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Exploring Central Coast

Just an hour’s drive north of Sydney begins Australia’s diverse and entertaining Central Coast region. Golden beaches, wilderness, and wildlife are in abundance throughout the six sections of this stretch of New South Wales which runs all the way to Newcastle. The gateway cities of Wyong, at the northern end, and Gosford, at the southern end, are the first gems to greet travellers driving to the Central Coast. Venture inland and the hinterland area is essentially one giant wilderness featuring some of Australia’s finest national parks.

The peninsula area encompasses the seaside suburbs of Umina Beach, Woy Woy, and Ettalong, each with a comfortable residential feel right on the waterfront. But it is beach villages such as Terrigal and Avoca Beach that really capture the essence of the laid-back Central Coast lifestyle. Check out the popular seaside resort facility The Entrance for a day of family fun and entertainment. Finally, the Northern Lakes boast a series of stunning natural lakes like Budgewoi and Toukley. This is an ideal area to immerse yourself in nature and soak in the inspiring coastal scenery which is epitomized by the historic Norah Head Lighthouse.

Sights nearby

One of Sydney’s most popular weekend getaways is the Central Coast, so you often have to deal with crowds here during major holidays. But it’s easy to escape them in the national parks or to get social in the resorts of The Entrance or Tumbi Umbi.

The Entrance
This seaside resort area is arguably the most bustling corner of the Central Coast. It has just about everything needed for a family holiday, including beaches, water parks, and regularly scheduled live entertainment at the outdoor Sails Stage. Water sports are on hand for fun in the sea, while a nice farmers’ market takes place on Saturdays. Several recreation clubs and inclusive resorts like Oaks Waterfront Resort ensure a full range of accommodation choices in The Entrance.

Norah Head
Crystalline lakes and quiet beaches are what lure visitors to the region known as Northern Lakes. Norah Head is the highlight here, with its striking historic lighthouse and proximity to the beautiful Tuggerah lakes system. Enjoy the amazing bird watching at Munmorah State Recreation Area or catch some awesome surfing at Soldier’s Beach. This is the area to escape the hustle and bustle.

Terrigal
The beach villages are what really attract people to the Central Coast, and Terrigal is the jewel in the crown. Cosmopolitan and sophisticated, Terrigal is a place to indulge and unwind. Some of the finest accommodation in the region is here, such as the Crowne Plaza and the Terrigal Sails Serviced Apartments. Just south of this village are the beautiful beaches of Avoca, Macmasters, and Killcare.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

There is no shortage of enticing places to eat, drink, and spend your money along the Central Coast. The al fresco cafés of Avoca Beach and the stylish restaurants of Terrigal are where the most sophisticated dining and nightlife is found. For shopping, there is nothing better than Erina Fair, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest single-level shopping centre. You can also a solid array of amenities in the two main gateway cities of Gosford and Wyong at either end of the Central Coast.

Public transport

It is a major advantage to have your own transportation when exploring the Central Coast. Some of the finest highlights of this region of New South Wales are outside of the main towns and require a car to reach. Trains run from Sydney to Gosford, Woy Woy, Wyong, and Tuggerah throughout the day, and rental car companies are on hand in these key tourist towns. You can also catch a bus from Newcastle or Sydney, but it’s hard to beat the price and the style of taking the train.

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