Deep blue waters and sandy shores. Many people seem to flock to Sydney, but often forget about the beautiful cities that dot the shores of New South Wales. The Central Coast—North of Sydney and South of Newcastle—is a lovely region of NSW that offers beautiful views of the South Pacific Ocean on the east, and numerous national parks to the west. Read on to find out about some of the best spots that the Central Coast has to offer to tourists and locals alike.

Café Your Day Away

The Central Coast has some wonderful independent restaurants if you know where to look or if you are willing to wander. Start your day with an Australian brekkie followed by a fresh-brewed coffee at a café on the Central Coast that offers stunning views and sunny patios, such as the Green Tangerine for a breakfast sandwich or grab an organic coffee at Usui Café at The Entrance.

Take the Boozy Route

Saturday is a great day to drink a beer in the warm sunshine. The Central Coast offers plenty of great bars where you can relax, unwind, and sample some local concoctions. Beer-lovers will rejoice at the Six String Brewing Co., where you can choose between a range of homemade ales and lagers. Those who prefer a stronger libation and a cosy atmosphere should check out Pocket Bar for excellent cocktails in a rustic setting. To complete the summer day, cool down with a “Peachy Can” complete with tequila, pineapple, agave, and course, peaches. A perfect end to a perfect day.

Into the Great Outdoors

Australia is well-known for its natural beauty, and the Central Coast is a great place to soak some of that beauty. One of the most popular spots for any town on the coast is of course the beaches. There are plenty to choose from, ranging from popular and large to remote and quiet.

Some great beaches in Central Coast include:

  • Wamberal Beach
  • Terrigal Beach
  • Soldiers Beach
  • Budgewoi Beach

There are also two great wildlife parks—the Australian Reptile Park and the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park. Both are great options for families, couples, or singles alike. You can have a fun and informative day learning about animals and their different habitats. The wildlife park even offers ancient Indigenous rock art sites and one of the aboriginal guides will be happy to give you a glimpse into another culture.