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. That Place In Between

    Friday 19 October 2018 , Wyong

    Award winning local choreographer Cadi McCarthy brings this exciting new dance-theatre work to life, unravelling the emotional turbulence that rises from periods of transition. Where situations have arisen out of their control. Based on a …

    19 Oct
  2. King Tide Gosford

    Saturday 20 October 2018 , Gosford

    ARIA Award-nominees King Tide are Australia's' premier original Rock Steady Reggae gut soul band. King Tide have appeared at just about every major music festival in the country, released a high charting compilation album, leased tracks and…

    20 Oct
  3. Empire Bay Village Fair

    Saturday 20 October 2018 , Killcare

    A village fair highlighting local produce, crafts and entertainment. Funds raised on the day will support local charities and community groups. There'll be entertainment for young and old alike with plenty of stalls to browse!…

    20 Oct
  4. The Street Poets

    Saturday 20 October 2018 , Wyong

    What does it sound like when the next generation speak up about what truly matters? The Street Poets is a group of inspiring young artists who are choosing to speak out about some of the important issues in society. These 10 poets will le…

    20 Oct
  5. Wyong Fairtrade Fair

    Saturday 20 October 2018 , Wyong

    Fairtrade stallholders from across NSW gather undercover in a free community event. A wide range of gifts, homewares, jewellery, toys, and fashion are available from around the world that empowers workers in developing countries with fair w…

    20 Oct
  6. Community Fair Empire Bay

    Saturday 20 October 2018 , Killcare

    The Empire Bay Progress Association is getting ready for the annual Village Fair to raise funds for various local community groups. All of the favourites will be there, along with homemade cakes and jams raising funds for Bluewave Living Au…

    20 Oct
  7. Inspiring Artistry

    Sunday 21 October 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…

    21 Oct - 10 Mar