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Central Coast Holidays

This stretch of coast between New South Wales’ two largest cities is a perfect getaway, with beautiful beaches, native rainforests, coastal villages and wildlife.

Known as “the playground of two cities”, New South Wales’ Central Coast is a scenic stretch of coastline between Sydney and Newcastle. Featuring a diverse landscape of gorgeous beaches, scenic inlets, rivers, lakes and picturesque hinterland, the Central Coast has plenty of exciting destinations for relaxation and adventure. Visit charming towns and see historic lighthouses. Hike through fragrant eucalypt forests and spot whales off the shore.

Explore Gosford, the coast’s largest township. Embark on a road trip north towards the Wyong region to tour the laid-back coastal towns. Terrigal Beach and Avoca Beach are popular swimming spots. Wax up your surfboard and hit the surf breaks at North Avoca and Soldiers Beach. Enjoy a cooling dip in the rock pools at Pearl Beach.

Experience breathtaking coastal views with a walk along the 9-kilometre (5.6-mile) trail that stretches from MacMasters Beach to Terrigal. More trails can be found in the Central Coast’s numerous national parks. See the cascading Somersby Falls in Brisbane Water National Park, near Gosford. Bouddi National Park is home to pristine beaches, jagged cliffs and several Aboriginal cultural sites. Hike through beautiful red gumtrees to Crackneck Point Lookout in Wyrrabalong National Park and spot whales breaching out at sea.

Learn about the Central Coast’s diverse wildlife at the Australian Reptile Park or the Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre, both of which are ideal for kids. Other family-friendly attractions include the Tree Top Adventure Park, where you can ride a zip line through the trees in the lush Ourimbah State Forest.

Other leisure activities include mini golf and indoor swimming at the Mingara Recreation Club. Catch a performance at the annual Central Coast Country Music Festival or an opera production in the Arboretum.

Main towns along the Central Coast are accessible by regular trains from Sydney. Just 1 hour’s drive north from Sydney, the Central Coast is a great weekend getaway. Visit in summer for sun-drenched beach days or in winter for whale-watching season.


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Oaks Waterfront Resort AU$125
Reviewed on 2 Nov. 2019
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Oaks Waterfront Resort

Oaks Waterfront Resort

89 The Entrance Road, The Entrance, NSW
     
    4.0 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    the location close to everything the pool area spacious room

    Crowne Plaza Terrigal AU$165
    Reviewed on 6 Nov. 2019
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    Crowne Plaza Terrigal

    Crowne Plaza Terrigal

    Pine Tree Lane, Terrigal, NSW
       
      4.5 of 5
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      The rooms were a good size. It was great to see all areas were smoke free zones. I liked the lavender spray on the pillow (nice touch I've not seen before).

      Beachcomber Hotel AU$90
      Reviewed on 28 Oct. 2019
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      Beachcomber Hotel

      Beachcomber Hotel

      200 Main Road, Toukley, NSW
         
        3.2 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Staff great so relaxed and friendly. Excellent value

        Ibis Budget Gosford AU$99
        Reviewed on 21 Oct. 2019
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        Ibis Budget Gosford

        Ibis Budget Gosford

        63 Central Coast Highway, West Gosford, NSW
           
          4.0 of 5
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          It’s a good property for the price. We stayed here for one night, it was simple and clean. The property isn’t fancy but good for short stay.

          Mercure Kooindah Waters Central Coast AU$134
          Reviewed on 9 Nov. 2019
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          Mercure Kooindah Waters Central Coast

          Mercure Kooindah Waters Central Coast

          40 Kooindah Boulevard, Wyong, NSW
             
            4.4 of 5
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Staff friendly and helpful. Bar food good and well priced. Disappointed that the hotel charges for internet.

            Mantra Ettalong Beach AU$142
            Reviewed on 3 Nov. 2019
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            Mantra Ettalong Beach

            Mantra Ettalong Beach

            53-54 The Esplanade, Ettalong Beach, NSW
               
              4.2 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Lovely location. Great pool and outlook. Easy jump off point for Central Coast. We found the children and teenagers loid and inconsiderate in relation to noise making.

              Pullman Magenta Shores Resort AU$155
              Reviewed on 17 Nov. 2019
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              Pullman Magenta Shores Resort

              Pullman Magenta Shores Resort

              1 Magenta Drive, Magenta Shores, NSW
                 
                4.5 of 5
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                I liked everything about this place and would like to come again

                Ettalong Beach Premium Waterview Apartments AU$130
                Reviewed on 16 Nov. 2019
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                Ettalong Beach Premium Waterview Apartments

                Ettalong Beach Premium Waterview Apartments

                53-54 The Esplanade, Ettalong Beach, NSW
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  The room was comfy and the view was great. Close to local shops and restaurants

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