The Entrance Coast to Lake walk
This pearl of a walk is divided into four sections and includes timber boardwalk, concrete paths, grass and rock platforms.
- Memorial Park to The Entrance Surf Life Saving Club via the boardwalk.
- The Entrance Surf Life Saving Club to Toowoon Bay Surf Life Saving Club via the beach, Edith Ring Rest, ocean baths road and rock platforms (this section is not suitable for strollers or wheelchairs)
- Toowoon Bay Surf Life Saving Club to Tuggerah Lakes foreshore on concrete pathways.
- Tuggerah Lakes foreshore to Memorial park on a concrete path.
To enhance the walk there have been a number of improvements including:
- New concrete pathways
- An outdoor fitness circuit at Picnic Point Reserve
- Upgraded public toilets
- More public seating and street furniture
- Two new filtered water stations
- Easy to read signs to direct you and tell you about the area
- Upgraded lookout adjacent to The Entrance Surf Life Saving Club
- New lookout and public art sculpture at Edith Ring Rest, The Entrance
- New pavement art at The Entrance lookout
Getting there, parking, amenities and accessibility
Red Bus Services operates services in The Entrance and surrounding areas. See the Red Bus Services timetables.
Free parking is available in The Entrance Memorial Park carpark, Toowoon Bay surf club, Long Jetty foreshore and Picnic Point. There are toilets, disability toilets, change rooms and drinking fountains along the route. Sections 1, 3 and 4 are fully accessible for all abilities, prams, bicycles and scooters. Section 2 requires beach access and walking on rock platforms.
Distance, walking times, sun protection and dogs
The walk covers 7.6 kilometres and can be covered in one-and-a-half-hours if you are a fast walker; two and a half hours at a moderate pace; and three hours of easy strolling.
Although parks offer shade and shelter, the walk itself doesn't so don't forget a hat, sunscreen and a drink bottle that can be re-filled. Dogs are allowed on sections 1, 3 and 4 if they are on a lead, however they are not allowed on the beach. Walkers need to clean up after their pets.
- Memorial Park is the centre of many activities at The Entrance. There's always something happening.
- The Entrance Surf Life Saving Club was founded in 1922 and was the second club on the Central Coast. It sits alongside a lookout that has uninterrupted views north to Norah Head lighthouse.
- Edith Ring Rest was built in 1936, in tribute to a well known local resident who had died three years earlier. Mr George Ring decided to build seats where his late wife loved to sit and watch the ocean. The seats were handed to Erina Shire Council to be held in trust for the community.
- Toowoon Bay is about a kilometre long and is popular with families and small children. Waves are generally small and the beach is normally protected from winds and strong currents. Depending on the weather, you have the choice of Toowoon Bay (facing east) or Little Bay (facing south) for the better beach conditions.
- Swadling Reserve's stunning views makes it a popular location for outdoor weddings. The northern end has a playground, amenities, barbeques and picnic shelters.
- The Long Jetty was named after a jetty built for Mr WH Price who had started to subdivide the area in 1914. In the Easter flood of 1927, the jetty was washed away and later rebuilt by Erina Council. It is 352 metres long and, over the years, has been used for daily ferry services to Wyong and as a general tourist destination. At various times, the area has been known for holiday cottages, guesthouses, camping grounds, a picture theatre, roller skating rink; and a hotel.
- Picnic Point is a great spot to start the scenic walk. There is lots of free car parking, a skate park, boat launching ramp, barbeques, picnic tables, playground equipment and amenities. An 11-piece outdoor fitness station will be installed at Picnic Point as part of the scenic walk to offer a range of different fitness activities for all ages and abilities.