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Family flying a kite on Avoca Beach, Central Coast
Couple having a picnic at Norah Head lighthouse, Central Coast
The Skillion, Terrigal, Central Coast

Central Coast

  • Pelicans, The Entrance
  • Putty Beach, Central Coast


From Broken Bay at the mouth of the Hawkesbury River to south of Newcastle, the Central Coast includes a mix of bays and inlets, pristine beaches, lakes and lush hinterland.

Must Do

About the Central Coast

The Central Coast is home to a number of picturesque towns and villages, including Bateau Bay, Norah Head, The Entrance, Toowoon Bay, Avoca Beach, Ettalong Beach, Terrigal and Woy Woy.

It's not hard to make the most of the relaxed coastal lifestyle in this region. Start with a serving of fresh fish and chips on the water’s edge, spend time lazing on the beach or enjoy a swim within the patrolled area of the surf.

With an abundance of natural beauty, there are also numerous outdoor activities to appeal to all ages. Take a walk through lush bushland, kayak or canoe in the region's gentle waters or follow one of the many cycle paths that weave their way through the area.

A hike through the Brisbane Waters National Park is a recommended experience. Enjoy the surrounding beauty further by following the Somersby Falls walking track, the Mooney Mooney nature walk or the Great North walk.

For those looking further afield, you can mountain bike through the Ourimbah State Forest, learn how to ride a horse at Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures or join a diving expedition and explore the wreck of the Ex-HMAS Adelaide at the nearby dive site.

A closer encounter with native and exotic species, including snakes, lizards, crocodiles and spiders, Australian mammals, and more, can be made by visiting the family-friendly Australian Reptile Park.

There are a number of popular markets along the Central Coast specialising in handmade goods, quirky souvenirs and great gifts. 

The central business hub of the Central Coast is Gosford. This area also offers a great balance of natural beauty, shopping and diverse dining options. Enjoy the peaceful setting of Mt Penang Gardens as you wander through landscaped parklands, settle in for a scenic waterside picnic or spend time exploring the national parks and state forests that surround the regional city.



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  • Terrigal beach, Central Coast


    Learn to surf from an accredited surf school at Terrigal or practice your boardriding moves at Avoca Beach. Enjoy a day family day out at Ettalong Beach or Toowoon Bay Beach, swimming in child-friendly waterways or simply lazing on golden sands. Cast a fishing line out into the ocean at The Entrance Beach or swim a few laps in the nearby sea baths.

  • Skydive the Beach and Beyond Central Coast, Warnervale


    Try sailboarding, kayaking or canoeing, go cycling or mountain biking, or check out the TreeTops Adventure Park in Ourimbah State Forest with its awesome high ropes course. Explore the region on horseback during a tour with Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures or see the Central Coast from a bird’s eye view with Skydive the Beach and Beyond.

  • Beachside cafe, Terrigal

    Food and Wine

    Relaxed is the word du jour at the Central Coast’s laid back, high-quality eateries. Try the popular Bellyfish in Terrigal, indulge in quality pub fare and beer at the Six String Brewery in Erina, or simply enjoy the wealth of cafes and friendly local Fish and Chip shops that line the bays. There are also fine dining institutes such as Bombini and The Cowry, which is a 30-year-old mainstay.

Download the official Central Coast App

Plan things to do in the Central Coast, decide which restaurants to eat at, book places to stay in and find tours of the Central Coast to go on. Included features & functions:

  • Up-to-date events listings
  • Easy to use Mobile booking system
  • My Favourites and My Itinerary
  • Current weather
  • Currency converter
  • Services and facilities maps

Download: Download for Android | Download from iTunes

Local areas

  • Gosford Area Close to fabulous beaches and surrounded by picturesque state forests and lakes, Gosford offers plenty of things to do that are fun for the whole family.
  • Wyong Area Nestled between the mountains and the sea, the Wyong area offers lush wooded valleys and national parks, lakes, coastal towns and pristine beaches.

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