Travel Planning
Central Coast
Travel Planning
Central Coast

Central Coast at a Glance

The Central Coast lies to the north of Sydney and is home to wide expanses of golden sand, great surf breaks, coastal rain-forests and national parks protecting sites of natural and cultural interest.

The Central Coast's pristine beaches and inlets are a favorite vacation destination for Australians and those coming from further afield. Start your journey in Gosford, the Central Coast's main business hub and then fan out to a smaller town of your choosing. Terrigal, Acova Beach, Hardy's Bay and The Entrance are just some of the picturesque villages brimming with seaside fun. 

You could spend all week on the sands and in the water, but there are plenty of places worth exploring along the Central Coast. Walk the unforgettable Five Lands Coastal Walkway, or take your swimming inland to forest pools and waterfalls. Australian animals, unique birds and stunning forest landscapes will top off your amazing experience. 

What to Expect
High Season
December - April
Low Season
May - November
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      Getting There
      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Sydney Airport
      • Major Airport Newcastle Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      All tourists need a visa to visit Australia with the exception of New Zealand nationals. Contact the Australian Consulate for more information. The U.S State Department website has information to help guide American citizens. 

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Railroad NSW TrainLink
      • Ferry Palm Beach Ferry
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather The Central Coast has hot summers and cool winters. Occasional cyclones and severe weather can occur. 

      Safety Concerns Safety concerns vary throughout the Central Coast. Pickpocket, theft, car break-ins and other crimes occur. Don't accept drinks from strangers and don't set yours down anywhere. Pay attention to lifeguards and warning signs on beaches as undertows, sharks and rip-tides can make the water dangerous. 

      Health Concerns Ticks, snakes and mosquitoes spread diseases and infections. When spending time outdoors, protect yourself by wearing sturdy shoes and covering your skin. Check for ticks a few times a day if you are hiking. Get immediate medical attention if you receive a snake bite. Whenever you are outdoors in a hot climate take steps to prevent heat-related problems by staying cool and well hydrated. Watch out for sharks in the ocean waters and pay attention to signs and updates about beach safety.