In between the glittering Tuggerah Lake and rugged Watagan Mountains, discover a bustling inland town rich in heritage, outdoor adventures and indulgent experiences. One of the gateways to the NSW Central Coast, Wyong offers something for everyone. Enjoy a round of golf, a show at the local arthouse, and speciality cheeses and chocolates.
Wyong is a great launchpad for experiencing the enchanting forests and sparkling waterways that criss-cross through the area’s national parks. The Watagans is a beautiful string of forests, where you can try mountain biking, bushwalking, abseiling, zip-lining, paintball games and off-road adventures.
At TreeTop Adventure Park, you can soar through the treetops of Ourimbah State Forest on zip-lines or flying foxes, and there are supervised courses for kids as young as three. The Jilliby State Conservation Area is popular for 4WD touring, mountain biking, horse riding and bushwalking. You can also meet alpacas at a nearby farm experience.
Rugged surf beaches and other aquatic adventures await in Bateau Bay, Toowoon Bay, The Entrance and Norah Head. A range of water sports can also be enjoyed on Tuggerah Lake and the surrounding coastal lagoons. Take the 25min drive from Wyong to Crackneck Point lookout, a vantage point near Bateau Bay for spotting whales on their annual migration.
Food & culture
Check out the colourful events calendar at The Art House, Wyong’s music, comedy and arts venue. Head to the lovingly restored Wyong Milk Factory to sample handmade local produce, including Little Creek Cheese and Luka Chocolates. For more sweet treats, try the dessert bar at The Marshmallow Co., found in the historic Chapman Building and Gallery Precinct, home to more lovely cafes and shops.
A short drive from Wyong is the picturesque Kooindah Waters Golf Club, a championship 18-hole golf course. Part of Mercure Kooindah Waters, the luxury golf resort also houses Karinyas Restaurant and Wine Bar, where you can book in for a stylish dinner, or stay overnight and wake up with views of the golf course.
Getting there & where to stay
Wyong is a 1hr 30min drive north from Sydney and around 1hr 10min south from Newcastle. You can also catch a train direct from Sydney to Wyong Station, with the journey taking around 1hr 45min. Accommodation around Wyong includes holiday parks, motels and the luxury golf resort.