The Central Coast may be known for its picturesque beaches, but it's also home to some of the best (and busiest) lakes and waterways in the country. And this November, you can explore the very best of them, and the aquatic recreational activities they afford, at the annual Lakes Festival.
Running for the fourth time, the festival will see more than 20 community, art, music, culture and food pop-up events occur across November 9–18. The festivities will stretch between event hubs at Gosford Waterfront, renowned fishing destination Budgewoi and Long Jetty plus many places in between.
Throughout the ten-day festival, there'll be stand-up paddleboarding yoga, boat tours and Paddle to Pedal, a free full-day tour exploration of Tuggerah Lake via kayak and bike. Other highlights include Park Feast, held at Gosford Waterfront across November 8–9, featuring 20 food trucks, carnival rides and great live music. The Light Up The Lakes music festival on November 10 will feature some great talent — ARC and The Delta Riggs are headlining the festival — and a fireworks display.
You can also head along to moonlight cinema at the Norah Head lighthouse on November 15 and 16. There'll also be creative workshops, craft festivals and much more to enjoy while soaking up one of Australia's most scenic locations.
For more info and to check out the full list of events, head to The Lakes Festival website.