there was someone at the door with it open, and from what I could see, it looked like an incredible grotto inside.
Take Photos Of The Long Jetty Street Art
Opposite The Green Tangerine and the Long Jetty street art, is Reapers Barbers and Rhys Rhys Salon. Outside is some more awesome street art, which had changed since our last visit. If you’re looking for good barbers or hair salon, head over to both places mentioned above.
Explore The Jetty At Sunrise & Sunset
Long Jetty unsurprisingly is home to the longest jetty in NSW at 351 metres! It’s located at the end of Archbold Road which is the perfect place to take some beautiful photos, especially at sunset.
Go To The Pelican Feeding
One of the most famous things to do in The Entrance is the pelican feeding! Taking place everyday at 3:3pm 365 days a year is a spectacle where you’ll be able to see hundreds of wild pelicans being fed. Make sure you get there early though to get a good seat.
At the time of writing the Pelican Feeding in The Entrance is temporarily closed. Check updates here for when it returns.
Where To Swim Near Long Jetty
There are loads of wonderful beaches in Central Coast to discover. The below are our favourite places to swim near Long Jetty.
We stumbled across Toowoon Bay a few years back and couldn’t believe how we hadn’t heard of it before. We literally just looked on Google Maps and went to check out if it was any good. Turns out, we found a gem. This gorgeous beach is split into two beaches. On the one side, you’ll have flat water, perfect for families, and on the other, there’s more waves. It’s unders a 15 minute drive to get to this slice of paradise.
Check Out Avoca Beach
We love Avoca Beach! It’s such a gorgeous little beach town, and makes for a fantastic getaway from Sydney itself. It takes just under 30 minutes to drive to Avoca Beach, so after you’ve enjoyed a great breakfast or lunch and a walk around the shops, head to Avoca Beach for an afternoon on the beach.
The best thing about Central Coast is that it’s home to some of the best beaches near Sydney. If you head South of Long Jetty, you’ll come to Bouddi National Park which is under a 40 minute drive. Head to Maitland Bay, in our opinion is one of the best beaches in Sydney.
Head Up The Coast To Munmorah State Conservation Area
Drive just 30 minutes north and you’ll come to Munmorah State Conservation Area. Our favourite beaches include Frazer Beach, Bongon Beach for the rockpools and Ghosties Beach for the caves. If you head to Ghosties Beach, park up near Surfside Drive and walk down Moonee Beach and over to Ghosties Beach. The first time we went to Ghosties, we ended up going via Timber Beach. Don’t do this, it’s not fun at all.
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