Central Coast

The beautiful Central Coast of NSW is charming, with gorgeous beaches, magnificent national parks and pretty waterways. You’ll be amazed by all the fun adventures and wonderful attractions, from water sports to bushwalking, mountain biking, whale watching and marvellous wildlife sanctuaries.

Just north of Sydney, enjoy an alluring mix of bays, inlets and lakes, and golden and white sandy beaches, as well as picturesque waterfront esplanades. Places to stay in the southern Gosford area and the northern Wyong area include campgrounds, holiday parks, seaside hotels and luxury resorts.

Sun rising over Shelly Beach on the NSW Central Coast

In the national parks and nature reserves are exhilarating experiences. Two of the prettiest walks are the Bouddi coastal walk and The Coast walking track. There are mountain biking and horseriding trails too, as well as 4WD touring in stately forests. The national parks on the Central Coast are:

You’ll find shared cycle ways around Ettalong Beach, Avoca Beach, Terrigal and The Entrance, home of the daily Pelican Feed. The Tuggerah Lakes Cycleway winds 12km, with picnic and barbecue areas along the path. The sparkling waterways are popular for fishing, kayaking, waterskiing and sailing.

For a scenic ferry ride on Brisbane Water, Central Coast Ferries offers an hour-long round trip. It departs Woy Woy, a popular day trip from Sydney for tasty fish and chips at Fishermen’s Wharf. There are many more delicious places to eat, including seaside cafes, restaurants and markets.

Australian Reptile Park on the NSW Central Coast

For adventure, the young and young at heart will love soaring on the TreeTop Adventure Park’s zip-lines, or flying foxes. In Glenworth Valley, enjoy horseriding in sylvan charm and enchanting forest. Other adventure tours include big game fishing, skydiving, scuba diving, kayaking and surf schools.

Among the other extraordinary things to do is a visit to The Australian Reptile Park, home to the saltwater crocodile Elvis. You can also stroll with Hugo, a Galapagos tortoise. At the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, meet native animals including Kambala the koala and Hippo the wombat.

Another delightful experience is the Gosford Classic Car Museum, one of the best car museums in the world. The heritage is astonishing, with more than 420 vehicles. For touring art exhibitions, visit the Gosford Regional Gallery, and check out the events calendar for shows at the vibrant Art House.

Things to do and places to stay

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  1. Tom Ballard

    Wednesday 16 January 2019 to Monday 21 January 2019 , Wyong

    This show is also part of a four-show comedy package featuring Peter Helliar, Luke McGregor, Tommy Little and Tom Ballard. As seen on Tonightly with Tom Ballard. Tom doesn’t have a real job any more. Please come and give him some of…

    16 Jan - 21 Jan
  2. Waterworld Central Doyalson

    Tuesday 22 January 2019 to Monday 28 January 2019 , Norah Head

    For those of you craving that summer sun and fun outdoor activities, get excited because Waterworld Central, Australia’s first mobile water park, is returning! Come splash with them over the school holidays! Join them for some summer…

    22 Jan - 28 Jan
  3. Wyong Community Choir January Opening

    Tuesday 22 January 2019 to Tuesday 25 June 2019 , Wyong

    They kick off again in January for a year of fun and music together! Wyong locals, Travellers and Tourists welcome, join the choir for a night or longer, and make some musical memories. Their fully sponsored rehearsal venue at The Wyong…

    22 Jan - 25 Jun
  4. Bubble Time In Lord Ashley Lounge

    Friday 25 January 2019 to Friday 27 December 2019 , Terrigal

    Friday afternoon drinks have never been classier thanks to Janz. Sparkle your way into the weekend with cocktails, free summer games and champagne while you dance the week away with their DJ playing everything from the 80's to now.…

    25 Jan - 27 Dec
  5. Australia Day at Woy Woy

    Saturday 26 January 2019 , Woy Woy

    Come celebrate Australia Day at Woy Woy from 2pm - 9pm along the amazing Brisbane Water's edge. There will be loads of fun activities and entertainment for all ages to enjoy. So grab your thongs, your zinc and your bucket hats and come…

    26 Jan