The gateway to the NSW Central Coast, Gosford is a great destination for fun and adventure. Located on beautiful Brisbane Water, you’ll find many wonderful things to do and see, from visiting the amazing Australian Reptile Park to houseboat holidays, bushwalking, mountain biking, water sports and joy flights.

Friends enjoying beer tastings at the Six String Brewing Company brewery in Erina, Central Coast

Eat and drink

Gosford is renowned for its restaurants and cafes. Enjoy a bottomless brunch at The Bon Pavilion, a creamy latte at Lil' Bean, long lunch at South End Social or dinner on the water at The Coast. There is also a burgeoning craft beer scene: get a tour and tasting at The Six String Brewing Co., Bay Road Brewing and Block ‘n Tackle.

Arts and events

There are cultural festivals, exhibitions and museums, too. Check out the events calendar for music festivals and a traditional agricultural show that will delight everyone in the family. Lovers of art should head to the Gosford Regional Art Gallery, where you can also stroll in gorgeous Japanese gardens and admire regional exhibitions.

A resident koala resting in a tree at the Australian Reptile Park, Central Coast

Nature and wildlife

The ethereal Somersby Falls in the magnificent Brisbane Water National Park is a picturesque picnic area in a rainforest. The protected park is popular for bushwalking, cycling, kayaking and fishing. Bara Barang Aboriginal Tours will take you to ancient Aboriginal rock engravings for an immersive cultural experience.

Australian Reptile Park in nearby Somersby is a marvellous wildlife sanctuary. You can get up close to koalas, kangaroos and wombats; watch a captivating reptile show; and meet Elvis, the resident saltwater crocodile. The funnel web spider is considered the deadliest in the world: watch the arachnids being milked to produce antivenom.

Getting there and where to stay

Gosford is just over an hour’s drive north of Sydney and 1hr 20min south of Newcastle. You can also catch the train direct from Sydney and the trip takes around 1hr 20min. Buses connect from Gosford to other towns on the Central Coast. Accommodation options include motels, holiday villages and beach cottages.