central coast Nsw australia: 20 top Attractions

So what are the best attractions and things to do on the Central Coast NSW Australia?

Of course the beaches are the main attractions, but if you're not the kind to hang out at the beach all day, you'll be surprised to discover there are so many other things to do for people of all ages. 

Here are our 20 favourite attractions... 

1. Beaches

Central Coast Beaches

Beaches are one of the most sought after attractions on the Central Coast. No wonder – they're amazing. Half of the 87 km of coast is made up of beaches. From surfing to secluded to calm beaches to ocean pools to beaches surrounded by great cafes and restaurants, we have them all…

2. National Parks & conservation areas

Central Coast national parks - Bouddi Coastal Walk.

The Central Coast has great beaches and national parks. We are blessed with natural attractions! Explore the national parks and conservation areas along the region’s coastline.… experience great coastal walks and lookouts. You can even swim at some of the beaches along the walks! Or head to waterfalls and Aboriginal engraving sites. 

3. Australian Reptile Park 

Australian Reptile Park

Have you ever seen a massive saltwater crocodile up close? Have you ever fed a kangaroo? This is your chance. The Australian Reptile Park has been a favourite attraction on the Central Coast for many years. If you want to see deadly species of snakes and spiders, entertaining shows, and learn a thing or two, visit this zoo. 

4. glenworth valley outdoor adventures

Get your adrenaline pumping and experience one or more adventures at Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures: horse riding, abseiling, kayaking, laser skirmish, quad biking. Mix and match any activities you wish. You can also bring your kayak and paddle in Popran Creek. You can even stay overnight.

5. hawkesbury river cruises

Hawkesbury River Cruises

Relax and escape the city on one of the fabulous cruises that explore the lower reach of the Hawkesbury River. Contemplate scenic waterways, rugged cliffs, trees and wildlife. Savour tasty food and listen to interesting, entertaining and at times funny commentaries.

6. Treetop Adventure Park

Whether you’re scared of heights or always dreamed of walking from treetop to treetop like a lemur or monkey, here’s the perfect challenge for you and a great adrenaline activity. At Treetop Adventure Park, you’ll walk through an obstacle course high up on the trees on wobbly logs and wires. The obstacle course becomes harder and harder. 

7. Treetop Crazy Rider

Treetop Crazy Rider is the world’s longest roller coaster zip line... On a flying fox, you’ll turn 360 degrees, twist and zigzag for one kilometre. It’s 6 minutes riding like on a roller coaster around the trees! Treetop Adventure Park is one of the most thrilling attractions on the Central Coast.

8. Amazement Farm & Fun Park 

Amazement Farm and Fun Park

If you’re looking to spend a relaxing and fun day out on the Central Coast with the kids, experience Amazement Farm & Fun Park. It's a particularly great attraction for young children... Kids will experience walking through maizes, feed goats and sheep, hold bunnies, pat horses, ride a pony. You'll also see alpacas, emus and exotic birds. 

9. Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park

Emu at the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park

Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park is a nature sanctuary located in Calga. There are Australian wildlife and farm animals. The place looks nothing like a zoo... The not-so-shy kangaroos, pademelons and emus roam freely around the site, and you can also meet wallabies and wallaroos. You'll see other Australian animals in enclosures.

11. Gosford regional gallery

Gosford Regional Gallery exhibition

Gosford Regional Gallery displays works from established and emerging artists in photography, sculpture, visual art and design. It’s nice to visit even if you're not interested in art because there are other things to see as well. The Japanese garden with the koi fish is just as enjoyable as the exhibitions.

12. gosford classic car museum

How can you not be fascinated by the largest car museum in Australia? Actually… in the southern hemisphere! $70,000,000 worth of Jaguar, Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Cadillac, Holden, Porsche, Mercedes, Maserati, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, McLaren, Soviet vehicles… Cars can be purchased. So leave your credit card at home.

13. Norah Head Lighthouse

Norah Head Lighthouse

Norah Head Lighthouse is a great lighthouse to visit near Sydney. Walk the 96 stairs to the top while listening to an interesting historical commentary. The view is amazing from up there. Tours happen daily between 10 am and 1.30 pm, go for 30 minutes and are run by friendly volunteers. Just turn up. It costs only $6.

14. somersby falls

Somersby Falls

Somersby Falls are popular waterfall attractions on the Central Coast. Walk to two waterfalls located lower down a bushtrack. The first waterfall sits mid-way down the bush track and the second at the bottom. Enjoy a picnic before or after your walk.

15. wyong milk factory

Wyong Milk Factory

Wyong Milk Factory is truly a gem on the Central Coast. Have coffee at Wyong Milk Factory Cafe while your kids are at the playground. Enjoy the beer garden at Wyong Milk Tavern. Paddle up Wyong River. Taste handmade cheese at the award-winning Little Creek Cheese Factory. Sample quality artisan chocolates at Luka Chocolates.

16. microlight adventures

Flying in a microlight has got to be on your bucket list. For many people it’s one in a lifetime experience. Fly over Tuggerah Lake and down the coast over the Central Coast's beautiful beaches and national parks. It is a thrilling but also relaxing experience as you’re driven by Len, the owner. You can also control the microlight for a short period.

17. Jetpack Adventure

Jetpack Adventures is a thrilling water activity where you are propelled above the water and soar in the air with a jetpack or board. Jetpack Adventures is located at Mt Penang Parklands at Kariong. You just need to book a day and time. Pretty much anybody over 40 kg can fly.

18. Segway Central Coast

Have a cool ride on a Segway – 2 wheeled self-balancing electric scooter – on the beautiful grounds of Mt Penang Parklands with Segway Central Coast. You can choose to ride for 30 min, 1 hr or 90 min. Anyone from 10 years old can ride. Booking is required.

19. Distillery Botanica  

At Distillery Botanica you can taste and buy award-winning liqueur made with plants, such as aniseed and lemon myrtle. Gin is made with Australian natives. Philip Moore has won prestigious awards such as the 'Herb Liqueur of the Year' in Germany and a silver for gin in London. Distillery Botanica has the best gin there is.

20. Central Coast Stadium

Do you feel like catching the local Central Coast Mariners in action? Maybe an NRL game or a concert? Central Coast Stadium in Gosford is the Coast's premier sporting venue. Wherever you are in the stadium you feel like you're on top of the action. Palm trees and views of Brisbane water make this a great venue to watch sport or a concert. 

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