24 November 2017
With its combination of beautiful waterways, lush hinterland, and a superb dining and cultural scene, the NSW Central Coast makes a fantastic holiday destination at any time of year. Discover some of the best things you can do on the Central Coast, just one hour north of Sydney.
Despite its name, the Australian Reptile Park is in fact home to a wide range of native Australian animals—scaled, feathered and furry. Get up close to kangaroos, koalas, dingos, wombats, a giant Galapagos tortoise, and lots more. Grab a seat at the reptile show and watch in awe as the keepers feed Elvis, a 51-year-old, 500-kilogram saltwater crocodile, during the weekend feeding shows. Those keen to learn more can also explore a number of themed exhibits, including Platypus House, Frog Hollow, and creepy crawly Spider World.
Held on the fourth Sunday of each month, the Avoca Beachside Markets is the Central Coast’s leading boutique market. This award-winning event takes place at the Heazlett Park Foreshore, against the stunning backdrop of Avoca Beach. With over 120 stalls offering food, arts and crafts, upcycled goods, jewellery and more, there’s something for all kinds of shoppers. Stop for a bite to eat, soak up the scenery, and enjoy live music from some of the region’s best local talent.
The Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre is located a short drive east of Gosford, in the coastal town of Terrigal. This educational centre is full of interesting exhibits and interactive displays. You’ll find a number of aquariums housing seahorses, stingrays, octopi and eels, plus an audio-visual room and a shell touch table. There are also whale bones and life-size models of local animals to discover, as well as a rockpool table inhabited by hermit crabs, anemones and sea hares.
Perched at the mouth of Tuggerah Lake, The Entrance is known for its large and lively population of pelicans. Starting as nothing more than a fish shop owner’s daily ritual, the Entrance’s pelican feeding show has grown to become one of the most popular attractions on the Central Coast. Every day at 3:30pm, you’ll see people gathering at the specially built Pelican Plaza. Here, local volunteers share insight into the town’s longstanding relationship with its famous birds—all while flinging whole fish into a crowd of ravenous pelicans. This entertaining event takes place 365 days per year in all weather conditions, so bring your camera and get ready for a spectacle.
After opening in 2015, the Gosford Classic Car Museum has amassed a collection of over 450 cars and motorcycles, with a combined value of more than 70 million dollars. This incredible collection of original and restored vehicles includes 35 Ferraris, 25 cars from the Soviet era, and the full range of Holdens made between 1948 and 1978. The museum also offers a selection of classic cars for sale each month, giving members of the public a chance to own head-turning models such as the 1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25. With a 1950s-style diner serving up burgers, hot dogs, and other all-American favourites, the Gosford Classic Car Museum is worth a visit for motoring enthusiasts and automotive amateurs alike.
Bouddi National Park sprawls across 1500 hectares on the Central Coast between Box Head and Copacabana. The park encompasses a diverse landscape of beaches, rainforests, and steep coastal cliffs, making it a great destination for swimming, hiking, fishing, camping and whale watching. Those who take their time exploring Bouddi National Park can find colourful plants and wildlife, important Aboriginal sites, and even an old shipwreck.