Nature & parks
Things to do in the Central Coast
The Central Coast area is made up of spectacular beaches, national parks, state forests and nature reserves, as well as cool towns like Avoca Beach and Terrigal. You're sure to find an activity to suit you on the Central Coast.
Parks and Wildlife
At the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park in Calga, you can wander amongst kangaroos, wallabies and emus; meet echidnas, Tasmanian devils, and flying foxes; and see cute bilbies and baby crocodiles. Get your photo taken with a koala, a wombat, a dingo or even a python, and take a tour to learn more about Aboriginal heritage, bush tucker and bush medicine.
Visit Brisbane Waters National Park to see wildflowers and go bushwalking, bird watching and sightseeing, or go to Bouddi National Park for tranquil beaches and superb walking and cycling tracks. Visit Olney State Forest in the Watagan Mountains for camping and forest walks, or to the Forest of Tranquility, Australian Rainforest Sanctuary in Ourimbah to learn more about rainforest conservation.
For a hands-on zoo experience, visit the Australian Reptile Park in Somersby. Meet a range of Australian and exotic reptiles and wildlife, including Hugo, the giant Galapagos tortoise, and Elvis, the state's biggest crocodile. Watch daily wildlife shows and meet snakes, reptiles and scary spiders.
Get the kids out into the great outdoors by visiting Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures or head up to the Yarramalong Valley, and get lost in the maze at Amazement, or swing through the trees at the Treetop Adventure Park.Visit Dharug National Park to see UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Great North Road. This is one of Australia's eleven convict sites, and offers excellent sightseeing and a good walk.
Wyong and Gosford are the Gateway Cities of the Central Coast. These towns offer the best of urban and coastal living, with lively restaurants, shopping and entertainment. This is the perfect place to stay to visit the amazing Australian Reptile Park, and the gorgeous Mt Penang Gardens.Visitors staying here can also tee off at Kooindah Waters Golf Club, go to the races at Gosford Race Club, or go bushwalking in Brisbane Water National Park to see seasonal wildflowers and the extensive Aboriginal engravings.
Laid Back Lifestyle
The Peninsula is located at the southern tip of the Central Coast area, and includes Woy Woy, Umina, Ettalong Beach, Patonga and Pearl Beach. Again, this is a great family destination, with plenty of activities, and numerous sheltered, patrolled beaches.Take a ferry to see the region by water, or to travel easily between towns and beaches. Or for spectacular views, climb Mount Ettalong to see the region's beaches, Broken Bay, and Lion Island.
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