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19 Top Things To Do On The Central Coast Of NSW

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Our home town is Woy Woy on the Central Coast of New South Wales. It’s tucked away on a peninsula, just over an hour north of Sydney.

It’s a popular holiday destination and a great base to explore all the popular things to do in the Central Coast NSW region.

Growing up there allowed us to explore this region in more depth that a typical traveler, but it wasn’t until we returned on our 18 month Australian road trip that we appreciated it from a tourist’s perspective.

We left the Central Coast region with peace and gratitude and a healthy love for our home region. It’s truly beautiful, and one of the best kept secrets in Australia.

We’re excited to share with you some of the top attractions on the Central Coast that we enjoyed visiting growing up here. This is our home, we hope you love it as much as we do!

Things to Do in Central Coast NSW

1. Arrive in style by ferry from Palm Beach to Ettalong Beach

people on Ferry to Palm Beach from Ettalong (5)
Arriving to Ettalong

If you are coming for a day trip from Sydney, we recommend jumping on a ferry from Palm Beach to Ettalong.

It only takes 20 minutes and the scenery is really beautiful. You’ll cruise on in past Box head, which if the waves are pumping, is the place to surf on the Peninsula.

Or, arrive by train from Sydney (1 hour). It’s a picturesque and serene journey past the Hawksberry River.

2. Visit Secluded Pearl Beach

pearl beach central coast

Pearl Beach is where a lot of celebrities and wealthy Sydney Siders come to visit. There’s a peaceful and spiritual energy at Pearlie. It has the most beautiful outlook across to Lion’s Island and Palm Beach.

Head to the ocean rock pool on the southern end of the beach, for a quieter, more bushlike setting. If you want a bit more adventure, take a hike on the old fire trail for beautiful views out over the Hawkesbury River.

This is one of the best things to do on the Central Coast – local’s favorite.

3. Picnic at Somersby Falls

father and two kids in front of Somersby waterfall

Somersby Falls made the local radio stations’ “top 50 local secrets” list of things to do on the Central Coast.

It’s a lovely spot for a picnic and a scenic walk. It’s no Victoria Falls, but makes for a great half day out.

Somersby Falls cascading over rocks

4. Visit the Central Coast Wildlife Parks

goanna at Australian Reptile Park

The Central Coast has two great Wildlife Parks. The Australian Reptile Park is quite an Australian icon and one of…

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