Central Coast

Central Coast

Sun, Surf and Sand

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Major Destinations

Avoca Beach forms part of the predominantly surfing and holiday resort area stretching along residential coastline from The Entrance down to Macmasters Beach. Restaurants and cafes line the edge of Avoca Beach with swimmers and surfers which makes the ideal summer break.

Pack a picnic lunch and stop on the grassy banks of Avoca Lake which provide tranquil picnic spots with plenty of shade for the kids to play. For the thespian within, the area is home to the historic Avoca Beach Theatre which was built in 1905 and still boasts old-world cinema charm.

Things to See & Do

  • Aqua Fun Avoca Lake
  • Beachside Markets
  • Cockrone Lagoon and Macmasters Beach
  • Copacabana Beach
  • Captain Cook Lookout
  • Avoca Art Gallery

Lying just south of The Entrance and feature stunning beaches that are known for surfing, swimming, fishing and extensive rock platforms that are great for exploring.  Here you can relax and discover Central Coast natural sea-side flora and fauna with stunning coastline walks.

For the nature lover, Wyrrabalong National Park borders the coastline of Bateau Bay with stunning lookouts and walking tracks that are sure to impress and inspire.

Things to See & Do

  • Wyrrabalong National Park
  • Crackneck Point Lookout

Budgewoi is a small resort village that captures 360 degree water views being surrounded by Lake Munmorah to the north, Budgewoi Lake to the south and the Pacific Ocean to the east.

A tranquil fishing location, given its Aboriginal word meaning “Meeting of Two Waters”, Budgewoi offers picnic areas, safe swimming and surfing beaches.

Things to See & Do

  • Fishing and water sports
  • Bike riding on the lake foreshore
  • Bushwalking through nearby National Parks
  • Munmorah State Conservation Area

Canton Beach is the place to go when you just want to get it away from it all, but still only a few streets from the heart of town giving visitors easy access to the numerous shops, cafes and restaurants in the coastal township. Located a short drive from the renowned Soldiers Beach and minutes from the rock pool at Norah Head, it has something for everyone.

Toukley is a growing holiday spot for many travellers looking for the sun, sand and some relaxation. Surrounded by water it is spectacular for fishing and recreational water sports.

Things to See & Do

  • Soldiers Point
  • Norah Head Lighthouse
  • Tuggerah Lake
  • Cabbage Tree Harbour
  • Surf Beaches
  • Fishing, prawning and bushwalking

Norah Head reveals spectacular lookouts, national parks and beaches; an excellent place for a picnic while taking in the stunning views from the headland. A trip to the heritage listed Norah Head Lighthouse is worth is it for the scenic views alone. Constructed in 1903, it was one of the last lighthouses of significance built in NSW.

Around Norah Head discover easy bushland tracks for cycling and walking, or for something a bit more challenging, head on to the Wyrrabalong National Park to hike through the coastal rainforest and wetlands.

Things to See & Do

  • Wyrrabalong National Park
  • Norah Head Lighthouse

Bounded by beaches, lakes and lagoons, The Entrance is famous for its lively open-air waterfront promenade featuring daily pelican feeding, boutique shops and cafes.

A popular holiday destination offering visitors surfing beaches, lakes for recreational activities and a central area with attractive foreshore parkland, including a Boardwalk pathway.

Things to See & Do

  • Pelican Feeding
  • The Boardwalk & Heritage Walks
  • The Entrance War Library Museum
  • Tuggerah Lake
  • Wyrrabalong National Park
  • Crackneck Lookout
  • Wyrrabalong Lookout

Toowoon Bay is a secluded and quiet locality ideal for weekend escapes. It’s set against a protected beach for safe and family-friendly swimming and surfing.

Set between two spectacular beaches, Blue Bay to the north and Little Bay to the south, you can enjoy some inspiring bushwalks and seaside pleasures.

Things to See & Do

  • Swadling Park
  • Toowoon Point
  • Little Bay
  • Blue Bay
  • Tuggerah Lake

Located on a scenic peninsula where fishing, boating, swimming and surfing are a part of everyday life and is a popular holiday getaway.

Nearby Brisbane Water National Park is where you can experience around 12,000ha of spectacular rugged sandstone country including Aboriginal engravings, bushwalking tracks, wildflowers and wildlife.

Things to See & Do

  • Mt. Ettalong Lookout
  • Brisbane Water National Park

Popular Things To See & Do

  • Gosford Classic Car Museum
  • Australian Reptile Park
  • Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park
  • Bouddi Coastal Walk
  • Brisbane Water National Park
  • Somersby Falls
  • Amazement Farm & Fun Park
  • Tree Tops Adventure Park
  • Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures
  • Norah Head Lighthouse
  • The Skillion
  • Pelican Feeding
  • Central Coast Country Music Festival (August)
  • Brisbane Waters Oyster Festival (November)

Touring Routes

The Central Coast is the third largest urban area in NSW and with that status comes a brimming variety of great food and wine options set among the region’s beautiful beaches, bountiful farm flats, rolling mountains and urbane city centre.

The Central Coast is part of The Legendary Pacific Coast drive from Sydney to Brisbane.