Have an awesome summer holiday on NSW's Central Coast

Glenworth Valley horse riding. Image courtesy of Destination NSW.

By Rachel Pinder

The Central Coast is about an hour north of Sydney and is bursting with exciting attractions for families, couples, thrill seekers and anyone who just wants to escape from it all.

Get festive

Planning a trip to NSW’s Central Coast is a must-do over the summer festive season, with plenty to keep you and the family amused over the holidays.

•      Head to the gorgeous Glenworth Valley for the Peats Ridge Festival on December 29, where you can watch heaps of awesome bands and  musicians such as Xavier Rudd and Salmonella Dub, and there are plenty of markets and workshops to check out too. Plus there’s riverside camping  available, so you won’t have far to find a spot to sleep nearby.

Head back to Sydney on December 31 for the awesome spectacular fireworks  on the Harbour Bridge, definitely worth being there to see it for yourself!

Don’t miss

Monkey around at the TreeTop Adventure Park in Ourimbah State Forest. Test your adrenalin on 12 flying foxes of varying lengths and heights as well as suspension bridges, high ropes courses and a night tour for extreme thrill seekers. 

Tree Top Adventure Park. Image courtesy of Destination NSW. Get high up in the trees and enjoy the thrill of the flying foxes at Tree Top Adventure Park

Learn how to make soap from a wattle tree and hear all about bush tucker during a visit to Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park. Get up close to native animals as you pat a dingo, feed a kangaroo and see the animals roam free in their natural environment. 

Australian Reptile Park, Somersby, is an award-winning zoo with daily interactive wildlife shows that include koalas, platypus and Tasmanian devils. 

Learn to ride at Glenworth Valley Horse Riding, Australia’s largest free-range horse-riding centre. 

Take a ferry across Broken Bay (from Ettalong to Palm Beach) or on Brisbane Water (from Woy Woy to Davistown).  

Head to Norah Head Lighthouse, where you can find out about manning a lighthouse in the early 1900s. 

Norah Head Lighthouse. Image courtesy of Destination NSW. Check out the amazing views at Norah Head Lighthouse and chill for a while

New experiences

The Central Coast is now set to become one of Australia’s prime diving spots, after the retired navy vessel the HMAS Adelaide was recently scuttled to provide an artificial reef for scuba divers off Terrigal Beach. 
Just 90 minutes drive north of Sydney, the Central Coast coastline already has more than 400 pristine dive sites and the HMAS Adelaide is expected to be the jewel in the crown. 

Little Creek Cheeses opened in March 2011 in the Old Wyong Dairy in Wyong. It produces and sells handmade gourmet cheeses and yoghurt. 

Check out our guide to NSW accommodation and book somewhere to stay without delay!