The Central Coast of New South Wales (NSW) brings a variety of beautiful elements in Australia all into one place. You’ll be sure to find your nature fix along this coastline with stunning beaches, lush national park and crystal clear waterways.
Just north of Sydney, there is an adventure for every type of traveller, between water sports, mountain biking, wildlife sanctuaries, white sandy beaches and nature reserves. Set yourself up around the Gosford and Wyong area and spend your days discovering the coastline, making the most of the array of beaches on offer. The region offers a variety of adventure tours like horse riding, skydiving, scuba diving, kayaking and surf schools. No matter what your preference is, you’ll find an activity to suit.
Explore the most scenic walks in the area with The Coast walking track and Bouddi Coast walk. The Coast walking track is about 6 km return and starts from Bateau Bay Beach picnic area. Trailing the cliff tops and running through a narrow strip of forest, enjoy coastal views along the way. Depending on the season look out for whales in winter or wildflowers in spring, with native birds all year round too. Otherwise, for something a little longer, the Bouddi Coast walk is an 8 km walk from Putty Beach to MacMasters Beach. The trail is an easy walk, which means you can focus on taking in the beautiful vista and lush rainforest. Pack a picnic and stop at one of the many picnic spots for a scenic lunch.
Otherwise, if travelling by car is your preferred mode of transport take a road trip along the coastline. Begin at Terrigal, one of the most well-known holiday spots in the Central Coast. With beautiful beachfront dining and a cosmopolitan feel, Terrigal boasts views across the ocean and is perfect for those wanting to make the most of the activities on the water.
Next up is Copacabana and Macmasters Beach, set along the Bouddi coastline. Enjoy the coastal walk with ocean lookouts all along. While you may be a confident swimmer, take extra precaution as this beach brings strong currents so opt to swim between the flags or in the beautiful ocean pool.
Further south you’ll start to make your way to Ettalong Beach, with golden sand and long stretches of coastline, wander over to Ettalong Lookout for an incredible panoramic view. Half an hour inland of Ettalong, head to Somersby, to get up close and personal (okay not too close) with saltwater crocodiles and tortoise for the total Aussie experience at the Australian Reptile Park.
The surf culture is prominent all along the East Coast and it’s hard to pick a favourite beach due to the coastline’s array of waves, from world-class reef breaks and points. While there are many favourites, locals have tipped us that you can always count on Avoca Beach, Forresters and Shelly Beach.
The Central Coast is a great place to base yourself to make the most of Australia’s outdoors and peaceful nature.