My husband has been offered a job in Newcastle and we are thinking of living in Gosford.
Can someone please tell me the bet secondary school in the area so I know where to concentrate my search for accomodation?
The Central Coast is a sensational place to raise your kids (they might turn out like me) actually .. wait you don't want that....
Anyway, some great places on the coast (depending on what you an afford) are around Terrigal, Wamberal, Forresters Beach .. toward The Entrance.
If you want a private education, the options are St Peters @ Tuggerah, close to Westfield and a vastly expanding housing estate, and only minutes from semi-rural properties, or St Edwards at East Gosford (the area itself is a bit of a hole.)
My recommendations would be along the coast somewhere between North Entrance and Terrigal, the Pacific Hwy heads along the coast to Newcastle via Belmont/Charlestown, and is just as quick as the F3.
G'day Glen, welcome to VT.
Nicola, you could also look around Newcastle itself, to save the travelling. There are some excellent beach suburbs.
My VT buddy iandsmith will be able to give you school info I'm sure, when he comes online.
Heya. Can I add another vt member to the list (G'day Colin). Give aussiedoug an email. He lives up Newcastle way too. My kids were young when we lived in Kincumber, so I can't really comment on High School. ....And as Colin said, you'd probably be better off living in a coastal suburb near Newcastle anyway. Cheers, Ann :o)
yeah, I grew up on the Coast, wen't to Berkeley Vale high, and when I was at high school (1995-2000), all the public secondary schools seemed much of a muchness, with an overwhelming majority of anglo students, and pretty easy going lifestyles.
I lived in Newcastle (Merewether) for a year in 2003, and while I can't comment on the quality of schools, I'd assume they are pretty similar to Coast schools. Newcastle's beachside suburbs are also brilliant places to live, and there are probably more things to do up there than on the coast.
G'day Ann. Bought yourselves a new boat?
Yeh Colin. Picked it up yesterday. Howie was sooo nervous!! Both Howard and Dylan just passed their Skipper's Ticket the other day, and now one more lesson in the new boat next Saturday then we'll be away :o) I've already practiced sitting up the front with my glass of wine looking posh haha. Can't wait!!
That's the only way to do it Ann, let the family do the work while you enjoy the views ;-)
Thank you for all your replies. I like how the conversation goes onto boats and wine. Sounds like a great place to live already.
We are looking around Gosford as I've been told I'll have to go to Sydney to get work. I'm an I.T Project Manager, and it sounds like theres not much I.T. work in Newcastle. If you know different, let me know.
So, it looks as though Gosford is a nice place half way.
Well definately sounds like Gosford area is the go Nicola....half way for both of you. If you need any more help, please do not hesitate to email both Colin and I. We do not live in the area at the moment but we will be more than eager to help you in any concerns about the best place to locate. And please stick around vt because there's a wealth of info here to help you in your relocation. All we ask back is to stick around and share your pix. After all, that's what makes vt such a wonderful site to visit!! Cheers, Ann :o)
Sorry Nicola, we often go off at a tangent and take over other peoples' threads. Don't we Ann ;-)
Yes, Gosford's a good half-way point for Sydney & Newcastle. Train station there too with trains going to both places, or the F3 Freeway - the drive into Newcastle's OK but very crowded into Sydney.
There are some nice places to live in Gosford itself these days, especially apartments overlooking the water, or houses in the leafy suburbs. The coast is great - Terrigal, Avoca, Wamberal especially, but you'll have the extra drive into Gosford for the train and parking is terrible.
I know Ann's got some info on Avoca Beach on her pages, and I've got some on Terigal, so you could check those out. Not sure if anyone's got a page specifically on Gosford though.
And as Ann said, e-mail if you have specific questions - we may be able to help.
Oh dear Colin....is the parking at Gosford station still bad?... luckily we used to park early in the morning....but still had to walk a distance to the station. ....mmmm shhhh, perhaps I shouldn't have said that :o) Well, never mind, the beaches and beautiful places in and around Gosford would certainly make up for that.
Yeah, they increased the parking but still not nearly enough spaces for all the increased traffic. People have to get there earlier & earlier to find a spot, or walk a loooooong way.
I was parking at Gosford Station every day last year (7:30 train) and it wasn't too bad in the new Commuter parking station, but if you could look to live away from Gosford itself (either north or south) there is still good access to the rail line
G'day Glen and welcome to vt :o) Hope you stick around and share your pix with us. Would love to see some more photos of the Central Coast Area. I miss it there :o) Please let me know when you have made a few pages matey. Cheers, Ann :o)
Oh btw Colin, we just launched the new boat yesterday. Wanna see the pix?
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Hugs, Ann xx
What a great day that looks Ann! Here's to many more :-)
Thanx Colin. Can't wait till tomorrow to do it again :o) Hope you are enjoying the break too :o) Hugz, Ann.
Does anyone know what Erina Heights is like?
After endlessly searching through the web there appears to be a nice school there. Is it close to the train line into Sydney?
is it a nice area to live?
Erina Heights is near the coast, a bit inland by Terrigal and Wamberal towards Gosford. About 15 minutes drive into Gosford, 10 minutes to the beaches.
It's part built-up, part rural with a choice of housing from rural acreage to suburban type houses. Plenty of shops, doctors, etc etc nearby.
Also a huge shopping mall, which you can check out on [original link]
Hey guys :o) I used to love shopping at Erina Fair Colin. Yes Erina Heights is very central to everything. Cheers, Ann :o)
G'day Ann. Erina Fair's been almost doubled in size over the last year. Some really upmarket cafes, restaurants, shops now, plus ice skating, huge cinema complex, play areas, bars, gardens...
Goodness Colin!! ....and an ice rink as well!! I often wonder about moving from that area. Sometime I wish we hadn't.... oh well just a passing thought :o) You are going to love the Central Coast Nicola!! Please stick around vt and keep us informed!! Cheers, Ann :o)
Remember Bay Village shopping mall at Bataeu Bay Ann? That's doubled in size too in response to Erina Fair.
Fairdinkum?!! I'm impressed. We rented in Bataeu Bay once. I liked the beach there because there's no white wash on the waves....easy swimming :o) Bet Bateau Bay is very classy now :o) Now look what you've done....got me on a nastalga trip ;o)
We used to go there every so often. A bit of a hike up and down the steps but a nice quiet little bay and a nice picnic area up on the cliff. Never crowded even at weekends.