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. Wyong Community Choir

    Tuesday 26 June 2018 to Tuesday 03 July 2018 , Wyong

    Wyong locals, Travellers and Tourists welcome, join the choir for a night or longer, and make some musical memories. Their fully sponsored rehearsal venue at The Wyong Neighbourhood Centre, is a community space and Non-profit organization. …

    26 Jun - 03 Jul
  2. Gosford Baby Show

    Tuesday 26 June 2018 , Gosford

    Baby Show Time is coming to Gosford to raise money for Kids With Cancer Foundation Australia. They will be giving away dozens of trophies, ribbons and prizes. For all children aged birth - six years, please register online.…

    26 Jun
  3. Djembe Kids with Sandy Bigara

    Thursday 28 June 2018 to Thursday 05 July 2018 , Gosford

    Djembe Kids runs on Thursday afternoons at the Rhythm Hut, a vibrant community built must-see entertainment spot in Gosford! Anyone can join at any time, and new guests are always welcome inside the remarkable theatre attached to the Hut. …

    28 Jun - 05 Jul
  4. The AC/DC Story: Wyong

    Friday 29 June 2018 , Wyong

    The AC/DC Story is a one-of-a-kind experience, not just a tribute band but a three-hour concert and biography of the world’s greatest rock’n’roll band - AC/DC. With vocals by Larry Attard, who performed with AC/DC, and performed by ACCA DA…

    29 Jun
  5. Brackets and Jam Kincumber Mountain

    Friday 29 June 2018 to Friday 23 November 2018 , Avoca Beach

    Brackets and Jam is a regular monthly event, featuring “brackets” of local music and performance interspersed with drum “jams" and open mic opportunities. Their Brackets South event takes place on top of beautiful Kincumba Mountain. The c…

    29 Jun - 23 Nov
  6. Jack and the Beanstalk

    Friday 29 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 …

    29 Jun - 09 Mar
  7. Rock of Ages

    Friday 29 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…

    29 Jun - 09 Mar
  8. The Angels: Ettalong Beach

    Friday 29 June 2018 , Ettalong Beach

    It’s hard to believe, but it has been four decades since the release of The Angels sophomore album Face to Face. The seminal release firmly put the band on the map—both in Australia and internationally—spawning tracks that still hold an ico…

    29 Jun