Central Coast NSW
A coastal paradise at your fingertips
Stretching from the northern edge or Sydney, all the way to Lake Macquarie, the Central Coast region of New South Wales is a coastal paradise just waiting to be explored.
Only an hour from Sydney, and nestled just under Newcastle, awaits a idyllic relaxed beach lifestyle with beautiful beaches, award-winning restaurants and cafes and plenty to keep even the most active explorer busy.
Holidaying on the Central Coast
The Central Coast of NSW is a haven for those seeking a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. With its stunning beaches, natural beauty, family-friendly activities, thriving arts scene, and delectable cuisine, this region has something to offer every type of traveler.
Things to see and do in the Central Coast region
- Breathtaking Beaches for swimming, surfing or watersports
The Central Coast is renowned for its pristine beaches, each with its own unique charm. Avoca Beach, Terrigal Beach, and Copacabana Beach are just a few examples where you can relax on golden sands, swim in crystal-clear waters, or try your hand at water sports like surfing and paddleboarding.
- Take in the natural beauty
The region is a haven for nature enthusiasts. Bouddi National Park, near Gosford, and the stunning Brisbane Water National Park offer hiking trails that lead to magnificent coastal vistas and lush rainforests. The rugged coastline and diverse flora and fauna make for fantastic photo opportunities.
- Family-Friendly Activities:
The Central Coast is a fantastic destination for families. The Australian Reptile Park in Somersby, allows kids (and adults!) to get up close and personal with native wildlife. There's also the TreeTop Adventure Park, an aerial obstacle course set amidst towering trees that promises hours of thrilling fun.
- Art and Culture:
If you're an art lover, the Ken Duncan Gallery in Erina Heights is a must-visit, with a showcase of stunning landscape photography. Additionally, the Central Coast boasts a vibrant arts scene with various galleries and exhibitions, like the Gosford Regional Gallery, Umina Public Art Gallery and more.
- Delicious Dining:
- Foodies will delighted with the Central Coast's culinary scene. Freshly caught seafood, locally sourced produce, and award-winning wineries await your taste buds, plus some simply fab spots to grab a coffee and enjoy an ocean view. Terrigal and Avoca Beach have a plethora of waterfront restaurants and cafes offering delectable meals with stunning views.
Central Coast accommodation includes: Norah Head LightKeepers Cottages
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Where to stay on the Central Coast?
The Central Coast has a range of accommodation options at your fingertips. From holiday parks to unique stay options, the beautiful region is perfect for a weekend away, or stay a little longer to explore all this region has to offer.
Norah Head Lighthouse Accommodation
Only an hour and a half from Sydney, the historic Lighthouse Keepers Quarters and Assistant Quarters at Norah Head Lighthouse offer a unique accommodation experience. Take a step back in time in these heritage-listed cottages, lovingly restored with all the modern conveniences, complete with charm to the rafters.
Booking a stay here, not only gives you an unbeatable vacation in an unsurpassable location but also helps to preserve the cottages and surrounds for future generations.
Whether it's the historical charm that draws you in, the convenient location, or the array of things to do nearby, Norah Head is the perfect unique accommodation stay.
Woy Woy to Gosford & surrounding areas
Gosford is the Central Coast's main hub, Gosford, with shopping, cultural attractions, Japanese Gardens, and many more destinations to explore.
The region is packed with beautiful beaches to explore. Avoca and Terrigal, are perfect for lazy beach days, stunning photography opportunities of the gorgeous coastline, and indulging in perfect wine and dining experiences.
For those wanting quieter waterways where stand-up paddleboards and tranquil kayaking experiences beckon, head to the idyllic regions of Woy Woy to Gosford on the calm Brisbane Waters.
Wyong, Bateau Bay to Norah Head
From the beautiful beaches of Bateau Bay and Toowoon to exploring the rockpools, beaches, and historic lighthouse tours of Norah Head, this region has all you could imagine for the whole family to enjoy.
As the gateway to the Central Coast, just off the freeway and only an hour north of Sydney, Wyong has a wealth of experiences from shopping, dining, and outdoor experiences to help you feel a world away.
Imagery courtesy of Destination NSW