There are a multitude of family friendly attractions around Tuggerah on the Central Coast of NSW – from flying foxes whizzing through the trees to magical mazes. Other fun things to do are horseriding and mountain biking and looping around beautiful Tuggerah Lake, which is a popular spot for water sports such as kayaking and sailing.

The lovely ocean beaches of Bateau BayToowoon BayThe Entrance and Norah Head are all an easy drive from Tuggerah. You can pick up supplies for your beach holiday or adventure in coastal and hinterland forests from Westfield Tuggerah, which has hundreds of stores and a cinema.

Tourists watching the popular daily pelican feeding at The Entrance, Central Coast.

The Central Coast is a spectacular destination where visitors are rewarded with vistas of both mountains and sea. There are supervised courses for young children in the TreeTops Adventure Park in Ourimbah State Forest, northwest of Tuggerah. Teens and adults will also be challenged flying beneath a ceiling of branches on a zip-line.

The TreeTops Crazy Rider is one of the longest rollercoaster zip-lines in the world, covering an exhilarating distance of 1km in which you’ll swoop, soar, twist, turn and even spiral around a tree. For indoor thrills, the Slam Factory in Tuggerah is perfect for skateboarders, inline skaters and BMX riders.

Treetop Crazy Rider at Treetop Adventure Park in Tuggerah, Central Coast

Change gears at the Amazement Farm and Fun Park, which is a delightful place for kids to find their way through mazes, meet farm animals and enjoy pony rides. Spend a half day at Yarramalong Clydesdale Experience, where you’ll meet huge Clydesdale horses and other smaller farm animals.

The rolling valleys, green pastures and emerald bushland of the Central Coast hinterland creates a tranquil setting for a lovely romantic getaway. Fernbank Farm is in the Yarramalong Valley and is an enchanting place for a wedding and reception, with two elegant homesteads for accommodation.

Getting there and where to stay

Fernbank Farm is one of the few places to stay in Tuggerah. But there are plenty of options for accommodation around the glittering Central Coast, too, ranging from cabins, camping and caravanning to self-contained apartments, B&Bs, backpacker and budget stays. There are also high-end resorts and hotels, motels and motor inns.

Getting to Tuggerah is easy, with the drive from Sydney or Newcastle taking about 70 minutes. There is public transport as well. A train journey from Sydney’s Central Station is about 90 minutes. You can also hire a car in Tuggerah and explore the region’s beautiful valleys, beaches, waterways and forests.