Julie Goodwin, Cook and Writer
Julie Goodwin is an Australian cook with a passion for singing who came to public attention when she won the inaugural season of Masterchef Australia in 2009. She has written three cook books, released a CD and is a busy mother of three living on the Central Coast with her family.
Julie agrees that with all the fabulous fresh produce, numerous farmer’s markets, and the beautiful abundant seafood, the Central Coast is a foodies’ paradise.
“There are lots of great places to eat out, and of course the most beautiful picnic sports too, whether in the bush or on the beach.”
In June 2014 Julie opened ‘Julie’s Place’ where you can come and participate in one of her scheduled cooking classes.
Julia Morris, Actress and Comedian
Julia Morris is an Australian comedian, actress, writer, television presenter and television producer who has worked extensively in Australian television and radio, touring the country with her solo comedy shows. She relocated to the UK in 2000, appearing on British television, then returned toAustralia in 2007. Australia’s first lady of comedy, Julie is a retired good time Gosford girl and reluctant mother of two!
Julia married British comedian Dan Thomas and her husband bought her the title “Lady of the Manor of Gosforth!” Although it has no legal standing, Julia utilises its comic value in her stand-up show, referring to herself as “Lady Julia Morris.”
Having started her career in local theatre on the Coast, she loves that these days the Coast offers savvy tour theatres and venues hosting the best line up of local and touring shows, in the country.
“When you’re visiting the local area keep a particular eye out for venues that feed you as well as entertain you …. one stop entertainment joy.”
Ken Duncan, Photographer
Local legend, Ken Duncan OAM is a photographer from Wamberal and has called the Central Coast home for almost 30 years. Ken is regarded as one of Australia’s most acclaimed landscape photographers. He gained prominence for his pioneering work with panoramic landscapes and limited edition photographic prints. Visit the Ken Duncan Gallery in Erina Heights whilst you’re visiting the Central Coast to see his work.
On Australia Day 2009, Ken was honoured nationally when he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) by the Australian Government for his services to the arts as a landscape photographer and publisher, and for his service to the Central Coast community.
Although the panoramic format is considered his most popular, Ken has also used many other different formats and media. He has produced several books and has been awarded for his work, with his first major publication pictorial book called The Last Frontier — Australia Wide published in 1987.