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. The Kings of Country Rock Tour

    Saturday 16 February 2019 , Wyong

    This two-hour stage spectacular captures the sounds and excitement of Americas country rock Icons. Part one of the highly acclaimed show takes the audience on a musical journey of The Eagles– the highest-selling American band in U.S. …

    16 Feb
  2. Inspiring Artistry

    Sunday 17 February 2019 to Sunday 10 March 2019 , Gosford

    In 2019, Central Coast Conservatorium will present over 50 professional concerts. These will include Opera, chamber music, orchestral music, jazz, new music and workshops featuring international artists. Central Coast Conservatorium is…

    17 Feb - 10 Mar
  3. Weekend on the Greens

    Sunday 17 February 2019 to Sunday 29 December 2019 , Woy Woy

    Join them every weekend this summer at The Greens Woy Woy, kicking off on the last weekend of December. Grab some friends, a picnic blanket and come along and enjoy the views and the local entertainment right here on The Greens. Catered…

    17 Feb - 29 Dec
  4. Gosford Community Choir

    Monday 18 February 2019 to Monday 24 June 2019 , Gosford

    2019 is going to be a bumper year! Come and sing with them in a warm eclectic environment. Travellers and Tourists welcome, join them for a night or two and sing your heart out. Their colourful rehearsal venue at The Rhythm Hut is a…

    18 Feb - 24 Jun
  5. Wyong Community Choir January Opening

    Tuesday 19 February 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…

    19 Feb - 25 Jun
  6. Singing Workshop for Teens

    Wednesday 20 February 2019 to Wednesday 10 April 2019 , Woy Woy

    Love to sing? Come and join them for an evening of learning about music and singing in a fun and friendly group! Pick your favourite songs - they have places for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced vocalists!…

    20 Feb - 10 Apr