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Published September 7th 2020
The ultimate guide to spending a day in Gosford
Located in the heart of the Central Coast region in New South Wales, Gosford calls home. It is about 76km north of Sydney CBD and takes around one hour by car or 1 ˝ hour by train from Central Station.
Being in such proximity to Sydney, and with an array of activities and attractions, a day trip to Gosford is the perfect city escape!
Gosford is home to a rich history; prior to the British settlement, the region around Gosford was inhabited by the Guringai peoples, who were coastal-dwellers, and the Darkinjung people who inhabited the hinterland in the area.
Discovering beautiful Aboriginal rock art at the Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park
Between 1788 and 1789, Gosford was explored by Governor Phillip and settlement began around 1823. Agriculture began in the area in the late 19th century, with market gardens and citrus orchids occupying the rich soil. By 1825, Gosford was home to a population of 100, whom 50% were convicts. In 1839, Gosford was named after Archibald Acheson, 2nd Earl of Gosford, a friend of then Governor of New South Wales, George Gipps.
There are plenty of beautiful and tranquil picnic spots across Gosford and surrounds to enjoy
The rail link between Sydney was completed in 1887, and in 1930 the Pacific Highway was formed. Today, Gosford can still be accessed by rail and car and is home to around 162,440 people according to the 2011 census. There is something to do at Gosford from unleashing your adventurous side to discovering hidden gems, exploring pristine beaches, discovering nature trails or just relaxing and unwinding.
Free & ticketed attractions include:
* Australian Reptile Park:
Located not too far from Gosford, the Australian Reptile Park is a must-visit! Home to native Australian wildlife including kangaroos, koalas, Tasmanian devils, wombats, dingos, cassowaries, and more. You will also find Komodo dragons, Hugo, the giant Galapagos tortoise, crocodiles, alligators, and other reptiles. Click here for the website.
Spotting American Alligators at the beautiful Alligator Exhibit at the Australian Reptile Park
This beautiful and tranquil garden is part of the Gosford Regional Gallery. It features a dry stone garden, timber footbridges, wisteria pergola, Japanese tea house, a pond filled with koi fish, beautiful plantings including pines, maples, cherries, azaleas, lotus and water lilies, and more. Click here for the website.
Enjoying the serenity and beauty at the Gosford Edogawa Commemorative Garden
Home to the popular and spectacular Somersby Falls as well as the multi-day Great North Walk, Brisbane Water National Park is the perfect stop near Gosford. It is filled with spectacular walking and cycling trails, fishing spots, ancient Aboriginal rock engraving sites, colourful flora, lookouts, waterways, wildlife spotting and birdwatching opportunities, and more. Click here for the website.
There is an array of spectacular bushwalks to discover at Brisbane Waters National Park
This historical attraction is home to the cottage that was built by Peter Fagan between 1836-1840. The house kept the same family ownership until 1921. There is also a museum which opened in 1983 and showcases a variety of memorabilia, permanent and special exhibitions, and displays. The surrounding grounds are set on 2 ˝ acres and features open lawn spaces, various sheds, farm machinery of the past, electric barbecues and picnic tables. Click here for the website.
* Mount Penang Gardens:
Mount Penang Gardens is home to tranquil and beautiful surroundings and exhibits. This scenic attraction is home to an ever-changing garden filled with open spaces and lawns, sculpture garden, native Australian plants, flora and fauna, discovery trail, and more. Click here for the website.
There are many beautiful exhibits to explore at Mount Penang Gardens
Chocolate lovers, this attraction is a must! The factory is home of renowned Australian confectionary producers Nougat Limar, Bon Bon Fine Chocolate, and The Sydney Marshmallow Co. You can explore the wonderful world of chocolate, nougat and more, as well as tasting the delicious sweet delights. Tours have been cut down to Wednesdays-Fridays (due to Covid-19)- check website for all updates. Click here for the website.
* Kibble Park:
Being constructed in 1979 and officially opening in 1989, Kibble Park is home to a library, fountain, and plaza. It also offers an array of open spaces, seating, a stage, sheltered area, beautiful trees and garden bed.
* Gosford Regional Gallery:
The gallery is home to local, national and international exhibitions with showcases of a variety of styles including visual arts, photography, sculpture, and design.
The gallery is also home to the stunning Gosford Edogawa Commemorative Garden, Top Point Café and Gallery Shop Click here for the website.
Admiring the exhibits at the Gosford Regional Gallery
The Gosford Memorial Park has been home to the Remembrance services site since 1922. The park features open green spaces, twelve memorial sites, a plaque, as well as an array of hHeritage-listed trees.Click here for the website.
* Central Coast Aqua Park:
This family-friendly attraction is home to non-stop fun. The waterpark features different paths with obstacle courses, hurdles, trampolines, climbing walls, monkey bars, and more.Click here for the website.
* Gosford Golf Club:
Gosford Golf Club features 18 holes, nine holes, twilight golf, and offers a nine-hole cart hire and 18 cart hire.Click here for the website.
* Strickland State Forest:
This nature attraction is home to diverse forest habitats. There is an impressive variety of flora and fauna species, including 350 plants, 98 birds, 29 reptiles, 27 mammals, 20 amphibians and four fish species that call home (recorded to date). You will also find a wide range of walking tracks, waterfalls, spectacular cabbage tree palms, creeks, picnic facilities, and more.Click here for the website.
There are many walks to enjoy and discover at Strickland State Forest
For a memorable experience, discover the breathtaking waterways of the Central Coast region with a kayak or Stand-up Paddleboard. Explore remote beaches, fish or camp overnight.Click here for the website.
* Kariong Eco Garden:
This family-friendly outdoor attraction is home to native trees and native tucker plants, garden paths, sustainable garden practices including composting and worm farming, water conservation and energy conservation. Click here for the website.
* Staple Lookouts & Nearby Lookouts:
Staples Lookout offers breathtaking views across the expansive Brisbane Water and Woy Woy Bay. Views can be seen in several directions, including Mount Wondabyne (southwest). Other Lookouts include West Gosford Lookout, Gerrin Point Lookout, Broula Lookout, and many more.
This historical attraction is home to remnants of foundation stones that mark the site of the former Langley House Guest House (1900-1945). The stone jetty was also where ex-convict Peter Fagan built the jetty in 1843.Click here for the website.
* Australian Walkabout Park:
This one-of-a-kind sanctuary park is home to Australian native animals including koalas, kangaroos, emus, echidnas, Tasman devils, wallaroos, as well as other animals including reptiles, goats, pigs, flying foxes, peacocks, and many more.
The Walkabout Park is also home to Aboriginal rock art, walking bush trails, informative talks by rangers, activities, encounters, overnight stays, and more. Click here for the website.
Cuteness overload at the Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park
This coastal beach village makes a perfect day trip with its beautiful beach and tranquil lagoon, water-based activities, Esplanade lined with stunning Norfolk Pines, quirky cafes, rooftop bars, and more.Click here for the website.
* Bouddi National Park:
Bouddi National Park is home to an abundance of nature activities and attractions including waterfalls, great walks, camping, swimming and fishing opportunities, lookouts, picnic spots, and more. Click here for the website.
There are many eateries across Gosford including The Coast Bar & Restaurant, seafood restaurants, casual cafes, pizza and other international cafes and restaurants, taverns and more. Click here for the website.
Enjoying a relaxing lunch at The Coast Bar & Restaurant
If you want to extend your day trip, Gosford has accommodation stays to suit all interests, including hotels and motels, B&B stays, camping, apartments, cottage stays, and more. Click here for the website.