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.
What better way to learn about reptiles and other Australian animals that at a hands-on, immersive wildlife park? The Australian Reptile Park is located in Somersby on the central coast of New South Wales. Meet a variety of intriguing reptiles from around the world, including crocodiles, turtles, snakes, lizards, and much more. It’s not all about the reptiles – you will also see a fascinating array of native amphibians, spiders, birds, and mammals.
Take advantage of the animal encounters on offer for a chance to get up close and personal to your choice of animal. Learn about Australia’s most dangerous snakes in the Lost World of Reptiles, watch as spiders are milked for venom in Spider World, and explore the native flora lining Eric’s Nature Walk. Learn about the essential work carried out by the park to conserve Australia’s wildlife and save lives through the collection of snake and spider venom.
Escape the city and enjoy a picnic in lush rainforest surroundings at Somersby Falls Picnic Grounds, located in the spectacular Brisbane Water National Park. Leave your car in the adjacent car park and make use of the free barbeques and picnic tables. Dine beneath the shady trees or alongside delightful Floods Creek, and spot birds, lizards, and brush turkeys as you eat. Toilet and garbage facilities are also provided.
Once you have refuelled with a barbeque or picnic, wander along the picturesque Somersby Falls Walking Track, beginning at the picnic area. The 500-metre return trail takes you through stunning greenery beneath a leafy canopy and delivers you to both the top and bottom waterfalls. The track includes some steps and steeper parts and can be slippery so take care. Cool off in the refreshing water as it cascades over the rocks, and soak up the natural beauty of the impressive falls.
Located in East Gosford, Gosford Regional Gallery promises an enjoyable day out for all the family. Rather than housing a permanent collection, the gallery showcases a diverse program of temporary exhibitions. Within the three exhibition galleries, you can discover an engaging array of local, national and international exhibits across a range of different media. See traditional Australian art alongside new and innovative styles from both established and emerging artists.
Visit the gallery shop to browse a tempting range of homewares, stationary, books, jewellery and more, much of which comes from local and regional artists. Enjoy fresh food and delicious coffee in the Point Cafe, overlooking the beautiful, tranquil Japanese Gardens.
Entry to the gallery is free with donations welcomed; however, they also host educational tours, workshops, demonstrations and art classes for both children and adults.
Within the complex, you will also find the Edogawa Commemorative Garden, the Arts Centre, and the Caroline Bay Brasserie.