From Broken Bay at the mouth of the Hawkesbury River to south of Newcastle, the Central Coast includes a mix of bays and inlets, pristine beaches, lakes and hinterland.
With its golden beaches for surfing, swimming, diving or walking, the Central Coast is a great weekend escape or an ideal holiday destination. One hours drive north from Sydney, the Central Coast offers a chance to relax with friends and family experiencing the vast waterways of Brisbane Waters and Tuggerah Lakes, the many national parks, state forests and sandy beaches.
Terrigal is a popular beachside resort offering good surf beaches, boutique style accommodation, shops and fine restaurants. The Entrance, further north, is famous for relaxing family holidays. The Central Coast has large areas of protected bushland to explore, or take a kayak tour along the Hawkesbury River and enjoy the drama of sheer sandstone cliffs and tranquil rainforest.
Gosford is the focal point of the New South Wales Central Coast. Flora and fauna are both main attractions of Gosford. You can get close to snakes, kangaroos and other native wildlife at the Australian Reptile Park, and Mangrove Boardwalk to the west is a true delight of nature. The City of Gosford is on the Brisbane Water, with its sleek sailing boats and sparkling water.
Hire a houseboat and leave the rest of the world behind. The Central Coast offers a holiday with endless possibilities - whether you want to go abseiling, horse riding, surfing, scuba diving or just relax with a good book. Even if you only stay for the weekend, you won't be in a hurry to leave.
Gosfor with its town centre's urbane enticements - including the vibrant Ettalong Markets - also features the long-standing Old Sydney Town, that has been a fun source of education on Australian colonial life, making for a great family day.
In Terrigal take the ecotour of its lush surrounds - including Terrigal's greatest natural feature, Skillion - and finish it off with a first-class meal. Then take a dip at Terrigal or Avoca beach.
Watch the pelican feeding at The Entrance, go bushwalking in Bouddi National Park or go sailboarding and kayaking on Tuggerah Lake. Between moths of June and November watch for whales.
At Central Coast you will enjoy the laid-back atmosphere, whether you are swimming, surfing, fishing, sailing or simply relaxing
The Central Coast is an hour and a half drive from sydney and it is accessible via the Sydney to Newcastle Freeway.
An airport shuttle service operates daily from Sydney Airport Terminal to the Central Coast.
Trains operate to the Central Coast from both Sydney and Newcastle with services departing approximately every 30 minutes.