Things to do on the Central Coast: 28 Fun Finds

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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

Bouddi National Park
An aerial view of Bouddi National Park.

First up on our list of things to do on the Central Coast, 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

Things to do on the Central Coast
Patonga Beach

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

Things to do on the Central Coast
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!)

Pet-friendly accommodation Central Coast
Pet-friendly accommodation on the Central Coast.

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

Things to do on the Central Coast
Breakfast With Alpacas

Looking for unique things to do on the Central Coast? 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

Norah Head Lighthouse
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

Fresh seafood platter
Fresh seafood platter

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

Things to do on the Central Coast
Treetops Adventure in Wyong Creek.

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

Edogawa Commemorative Garden
Edogawa Commemorative Garden

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 

Paddleboarding Central Coast
Paddleboarding through Glenworth Valley.

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 SUPCanton Beach Paddle ShackGlenworth Valley Outdoor AdventuresTerrigal 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

Things to do on the Central Coast
Chocolate Factory Gosford

For things to do on the Central Coast for chocolate lovers, a trip to the sweeter-than-sweet Chocolate Factory is a must!

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

Aztec Day Spa
Aztec 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 SpaVie Spa at Magenta ShoresFive Star Day Spa, and endota spa, Terrigal

14. Hit the Playgrounds

Things to do on the Central Coast
Gosford Leagues Club

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

Wyong Milk Factory
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

Things to do on the Central Coast
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

Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park
Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park

For things to do on the Central Coast for animal lovers, 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

Things to do on the Central Coast
Terrigal Beach 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
Sydney Oyster Farm Tours

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

Matt's Diner
Matt's Diner

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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

Things to do on the Central Coast
Inflatable World, Charmhaven

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.

For some of the best whale-watching tours on the Coast, visit Terrigal Ocean Tours or Majestic Whale Encounters

23. Have Some Fun at Amazement Farm & Fun Park

Things to do on the Central Coast
An aerial view of the mazes 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

Things to do on the Central Coast
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

Glenworth Valley
Horse riding at Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures.

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

Distillery Botanica
Distillery Botanica

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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