11km 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 several...
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.
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.
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.
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.