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. Ken Duncan's World of Light

    Monday 17 December 2018 to Monday 31 December 2018 , Terrigal

    In his stunning new exhibition, World of Light, iconic local photographer, Ken Duncan, once again shows his tremendous talent and inimitable style. Featuring images from across Australia and around the world, World of Light, demonstrates…

    17 Dec - 31 Dec
  2. Gosford Community Choir

    Monday 17 December 2018 to Monday 24 June 2019 , Gosford

    2019 is going to be a bumper year! Come and sing with them in a warm eclectic environment. Travellers and Tourists welcome, join them for a night or two and sing your heart out. Their colourful rehearsal venue at The Rhythm Hut is a…

    17 Dec - 24 Jun
  3. The Italian Tenors

    Thursday 20 December 2018 , Wyong

    Direct from Italy, the Italian Tenors are three of Europe’s most successful operatic tenors who have become a worldwide pop-opera phenomenon. Fabio La Mattina, Sabino Gaita and Evans Tonon toured Australia in 2016 on their inaugural tour…

    20 Dec
  4. Bubble Time In Lord Ashley Lounge

    Friday 21 December 2018 to Friday 27 December 2019 , Terrigal

    Friday afternoon drinks have never been classier thanks to Janz. Sparkle your way into the weekend with cocktails, free summer games and champagne while you dance the week away with their DJ playing everything from the 80's to now.…

    21 Dec - 27 Dec
  5. Bushcraft and Survival Skills

    Saturday 22 December 2018 to Saturday 19 January 2019 , Gosford Area

    Australian Survival Instructors (A.S.I) is an outdoor bush survival and traditional skills school dedicated to teaching traditional and modern outdoor survival skills through carefully designed, formal and hands on educational courses. …

    22 Dec - 19 Jan