One of the gateways to the NSW Central Coast, the bustling inland town of Wyong sits between the Tuggerah Lakes and the rugged Watagan Mountains. It’s a place for outdoor adventures, adrenaline-pumping thrills, theatre, food and even a little luxury.

The coast walking track - Wyrrabalong National Park - Central Coast

Outdoor adventures

No visit to Wyong is complete without exploring the enchanting forests and sparkling waterways that course through the national parks. The Watagans is a beautiful stretch of forest where you can try mountain biking, bushwalking, zip-lining and off-road adventures. Enjoy a fun range of water sports on Tuggerah Lake and other coastal lagoons.

At TreeTop Adventure Parkyou can soar through the forest on zip-lines or flying foxes, and there are supervised courses for kids as young as three. The nearby Jilliby State Conservation Area is popular for 4WD touring, mountain biking, horseriding and bushwalking.

Rugged surf beaches and other enticing aquatic attractions abound in Bateau BayToowoon BayThe Entrance and Norah Head, which are all within easy reach. Take the 25min drive from Wyong to Crackneck Point lookout, a vantage point near Bateau Bay for spotting humpback whales on their annual migration.

A man crossing a bridge at Treetop Adventure Park, Tuggerah

Food and culture

The Art House is Wyong’s performing arts and conference centre. Check out the exhilarating events calendar for a roster of contemporary shows, theatre and concerts. Go to the lovingly restored Wyong Milk Factory to sample the local terroir through daily tastings of local handmade cheese at Little Creek Cheese.

Golf and day spas

Visit Kooindah Waters Golf Club for a golfing getaway on a championship golf course. The 18-hole course is a short drive from Wyong. Soothe your muscles with a massage in the day spa at Mercure Kooindah Waters, a luxury resort, and book in for a locavore's dinner at Karinyas Restaurant and Wine Bar.

Getting there and where to stay

Wyong is a 1hr 30min drive north of Sydney and around 1hr 10min from Newcastle. You can also catch a train direct from Sydney to Wyong Station and the journey takes around 1hr 45min. Accommodation around Wyong includes holiday parks, motels and a luxury resort.