Central Coast

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Bays and Beaches

Situated between Sydney and Newcastle, the Central Coast region begins at the mouth of the Hawkesbury River and stretches all the way to the southern end of Lake Macquarie in the north, encompassing an alluring mix of bays and beaches, inlets and lakes and lush hinterland. With a delightful mix of villages along the way, there is plenty to do on the Central Coast.

  • Pelicans, The Entrance
  • Putty Beach, Central Coast

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.

  • Terrigal beach, Central Coast

    Beaches

    The Central Coast is home to a number of popular swimming spots including Avoca Beach, The Entrance and many others; you could spend the day swimming, fishing, or surfing at dozens of pristine locations. For a different view of the area, try hiring a kayak or paddle board to explore the various waterways around the Central Coast.

  • Skydive the Beach and Beyond Central Coast, Warnervale

    Adventure

    Adventurous travellers will find no shortage of things to do on the Central Coast. Explore the region on horseback with Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures, or bushwalk and cycle its many scenic trails by yourself. Admire the Central Coast from above as you Skydive the Beach and Beyond, or take on flying foxes and suspension bridges at TreeTop Adventure Park.

  • Block N Tackle, Central Coast

    Food and Drink

    Sample the acclaimed cuisine at Terrigal's Bellyfish, taste the handcrafted ales and Cajun cuisine at Six String Brewery in Erina, or simply head for the beach to find some of the best cafés in the region. Fine dining institutes such as Reef Restaurant in Terrigal and Byblos Restaurant & Bar in Gosford, where Lebanese banquets are paired with modern cocktails, are popular with locals and visitors alike.

  • Bateau Bay, Central Coast

    Nature and Parks

    Home to a diverse and beautiful landscape, the Central Coast offers many opportunities to get in touch with nature. Explore Brisbane Water National Park and Bouddi National Park, stay overnight in a secluded campground, or play paintball in the Watagan Mountains. Learn about rainforest conservation at the Forest of Tranquility in Ourimbah, or visit the Australian Reptile Park and Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park to meet some of our native animals.

  • Camping

    Camping

    Settle in for an evening under the stars at one of the Central Coast’s top camping and caravanning locations. Take your pick from a variety of powered and unpowered camp sites, or set yourself up in a cosy cabin. With plenty of waterside holiday parks in the region, it's easy to nab a spot close to the beach or the bay for a casual summertime getaway, or immerse yourself in the wilderness and learn essential survival skills.

  • Shopping, Markets & Culture

    Shopping, Markets & Culture

    Feel free to browse the Central Coast’s wide range of shopping centres, independent retailers and boutique stores. Erina Fair, the largest shopping centre in the region, boasts over 300 stores in addition to restaurants, cinemas and an ice-skating rink. Those looking for something special might prefer perusing the fresh produce, handcrafted gifts, vintage homewares and clothing available at the Central Coast's weekly, monthly and seasonal markets.

Download the official Central Coast App

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
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    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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