Easy-going with chilled-out vibes, the Central Coast is a hotspot for weekend getaways. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean to one side and Brisbane Water to the other, this beautiful stretch of coastline packs a whole lot in. A string of beachside towns, national parks, secluded bays and meandering countryside. The best part? It’s all just over an hour from Sydney.
Boasting four national parks (that’s right, four!) plus an abundance of water in the way of beaches, inlets, bays, and a lake. So, the chances of finding a quiet patch away from it all are high. The Central Coast is packed full of attractions, and what a choice you have.
Hike Bouddi National Park, camp at Patonga, surf the many beaches (Avoca, Macmasters and Copacabana), horse ride through Glenworth Valley, sail Brisbane Water, kayak Tuggerah Lake, and mountain bike your way through the national parks. There’s also sky diving, scuba diving, big game fishing, treetop climbing, reptile parks and swimming spots galore.
From Patonga in the south to The Entrance in the north, the Central Coast caters well to the many visitors. Beachside cafés are in abundance (brunch with a view anyone?) and fresh from the ocean seafood is a staple. Avoca Beachside Markets overflow with fresh produce, local art and fashion. But, when it comes to boutique shopping, waterfront dining and late-night bars, Terrigal holds all the aces.
So, whether you’re after a quiet getaway with the ocean at your doorstep (Killcare, Avoca, and Macmasters claim the top prize), or a bustling village with all the convenience of urban living (Terrigal and The Entrance are a standout), holiday-vibes are kicking year-round. And with Central Coast tourism on the rise, things are only bound to get better.