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. The Entrance Market

    Saturday 28 April 2018 to Saturday 14 July 2018 , The Entrance

    The Entrance Market, is a weekly market for the Central Coast providing a socially orientated shopping experience for all to enjoy from 9am till 2pm. Come and browse for fresh food, hot food and supporting stalls in a family friendly loc…

    28 Apr - 14 Jul
  2. My Kids Market Central Coast

    Sunday 29 April 2018 , Terrigal

    My Kids Market (formerly Baby and Kids Market) is the premier market to buy, sell and recycle quality pre-loved baby and kids items. Stallholders sell their families gently used baby and kid’s goods and earn some extra cash and shoppers wil…

    29 Apr
  3. Inspiring Artistry

    Sunday 29 April 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…

    29 Apr - 10 Mar
  4. Gosford Community Choir

    Monday 30 April 2018 to Monday 31 December 2018 , Gosford

    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 airbnb, and well worth the visit as it is a one of a kind community s…

    30 Apr - 31 Dec
  5. Quiet Faith Wyong

    Thursday 03 May 2018 to Friday 04 May 2018 , Wyong

    From award-winning documentary theatre maker David Williams (Smurf in Wanderland, Grace Under Pressure, The Table of Knowledge), comes a surprising journey into the world of the quietly, progressively faithful. The place of Christian faith…

    03 May - 04 May
  6. Brackets and Jam Kincumber Mountain

    Friday 04 May 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…

    04 May - 23 Nov
  7. The Ten Sopranos

    Friday 04 May 2018 , Wyong

    With the strength of this act being the meticulous detail spent on every note sung, it's no wonder some patrons have left theatres in tears. From Puccini to The Beatles and sprinkled with tributes to John Denver, Peter Allen and all time cl…

    04 May