Central Coast adventures
There's an adventure activity for all tastes on the Central Coast. Trail rides on horseback, quad biking, tree-top adventures and following cycle tracks along the beach are just a few. Skydiving and tandem microlight flights are options for the serious adventurer or an underwater adventure at the ex-HMAS Adelaide Dive site, off the coast at Terrigal.
Welcome to the 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. While Gosford is the main centre, picturesque villages along the coastline - such as Pearl Beach, Ettalong, Hardys Bay, Avoca Beach, Terrigal, Bateau Bay, Toowoon Bay, The Entrance , Norah Head and Forresters Beach - are popular holiday spots.
Don't miss the beautiful Somersby Falls in Brisbane Water National Park and the secluded beaches and bays of Bouddi National Park. Crackneck Lookout in Wyrrabalong National Park is a great vantage point for whale watching.
- Sunday 26 May to Sunday 24 November Avoca Beachside Markets
Avoca Beachside Markets is held
- Until Sunday 26 May Sculpture on the Greens - Exhibition
- Saturday 1 June to Saturday 7 December Ourimbah RSL Markets
Ourimbah RSL Charity Markets will
- Sunday 16 June Bay to Bay Fun Run
- Sunday 16 June to Sunday 15 December Davistown RSL Markets
- Saturday 13 July to Saturday 9 November Point Clare Markets
Point Clare Markets are all-weather
- Until Sunday 24 November Avoca Beachside Markets
- Until Saturday 7 December Ourimbah RSL Markets
Central Coast Events
The Central Coast area plays host to a number of events all year round. Tuggerah Lakes Mardi Gras is packed with family fun, and is one of the longest running festivals in Australia.
Peats Ridge Sustainable Arts and Music Festival is a music festival with a conscience, held each New Year. Country music fans can enjoy the Central Coast Country Music Festival held each March, or for opera buffs, there is Opera in the Arboretum.
The Bluetongue Stadium holds a range of sporting events, while a visit to Gosford Race Club or Wyong Race Club gets horseracing fans pulses racing.
For the Kids
There is never a shortage of activities to keep the kids busy on a trip to the Central Coast! Get up close with your favourite Aussie animal at the Australian Reptile Park, get lost in the amazing maze at Amazement, or head to the trees at Treetop Adventure Park. Learn more about your favourite sea creatures at the Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre, or enjoy Pelican Feeding at The Entrance.
With so many beaches, it can be tough to decide which one to go to first. For great surf, visit North Avoca and Soldiers Beach, for great views of Bouddi National Park, visit Umina Beach, or for great people watching, visit Terrigal Beach and Avoca Beach.
If you’re looking for something to do on the water, why not learn to surf? You could also try scuba diving at the Ex-HMAS Adelaide, or take a boat out and enjoy a day of fishing.
The Central Coast is home to a number of stunning National Parks and forests. Perfect for bushwalking and exploring, there is Brisbane Water National Park, Bouddi National Park, and Strickland State Forest, to name but a few.
A visit to the area would not be complete without taking one of the many beautiful coastal walks. Walk from MacMasters Beach to Terrigal for the unmissable 5 Lands Coastal Walkway, or for a refreshing experience, take a dip and a walk around Pearl Beach Rock Pool.