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. Living Universe Tuggerah

    Thursday 09 August 2018 to Tuesday 14 August 2018 , Tuggerah

    This August, science soars into deep space in Living Universe, an Australian feature documentary tackling the momentous question: are people alone? Narrated by everyone’s favourite scientist Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Australian astrophysicis…

    09 Aug - 14 Aug
  2. Webers Circus

    Thursday 16 August 2018 to Sunday 26 August 2018 , Gosford

    Webers Circus with a touch of the Wild West, is a fun-filled family show. For more information, visit the website. See Eventfinda for more information.…

    16 Aug - 26 Aug
  3. Greedy Guts Markets

    Friday 17 August 2018 to Friday 14 December 2018 , Terrigal

    Come and experience the sights, sounds and most importantly tastes of the Greedy Guts Street Food Markets. Every second Friday of the month, the month the Florida Beach Bar in Terrigal is transformed into a boutique street food market fille…

    17 Aug - 14 Dec
  4. TC's Open Mic

    Sunday 19 August 2018 , Killcare

    Local legend Trent Crawford returns with a fabulous Open Mic afternoon on the Deck. Whether you want to participate or just take in some tunes it's great way to spend an afternoon. There's an abundance of musical talent on the coast and Tre…

    19 Aug
  5. Inspiring Artistry

    Sunday 19 August 2018 to Sunday 10 March 2019 , Gosford

    In 2018, Central Coast Conservatorium will present over 50 professional concerts. These will include Opera, chamber music, orchestral music, jazz, new music and workshops featuring international artists. Central Coast Conservatorium is the…

    19 Aug - 10 Mar
  6. Gosford Community Choir

    Monday 20 August 2018 to Monday 31 December 2018 , Gosford

    Winter Season is here. Come and sing with them in a warm 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 backpackers accommodation on…

    20 Aug - 31 Dec