Central Coast Nature & Parks

Highlights

The Central Coast is a rolling stretch of inland and seaside townships surrounded by pristine waterways and beaches, beautiful national parks and nature reserves. Accessible by train and less than two hours from Sydney, it’s the ideal location to explore the great outdoors, meet the local wildlife, or just relax by the beach.

  • Coastal Walk, Bouddi National Park
  • Warrah lookout, Brisbane Water National Park

Parks and Recreation

Getting close to nature in the Central Coast is pleasurably simple. Visit Brisbane Waters National Park for bushwalking, bird watching and sightseeing, or Olney State Forest in the Watagan Mountains for camping and forest walks. Head to the Forest of Tranquility in Ourimbah to learn more about rainforest conservation, with over 100 acres of virgin bushland, including an intact rainforest.

Explore Bouddi National Park near Gosford, a haven of tranquil beaches and superb walking and cycling tracks. Standout Central Coast walking tracks include the Box Head Track, Bouddi Coastal Walk, Mooney Mooney Nature Walk and the trails of of the stunning Popran National Park and Dharug National Park.

Bouddi Coastal Walk, Central Coast

Be sure to visit the Old Great North Road, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed walk in Dharug National Park. This moderately steep track is popular with families and history buffs and the 9km loop features a historic convict-built road overlooking the Hawkesbury River.

The natural paradise of the Central Coast has long been synonymous with beaches and beachside living. The Entrance Beach is a great spot for families, with good surf conditions and a tranquil lagoon. There are also some fantastic beaches to explore in Terrigal, Soldiers Beach at Norah Head is great for surfing, and Avoca Beach offers fantastic fishing, surfing, and kayaking, with protected rock pools to explore and a good northeasterly swell. It’s also the ideal setting for a fishing charter.

Ocean Beach and Toowoon Bay are also family-friendly beaches, and for surfing and swimming in unspoilt surrounds, check out MacMasters Beach, Wamberal Beach or Bouddi National Park, which has several lovely beaches to explore.

Located in the hinterland of the Central Coast, Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures is one of Australia's largest horse riding and outdoor adventure centres. There are 3,000 acres of great outdoors to explore here, for a day full of adventure including abseiling, kayaking, quad-biking and even a laser skirmish park.

Horse riding, Glenworth Valley

Another great way to experience the natural environment of the Central Coast is through its wildlife. At the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, you can wander amongst kangaroos, wallabies and emus, and meet echidnas and flying foxes, or take a tour to learn more about Aboriginal heritage, bush tucker and bush medicine.

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.

The Central Coast, NSW: Your next adventure is closer than you think - Nature
  1. 11 Kilometre Walking Track

    11 Kilometre Walking Track

    11 kilometre walking track is near Wisemans Ferry and follows a steep mountain ridge through lush gullies, past clear running creeks in Dharug National Park. This rough track will really get your heart racing with...

  2. 248 Trail

    248 Trail

    Aptly named 248 trail because it's 248 metres above sea level, this is a fantastic trail for mountain biking, horse riding and walking. The ride is relatively short so it’s a great one for kids. If you need a break...

  3. Allen Strom Lookout

    Allen Strom Lookout

    There are scenic views aplenty at the Central Coast’s Allen Strom lookout. Gaze across Hardys Bay to Wagstaffe and Ettalong and as far as Brisbane Water National Park.Clear your mind and refresh your senses...

  4. Avoca Beach

    Avoca Beach

    A popular surf beach lined with towering Norfolk Island Pines, Avoca Beach has a relaxed atmosphere which is sought after by locals and visitors alike.The beach area, which stretches almost two kilometres,...

  5. Firefly Magic

    Sunday 4 December to Sunday 18 December 2016, Tuggerah

    Firefly Magic is a unique festival at the beautiful Australian Rainforest Sanctuary, locally known as the Forest of Tranquility in Ourimbah.The "Fireflies" come out at Dusk and like humidity. However...

    04 Dec -18Dec

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