On a beautiful inlet, Woy Woy is a gateway to the gorgeous beaches, waterways and national parks on the splendid Central Coast of NSW. Explore the picture-postcard coastline around Woy Woy on a scenic ferry tour and enjoy tasty fish and chips on the waterfront at Woy Woy Fishermen’s Wharf.
A day trip is a lovely way to experience the charming area, a popular destination since the railway arrived from Sydney in 1889 after construction of the Hawkesbury River Railway Bridge. Today you can hop on a Central Coast-bound train at Central Station and in 70 minutes alight in Woy Woy.
A short walk from the train station is the Woy Woy Wharf, where Central Coast Ferries operates a regular ferry service to Saratoga, Davistown and Empire Bay. The scenic round trip takes about an hour and you’ll glide across the sparkling waterways of Brisbane Water and the Cockle Channel.
Near the Woy Woy Wharf is the delicious Woy Woy Fishermen’s Wharf, with views over the water to pretty Pelican Island. It’s open for lunch daily and dinner on weekends. You’ll find plenty more delicious places to eat in Woy Woy. Ela Mesa is a delightful Greek restaurant near the ferry wharf.
With sweeping views of Brisbane Water, the Boathouse Bar and Dining is an elegant waterfront restaurant at the Koolewong Marina. You can walk from the ferry wharf to the Boathouse in less than 20 minutes, enjoying vistas on the way of the waterway and Brisbane Water National Park.
The magnificent wilderness is great for bushwalking and cycling. Bring your mountain bike on the train and explore various trails and tracks in the national park. Staples lookout offers fabulous views, including of Mount Wondabyne, the park’s highest point. There are picnic tables near the lookout.
Tommos loop and Rocky Ponds cycling loop begin at the lookout. The 20km mountain biking ride weaves through bushland, with steeper sections near the end of the Rocky Ponds trail. For a gentler workout, you can play a round of golf at the Everglades Country Club before dining at the bistro.