11 Things To Do On The Central Coast
The Central Coast is only an hours north of Sydney, and is home to beautiful beaches and delightful cafes.
Copacabana and Macmasters Beaches
Copacabana and Macmasters Beach are both quiet beaches away from the hustle and bustle. We stayed in a holiday rental at Copacabana Beach and loved the serenity of the location. In the morning we would walk from Copacabana Beach all the way south to the end of Macmasters Beach and watch the sun come up over the ocean. Sunsets in the evening were some of the prettiest we have seen.
There are a few little cafes including the surf club and a small general store. A whale watching platform is at the Copacabana end of the beach. Visiting the beaches is one of our absolute fave things do to on the Central Coast.
Captain Cook Lookout
The Captain Cook Lookout is a short drive or long walk from Copacabana Beach. A scenic viewpoint jutting out from Tudibaring Head, the lookout is one of the best spots in NSW for watching whales migrate between late May and early August.
Terrigal is a large, popular town and attracts the most visitors, which means great facilities and cafes are on offer.
There is an ocean pool at the south end to swim in as well as the beach which has great waves for giving surfing a try.
We enjoyed scooting down the Esplanade, which has plenty of vibrant cafes and restaurants to choose from, all with a pretty ocean view. You might even spot a dolphin or whale during migration season between May and November. We dined at the excellent Bellyfish cafe.
Drop by the Cold Rock ice creamery for a special treat. This one has gummy bears in it!
If you’re up for a walk, head south from the Esplanade and follow the walking trail to the Skillion lookout on Broken Head. Be warned, it’s a bit of a steep walk and there are stairs along the way.
Find more places to eat in Terrigal here.
Caves Beach is located on the Swansea peninsula between Lake Macquarie and the Pacific Ocean in New South Wales, Australia. It is named for the large number of caves at its southern end which can be explored at low tide.
Read more about visiting Caves Beach here.
Avoca Beach is a pretty little seaside community that features buzzy cafes and a popular beach lined with Norfolk Island Pines.
It’s a relaxing spot that’s a popular choice for families thanks to its large rock platform and protected rock pool at its south end, as well as it’s excellent, partially shaded playground.
We have dined at the excellent Avoca Surf House many times. They have a great menu suiting many dietary requirements, use great, fresh produce and are super kid-friendly.
The Australian Reptile Park
The Australian Reptile Park in Gosford is a great day out on the Central Coast. The park features native Australian wildlife and other exotic, international species. We had an excellent day at the reptile park and high recommend it for families in particular as one of the top things do to on the Central Coast.
Get more info on visiting the Australian Reptile Park here and their excellent Mini Kids 2 Keeper program here.
Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park
Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park is a wildlife sanctuary for animals who are unable to be released back into the wild. Also on the property are several Aboriginal sites with ancient petroglyphs.
Read more about visiting the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park.
Saddles Restaurant and Bakehouse Mount White
A stunning new bush restaurant on the Central Coast, Saddles Mount White is the perfect destination dining location for those wanting to escape Sydney for the day and immerse themselves in nature. Saddles is super kid-friendly, so it’s a great spot to take the whole family. Saddles makes for a great day trip from Sydney just for lunch, or combined with a longer stay in the region.
Get more info on visiting Saddles Mount White here.
Pelican feeding at The Entrance
A visit to the Central Coast isn’t complete without seeing the daily pelican feeding at The Entrance. Every afternoon at 3:30pm a gigantic flock of pelicans descend on the waterfront to be fed fresh fish. A visit to the pelicans at the Entrance is one of the most popular things to do on the Central Coast.
Get more info on the daily pelican feeding at The Entrance here.
Image courtesy of Destination NSW.
Chocolate Factory Gosford
Drop by this sweet spot to buy some delicious chocolate treats made in-house, take a factory tour or just enjoy coffee and lunch at the cafe. During the school holidays the chocolate factory runs kids’ chocolate-making workshops.
Get more info on the Chocolate Factory Gosford.
A popular place for family picnics and bushwalking, the Somersby Falls are equipped with plenty of picnic tables and free barbecues, and the falls themselves are located on a short but steep 500m return walk.
Read more about visiting Somersby Falls.
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