Central Coast Nature and Parks
From magnificent national parks to incredible wildlife experiences, the beautiful Central Coast of NSW will delight nature lovers. You can spot majestic whales, meet koalas in wildlife sanctuaries, visit the pelican capital and marvel at Elvis, a saltwater crocodile. There are lovely picnic areas, too.
In the southern Gosford area you’ll find Brisbane Water National Park, Bouddi National Park and Popran National Park. In an alluring rainforest near a pretty waterfall is the Somersby Falls picnic area, which has free barbecue facilities. In the northern Wyong area is Wyrrabalong National Park.
The coastal wilderness, nature reserves, tranquil waterways and sublime beaches are great for outdoor adventures, including bushwalking, mountain biking, fishing and kayaking. In addition, you’ll be mesmerised by the breathtaking views from the following national park lookouts:
- Warrah lookout in Brisbane Water National Park
- Gerrin Point lookout in Bouddi National Park
- Mount Olive lookout in Popran National Park
- Crackneck Point lookout in Wyrrabalong National Park
Both Gerrin Point, near Killcare, and Crackneck Point, near Bateau Bay, are vantage points for spotting humpback, southern right and other whales between May and November. At the beaches on the Central Coast you might be lucky enough to spot pods of dolphins frolicking near the shore.
You can get up close to friendly and deadly animals such as Elvis at the Australian Reptile Park, an hour’s drive from Sydney. You’ll be enthralled by the reptile show, meet kangaroos and koalas, and can look into the special room where funnel web spiders’ venom is milked for life-saving antivenene.
A short drive west through the Brisbane Water National Park is the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, where you’ll walk among native animals and visit ancient Aboriginal rock engravings. You’ll meet kangaroos, koalas, dingoes and wombats. You can even stay overnight in a tent or cabin.
Another amazing wildlife experience is the gathering of Australia’s largest water birds at The Entrance, a daily event for many years after a local fish shop began feeding scraps to pelicans. The birds, with up to 2.8 metre wing spans, flock to Memorial Park at 3.30pm for the Pelican Feed.