On the beautiful Brisbane Water, Gosford is a great destination for fun and adventure on the Central Coast of NSW. 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.
There are cultural festivals, exhibitions and museums too. Check out the events calendar for music festivals and a traditional agricultural show that will delight the kids. Admire the touring exhibitions in the Gosford Regional Art Gallery, where you can also stroll in gorgeous Japanese gardens.
Getting to Gosford is easy. The drive from Sydney is 70 minutes and from Newcastle 80 minutes. Or take public transport, with a train from Central Station in Sydney arriving in Gosford in about 80 minutes. In Gosford you can get connecting buses to the lovely beaches of Terrigal and Bateau Bay.
A delicious range of restaurants, cafes and the microbrewery in Gosford and surrounds will tempt your tastebuds. There are also accommodation options to suit various budgets in Gosford, a convenient base for exploring the many wonderful attractions on the Central Coast.
In nearby Somersby is the Australian Reptile Park, a marvellous wildlife sanctuary. You can get up close to koalas, kangaroos and wombats, watch the slithery reptile show and meet Elvis, a huge saltwater crocodile. Another fascinating spectacle is funnel web spiders being milked for antivenene.
For a picturesque picnic area in a rainforest, try the ethereal Somersby Falls in the magnificent Brisbane Water National Park. The protected park is popular for bushwalking, cycling, kayaking and fishing, and Bara Barang Aboriginal Tours will take you to ancient Aboriginal rock engravings.