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The Ultimate Travel Guide to theCentral Coast

Hop from one laidback coastal town to the next on the beautiful Central Coast of NSW. From Terrigal, Avoca, Copacabana and Macmasters Beach to Bateau Bay, The Entrance, Ettalong, Umina, Patonga and Killcare. No matter what end of the coast you visit, you’ll find golden-sand beaches to explore, nature walks to traverse, epic restaurants and cafes, rooftop bars with craft beers and views, and one-of-a-kind treasures at weekend markets and inside boutique shops – and myriad accommodation options to suit all budgets and tastes.

Top things to do on the Central Coast

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The Central Coast is an obvious summer holiday destination but it has more to offer than just its beaches – although there are plenty of spectacular beaches to choose from. Road trip along Tourist Drive 33 to explore the hidden Hinterland gems along the route, including waterfalls, wildlife parks, and a sculptural garden.

Immerse yourself in nature on one of the many walks and hikes that can be found from the coastline to the hinterland of the Central Coast. The eight-kilometre Bouddi Coastal Walk is a highlight. It wraps around the coast to reveal dramatic cliff-top views, winds its way into bushland and descends down into idyllic sandy bays and swimming spots.

Hunt for treasures in the many boutique shops scattered around the Central Coast, or time your visit to the rotating roster of weekend markets selling arts and crafts or fresh produce and delicacies at the numerous farmers’ markets held all over the region.

Parents will find an impressive range of things to do with kids on the Central Coast, from the Australian Reptile Park to horse riding, abseiling and quad biking in Glenworth Valley; and the obstacle courses and zip lines at Treetops Adventure Park at Ourimbah. And for non-stop fun consult our ultimate list of things to do on the Central Coast.

Central Coast accommodation

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From the beach to the bush, and all along the picturesque coastline, there are some truly exceptional places to stay on the Central Coast; you just need to know where to look. Whether you want to sleep under the stars at one of the Central Coast’s beautiful camping spots, stay in comfort in a boutique hotel or a holiday house, bed down somewhere with panoramic views or with eco credentials, there is a Central Coast accommodation to suit.

Central Coast restaurants and bars

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Brunching is practically a local pastime on the Central Coast, thanks to an assortment of cool and casual cafes to be found tucked away in its numerous seaside villages. A quality pub feed is easy to come by; best paired with a night of bar-hopping. Add to this an impressive lineup of casual and fine dining restaurants serving up award-winning menus and you’ll soon come to appreciate the diverse dining scene on the Central Coast.

Getting to the Central Coast

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The Central Coast is located halfway between Sydney and Newcastle, just over an hour’s drive north from Sydney or south from Newcastle. You can travel via train on the Central Coast & Newcastle Line from Sydney or Newcastle. Regular bus services, taxis and Ubers are available across the region if you are visiting without a car.

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