Four Central Coast Events to Hit on a Weekend Adventure This June

Bookmark these family-friendly events for any upcoming trips up north.
Nik Addams
Published on June 12, 2024

Four Central Coast Events to Hit on a Weekend Adventure This June

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Bookmark these family-friendly events for any upcoming trips up north.

As the weather turns colder and the days grow shorter, New South Wales remains a hub of entertainment and activity. This month, the Central Coast will play host to an exciting array of events to keep residents and visitors coming back for more.

For Sydneysiders, the Central Coast is an easily accessible day trip or weekend destination. The towns along the coast are peaceful enough to avoid feeling overcrowded,yet lively enough to ensure there is always something to see or do.

We've rounded up six of the can't-miss events happening on the Central Coast so you can kick winter off with a bang.

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    5 Lands Walk

    5 Lands Walk is a unique event that invites visitors on a ten-kilometre physical, spiritual, and cultural journey along the Central Coast. This free celebration on Saturday, June 22 is a collaboration between the communities of Darkinjung Country and the wider local community, offering opportunities to connect through walking, experiencing Aboriginal culture, live entertainment, art installations and more.

    Timed to coincide with the annual whale migration, a significant token of the Darkinjung people, 5 Lands Walk begins with an opening ceremony the night before.

    Participants can journey at their own pace, exploring the stunning coastline and sampling the diverse cultural offerings, including creative sculpture installations, performing artists and marine wildlife talks. And while the full route is ten kilometres, walkers don’t have to complete the entire distance — they can drive between land or take the free shuttle.

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    Bay to Bay Running Festival

    Lace up your running shoes and join the Central Coast’s biggest athletic event, the Bay to Bay Running Festival. This charity day raises funds for local community organisations and there’s something for everyone, from five- and 12-kilometre fun runs to a two-kilometre kids’ dash and a half marathon.

    Participants can take in stunning waterfront scenery as they make their way from Woy Woy to Gosford. Whether you decide to run, jog or enjoy the leisurely route at your own pace, this community event is a great way to get active while supporting a good cause. The Bay to Bay Running Festival has become a much-loved Central Coast tradition, and, as it marks its milestone 20th year, the event continues to bring the local community together through fitness, philanthropy and the great outdoors.

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    Karla Dickens — Embracing Shadows

    Celebrated Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens is bringing her powerful Embracing Shadows exhibition to Gosford Regional Gallery this winter. This survey exhibition takes in Dickens’ distinguished 30-year career and explores themes of female identity and racial injustice.

    Over her career, Dickens’ work has been featured in major exhibitions across Australia and internationally, including at the Adelaide Biennial and the Biennale of Sydney, and her artwork is held in numerous public and private collections worldwide. She was also selected to create a new commission for the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Sydney Modern project.

    The profound body of work on display at this new exhibition draws from Dickens’ reflections on Australian culture as both a woman and a First Nations person in the post-colonial era. Through diverse mediums, she offers a highly personal and politically charged interrogation of Australian history and culture.

    Image: ‘Cuddling Bones’ by Karla Dickens — Embracing Shadows

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    Taste of Wyong and Toukley

    Get ready to embark on a culinary adventure through Wyong and Toukley over two Saturdays this June. This family-friendly event series is the perfect opportunity to sample the diverse and delicious offerings of the region’s favourite local restaurants. Indulge in exclusive tasting boxes featuring a curated selection of bites from participating eateries. For just $5 per box, and a free second box when you buy one, you’ll have the chance to sample a wide array of flavours from around the world.

    Beyond the eats, the days will also feature family-friendly fun and entertainment. Stroll through the park, get up close with friendly animals at the petting zoo and let the little ones enjoy face painting.

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For more information on what’s happening on the Central Coast, you can visit the Central Coast Tourism website.

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