Central Coast

The beautiful Central Coast of NSW is charming, with gorgeous beaches, magnificent national parks and pretty waterways. You’ll be amazed by all the fun adventures and wonderful attractions, from water sports to bushwalking, mountain biking, whale watching and marvellous wildlife sanctuaries.

Just north of Sydney, enjoy an alluring mix of bays, inlets and lakes, and golden and white sandy beaches, as well as picturesque waterfront esplanades. Places to stay in the southern Gosford area and the northern Wyong area include campgrounds, holiday parks, seaside hotels and luxury resorts.

Sun rising over Shelly Beach on the NSW Central Coast

In the national parks and nature reserves are exhilarating experiences. Two of the prettiest walks are the Bouddi coastal walk and The Coast walking track. There are mountain biking and horseriding trails too, as well as 4WD touring in stately forests. The national parks on the Central Coast are:

You’ll find shared cycle ways around Ettalong Beach, Avoca Beach, Terrigal and The Entrance, home of the daily Pelican Feed. The Tuggerah Lakes Cycleway winds 12km, with picnic and barbecue areas along the path. The sparkling waterways are popular for fishing, kayaking, waterskiing and sailing.

For a scenic ferry ride on Brisbane Water, Central Coast Ferries offers an hour-long round trip. It departs Woy Woy, a popular day trip from Sydney for tasty fish and chips at Fishermen’s Wharf. There are many more delicious places to eat, including seaside cafes, restaurants and markets.

Australian Reptile Park on the NSW Central Coast

For adventure, the young and young at heart will love soaring on the TreeTop Adventure Park’s zip-lines, or flying foxes. In Glenworth Valley, enjoy horseriding in sylvan charm and enchanting forest. Other adventure tours include big game fishing, skydiving, scuba diving, kayaking and surf schools.

Among the other extraordinary things to do is a visit to The Australian Reptile Park, home to the saltwater crocodile Elvis. You can also stroll with Hugo, a Galapagos tortoise. At the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, meet native animals including Kambala the koala and Hippo the wombat.

Another delightful experience is the Gosford Classic Car Museum, one of the best car museums in the world. The heritage is astonishing, with more than 420 vehicles. For touring art exhibitions, visit the Gosford Regional Gallery, and check out the events calendar for shows at the vibrant Art House.

Things to do and places to stay

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  1. Bruce Mathiske

    Thursday 21 June 2018 , Gosford

    World acclaimed guitar virtuoso Bruce Mathiske is back with a new album and tour! “Six String Anthology” is unmistakably Mathiske with melodic and vibrant sounds, based around original compositions in the key of each string of the guitar.…

    21 Jun
  2. Bruce Mathiske

    Thursday 21 June 2018 , Gosford

    World acclaimed guitar virtuoso Bruce Mathiske is back with a new album and tour! “Six String Anthology” is unmistakably Mathiske with melodic and vibrant sounds, based around original compositions in the key of each string of the guitar.…

    21 Jun
  3. Rock of Ages

    Friday 22 June 2018 to Saturday 09 March 2019 , Wyong

    Wyong Musical Theatre Company presents Rock of Ages which will take you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! This Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical features the hits of ban…

    22 Jun - 09 Mar
  4. Jack and the Beanstalk

    Friday 22 June 2018 to Saturday 09 March 2019 , Wyong

    Jack is the only person who can save the town of Alltrades from a ferocious Giant and the Big Bad Wolf, but Jack is a very naughty boy. Will he place his dreams of fame and fortune above the safety of his town? Luckily his sister Jill acts …

    22 Jun - 09 Mar
  5. Five Lands Walk

    Saturday 23 June 2018 , Avoca Beach

    Five Lands Walk is a moderately easy walk that follows the spectacular Central Coast coastline for nine kilometres from MacMasters Beach to Terrigal, and includes free cultural and fun events near the Surf Clubs at each of the beaches inclu…

    23 Jun
  6. The Entrance Market

    Saturday 23 June 2018 to Saturday 14 July 2018 , The Entrance

    The Entrance Market, is a weekly market for the Central Coast providing a socially orientated shopping experience for all to enjoy from 9am till 2pm. Come and browse for fresh food, hot food and supporting stalls in a family friendly loc…

    23 Jun - 14 Jul
  7. Cash Live

    Saturday 23 June 2018 , Wyong

    Award winning and highly acclaimed Australian country singer Daniel Thompson and Golden Guitar winning, Telecaster picking, Australian country music legend Stuie French, along with their powerhouse backing band, The Tennessee Express are ex…

    23 Jun
  8. Handcrafted Products Market

    Sunday 24 June 2018 to Sunday 25 November 2018 ,

    The Dam Hotel Markets are on the last Sunday of every month on the carpark there are over 30 stalls and more to look around and buy great gifts. The pub is open for lunch at 11:00 with a great range of food to choose from the kind can have …

    24 Jun - 25 Nov