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. 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
  2. Saturday Sips Cocktails

    Saturday 26 January 2019 , Terrigal

    Sit back, relax and soak up the sun on their lakefront deck of Maccoa Restaurant whilst sipping on AUD10 cocktails and listen to the live music from local artists. Every Saturday from 3pm -5pm for a fun relaxing time.…

    26 Jan
  3. 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
  4. Australia Day Celebrations The Entrance

    Saturday 26 January 2019 , The Entrance

    Celebrate Australia Day by the water with a stunning ocean backdrop at the Entrance. There is something for everyone. Enjoy an amazing musical line up on the main stage with Glenn Shorrock as the headlining act, the kids can splash…

    26 Jan
  5. Australia Day With Driftwood

    Saturday 26 January 2019 , Killcare

    They've got your Australia Day afternoon covered with those legends from Driftwood pumping out a bunch of Aussie classics on the deck. The beer will be cold and the deck will be rockin' so come on down!…

    26 Jan
  6. Locally Grown

    Sunday 27 January 2019 to Sunday 30 June 2019 , Terrigal

    Finding it hard to get a gig? The people from Mountain Sounds, Macron Music and Pocket Bar have teamed together to create a space for artists to get a leg up. How it works: you get a 45 minute time slot to show your wares. Send them a…

    27 Jan - 30 Jun
  7. Spencer Cup Riverside Markets

    Sunday 27 January 2019 , Gosford Area

    Spencer Cup Riverside Markets is an annual Community Fundraising Event. Old-fashioned country market located on the bank of the beautiful Mangrove Creek and Hawkesbury River in the historic village of Spencer NSW. Stalls include local…

    27 Jan
  8. Avoca Beachside Markets

    Sunday 27 January 2019 to Saturday 07 December 2019 , Avoca Beach

    Avoca Beachside Markets is a multiple award winning boutique event held the fourth Sunday of each month at Heazlett Park Foreshore and the picturesque backdrop of Avoca Beach. This free monthly event has become the premier artist, food and…

    27 Jan - 07 Dec