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Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park

The Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day during the Winter School Holidays. Visitors will be able to watch animals get fed and learn about them from their keepers during various encounters. For more information, visit

Whale Watching

On July 2, Jeannie Lawson, a local naturalist and whale enthusiast will be giving talks about humpback whales. The talks will begin at 11 a.m. and 12 p.m., and they will be held at Viewing Platform 2, Terrigal Haven. Humpback whales migrate north every June and July, and they will pass near the Central Coast while doing so. That allows people to watch them from land. Ms. Lawson will talk about the whales’ natural history, the best ways to look for them on shore, and she will tell stories about her own encounters with the whales. For more information, contact Jeannie Lawson at 0414 414 291.

The Entrance Farmers Markets

The Entrance Farmers’ and Makers’ Market is held every first and third Saturday of the month at the entrance of Memorial Park. This month, the market will be open on July 4 and 18, and the hours will be 8 a.m. to 1p.m. The market offers fresh produce, baked goods, handmade crafts, and other items. To learn more, contact Kevin at 4930 5156 or visit the market’s website at

Food, Dun & Music Festival

The Annual Food, Dun & Music Festival will be held on July 4 in the Village Green, Toukley. The hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be live music, a puppet show, rides, circus performers and lots of food. For more information, visit or call 4397 1711.

Creative Craft Group Show

The Central Coast Creative Craft Group Show will be held on July 11 at the Gosford Regional Gallery. The hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Studios 2 and 3. The crafts on display include painted eggs, jewelry, quilting, embroidery, and much more. Visitors may check out the Regional Galley and the Japanese Gardens that are also on the premises. They may also visit the café for morning tea or lunch. To learn more, contact Vickie Gleeson at 43233698.

Christmas in July

The Cancer Council NSW will be holding Christmas in July High Tea at Kooindah Waters, Wyong on July 19. The hours are 2 – 4:30 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the Council Cancer NSW which will use the proceeds to fight gynaecological and breast cancers. Guests will be given a glass of champagne on arrival and they may also enjoy a variety of treats, fine tea and coffee. There will also be games, raffles and auctions. Everybody who buys a ticket will automatically be entered into a drawing for some door prizes. Tickets cost $50.00 per person and may be bought through TryBooking until July 3. For more information, visit or contact Raelee Shearer at 0415 098 443.

9th Annual International Highland Dancing Festival

The 9th Annual International Highland Dancing Festival will be held at the Central Coast Youth Club from July 24 to July 27. The Festival will open with the Scottish Fling Gala. The Festival will feature song, music and entertainment. There will also be prizes. To learn more, contact Central Coast Highland Dancing at 0437677166.