Greater Toukley Vision
Event Calendar for 2014
The Village Green Sculptures:
Their stories by their artists
My connection to the land is the beach. On the sand I have my totem the Goanna soaking up the warmth of the end of the day. In the sun set is the Eagle Baiame the creator of man an and woman. this painting represents me, Izzi Wooden because I was born on the coast I have lived inland but the coast will always be my home
My painting is on bushwalking , living on the Central Coast we are lucky to have a lot of wildlife and bushlands surrounding us. I was determined to go bushwalking in the holidays and I made this piece of art based on my journey .My journey begins at the main road. Shortly after we started, it rained and I got soaked. After passing a few tall old trees, we got lost. The kangaroo tracks that map out the walk are my tracks. I am a red kangaroo and my footsteps are his footsteps I am Nick Tabrett and my art represents my connection with my totem and the central coast.
I am a proud Guringai woman. My totem is stingray. My connection to the land is my different cultures and caring for this area. The hands on my painting are mine and represent picking up litter and watching over the land. The stingray is swimming around in the shallow seas on the Coast as it always does reminding me to look after my Totem and pay my respects to the elders past and present.
-By Teisha Saunders
My name is Marc Smith and my totem is stingray. Guringai is my mob and I am a descendant of King Bungaree who circumnavigated Australia with Matthew Flinders. The stingray protects me when I swim in the oceans and lakes. I know my way around the island of Toukley. Because I am surrounded by water I can get out and go for a surf at anytime and I respect that.
A Waterfront Haven:
The Toukley Peninsula
The Toukley Peninsula is surrounded by water on three sides. With Tuggerah Lake to the South, Budgewoi Lake to the North and the ocean to the East the area is a waterfront haven for fishermen, boating enthusiasts, windsurfers, jet skiers, divers, surfers and beach lovers – literally anyone who loves the coast and the relaxed lifestyle that goes with it.
Osborne Park is located on the northern side of Toukley on the edge of Budgewoi Lake. The park has picnic and playground facilities, a boat ramp and is home to the Tuggerah Lakes Coast Guard.
Cabbage Tree Harbour
Cabbage Tree Harbour located off Bald St, Norah Head is home to Norah Head Search & Rescue and boasts a boat ramp, a lovely bay and a small ocean rock pool ideal for families.
Pebbly Beach, Jenny Dixon Beach and Hargraves Beach
Pebbly Beach, Jenny Dixon Beach and Hargraves Beach are located to the north of Soldiers beach however all are unpatrolled.
Norah Head Lighthouse
Norah Head Lighthouse was established in 1903 and was the last lighthouse built in the style of James Barnet. The Norah Head Lighthouse is now available for accommodation, tours and weddings
Soldiers Beach is located at picturesque Norah Head and is one of the few Central Coast beaches untouched by urban development. On a clear day the view southwards takes in The Entrance, Crackneck Point and Barrenjoey Head at the tip of the Sydney beaches.
Canton Beach is located on the southern side of Toukley on the edge of Tuggerah Lake. With views back to The Entrance there is plenty of picnic, BBQ and playground facilities located along the foreshore as well as a number of camping and caravan facilities providing water front accommodation.
A Nature Haven
North Wyrrabalong National Park is located within 5kms of the Toukley CBD on the North Entrance Peninsula between the townships of Norah Head and the North Entrance. A network of walking tracks help you explore the varied landscape of the park. The ocean side is mostly coastal dunes with beach access which leads to popular unpatrolled surfing and fishing areas. On the western side there is a lovely strip of red gum forest, open scrubland, wetlands and the last significant littoral (coastal) rainforest on the Central Coast.
There is considerable diversity of fauna including the lace monitor, flying fox, bandicoot, squirrel glider, diamond python, possum, New Holland mouse, antechinus and many bird species.
An Outdoor Haven:
A paved walking and bike track is located along the foreshore of Canton Beach from the Sailing Club through to the Canton Beach Tourist Park. From then on the bush track enters the wetland area which marks the southern tip of Wyrrabalong National Park.
A walking trail built by the Norah Head Coast Care group takes you from the Bush Street Reserve at Norah Head to the Norah Head Lighthouse and takes around 10 minutes to complete.
A paved bike track runs from the Toukley CBD to the southern end of Budgewoi township offering an easy ride for all the family.
There are a network of colour-coded walking tracks lcoated in the northern section of the Wyrrabalong National Park which allows you to explore the variety of landscapes in the park. You can get to Tuggerah Lake and the littoral (coastal) rainforest section of the park by walking the 4.6km Lillypilly Loop Trail with views over the wetlands. If you would like to see the beautiful Red Gum Forest, walk the 2.3km Red Gum Trail with viewing platforms offering wide views of the mountains and Tuggerah Lake. The 1.3km Burrawang Track follows a network of old mining exploration trails leading to a popular but unpatrolled surfing and fishing area. The 900m Wetlands Trail provides a link to Evans Rd, Toukley through swamp mahogany and paperbark fringed wetlands. Beautiful wildflowers grow along most of the National Park trails and are at their best from July to September.
A Sporting Haven:
The community strongly supports most sporting activities. Sports catered for include football, rugby league, netball, cricket, little athletics, surfing, tennis, swimming and hockey.
Tuggerah Lake and Budgewoi Lake are ideal for pleasure boating, sailing, water skiing, wind surfing jet skiing and kayaking. Soldiers Beach offers surfers, body boarders and swimmers some of the best surf and swimming conditions the Central Coast has to offer
The Greater Toukley area is ideal for anglers. Blackfish, whiting, mullet, snapper, bream, flounder, tailer, flathead, jewfish, tarwhine, crabs and prawns can all be caught from the foreshores of Tuggerah Lake. Lake Budgewoi is particularly good for bream. With Salmon, drummer, tailor, jewfish and snapper caught off the many beaches and rock platforms around the area.
An Art Haven
The Greater Toukley area is home to a vibrant and active art community.
The Toukley Art Gallery is located in the scenic Wallarah Peace Park at the Toukley Bridge. The gallery is opened 10am-4pm Tuesday – Friday and 10am-1pm on weekends and public holidays.
The Earl Hingston Gallery is located in the Toukley CBD at 248 Main Rd, Toukley and is opened during business hours Monday to Friday
A Shopping Haven
The Greater Toukley area features a number of retail precincts;
With a major supermarket, a major electrical retailer, a discount store and a number of specialty shops, the Toukley Shopping Village boasts the best of destination shopping and a great range of services.
If you are in the mood to browse for that something special for the home and then relax with a bite to eat and a coffee - the East Toukley Shopping Village is the place for you. With a number of retailers specializing in everything for your home including bedding and country style, Balinese and modern furniture and home wares. Also located at East Toukley is the RTA, a nursery, wedding retailer, photographic studio, craft supplies, newsagent, chemist, Asian grocery, bakery, work wear retailer, funeral services, car services, hairdressers, real estate agents and a video store. There are also cafes, takeaways and restaurants located in the East Toukley retail precinct.
A range of great retailers, restaurants, cafes and services are also located at the Norah Head Shopping Precinct.
For a complete business directory please visit the Toukley & Districts Chamber of Commerce website
Toukley Sunday Markets
Held every Sunday in the Coles car park between 7am - 2pm. Over 70 stalls including craft, bric-a-brac and antiques. Please contact Toukley & Districts Chamber of Commerce on 4397 1457 for details