1. Have An Adventure
This area is a thrill-seeker’s playground! Head out to Treetops Adventure Park and challenge yourself on the high ropes course, jump around in NetWorld and pick up some serious speed on the Zipline. Get lost in Amazement Fun Park and say hello to the farm animals while you are there. Test your skills at Water Jetpack at Mt Penang Gardens.
2. Make a splash
Learn to surf at any one of the Coast’s amazing beaches. Bring your boat and spend some time exploring the beautiful Brisbane Waters. Hire paddle boards, SUPs and paddle boats at Avoca Lake. Book in for a fishing charter and catch yourself dinner. Dive the Ex-HMAS Adelaide. Take a trip to Somersby Falls and cool off in the always flowing waters. During summer, AquaSplash can be found in Gosford, an inflatable water obstacle course.
If you want to make a splash, this area offers more ways that you can think of to do just that!
3. Explore National Parks
The Central Coast may be well known for its beaches but we can not forget about the incredible National Parks on offer. Bouddi, Brisbane Water, Wyyrabalong and Munmorah State Conservation Area all meet the sea, offering fantastic walks, hidden gems and regular ocean glimpses. Stop to admire the wildlife and ever changing plantlife too.
Marramarra National Park, Popran, Strickland State Forest, Jilliby State Conservation Area and The Watagans are all inland. They offer fantastic walking tracks along with great 4WDing, mountain and motorbike tracks.
There are waterfalls, suspension bridges and amazing lookouts to find, scattered through the Coast’s National Parks.
4. Wildlife Encounters
The Central Coast is home to the world famous Reptile Park. Don’t miss the live shows or your chance to hold a koala, and be sure to say hello to Elvis, the lawn-mower wrangling crocodile. For a more intimate experience, head a little further down the freeway to Walkabout Wildlife Park. Spend the day amongst the trees and get up close and personal with the roaming kangaroos, keep an ear out for the dingoes howling and all the beautiful birdlife.
5. Have a Picnic
Pack a picnic and head to one of the region’s many awesome picnic spots. It’s one of the best ways to enjoy the region. Norah Head Lighthouse, Crackneck Point, Tea Tree Lookout, The Pines Picnic Area, Terrigal Haven, Little Beach (Bouddi National Park), Picnic Point and Patonga Foreshore Reserve are all perfect picnic spots with great views and the chance to spot wildlife.
6. Head to the beach
With 41 beaches in the area, it’s easy to see why this is one of our tips! Avoca Beach, MacMasters Beach and Umina Beach are all perfect family-friendly options. On the northern end, Norah Head offers a protected rockpool and beautifully clear water; there is a slight downhill walk but there is a café to quench any thirst you build up. Secluded, but worth the effort, is Maitland Bay, tucked away in the Bouddi National Park, you’ll more often than not be the only person at this tranquil beach. There are no lifeguards on duty so take extreme care.
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