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Top Family-friendly Things to Do in Central Coast

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Published May 9th 2019
Enjoy the perfect family-friendly day out with this list
Whether you are looking for a short getaway from the hustle and bustle of Sydney, want to explore and experience different things with the family or simply what to keep everyone entertained, the List below features family-friendly things to do to suit all interests.

Central Coast is around 1 hour drive from Sydney and it is home to beautiful beaches, tranquil towns, spectacular hinterland, waterfront picnic spots and nature galore. It also boasts some of the best fishing and surfing spots on the New South Wales Coast.

The List below includes outdoor activities, adventure, sport, beaches, hidden gems, nature, parks, and more.

From adventure and sport, beaches and secluded swimming holes, nature and parks to scenic drives, this List has it all!

1. Bouddi National Park

There is plenty to do here including the lovely Bouddi National Park Coastal Walk, which is the Central Coast's own local version of the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk in Sydney. You can also enjoy many other scenic bushwalks, lookouts, campsites, and snorkelling & swimming beaches, picnics and more. There is a $8 per day/per vehicle National Park fee. Click here for the website.

2. Aussie Wildlife Encounters

The Central Coast is home to two fantastic Wildlife Parks which make for the perfect family-friendly outing. The Australian Reptile Park is home to an Australian icon. It was founded by Australia's first naturalist- the great Eric Worrell. You will find an extensive range of Australian reptiles, wildlife shows, exhibits and displays, animal interactions, bushwalks and more.

Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park was established to protect animals that come into care, breed endangered animals for release back into the wild as well as providing an experimental learning space for kids and students. Immerse yourself in the surrounding lush bushland and animals. Explore the walking trails which are filled with Aboriginal landscape, enjoy the animal shows, feed the animals, pat a dingo or other animal encounters are some of the activities to enjoy here.

3. Soak up the sun at the Beaches

There are many beautiful beaches in the Central Coast; many of them make the perfect surfing experience or lovely rock pool for the little ones to swim in. Some favourites include: MacMasters Beach, Avoca Beach, Terrigal Beach, Toowoon Bay, Norah Head, Killcare Beach, and Putty Beach.

4. For the Adventurous Families

Go horse riding, abseiling, kayaking or quad biking at Glenworth Valley. Discover the adventure activities that will certainly keep the whole family entertained! You can stay here overnight camping, tepee tent experience, or cabin stays. Click here for the website.

5. Swinging through Trees.

The kids will love playing Tarzan and enjoy jungle surfing at the Treetop Adventure Park in Ourimbah State Forest. There are Zipline experiences with around 115 challenges including 20 flying foxes with courses to suit all ages (and bravery). Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Glenworth Valley Outdoor AdventuresFacebook

6. Market time!

If you cannot pass up a great market, then Central Coast's market scene is one you do not want to miss out on! The Avoca Beach Markets run every 4th Sunday of the month and feature art and craft stalls, food stalls, live music and family-friendly vibes.

Ettalong Beach Market is the largest undercover markets on the Central Coast and were established in 1977. These "eclectic" markets feature a piazza featuring foods galore, comforting atmosphere and amazing decor, stores line the arcades, live entertainment and more.

Gosford City Farmers Markets is home to artisan and fresh produce by local farmers and producers. You will find ready-made international food, stalls selling plants, pet items and more. The Entrance Market features around 20-25 stalls selling clothing, jewellery, pet products and food.

Terrigal Beach Markets feature clothing stalls, candles, jewellery, food goods and live music and Umina Beach Markets is home to over 75 stalls with everything from art & craft, fruit and vegetables, clothing, ready-to-eat food, jewellery and live music.

For a list of Markets in Central Coast click here for the wesbite.

Image Courtesy from Avoca Beachside Markets Facebook

7. Get Quirky

The Amazement Farm & Fun Park is filled with quirky fun that will entertain the kids for hours. There are mazes, farm animals, games, trails, races, and more. The Big Barn Cafe Verandah is the perfect spot to take a break and relax enjoying a bite to eat with picturesque views. Click here for the website.

8. Pelican Feeding

There are two places to experience free pelican feeding. Woy Woy Fisherman's Wharf (every day at 3pm) and The Entrance Foreshore (every day at 3:30pm).

Image Courtesy from The Entrance Visitor Information Centre Facebook

9. Five Lands Walk

This family-friendly walk from MacMasters Beach to Terrigal Beach is held annually every June to coincide with the whale migration. The walk moves through five beaches of MacMasters, Copacabana, Avoca, North Avoca, and Terrigal. There is entertainment, shows, performances, food, traditional elder entertainment and more at each stop. Click here for the website.

10. Wyong Milk Factory & The Chocolate Factory

With a fenced playground, child-friendly cafe, and scrumptious chocolates and cheese, The Wyong Milk Factory is the perfect family-friendly attraction.

The Chocolate Factory Gosford is home to Bon Bon Fine Chocolate, Nougat Limar & The Sydney Marshmallow Co. The Factory produces all sorts of chocolates and one of the best nougat in the world. It also offers tours, workshops for the little ones and a family-friendly cafe.

Image Courtesy from Bon Bon Fine Chocolate Facebook

11. Brisbane Water National Park

Is home to the family-friendly Somersby Falls and picnic area, Staples Lookout, Warrah Lookout, and offers a range of wonderful experiences and attractions, making it the perfect family-friendly outing. Enjoy the many Lookouts, walking & cycling trails, waterway experiences such as kayaking, and more. Click here for the website.

12. Popran National Park

This National Park is home to Aboriginal sites, many spectacular walking trails, kayaking opportunities, mountain biking, horse riding and fishing. Click here for the website.

13. Wyrrabalong National Park

This National Park is perfect for families with the Bateau Bay Picnic Area, Lookouts, whale watching opportunities (during migration season), swimming, surfing, fishing, walking tracks, picnics, birdwatching, wildlife spotting and bike trails are some of the activities to enjoy here. Click here for the website.

14. The Scenic Drive A49

This 1 hour and 15 minute drive offers spectacular highlights including The Entrance which is a must stop! The Drive also features a number of key tourism experiences with highlights including Australian Reptile Park, Henry Kendall Cottage & Historical Museum, Gosford Stadium, Gosford Regional Gallery & Edogawa Commemorative Gardens, Ex-HMAS Adelaide Reserve, Norah Head Lighthouse, The Entrance Pelican Feeding and more. Click here for the website.

Image Courtesy from Norah Head Lighthouse Facebook

15. Norah Head Lighthouse

This historical Lighthouse is perched on a headland, and the Lighthouse offers breathtaking ocean vistas and is the Central Coast's most spectacular icon. There is a walking track skirting around the side of the Lighthouse and leads to the stairs down to the rock platform below and to Lighthouse Beach. There are tours available of the Lighthouse. Click here for the website.

Central Coast Public Transport

The nearest stations include Woy Woy, Gosford, Tuggerah and Wyong- with the main station hubs having taxi services or bus connections to other areas of the Coast.

The nearest ferry will be Palm Beach Ferries and they operate daily between Palm Beach (Sydney) and Ettalong Beach and Wagstaffe (Central Coast).
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Why? Plenty of family-friendly activities & attractions
When: All year round
Where: Central Coast region
Cost: Free & Ticketed Attractions- See Above
Your Comment
Thank you, Shelley. I will check that out next time I visit Central Coast :)
by Gypsy Rose (score: 2|749) 930 days ago
You missed out a visit to The Marshmallow Co in the historic Chapman Building Wyong. Not only is there the most amazing desserts and handcrafted marshmallows, there are several other boho shops within the building and it all forms part of the historic walk of Wyong. It’s Wyong’s version of The Rocks, Sydney!!
by Shelley (score: 0|4) 932 days ago
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