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. Chalk the Walk

    Thursday 17 January 2019 to Sunday 20 January 2019 , The Entrance

    The Chalk the Walk Festival during October School Holidays is a free four day pavement painting event. Waterfront Plaza will turn into a museum of chalk art and there are opportunities for everyone to get involved. Local artists can…

    17 Jan - 20 Jan
  2. Peter Helliar - Live

    Sunday 20 January 2019 , Wyong

    Since bursting onto the scene back in the 1990’s as a cast member on Rove, there’s not much that Helliar hasn’t done. Most recently Helliar has become a familiar face in Australian households as he brings home the laughs most evenings on…

    20 Jan
  3. Vera

    Sunday 20 January 2019 , Killcare

    Vera is one of their beloved local performers, who will be supported by talented friends on the day. Vera will cover songs ranging from Amy Winehouse to Zeppelin. Soulful sounds and up tempo dance classics!…

    20 Jan
  4. Gosford Community Choir

    Monday 21 January 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…

    21 Jan - 24 Jun
  5. Waterworld Central Doyalson

    Monday 21 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…

    21 Jan - 28 Jan
  6. Tom Ballard

    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…

    21 Jan
  7. 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