21 Best Things to Do in Gosford 

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Gosford is a suburb of the Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia.

Just an hour north of Sydney, the town is a hub to the Central Coast’s beautiful beaches, national parks and attractions. Our beautiful beaches are only 20 minutes away.

The town can easily be accessed via the M1 Motorway or railway station.

The hospital, the sailing club and Central Coast Stadium are situated here. And Gosford claims a stunning spot on the shore of Brisbane Water, so the water views are magnificent!

You can enjoy many activities here and nearby such as:

  • cycling
  • swimming
  • surfing
  • fishing
  • bushwalking
  • kayaking
  • watching footy at the stadium

So, if you’re looking for things to do in or near Gosford, I compiled a list of our favourite attractions nearby.

Things To Do in And Near Gosford

1. Central Coast Beaches

Things to do in Gosford - beaches

Plenty of great beaches are located a short drive away from Gosford. There’s a beach for everyone.

Terrigal is a popular cosmopolitan and beach holiday destination. Avoca Beach, Copacabana Beach and Wamberal Beach are renowned  surfing and swimming spots. Also, Umina Beach, Ettalong Beach and Pearl Beach are fabulous destinations for families.

There are so many other great beaches around.

Discover the region’s best beaches here.

2. Kayak Central Coast 

Enjoy paddling?

Bring your kayak and explore Brisbane Water and the nearby waterways.

For beginner paddlers, the calm Narara Creek stretches from West Gosford to Narara. There are also plenty of other rivers and bays to explore.

If you need to hire a kayak, contact Kayak Central Coast. They can deliver the kayaks to you and share tips on the best spots to go paddling.

3. National Parks and Bushwalks

Things to do in Gosford - bushwalks

Like bushwalking?

There are great walking tracks and National Parks near Gosford.

Brisbane National Park is a short drive away. One of the region’s best walks, Pearl to Patonga walk, offers great views of Brisbane Water and the Hawkesbury River. You can also walk to Kariong Brook Falls or the Bulgandry Aboriginal Engraving Site.

Bouddi National Park is another great spot situated along the coast next to Killcare. If you’re up to an 8-kilometre hike, Bouddi Coastal Walk offers stunning coastal views!

Discover our best national parks and bushwalks here.  

4. Gosford to Woy Woy Cycling track 

Enjoy great views of Brisbane Water while cycling from Gosford to Woy Woy along the shoreline.

The shared path is mostly flat so it’s perfect for E-bikes. 

Upon arriving at Woy Woy, savour fish and chips or oysters at Woy Woy Fishermen's Wharf.

Then, continue cycling a bit further along the coastline before retracing your route.

The distance is about 15 km one-way.

5. Australian Reptile Park

Things to do in Gosford - Australian Reptile Park

The Australian Reptile Park is the most popular attraction on the Central Coast.

Children and overseas visitors particularly enjoy seeing Australian Wildlife and watching entertaining shows. The crocodile show is the highlight! You can feed kangaroos and see snakes, spiders and koalas.

The Australian Reptile Park is located in Somersby, a 15-minute drive from Gosford. No need to book. Just turn up.

Read our full article on the Australian Reptile Park here.

6. Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures 

Get your adrenaline pumping.

Experience one or more adventures at Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures. Try horse riding, abseiling, kayaking, laser skirmish or quad biking. You can also mix and match activities.

Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures is a 25-minute drive from Gosford.

Find out more here.

7. Central Coast Aqua Park

Things to do in Gosford - Central Coast Aqua Park

Kids love jumping and sliding on this inflatable obstacle course on water. It’s so much fun and a great way for kids to spend their energy.

Sessions run for 50 minutes but you can add more sessions if you wish. 

Runs over summer only. 

Find out more about Central Coast Aqua Park here.

8. Clip 'N Climb 

Kids love climbing on the colourful walls at Clip' N Climb.

It's lots of fun and another great place for kids to burn out their energy!

There are heaps of different climbing walls with various themes.

Kids don't need prior experience. They provide harnesses. The climbs operate with automatic belays that lower kids back to the ground.

Booking is recommended.

Find out more about Clip' N Climb here.

9. Gosford Regional Gallery and Edogawa Commemorative Garden

Things to do in Gosford - Gosford Regional Gallery

Gosford Regional Gallery makes for a relaxing day out.

The gallery displays works from established and emerging artists. It also hosts local, national and international exhibitions.

It's a great place to take your children because there’s a beautiful Japanese garden with koi fish they can feed. There are art activities for kids too during the school holidays.

Read our full article on Gosford Regional Gallery here.

10. Laser Tag  

Laser Tag is real fun. It’s one of our kids’ favourite birthday activities!

Laser Tag is a game where players wear electronic vests and ‘tag’ each other with hand-held phasers.

Check out these two places in Gosford: Laser Tag Mania and Laser Tag Central Coast.

11. Central Coast Stadium

Things to do in Gosford - Central Coast Stadium

The Central Coast Stadium is right in the heart of Gosford.

Catch the local Central Coast Mariners in action, an NRL game or a concert. You’ll feel like you're on top of the action.

This coast's premier sporting venue also offers great views over Brisbane Water.

Check what's on at Central Coast Stadium.

12. Strickland State Forest 

Want to bushwalk with your dog?

Strickland State Forest offers varied bushwalks. They range from an easy 1.3-kilometre loop to a medium-grade 3.6-kilometre walk. Your furry friend can follow you on a leash.

Walk through patches of rainforest and admire the beautiful scenery. The Arboretum track is my favourite. It has remnants of native and exotic trees planted over a hundred years ago, known as the arboretum, and a cool suspension bridge.

Located on Strickland Forest Road, Somersby

13. Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park

Things to do in Gosford - Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park

Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park is a nature sanctuary in Calga, located 20 minutes from Gosford.

Walk among free-roaming kangaroos, pademelons and emus. You may also spot wallabies and wallaroos.

Children enjoy walking inside the guinea pig and rabbit enclosure and holding the animals. They can also feed the alpacas.

Read our full article on the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park here.

14. Chocolate Factory Gosford 

If you love chocolate as much as I do, then visit Chocolate Factory Gosford.

There’s a variety of chocolate products and other yummy treats. Do not skip on their delicious hot chocolate.

You can also book a guided tour from Wednesdays to Fridays and learn how they make the products.  

Find out more about Chocolate Factory Gosford here.

15. Gosford City Farmers Market

Things to do in Gosford - Gosford Market

Buy artisan and fresh produce from local farmers and producers at Gosford City Farmers Markets.

You’ll find fresh fruits and vegetables. And other delicious food like organic sourdough bread, fresh pasta and homemade chutneys. You can also enjoy international food like Chinese dumplings, Gozleme and falafels.

Held at Gosford Showground on Sundays from 7am to 12pm.

Find out more.

16. Monkey Mania 

Looking to entertain your small children?

Located inside Central Coast Leagues Club, the three-level play structure at Monkey Mania will entertain your kids for hours. Toddlers can play safely in the designated under-five area. Kids also love the inflatable jumping castle, cannon foam ball area, climbing equipment, slides and push cars.

Find out more about Monkey Mania here

17. Somersby Falls

Things to do in Gosford - Somersby Falls

Located a 15-minute drive from Gosford, Somersby Falls offers two beautiful waterfalls lower down a bush track.

The rainforest canopy and the water will cool keep you cool in summer.

You can also enjoy a picnic – there are picnic tables and a barbecue.

Read our full article on Somersby Falls here.

18. Art Barn Plaster Painting 

The Art Barn Plaster Painting is the ideal place to relax and paint. They offer a great selection of plasters, paints and brushes.

Kids love choosing their figurines like Star Wars characters, fairies, animals, skulls and heaps more.

Just pay for the plaster piece; everything else is included in the price.

Enjoy complimentary tea, coffee and air-conditioned.

Find out more about Art Barn Plaster Painting.

19. Mt Penang Gardens 

Mount Penang Gardens

Feel like a relaxing stroll?

Visit Mt Penang Gardens and enjoy breakfast or lunch at Waterfall Cafe.

The gardens are situated among 8 hectares of beautiful grounds. Most plants are native to Australia. Marvel at the fountains, cascades, ponds and other water features.

Find out more about Mt Penang Gardens here.

20. Flip Out

At Flip Out, kids can burn off some of their inexhaustible energy by leaping from trampoline to trampoline. And they love propelling themselves into foam pits. Some trampolines are on an angle allowing kids to jump against walls. Smaller children can bounce in the under 10 area.

Flip Out is a hit with our kids.  

Find out more here.

21. Bulgandry Aboriginal Engraving Site

Things to do in Gosford - Bulgandry Aboriginal Engraving Site

Walk to the Bulgandry Aboriginal art site to see well-preserved carvings from the Guringai People. Etchings of kangaroos, fishes and more cover an entire rock surface.  

It’s a great place to take children because the walk is short and easy, and they can learn about Aboriginal art.

Read our full article on the Bulgandry Aboriginal Engraving Site here.

Locals’ Favourite Cafes and Restaurants

Pinocchios Wine & Pizza Bar ($$) serves amazing Italian pizza and pasta and a great variety of wines and cocktails. The atmosphere and service are also excellent. Open for lunch on Friday and Saturday and dinner from Tuesday to Saturday. Located at 32 William St.

Fahrenheit Café ($$) serves Fat Poppy coffee and all-day American inspired lunches and breakfasts. Think French toasts, waffles, rolls, bacon, sausages and eggs. Open 7 days from 8 am to 2 pm. Located at 7 Wells St, East Gosford.

Joe's Pizza Parlour ($) serves good old traditional pizza. If you’re willing to pick up your pizza or dine in, then forget about Dominos and the likes. It’s an old-fashioned pizza place so bring cash. Located right beside the train station at 207 Mann St. Opens from 5 pm except on Mondays.

At Baker St ($$) is located across the road from the stadium. They serve mains, lunches, quick eats and tapas. Their motto is ‘fresh is best’. Open from 7am from Monday to Friday and from midday on Saturdays. Open till late on Fridays and Saturdays. Located at 6 Baker St.

Korean restaurants – two restaurants in Gosford serve delicious Korean food: BBQ Korea at 94 Mann St and Mapo Galbi Korean BBQ at 154 Mann St.

Rajshahi Indian Restaurant is one of the best Indian restaurants on the Central Coast. Open most days for lunches and dinners except on Mondays. Located 31 Henry Parry Dr.

Ministry Café is where I often get my morning cappuccinos – so strong and flavoursome!  The food and service are also great. Located at 5 Laycock St, Wyoming. Shop 3 Coffee also serves delicious coffee. Situated in the heart of Gosford at 2 Mann St.

Accommodation

Airbnb has plenty of homes and apartments in and around Gosford. Check what’s available for your dates here.

If you’re looking for a place to stay for a night or two, Gosford Palms Motor Inn is comfortable, affordable and quiet. Located a five-minute drive from the hospital and CBD and not too far from the M1 Motorway.

Getting There

Gosford is located 1 hr from Sydney and 1 hr 10 min from Newcastle via the M1.

Parking: It can be hard to find all-day street parking in town. You may find it easier to park in the paid car park located corner of Donnison and Baker Streets. It’s within walking distance to the CBD. There’s also free parking a bit further away from town at Adcock Park.

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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 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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