Bridging the area between Sydney and Newcastle, the Central Coast region begins at the mouth of the Hawkesbury River and stretches all the way to the southern end of Lake Macquarie. With a number of delightful villages, as well as an alluring mix of bays, beaches, inlets, lakes and hinterland areas, there’s plenty to see and do on the NSW Central Coast.
About the Central Coast
Surrounded by stunning scenery and fresh coastal air, the Central Coast is home to a number of picturesque towns and villages including Umina Beach, The Entrance, Avoca Beach, Terrigal and Ettalong Beach.
Take a walk through lush bushland, kayak or canoe in the region's gentle waters or follow one of the many cycle paths that weave their way through the area.
A hike through the Brisbane Waters National Park is a revitalising experience. Enjoy the surrounding beauty further by following the Somersby Falls Walking Track, the Mooney Mooney Nature Walk or the Great North Walk.
Wyong also provides an excellent holiday base for both families and adventure seekers. The Entrance and Bateau Bay also offer more outdoor activities on the idyllic waters of Tuggerah Lake. Families can watch the pelican feeding daily at The Entrance waterfront, visit the Norah Head Lighthouse or explore the many family-friendly and surf beaches in the region
Take a leisurely picnic at the Mt Penang Gardens in Kariong before you wander through landscaped parklands. Meet snakes, lizards, crocodiles, spiders and other native and exotic animals at the family-friendly Australian Reptile Park in Somersby. Learn all about life in the deep at the Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre in Terrigal.
For those looking for adventure, you can mountain bike through the Ourimbah State Forest. Learn how to ride a horse at Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures or join a diving expedition and explore the wreck of the Ex-HMAS Adelaide at the nearby dive site.
For a slower pace, perfect your swing on one of the greens at Shelly Beach Golf Club.
Hunt for fresh local produce, souvenirs, handmade goods, plus new and vintage clothing at one of the Central Coast’s local markets. The Gosford City Farmers Market and Avoca Beachside Markets are two of the region’s most popular markets.