Whales off the Central Coast.

Sailing and other watersports are a feature of the coast.

Gosford is at the centre of the Central Coast area.

Visit the Reptile Park for a family day out.

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THE CENTRAL COAST - Sydney's Near North Playground

Just north, along the coast between Sydney and Newcastle, is a fascinating and scenic area known as the Central Coast. From a network of small towns dotting the coast and immediate hinterland it has now become a substantial suburban development with large numbers commuting daily to Sydney or Newcastle to work.
The main area begins along the northern shore of Brisbane Water and stretches east to the retail centre of Erina and north to Lake Macquarie. Gosford is the largest population centre of the area with other major commercial centres at Wyong, Tuggerah, Lakehaven, The Entrance, Terrigal, and Woy Woy.
From an original land grant bestowed in 1811 by Governor Lachlan Macquarie to William Nash, an ex-marine who arrived with the First Fleet in 1788, it has developed into a weekend retreat and holiday playground for the millions who live in Sydney and travel the short distance along the Freeway to spend their weekends and leisure time along the beaches and visiting the national parks which abound.
In recent times it has also become a popular retirement area and its steady growth resulted in its recognition as a distinct urban region in 2005.
The area is most noted for the variety of water activities including boating, fishing, surfing and water skiing. The ex navy frigate HMAS Adelaide, was recently sunk off Avoca Beach, creating an artificial dive wreck for scuba divers. Inland, National Parks and State Forests cater to for bushwalkers, campers and 4wd motorists.
There are excellent and challenging golf courses, horse riding trails and the popular daily pelican feeding at The Entrance and Woy Woy.

It enjoys a sub-tropical climate with warm to hot, humid summers and mild to cool winters. Rainfall is spread evenly throughout the year.
At the 2006 census the area population was 297,956. The most populous suburb in the Wyong Shire is Bateau Bay with a population of 11,599. The most populous suburb in the City of Gosford is Umina Beach with a population of 15,392.

There are many motels, hotels and caravan parks to choose from catering for every budget. Use the Accommodation Search below to find your options.

The regional Central Coast Tourism body manages three accredited Visitor Information Centres located at Mt Penang Parklands at Kariong, in Memorial Park at The Entrance, and on Mann Street in Gosford.

Discover golden sandy beaches, fascinating attractions and scenic national parks.
  • Australian Reptile Park: Exciting wildlife shows and loads of animal interaction are what this hands-on zoo is famous for.
  • Pelican Feeding Daily at The Entrance (3.30pm) and Woy Woy at 3.00pm.
  • Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park 2375 Peats Ridge Road, cnr Darkinjung Road, Calga, NSW 2250
  • Cedar Park Lavender Farm Wyong Creek
  • Yarramalong Macadamia Nut Farm 34 Macadamia Lane, Wyong Creek. NSW 2259 Ph. 02 4356 1836
  • Central Coast Steam Model Co-op: Narara - Train rides operate on the first Saturday of the month, 11am - 4pm.
  • Tree Top Adventure Park Ourimbah. 76 challenges including 12 Flying Foxes
  • Glenworth Valley Horse Riding Peats Ridge - Guided or Free Range horse riding
  • Whale Watching
  • Amazement
  • Ken Duncan Gallery
  • Fishing Charters
  • Hawkesbury Cruises
  • Bouddi National Park Bouddi National Park is one of the most diverse reserves in the state.
  • Dharug National Park - includes UNESCO World Heritage Area
  • Wyrrabalong National Park Divided into two sections, Wyrrabalong National Park conserves the last significant coastal rainforest.
  • Brisbane Water National Park Brisbane Water National Park is set in over 12,000 ha of rugged sandstone country.
  • Munmorah State Conservation Area 12 km of rugged coastline makes a fine site for water sports, coastal walks with magnificent ocean views.
  • Popran National Park Popran National Park conserves spectacular sandstone cliffs and gullies and many Aboriginal sites.


    The Central Coast is serviced by an extensive road system as well as a combination of bus and rail providing public transport for the population. The region is also has a number of taxis operated by Central Coast Taxis.

    The main access to the Central Coast by road is by the 127 kilometres (79 mile) Sydney-Newcastle Freeway (National Highway 1), named here the F3 Freeway. It provides a fast road link between Sydney, the Central Coast, Newcastle and the Hunter Valley.

    CityRail's Newcastle & Central Coast line services the western area, with the principal station at Gosford, connecting with most bus services and taxis.
    Trains terminate at both Gosford and Wyong stations which are also utilised by the far-reaching CountryLink network.
    The Central Coast is serviced by three separate private bus operators.
    • Busways which has depots at Kincumber and Charmhaven, More
    • Red Bus Services More
    • Coastal Liner Coaches. More
    All companies serve their own individual areas covering almost all areas of the region rarely overlapping.

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    Information is available from the Visitor Centres below.

    Avoca Beach Picture Theatre

    69 Avoca Drive. Avoca Beach, NSW 2251
    Ph: (02) 4382 1667 Fax: (02) 4382 1877

    Central Coast Visitor Information Centre
    52 The Avenue. Kariong, NSW 2250
    Toll Free: 1300 132 975
    Ph: (02) 4343 4444 Fax: (02) 4343 4433

    Gosford Visitor Information Centre

    200 Mann Street. Gosford, NSW 2250
    Ph: (02) 4343 4444

    Terrigal Accommodation

    112 Terrigal Esplanade. Terrigal, NSW 2260
    Ph: (02) 4385 9564 Fax: (02) 4385 3400

    The Entrance Visitor Information Centre
    Marine Parade. The Entrance, NSW 2261
    Ph: (02) 4334 4213 Fax: (02) 4333 1763

    Breakers Country Club Visitor Information Centre
    64 Dover Road. Wamberal, NSW 2260
    Ph: (02) 4384 2661 Fax: (02) 4384 2661
    www.terrigalmemorial.com Email: tmcc@cci.net.au

    Wyong Visitor Centre

    F3 Freeway. Wyong, NSW 2259
    Ph: (02) 4351 0372 Fax: (02) 4352 2944

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