Just 90 minutes from Sydney, my recent weekend escape to the New South Wales Central Coast was an adventurous yet relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
I recently took up off-road mountain biking as a new hobby and have been enjoying the technicalities of the sport (most times), the endurance/fitness aspect of it and my favourite: being out and amongst nature in the trails. As there are only a handful of trails in the Sydney area, it was time for some adventure to explore a new trail I’ve never ridden… which is what brought me up to the Central Coast.
The trail I rode that weekend was located in Ourimbah State Forest. I won’t go into too much detail about the trail here, but it was about a 10km single trail loop and went through some very beautiful lush forests.
As I wanted to treat this as a weekend away and ride on both Saturday and Sunday, I looked for some accommodation for the Saturday night. Luckily, Scoopon were running a deal at the time and I managed to score a great deal to stay at Pullman Magenta Shores – about 20 minutes away from Ourimbah State Forest.
While check-in was welcome at 2:00pm, I didn’t check-in until about 5:00pm. Hotel staff were very friendly, helpful and hospitable in making my stay at Pullman a relaxing and stress-free one, which is always nice feeling when arriving at a new property.
My Scoopon deal included one night’s stay in a Studio Suite at Pullman Magenta Shores, with a full buffet breakfast included. The Studio Suite was light-filled and comfortable, and mine particularly had a balcony that looked over the 18-hole golf course.
On the night of my stay, I chose to grab a bite to eat from the bar – I had the pasta with tomato and basil whilst enjoying the company of my friends who came with me, and the live music by the bar from 6:30pm.
There are also two pools at the Pullman – one indoor and one outdoor (with the outdoor pictured below), a sauna, tennis courts, a fully equipped gym, a day spa and as mentioned previously, an 18-hole golf course.
From the hotel/resort grounds, there is also access to the beach. As the property is situated between a lake and the ocean, you really have pristine views from both the east and the west and have the opportunity to witness a beautiful sunrise and sunset over the water!
Despite it being the middle of winter, I braved the cold and got up at 6:00am to check out the sunrise on the morning of my departure. As I approached the beach and saw the colours of the sky, I knew that it was well worth it.
Breakfast at the Pullman was up there with the best I’ve had. Not eating meat can make breakfast (or any meal) more challenging when eating out at a non-speciality restaurant, but the Pullman had a wide selection of both hot and cold dishes I got to enjoy! What made it even easier was that the hot dishes (like the beans and hash browns) were labelled with dairy-free, which made it easy to figure out what I could have.
1 Magenta Drive
Magenta NSW 2261
This post was sponsored by Scoopon however, all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.