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.
Reviewed on 14 Dec. 2019
Reviewed on 4 Dec. 2019
From great surf to gorgeous views it’s no wonder this is one of the best-loved oceanfront spots on New South Wales’ Central Coast.
Spend the day roaming this leafy bushland zoo to hand feed kangaroos, spy Tasmanian devils and see a huge range of reptiles from Australia and beyond.
From the moment you arrive at Australian Reptile Park you will be greeted by a journey that takes you into a magical world of wildlife and adventure. Enter under a giant frilled neck lizard, down a course way banked by a trickling waterfall into a into a jungle themed reception.
Explore 3,000 acres of wilderness on this unforgettable 2-hour riding experience at one of Australia's largest horse riding centers. This activity is suitable for riders of all abilities, including those with no previous experience, and a professional guide accompanies you on your ride.
Embark on a fantastically fun Segway ride through the gorgeous grounds of the Mount Penang Parklands. After an introduction to your 2-wheeled vehicle, enjoy time to hone your new skills as you glide along a network of trails to discover the verdant beauty of the Central Coast.
Discover a new level of fun with the TreeTop Crazy Rider, a wild adventure that's partway between a rollercoaster and a zipline. Its path takes you through the great forested setting of TreeTops Central Coast as you swoop, twist, and zigzag for an adrenaline-pumping look at the bushland.
The real Australian bush alive with the friendliest wildlife in Australia, plus ancient Aboriginal sites, only an hour from Sydney. Walkabout Park is a real working wildlife sanctuary. Animals are either free-roaming through 80 acres of fox-proofed bush, or are in camps if they need extra care.
Itinerary THE CHEESE EXPERIENCE Go behind the scenes with the cheesemaker and discover some of the history of the site, as well as the beginnings of Little Creek Cheese. Enjoy a hands on session on making ricotta and paneer which you can take with you.