12 Enticing Reasons to Visit the Central Coast, New South Wales

Have the best getaway on the Central Coast with this insider's guide! 

iCentralCoast is a guide to help you discover the best beaches and places to go, things to do, food to eat, and places to stay in and around this stunning region. 

Why visiting the Central Coast? Here are 12 reasons:

1. Fabulous Beaches

The coastline stretches for 80 kilometres, and you can pick from over 40 different golden beaches! 

From surfing beaches to secluded beaches to calm beaches, we have them all.

There are enough options out here to suit everyone, whether you’re looking for a family-friendly beach or want to go swimming, surfing, walking, fishing, snorkelling, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding.

Check out popular holiday hotspots like Terrigal and Avoca Beach with lifesavers on patrol, calm and enticing beaches like Maitland Bay and unspoilt beaches like Frazer Beach.

It’s the beach lifestyle and stunning coastal landscapes that attract so many holidaymakers year after year.

2. Scenic Bushwalks

One of the best aspects of the Central Coast is the amount of bush around the coast. Along the Hawkesbury River, Broken Bay and the Tasman Sea, there are national parks you can get to and walk in less than two hours. 

Bouddi Coastal Walk is an epic walk along clifftop tracks and boardwalks. From May to October, spot migrating whales from one of the picturesque lookouts. In summer, cool down at Putty Beach, Maitland Bay or Macmasters Beach. 

There are short to overnight well-signposted hikes, and many are suitable for children. 

You don’t have to go far away from Sydney to enjoy some native bushland!

3.    World Class Surfing

The beach and the surfing lifestyle are definitely embedded in the Central Coast way of life, and there’s no shortage of epic waves for surfers! 

The Central Coast has plenty of beaches that produce world-class surf waves. Check out Copacabana Beach, Wamberal Beach, Forresters Beach, Shelly Beach and Soldiers Beach. 

There are also great spots for learning how to surf. Umina Beach is a protected bay that normally gets small waves. Terrigal Beach and Avoca Beach offer ideal learning conditions, too. 

Grab your board and get ready to hit the waves.

4.    Fun Attractions and Adrenaline Fuelled Activities

Not only does the Central Coast have long stretches of golden sand beaches and scenic bushwalks, but it also has fun attractions.

See a huge saltwater crocodile, feed a kangaroo and see deadly species of snakes and spiders at the Australian Reptile Park.

Experience horse riding, abseiling, kayaking, laser skirmish or quad biking at Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures.

Jump from one obstacle to the other on a floating inflatable course at Aquasplash.

Walk an obstacle course high up in the trees at Treetops, fly in a microlight, or fly on the world’s longest roller coaster zip line.

5. Australian Reptile Park

The Australian Reptile Park is a hugely popular attraction. This hands-on zoo homes exotic reptiles and Australian animals.

Enjoy the natural bush setting. Visit interesting exhibits and watch super entertaining shows. Meet many animals up close, from deadly spiders to snakes, alligators, wombats, dingoes, koalas and a Galapagos Tortoise. Meet free-roaming kangaroos and a cranky saltwater crocodile.

The Australian Reptile Park is the best attraction on the Central Coast for families or overseas visitors.

6. Wonderful Markets

From arts and crafts to food, you’ve got several markets to choose from on the Central Coast. Here are a few for you to check out:

Terrigal Beach Markets are located right next to the beach. The markets offer stunning ocean views and high-quality stalls on the first Saturday of every month.

Located along the edge of Avoca Lake in Heazlett Park, Avoca Beachside Markets offer gourmet food and locally made craft. Enjoy the lovely beachside atmosphere on the fourth Saturday of every month.

Gosford City Farmers Market offer artisan and fresh produce by local producers every Sunday.

7. Whale Watching

From May to November each year, the region’s east coast transforms into a hot spot for whale watching.

Thousands of whales migrate along the NSW coastline. They head north to subtropical waters to mate and give birth from late April to August and head back south from September to November.

The Central Coast is blessed with spectacular lookouts... perfect for watching the humpback whales’ acrobatic displays.

Here are the five best whale watching spots on the Central Coast:

  • Captain Cook Lookout
  • Gerrin Point Lookout
  • The Skillion
  • Crackneck Lookout
  • Norah Head Lighthouse

8. Fantastic Fishing

9. Lots of Things to Do with Kids

10. Charming Coastal Towns

11. Camping in Incredible Surrounds

12. So Close to Sydney!

Would you like to discover the hidden gems and things to do that the locals really enjoy? 

I'm lucky to have lived on the Central Coast for the past 15 years. I have spent time in every town, visited every beach and enjoyed all the attractions.

Everyday I can enjoy the wide variety of beaches, the national parks at my doorstep and the relaxing vibe.

iCentralCoast is a personal guide to the Central Coast NSW. This site is focused on showing only the best of what the Central Coast has to offer. 

Use the navigation at the top of the site to discover more hidden gems. 

I hope you enjoy your visit!

Hi! I'm Christine.

When we moved to the Central Coast from Sydney 15 years ago, we struggled to find thorough information about the beaches, bushwalks and hidden gems, so we set out to explore as best as we could. Now that we have visited every town, beach and secret spot, I'll help you discover this stunning region! 


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