The Pelican Feed takes place on The Entrance waterfront at 3.30pm each day and is one of the Central Coast's most popular tourist attractions, entertaining and educating visitors and residents alike about the area’s own pelican colony.
The Pelican Feed started over 20 years ago by staff at Clifford’s fish and chip shop, who would feed the scraps to the pelicans every day. Jimbo’s Seafood then took over the feeding by this time it was a tradition and the pelicans would waddle over to Jimbo’s, crossing what was then a road and demand their fish from staff.
In 1996, The Entrance Town Centre Management built the feeding platform known as Pelican Plaza. They, in conjunction with the many sponsors, have made it possible to feed the pelicans whole fresh fish 365 days a year and make it the spectacle it is today.
One of the main objectives of the pelican feed is to keep an eye on the pelican's medical conditions as many have hooks and lines tangled up in their gullets, wings and other parts of their body. The feed is a chance for the co-ordinator and volunteers to assess their well being.
The Entrance has now been internationally recognised as “The Pelican Capital of Australia” and we want you to be part of it. So when you visit us at The Entrance be sure to wander down to the Pelican Plaza on the foreshore for an experience you will treasure.
Special thanks must go to our wonderful team of volunteers who give up their time to feed the pelicans and help the injured birds.
The Pelican Feed is proudly sponsored by Central Coast Council, The Entrance Market, Diggers @ The Entrance, Star 104.5, ABC World Pty Ltd, The Lakes Hotel, Subway The Entrance, ACEC and Jimbo’s Quality Seafood.