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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.
Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Blue Bay Beach, Swadling Reserve, and Toonwoon Bay Beach. Magenta Shores Beach and Wyrrabalong National Park are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated near the beach, this motel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Crackneck Lookout and 10.1 mi (16.3 km) from Wyrrabalong National Park.
Situated in Narara, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Sensory Park, Laycock Street Theater, and Gosford Golf Course. Strickland State Forest is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.
This Terrigal hotel is on the beach, 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Breakers Country Club, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Terrigal Beach and Erina Fair. Copacabana Beach and Toonwoon Bay Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in Wyoming, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Laycock Street Theater and Sensory Park. Gosford Golf Course and Central Coast Stadium are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated near the beach, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Wyrrabalong National Park and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Norah Head Lighthouse. Soldiers Beach and Magenta Shores Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Swadling Reserve, Blue Bay Beach, and Toonwoon Bay Beach. Crackneck Lookout and Magenta Shores Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Ettalong Beach aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ettalong Diggers Club and Ettalong Wharf. Pretty Beach Harbour and Hardy's Bay are also within 2 mi (3 km).