Things to do on the Central Coast: 28 Fun Finds
- Mums & Bubs
Whether you're planning a daybreak or weekend getaway, there are loads of fun things to do on the Central Coast to ensure it's a trip to remember.
The Central Coast of NSW is a coastal paradise just waiting to be explored. From breathtaking nature walks and wildlife encounters to mouthwatering seafood, boutique shopping, historic lighthouses and more, it's no wonder they call it the coast with the most!
Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a food lover, or an adventure seeker, the Central Coast has something for everyone. We've uncovered 28 of the best things to do on the Central Coast, so pack your bags, hit the road, and embark on an unforgettable journey through this bustling region, where adventure, relaxation, and natural beauty await at every turn.
Things to do on the Central Coast: 28 Fun Finds
1. Discover the Bouddi Coastal Walk
Embark on a scenic hike along the Bouddi Coastal Walk, a stunning trail that winds its way through lush rainforests, secluded beaches, and dramatic cliff tops. Take in panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and keep an eye out for wildlife along the way.
The Bouddi Coastal Walk stretches for close to nine kilometres one way and begins at the Putty Beach picnic area.
Location: Putty Beach Rd, Killcare Heights
2. Relax on the Gorgeous Beaches
Spend a lazy day basking in the sun on some of the Coast's pristine beaches. From the popular Terrigal Beach and Avoca to hidden gems like Ghosties Beach, you'll find plenty of spots to unwind and soak up the coastal vibes.
3. Visit the Australian Reptile Park
One of the best things to do on the Central Coast with kids, get up close and personal with some of Australia's most fascinating creatures at the Australian Reptile Park.
Meet kangaroos, cuddle a koala, and witness thrilling wildlife shows featuring venomous snakes and giant crocodiles. There's an adorable playground on site and a cafe with snacks.
Location: Pacific Hwy, Somersby
4. Stay for the Weekend (or Longer!)
With so many things to do on the Central Coast, it's almost impossible to fit everything into one day. Luckily, you don't have to when there are so many fabulous accommodations on the Central Coast.
From caravan parks to campgrounds, hotels and luxury beach retreats, you've got plenty of choices when holidaying on the Coast.
We highly recommend checking out some of the gorgeous beachfront properties to really make the most of your time on the Coast. And if you're visiting with your furry friends, they, too, will be well looked after at the best pet-friendly accommodations on the Central Coast.
5. Have Breakfast With Alpacas
Looking for unique Central Coast attractions? Well, having breakfast with alpacas might just be the most unique thing on our list!
Iris Lodge Alpacas offer adorable Breakfast With Alpacas packages for families to come along and feed these adorable creatures. The experience includes 1.5 hours with the alpacas, sheep and cows followed by a delicious breakfast with the alpacas.
Location: 33 Dunks Ln, Jilliby
6. Explore the Historic Norah Head Lighthouse
Climb to the top of Norah Head Lighthouse and enjoy panoramic views of the coastline. Learn about the rich maritime history of the region and keep an eye out for migrating whales during the whale-watching season.
Location: 40 Bush St, Norah Head
7. Indulge in Fresh Seafood
Treat your tastebuds to the finest seafood the Coast has to offer. Visit local seafood markets or dine at one of the many waterfront restaurants and savour mouthwatering fish and chips, freshly shucked oysters, and succulent prawns.
8. Climb the Treetops
Release your inner adventurer and challenge yourself at Treetops Adventure.
Swing through the treetops, navigate thrilling rope courses, and soar through the air on ziplines, all while enjoying stunning forest views in the Ourimbah State Forest.
Location: Ourimbah State Forest, 1 Red Hill Rd, Wyong Creek
9. Discover the Gosford Regional Gallery
Take a cultural detour and explore the Gosford Regional Gallery.
Admire contemporary art exhibitions, wander through beautiful sculpture gardens at the iconic Edogawa Commemorative Garden, and immerse yourself in the creative atmosphere of this vibrant cultural hub.
Location: 36 Webb St, East Gosford
10. Go Paddleboarding
See the stunning waterways of the Coast on a paddleboarding adventure with the whole family.
From salty seaways to river bends, lagoons, and wetlands, the Coast offers loads of paddleboarding opportunities to explore hidden coves and encounter diverse birdlife. Some of our favourites include Bombora Ettalong Beach SUP, Canton Beach Paddle Shack, Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures, Terrigal Paddle Boats, and Kayak Central Coast.
11. Take a Wildlife Cruise
Embark on a wildlife cruise along the Central Coast's waterways. Spot dolphins frolicking in the waves, marvel at the majestic pelicans and catch glimpses of seals and penguins as you sail through this natural wonderland.
Terrigal Ocean Tours run numerous wildlife cruises, including whale watching and seal and dolphin tours.
12. Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
You can't have a list of things to do on the Central Coast and not include a trip to the sweeter-than-sweet Chocolate Factory!
Satisfy your sweet tooth with a trip to the Chocolate Factory in Gosford and load up on their iconic Nougat Limar, Bon Bon Fine Chocolate and The Sydney Marshmallow Co.
The Chocolate Factory also run regular factory tours and chocolate-making classes.
Location: 6 Jusfrute Dr, West Gosford
13. Unwind at a Day Spa
Indulge in some well-deserved pampering at one of the region's luxurious day spas.
Treat yourself to a rejuvenating massage, unwind in a soothing sauna, or indulge in a blissful facial, leaving you feeling completely relaxed and refreshed. Some of our favourite day spas include Aztec Day Spa, Vie Spa at Magenta Shores, Five Star Day Spa, and endota spa.
14. Hit the Playgrounds
The Coast is home to some fantastic playgrounds that offer endless fun and excitement for children of all ages.
The revamped playground at Gosford Leagues Club is worth checking out for kids who love mega climbing structures. The Peninsula Recreation Precinct at Umina Beach is a must-visit, with its expansive play areas, skate park, and water splash pad that is perfect for hot summer days. Speaking of hot summer days, kids will love splashing about at the cool water playground at Peninsula Leisure Centre.
For more, check out the best playgrounds on the Central Coast.
15. Stop off at the Wyong Milk Factory
A family-friendly wonderland awaits at the Wyong Milk Factory.
The lovingly restored 1990s milk factory is now one of the top attractions in the area, offering plenty of things to do on the Central Coast all in one spot. From the kids' playground to the Wyong Milk Factory Cafe, the Tavern, the Little Creek Cheese Factory, Luka Chocolates, and even paddleboarding through the waterways, this little gem is a must-visit.
Location: 141 Alison Rd, Wyong
16. Enjoy Thrills & Spills at Central Coast Aqua Park
One of the best activities during the summer months, Central Coast Aqua Park is a water-lovers playground.
Fun for the whole family is on the cards with loads of inflatable obstacle courses, slides, rope climbing, swings, tunnels, climbing towers, epic jumps, inflatable stairs and more - all on the water!
Location: 42 Masons Parade, Gosford
17. Explore the Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park
Embark on an interactive wildlife adventure at the Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park.
Get acquainted with kangaroos, wallabies, wombats, and emus as you wander through the park's natural bushland setting.
Location: 1 Darkinjung Rd, Calga
18. Wander Through the Central Coast Markets
Unleash your inner shopaholic and browse through the best Central Coast markets.
Discover an array of unique crafts, artwork, fashion, and local produce. Grab a bite to eat from the food stalls and enjoy live entertainment. With plenty of markets to choose from in Ettalong, Avoca, Gosford, Long Jetty, Peats Ridge, and Terrigal, every week is a great week for market shopping!
19. Dig for Oysters
Sydney Oyster Farm Tours offer a unique and immersive experience for oyster enthusiasts and seafood lovers alike.
Embark on a journey to discover the fascinating world of oyster farming in the pristine waters of the Hawkesbury. The tours provide an opportunity to witness firsthand the cultivation and harvesting processes of these delectable molluscs. Knowledgeable guides take you on a boat excursion, where you can observe oyster farms and learn about the intricate techniques used to grow and nurture these delicacies. You'll get the chance to taste freshly shucked oysters straight from the farm, allowing you to savour their unparalleled freshness and briny flavour.
Location: Kangaroo Point Boat Ramp, Brooklyn
20. Relive the 70s at the Rock 'n' Roll Diner
If you're on the hunt for unique things to do on the Central Coast, head straight to the famous rock 'n' roll diner!
Matt's Diner at Forresters Beach is a legendary cafe decked out in all-American diner fittings and decor, from the hot pink walls to the scarlett leather booths, retro 70s posters and jukeboxes. The retro menu fits in with the theme and includes classic American burgers, loaded fries, thickshakes, hotdogs and more - yum!
Location: 970 The Entrance Rd, Forresters Beach
21. Bounce it Out at Inflatable World
For things to do on the Central Coast when you've got energetic kids in tow, Inflatable World should be your first port of call.
Inflatable World Charmhaven lets kids bounce off the walls, literally! With loads of inflatable obstacle courses, ramps, slides, jumping castles and more, the kids are sure to sleep in the car on the way home.
Location: 128 Chelmsford Rd, Charmhaven
22. Spot Some Whales
During the annual whale migration season from May to November, hop aboard a whale-watching cruise and witness these majestic creatures up close. Marvel at the acrobatics of humpback whales as they breach and tail slap in the open ocean.
23. Have Some Fun at Amazement Farm & Fun Park
Amazement Farm & Fun Park, located in the charming Wyong Creek, is an enchanting destination that promises a day filled with joy and adventure for the whole family.
This sprawling farm and park is a paradise for children and those young at heart. From the thrilling giant maze that challenges your navigation skills to the engaging petting zoo where you can interact with friendly animals, there's something for everyone. Kids can enjoy pony rides, carnival rides, or bounce around on the inflatable jumping pillow. Don't miss an opportunity to ride on the miniature train, which takes you on a roundtrip to spot some animals at the Central Coast Zoo next door.
Location: 170 Yarramalong Rd, Wyong Creek
24. Go Fishing
Cast your line and enjoy a day of fishing in one of the Coast's pristine waterways. Whether you're a novice or an experienced angler, you'll find plenty of spots to test your skills and hopefully reel in a big catch.
25. Listen to Live Music at The Entrance
Catch a live music performance at The Entrance waterfront. With talented local musicians playing most nights of the week and a vibrant atmosphere, this is the perfect place to relax, enjoy great music, and soak up the coastal vibes.
Location: The Entrance
26. Have Some Aquafun on Avoca Lake
Aquafun on Avoca Lake is a fantastic destination for water lovers seeking thrilling adventures and unforgettable experiences on the Central Coast.
Situated on the picturesque Avoca Lake, this water-based amusement park is open during the spring/summer months and offers a wide range of exciting activities for all ages. Jump on a paddleboard or kayak and explore the pristine waters, gliding along the lake's tranquil surface. For those seeking a bit more adrenaline, try out the exhilarating water trampolines or test your balance and agility on the floating obstacle course. Aquafun also offers pedal boats and aqua bikes.
Location: 15 Ficus Ave, Avoca Beach
27. Ride Horses at Glenworth Valley
Attention all horse lovers! Get ready to experience the beauty of nature from a unique perspective with horse riding at Glenworth Valley.
Nestled in the stunning hinterland, Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures is a picturesque haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Embark on a horse riding adventure and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the surrounding landscapes. With a variety of trails suitable for riders of all levels, from beginners to experienced equestrians, Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures offers a memorable and thrilling experience for everyone. Whether it's a leisurely trail ride, a guided tour, or even a sunset ride, Glenworth's horse riding experiences cater to all preferences.
Location: 69 Cooks Rd, Glenworth Valley
28. Discover the Local Breweries and Wineries
One of the best things to do on the Central Coast if you're exploring without the kids, quench your thirst by visiting boutique breweries and wineries.
Take a tour, sample the region's finest craft beers and wines, and immerse yourself in the flavours of the area. We highly recommend embarking on a sensory journey at the Distillery Botanica. Discover the art of distilling fine spirits, taste unique botanical liqueurs, and stroll through the enchanting gardens filled with fragrant plants and flowers.
Location: 25 Portsmouth Rd, Erina
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