Best Things to do with Kids in the Central Coast NSW

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The Central Coast NSW area covers the landmass between Brooklyn up to the south end of Lake Macquarie. With both mainland and a beautiful coastal region, there are plenty of activities for families with kids of all ages.

The Pacific Motorway is your best friend for all the destinations here – and our picks are all within a 1.5-3 hour drive from Sydney, depending on how far up the Central Coast you’re keen to explore.

TIP! If you happen to be near ‘The Entrance’ at around 3.30 pm either to or from your destination – stop in and feed the pelicans at this popular daily event.

Avoca Beach

Stretching for over a kilometre, Avoca Beach is a great spot for families. If you’ve got a bub or ankle-biters, the rock pool and children’s playground are the perfect hangouts. Families with school kids will have a blast at the popular Aquafun on Avoca Lake, where everyone can go on a water adventure with pedal boats, kayaks or stand-up paddleboards.

Of course the beach isn’t the only highlight of Avoca Beach as a family weekend getaway. The Avoca village is lined with yummy cafes and restaurants, the unique 50-year old Avoca Beach Picture Theatre, and weekend markets to while away an afternoon.

Bouddi National Park

If your ideal weekend away is for the family to connect with nature, then why not camp out at the Bouddi National Park – especially if you dream about camping by the beach! A family camping gem in the National Park, Putty Beach has a scenic beachfront camping ground and full facilities.

Wake up to the birds and the sound of the water along the shore, greet native bush turkeys, bushwalk with the kids, go fishing, enjoy a hearty barbecue or just paddle away in the calm pristine waters – you won’t want to come back to reality after this weekend.

Glenworth Valley

This picturesque hinterland valley is a world away from the Central Coast beach image, which most of us are familiar. Glenworth Valley is a terrific hub of activity with a large range of adventures from the mundane to the extreme. Go on a free-range or guided horse riding tour for all ability levels, quad biking on a purpose-built track, abseiling, kayaking, fishing, mountain biking, bushwalking, archery, laser skirmish, laser clay pigeon shooting… Or just camp the weekend here to make full use of everything you could do!

Wildlife Encounters

Wildlife encounters always make a memorable family holiday. It’s a bonus that the Central Coast has two great wildlife parks to visit that are conveniently located just off the Pacific Motorway, and a short 1-hour drive from Sydney. Head to the Australian Reptile Park if your kids fancy some creepy crawly encounters, or the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park to say g’day to the natives. These 2 destinations are only 10 minutes apart, so why not make a day of it and visit both spots?

Inflatable World Charmhaven

If you want to go for a jump on one of the largest inflatable playgrounds, you go to Inflatable World, and it just so happens that they have one of these at the Central Coast. Inflatable World Charmhaven will have the kids bouncing off the walls - literally! The giant indoor inflatable fun park offers a jumping good time for kids of all ages and is a great plan B if the rain should put a damper on your Central Coast getaway. 

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Extreme Adventure Fun

If a crazy nature adventure experience is what your kids want on your weekend getaway, then don’t miss this one. Slide down Flying Foxes, move from tree to tree on suspension bridges and enjoy many other exciting activities up to 15 metres above the forest floor at Treetops Adventure Park. What’s even more fantastic is that they even have a course designed for kids as young as 3 years!

For another unique adventure, why not take a Segway Tour? Glide about in the historic Mount Penang Parklands on 2 powered wheels, uphill, downhill – mad fun for school kids! But if you’ve also got little ones in tow – no worries! While the big kids Segway along, go explore one of 12 creatively themed gardens at Mount Penang Gardens.

Amazement Farm And Fun Park

You're always guaranteed a great day out at Amusement Farm And Fun Park! Let your offspring get lost in one of their 6 labyrinthian gardens, go face-to-face with the adorable farmyard friends or get into some silly family fun with sack races, egg & spoon races & 3-legged races. Heaps of fun for toddlers, preschoolers and young school kids are on the agenda at this quaint fun park.

Amazement Farm And Fun Park also offer farm stay accommodation if you decide your family needs a bit more time at this lovely spot.

Where To Stay On The Central Coast

If you haven’t decided to camp out at one of our recommended places, get some inspiration for more accommodation choices with Stayz or AirBnB. Additionally, you could hire a houseboat and stay on the beautiful Hawkesbury River, or live it up at a Caravan Park at Ocean Beach Holiday Park or a Big 4 Holiday Park - your choices of accommodation on the Central Coast are endless!

Other Central Coast Highlights

The Best Playgrounds On The Central Coast
Secret Spots On The Central Coast
You Can Now Go Glamping At Umina Beach

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Sep 27 2016

Inflatable World at Charmhaven is good fun for kids to about age 10.