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.

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. Gosford Community Choir

    Monday 25 February 2019 to Monday 24 June 2019 , Gosford

    2019 is going to be a bumper year! Come and sing with them in a warm eclectic environment. Travellers and Tourists welcome, join them for a night or two and sing your heart out. Their colourful rehearsal venue at The Rhythm Hut is a…

    25 Feb - 24 Jun
  2. Wyong Community Choir January Opening

    Tuesday 26 February 2019 to Tuesday 25 June 2019 , Wyong

    They kick off again in January for a year of fun and music together! Wyong locals, Travellers and Tourists welcome, join the choir for a night or longer, and make some musical memories. Their fully sponsored rehearsal venue at The Wyong…

    26 Feb - 25 Jun
  3. Vissla Central Coast Pro

    Wednesday 27 February 2019 to Monday 04 March 2019 , Avoca Beach

    World-class surfing will return to Avoca Beach in 2019 with the announcement that the Vissla Central Coast Pro will be upgraded to a World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) 3,000 rated event. The elite six-day event will form the…

    27 Feb - 04 Mar
  4. Singing Workshop for Teens

    Wednesday 27 February 2019 to Wednesday 10 April 2019 , Woy Woy

    Love to sing? Come and join them for an evening of learning about music and singing in a fun and friendly group! Pick your favourite songs - they have places for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced vocalists!…

    27 Feb - 10 Apr
  5. Bubble Time In Lord Ashley Lounge

    Friday 01 March 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.…

    01 Mar - 27 Dec
  6. Girrakool Blues Festival and Barbecue 2019

    Friday 01 March 2019 to Sunday 03 March 2019 , Gosford

    Where blues, barbecue and culture meet ... on the Central Coast in New South Wales. The 4th Girrakool Blues Festival and Barbecue is a cultural, music and barbecue event held annually at Mt Penang Event Park on the Central Coast New…

    01 Mar - 03 Mar