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Mice Net : August 2008
regional nsw Story by Johanna Mc coast captivating Kinnon side and explored the nSW central coast. Johanna Mc Kinnon tooK a walk on the wild DAY 1 Heading out of the Sydney peak-hour traffic into the picturesque and serene central coast is always a welcome relief and for our group (together courtesy of Central Coast Tourism), was a great way to start our journey. Stopping off to meet our Central Coast Tourism hosts at the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park we experienced bush tucker first-hand for morning tea and explored the park’s natural surrounds. Equipped with walking shoes and khakis we were ready for our next stop, horse riding and quad biking at Glenworth Valley. Once I (not very gracefully) hoisted myself on my horse, Merlin, it was time to meander our way around one of the park’s trails. Merlin was less than inspired to go any faster than a mere slow stroll, however with much motivation he started to gallop and then I looked like a ragdoll tied to a horse. After lunch we explored the newly opened Mantra Kooindah Waters Golf & Spa which offers conference space for up to 300 delegates. Apartment-style rooms are impressive, with views over the green 18-hole championship golf course. Later, we ventured closer to the coastline to take a look at Kims Beach Hideaway in Toowoon Bay. This luxurious boutique-style resort features intimate bungalows and a conferencing space suitable for smaller groups. Before we knew it we had a cocktail in hand at the Quay West Resort Magenta Shores, where we had a closer look at the apartment-style accommodation and state-of-the-art conference facilities. A delicious three course feast awaited us back in the resort’s restaurant where we ate to our heart’s content before retiring for the night at the Mantra Ettalong Beach. DAY 2 The Crowne Plaza Terrigal is known for its amazing breakfast, and as our first stop of the day everyone was excited to see (and taste) it for ourselves. We had a guided tour of the conference facilities, which includes 11 meeting rooms that can cater for up to 450 delegates, before we tucked into our breakfast feast. It was then time to hit the road and take an Oz trike tour of Terrigal. After a hot chocolate to warm up at the picturesque Reef Restaurant we inspected the adjacent Trojan HQ Rugby Club. Both properties overlook the beach and the oval space at the rugby club would be the perfect venue for a family fun day by the sea. Many in our group were familiar with Ken Duncan’s artwork and his gallery was our next stop. However, our visit became a once-in-a-life time experience as we took a tour with Ken Duncan who told stories of his work on Mel Gibson’s movie The Passion of the Christ. Following lunch at the spectacular restaurant The Cowrie, which overlooks Terrigal Beach, we stopped off to checkout the Mingara Recreation Club and the Oaks Waterfront Resort. The Mantra Ettalong Beach & Ettalong Beach Club was our last stop before it was time for some Fear Factor-style team-building at the Australian Reptile Park. Our coach ride back to Sydney was a buzz talking about our experiences with many impressed with the range of accommodation and function options on offer. mice.net 101