The Outback, Broken Hill. Credit: Maxime Coquard;Destination NSW
View of New England. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Kiama, South Coast. Credit: Destination NSW; Murray Vanderveer
Flying high on the Central Coast
Microlight adventures or tree-top adventures, flying foxes and suspension bridges, just take your pick of adventures on the Central Coast. Don't forget Australia's largest horse riding and outdoor adventure centre is here too.
Adventures on the Central Coast
The Central Coast offers a wide range of adventure activities that vary from outgoing action such as sky diving at Warnervale, to more leisurely activities such as sailing on Avoca Lake.
The beaches, lakes, forests and national parks of the area provide the perfect backdrop for any adventure. Try sailboarding, kayaking or canoeing, go cycling along one of the many cycle paths in the area or explore the stunning bushwalking trail. Fish the channel at The Entrance for blackfish and prawns, or head out on a game-fishing boat or whale-watching cruise. For mountain-biking and four-wheel driving enthusiasts, nearby Ourimbah State Forest has some exciting terrain.
There are also plenty of family-friendly activities on the Central Coast. Kids of all ages will have fun in the walkways and flying foxes amongst the tree tops at TreeTops Adventure Park, in Ourimbah State Forest near Yarramalong. The family can also camp in nearby Watagan State Forest and take easy bushwalks along the forest's beautiful Rock Lily and Lyrebird walking tracks.
Take a trail ride through picturesque bushland at Glenworth Valley Horse Riding, Australia's largest horse-riding centre. Set amongst 3,000 acres of wilderness, Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures offers plenty of diverse ways in which to see and experience the beauty of Central Coast. Spend an afternoon kayaking along the waterways of the Glenworth Valley, head out on a quad bike adventure through untouched bushland or savour spectacular views of the area while abseiling.
Not enough? Gather your family and friends together for a few hours of Glenworth laser skirmish fun, or learn essential survival skills with a half or full day course from the Bear Grylls Survival Academy. Surrounding areas also have plenty of family adventure, such as sailing and paddleboating on Avoca Lake . The kids can also take on the spirited, yet family friendly, jet-pack at Mt Penang Gardens or Archery Tag at Toowoon bay.
If you’re keen on diving, check out the Ex-HMAS Adelaide Shipwreck. Located just 1.4 kilometres from the Skillion at Terrigal and 1.8 kilometres from Avoca Beach, this artificial reef is a world class dive attraction with stunning underwater scenery.
Play a round of Golf in idyllic surrounds
The Central Coast region is home to a range of great golf courses and an active golfing community. Play a round at Kooindah Waters Golf Club, a championship golf course in Wyong which was designed by Ross Watson and champion Australian golfer Craig Parry, and is set amidst natural wetlands. Or visit the award-winning Pullman Magenta Shores Golf Club and Resort, which lies between the Pacific Ocean and Tuggerah Lake at The Entrance and is a championship 18-hole course. Please remember that this is a private course and you need to stay at the property to play. Shelly Beach Golf Club, a picturesque golf course overlooking the gorgeous Shelly Beach, is also a must-visit.
Get active on the water with kayaking and stand up paddleboarding at Avoca Beach or put on your dive gear, head off shore and spot marine life at the Ex-HMAS Adelaide Dive Site. Cast a fishing line at The Entrance or join a group ocean fishing charter.
Set out on a trek through the treetops at the Ourimbah State Forest, swinging along flying foxes or traversing bridges from tree to tree. Repel down cliffs and by waterfalls while abseiling at Glenworth Valley, it's fun for all ages so bring the family.