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Central Coast
Travel Guide

The Entrance showing a sunset and a beach

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.

Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Pine Tree Lane, Terrigal, NSW
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$195 per night from 16 May to 16 May
This Terrigal hotel is on the beach, 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Terrigal Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Ken Duncan Gallery and Erina Fair. Copacabana Beach and ...
4.4/5Excellent! (973 reviews)
"Great location and view from our room - super comfy bed - yummy food options - super attentive staff"

Reviewed on 9 May 2021

Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific, an IHG Hotel
Mantra Ettalong Beach
Mantra Ettalong Beach
4 out of 5
53-54 The Esplanade, Ettalong Beach, NSW
The price is AU$146 per night from 13 May to 13 May
Situated in Ettalong Beach, this beach aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ettalong Diggers Club and Blackwall Mountain Reserve. Ocean Beach and Anderson's ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,908 reviews)
"Great location close to restaurants and clubs"

Reviewed on 27 Apr. 2021

Mantra Ettalong Beach
Oaks The Entrance Waterfront Suites
Oaks The Entrance Waterfront Suites
4 out of 5
89 The Entrance Road, The Entrance, NSW
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$139 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Situated on the waterfront, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pelican Plaza, Entrance Beach and Wyrrabalong National Park. North Entrance Beach and ...
3.9/5Very Good! (1,844 reviews)
"Views, views & location."

Reviewed on 8 May 2021

Oaks The Entrance Waterfront Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Mantra Ettalong Beach
Mantra Ettalong Beach
4 out of 5
53-54 The Esplanade, Ettalong Beach, NSW
The price is AU$146 per night from 13 May to 13 May
Situated in Ettalong Beach, this beach aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ettalong Diggers Club and Blackwall Mountain Reserve. Ocean Beach and Anderson's ...
4.2/5Very Good! (1,908 reviews)
"Great location close to restaurants and clubs"

Reviewed on 27 Apr. 2021

Mantra Ettalong Beach
Ettalong Beach Premium Apartments
Ettalong Beach Premium Apartments
4 out of 5
53-54 The Esplanade, Ettalong Beach, NSW
The price is AU$137 per night from 26 May to 26 May
Situated in Ettalong Beach, this beach aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Ettalong Diggers Club, Anderson's Marina and Ettalong Wharf. Umina Recreation Centre ...
4.4/5Excellent! (583 reviews)
"Best view"

Reviewed on 7 May 2021

Ettalong Beach Premium Apartments
Blue Lagoon Beach Resort
Blue Lagoon Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
10 Bateau Bay Rd, Bateau Bay, NSW
The price is AU$136 per night from 20 May to 20 May
Located in Bateau Bay, this beachfront campsite is next to a golf course and within 6 mi (10 km) of Terrigal Beach, Terrigal Lagoon and Magenta Shores Beach. ...
4.4/5Excellent! (341 reviews)
"Affordable beach getaway for the whole family."

Reviewed on 9 May 2021

Blue Lagoon Beach Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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