Central Coast Nature and Parks
Experience the wild side of the Central Coast in magnificent national parks. Follow walking trails through untouched bushland, look out for whales and picnic by waterfalls. You can also see koalas or marvel at Elvis, the saltwater crocodile in wildlife sanctuaries and help feed pelicans, too.
Brisbane Water National Park, Bouddi National Park and Popran National Park make great starting points. Stop for photographs at viewing points along the way to the Somersby Falls picnic area, which has free barbecue facilities, and listen for the chorus of birdsong in Wyrrabalong National Park.
The Central Coast is paradise for outdoor adventures such as hiking, biking, fishing or kayaking. The trails twist and turn around coastal wilderness, nature reserves, tranquil waterways and sublime beaches. Get some perspective at these spectacular 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
- Captain Cook Lookout at Copacabana
Both Gerrin Point and Crackneck Point are great vantage points for spotting humpback, southern right and other whales between May and November. You might also be lucky enough to spot pods of dolphins frolicking offshore near the beaches, which completes the Central Coast’s nature bonanza.
Australian Reptile Park is home to deadly reptiles like Elvis the saltwater crocodile, as well as kangaroos and koalas. Don't miss the special room where funnel web spiders are milked to create life-saving antivenom. At Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, you’ll see lots of native animals, ancient Aboriginal rock engravings, and you can stay overnight in a tent or cabin, too.
Another amazing wildlife experience is the daily gathering of Australia’s largest water birds at The Entrance. Feeding the pelicans has been an everyday occurrence here since a local fishmonger began feeding seafood scraps to the birds, which have a wing span of up to 2.8 metres. Join the flock at Memorial Park at 3.30 pm for the Pelican Feed.