Central Coast

Enjoy water-skiing, canoeing, sailing and rowing on Tuggerah Lake at The Entrance. Feed the pelicans at Pelican Plaza or play a round of golf at Shelly Beach Golf Club.

A popular spot for whale watching on the Central Coast is Crackneck Point Lookout, near Shelly Beach. Beachside markets are held at Avoca on the fourth Sunday of each month from May to November.

Avoca Beach, Central Coast
Putty Beach, Bouddi National Park

About the Central Coast

A popular Central Coast attraction is pelican feeding time at Pelican Plaza, The Entrance. With wing spans up to 2.8 metres, Australia’s largest water birds flock to the plaza at 3.30pm each afternoon.

The Entrance, which is surrounded by lagoons, lakes and beaches, is less than two hours’ drive from Sydney. By train and bus it’s 2h 30 min. You’ll find a range of accommodation on the Central Coast, which is a mix of pretty bays, beaches, lakes and peaceful hinterland.

The Central Coast lies between Sydney and Newcastle, NSW’s second-largest city. The region begins at Broken Bay, the mouth of the beautiful Hawkesbury River, which is the setting for Kate Grenville’s acclaimed historical novel, The Secret River.

Near Gosford, the Central Coast’s main business and shopping centre, is the Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park. You can stay overnight in a cabin among the native animals. Nearby is the Australian Reptile Park, where demonstrations of snake handling and milking funnel-web spiders of their venom, astonish visitors.

Delightful villages on the Central Coast, such as Pearl Beach, Ettalong Beach, Patonga, Avoca and Terrigal, offer a range of activities. Swimming, fishing and surfing are always popular. For a bird’s-eye view, tour the area with Coast Helicopters.

On walking trails, discover beautiful Somersby Falls and native birdlife in Brisbane Water National Park. Relax on the secluded beaches of Bouddi National Park. For horseriding, quad bike riding and kayaking, Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures is just an hour’s drive from Sydney.

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  1. Crowne Plaza Terrigal

    Located opposite the pristine Terrigal Beach, 90 minutes from Sydney, Crowne Plaza Terrigal offers beachfront accommodation along with a variety of activities and attractions. The hotel's serene ocean-side location is ideal for singles, couples,...

  2. ibis Styles The Entrance

    Located midway between Sydney and Newcastle, the 52 room ibis Styles The Entrance overlooks the Tuggerah Lakes and is approximately two minutes from the beautiful beaches nearby. The hotel guests have access to all the facilities of the entertainment...

  3. Kims Beach Hideaway

    Kims Beach Hideaway is the perfect destination for a romantic escape, with a cluster of individual timber bungalows, each a haven of luxury and style immersed in its own subtropical rainforest or set right on the sandy beach. Kims is a place...

  4. Mantra Ettalong Beach

    Located in the beautiful beachside town of Ettalong, Mantra Ettalong Beach offers spectacular ocean views just 90 minutes north of Sydney on the Central Coast. There's a range of studio, one and two bedroom unserviced spa suites, offering...

  5. Oaks Waterfront Resort

    Perfectly positioned on the water's edge with superb views of the surf beach, Tuggerah Lake or The Entrance, Oaks Waterfront Resort is just as suited to couples seeking a tranquil weekend getaway, family adventures or the discerning business...

  6. Pretty Beach House

    Pretty Beach House offers the quintessential Australian guest house experience. Perched high on the escarpment at Pretty Beach, the house sits lightly within its surrounds, an ancient angophora eucalypt forest and eight pristine beaches and...

  7. Pullman Magenta Shores Resort

    Pullman Magenta Shores Resort is an outstanding, villa-style resort offering luxurious accommodation complemented by the region's physical beauty and its relaxed coastal lifestyle. Many villas are set amongst beautiful, landscaped grounds...

  8. Terrigal Sails Serviced Apartments

    Terrigal Sails Serviced Apartments is Terrigal's most contemporary four star serviced apartment complex, perfectly situated in the heart of Terrigal's diverse fusion of delicious and delightful restaurants, cafes, bars, and boutique specialty...