Originally the area was
inhabited by the Gurringai tribe hence the name of the National Park
nearby Kuringai Chase
National Park. No established settlement occurred in the area for
some time as it became known as a haven for escaped convicts,
smugglers and undesirables living in the bush and using the
waterways to escape capture.
A survey in 1833
identified 315 people living in the Gosford area. Mostly timber
cutters and their employees. The area remained fairly stagnant until
the Sydney to Newcastle railway line was completed in 1880. This
opened up the region to leisure seekers and cheap land became
available and easy to access. Existing industries such as the timber
getting could now expand and grow with cheap transport available to
the largest market in the country.
The town was
proclaimed a city in 1980 and continues its rapid expansion as a
satellite city of Sydney.
Check out our listing of Gosford
accommodation. 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.