The Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre (CCMDC) has achieved an Advanced Ecotourism and Climate Action Business Certification!

Congratulations to the Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre (CCMDC) for achieving Advanced Ecotourism and Climate Action Business Certification for their Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre, Schools Program and Wings, Whales and Wildflower Tours!

The Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre has become a valuable education resource for both local and visiting schools through its school programs, a developing hub for research activity and a key tourist attraction for the Central Coast. Thankyou to more than 50 of our active volunteers and occasional paid teachers.

We are happy to be part of the Ecotourism Australia family!


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Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre Upgrades

Please find links below to our Newsletters on the progress of the Marine Discovery Centre Upgrade.

New Cafe at the Centre

Attached to the newest kids park on the central coast, we now have a great new cafe at  Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre

Welcome PARKLIFE. A kiosk focused on clean eats for kids & great organic coffee for mums & dads.

The Cafe opened Feb 1 and have decided to make a stand to serve only things we’re proud of. That means NO processed foods, lots of DF/GF/V options & clean juices.

PARKLIFE actively promotes up cycling, recycling & plain old cycling to work. We use recyclable everything.

Parklife has been created by local high end chef Pauly Mac and his Love of food is evident. Pauly has 25 years under his belt and promises to be mindful in every choice, the menu will change weekly, but you’ll always be able to get a snack, a bowl, a cake or a cookie, and I mean a proper kids sized cookie, because he has kids too!

The Cafe will feature professionally handmade everything and food scraps will be composted for the edible garden or given away as part of our #soupdaddy project to feed the central coasts homeless.

PARKLIFE is a community space, so come and hang out on our picnic blankets or borrow from our toy library or grab a coffee and say hi.

They’ve recently launched #parkliferocks a cool new initiative to get kids out and about and involved in a never ending treasure hunt in our park and beyond.

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Also home to Tai chi, chess, fitness, mums and anyone else who’s community minded and loves good coffee.

Open 10am - 2pm seven days a week

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Opening Hours

The CCMDC is open weekends and every day during the school holidays.

Our opening hours are from 10-4pm with last admission at 3pm. 


  • Adults $10,
  • Child / Conc $6,
  • Carers with Carers Card = Free if with client.
  • Family (2A, 2C) $26
  • Family (1A,2C) $16

We are located at 11 Terrigal Drive, Terrigal – opposite the Terrigal Pacific Motel and next to Terrigal Lagoon.

Visit the Centre for lots of fun and activities.....

  • See our displays

  • Say hello to our marine creatures

  • Enter our colouring or guessing competition

  • Watch “The Adventures of Gavin the Leafy Seadragon”

  • Become a Junior Marine Scientist by doing our quiz.

  • Paint a plaster or do a free craft activity

  • Enjoy great food and coffee at our Parkside cafe

  • Browse our shop for bargains

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