Central Coast

Beach towns to roaming countryside, the Central Coast is an outdoor lover’s dream.

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. 

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Bouddi National Park
A stunning wilderness along a rugged coastline
Bouddi National Park, stretching from Killcare to Macmasters Beach, is hands-down the most beautiful of the lot with jaw-dropping coastal walks (ideal for whale watching), secluded beaches, mountain bike trails, camping grounds and plenty of fishing opportunities.
Brisbane Water
A natural playground for outdoor enthusiasts
Get off-the-beaten-track and explore the many bays and hidden beaches by boat or foot. Forming part of the Great North Walk, there are plenty of walking trails, as well as camping and fishing spots.
The Australian Reptile Park
Get face-to-face with some of Australia's most feared reptiles
The Australian Reptile Park has a must-see collection of some of Australia’s most elusive wildlife. From snakes, spiders and lizards to a Galapagos tortoise and saltwater crocodile, there are plenty of ops to get in touch with Australia’s wild side. The best part by far is a snuggle with a wombat.
Tuggerah Lake & The Entrance
Beach to lake, a resort area that’s hard to resist
In the northern reaches of the Central Coast, Tuggerah Lake is a popular sailing, kayaking and fishing spot. Plus, it has a 12km cycleway that hugs the lake. Birdlife is in abundance, but if you head over to The Entrance part of the lake, you will get to experience the daily pelican feeding show.
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