Coast is an hour's drive north of Sydney, and the favourite holiday
and weekend destination for many Sydneysiders, as well as for residents
both north and west of the central coast.
It is popular because of the
spectacular coastline with long surf beaches, forested hinterland, lakes
and inland waterways. It covers an area from Sydney's northern beaches
to the Hunter region, from the picturesque Hawkesbury River in the
south, to Lake Macquarie in the north, and inland to Yarramalong Valley,
and spread over an area of approximately 2,000 square kilometres. The
Central Coast is also accessible by road and rail.
The Central Coast
region is one of the few areas in the world where five separate
waterways meet, Brisbane Water, Tuggerah Lakes, Lake Budgewoi, Lake
Munmorah and the southern end of Lake Macquarie. Including the waters of
Mardi Dam, there are more than 50 beaches scattered along a coastline
that includes attractions such as Buff Point, Norah Head, Chittaway
Point, Pretty Beach, Hardys Bay, MacMasters Beach and many more.
The major centres in the region include Broken Bay,
Gosford, Swansea, and
Terrigal. Of the many smaller towns there is
Bateau Bay, Bensville, Budgewoi, Ettalong,
Killcare, Long Jetty, MacMasters, Pearl Beach,
Toukley, Wagstaffe, Warnervale,
Wyong, Woy Woy
to name a few.
The Central Coast is the third largest urban area in New South Wales
administered by Gosford City Council and Wyong Shire Council. It is a region
that is stretches from the Hawkesbury River in the south, the Watagan Mountains
in the west and the southern end of Lake Macquarie in the north.
Check out our listing of
accommodation. As well as our listed travel guide info, In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.