Adventures on the Central Coast
You will find more than a few fun, adrenaline-fuelled ways to experience the beautiful NSW Central Coast. Navigate around the region while enjoying the thrill of ziplines, mountain bike trails, skydiving, scuba diving, horse-riding, abseiling and survival courses. You can even shoot into the air while attached to a jetpack.
Hiking and cycling
You can cover a lot of new ground on the Central Coast, which is swathed in magnificent national parks and stately forests. Bushwalking and mountain biking are two of the best ways to see flora and fauna, and find vantage points for whale watching. The Coast Track is one of the prettiest walking trails and Bouddi Ridge best to conquer by bike.
Other cycling adventures include:
- Warrah trig cycling loop in Brisbane Water National Park
- The 20km Tommos loop and Rocky Ponds cycling loop
- 248 trail and Mount Olive trail in Popran National Park
- Jilliby State Conservation Area’s mountain biking trails
- The 12km Tuggerah Lakes Cycleway
- Red Gum trail in Wyrrabalong National Park
On and under the water
Much of the good life on the Central Coast revolves around sun, sand and sea. Tune into the local way of life during a surf lesson. You can hire a range of aquatic equipment from stand-up paddle boards to kayaks and boats for waterskiing and fishing. Join a charter with 1300 Big Fish and Central Coast Reef and Game Fishing to try and hook a marlin.
Underwater adventurers can embark on a diving tour to the Ex-HMAS Adelaide, a warship scuttled in 2011 and now teeming with sea life. The artificial reef is 32m below the surface and about 1.8km off Avoca Beach. You can also join diving tours to the colourful reef off the coast of Terrigal, where you will find swirling schools of fish.
If you’re looking for something a little more extreme, why not propel yourself out of the water with a jetpack in Mt Penang Gardens. You can test your limits in Glenworth Valley with horse riding, quad biking, kayaking, abseiling and survival courses. For thrill-a-minute fun, try Skydive the Central Coast and Microlight Adventures.
There’s also plenty of adventure for kids (and kids at heart). Visit TreeTop Adventure Park and you’ll find adrenaline junkies of all ages embracing their spirit of adventure. Here, children as young as three can fly through the forest on junior zip-lines or flying foxes. Then tell your kids to get lost amid the mazes at the Amazement Farm.