NSW Central Coast for Families

NSW Central Coast...

  • Where beach meets bush. 
  • Only a hours drive from Sydney or Newcastle.
  • Bursting at the seams with fun for families.

The Entrance and Terrigal are my top two picks for places to visit on the NSW Central Coast. 

 

The Entrance

The Entrance is an aquatic playground for visitors. Home to the Central Coast's Visitor Information Centre hub, The Entrance is lined with cafes, restaurants and ice creameries, plus the Entrance Beach and ocean baths, the famous daily pelican feed, the historic carousel, watersports, bike trails and fresh seafood. This is one of the Central Coast's most popular tourist spots.

Top 4 things to see and do: 

Pelican Feeding 

The Pelican Feed takes place on the Entrance waterfront each day at 3:30pm and is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the Central Coast. 

     Pelican Feeding NSW Central Coast

     

    Vera’s Water Garden

      Always a hot with the children, Vera's Water Garden can dangle their feet in the wading pool, run through the water sprays and climb over the brightly coloured fountains.

      It offers ample seating with shaded areas and free Wifi and is situated on the foreshore next to Memorial park.

      This is a free activity - great for the whole family. 

       Veras Water Garden Kooshy Kids

       

      The Entrance Ocean Baths and Beaches

        Have a dip in the Entrance Ocean Baths -the only ocean pool on the Central Coast.

        There is a 50m pool as well as a children's pool.

         Entrance Ocean Baths

         

        Norah Head Lighthouse and Beaches

          Perched on a headland, the lighthouse takes in spectacular views and is the Central Coast's most magnificent icons.  A walking track surrounds the lighthouse and leads to stairs which climb down to the rock platform below and to Lighthouse Beach. 

          Norah Head Lighthouse

          Terrigal

          Terrigal is the most popular coastal village on the Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia.  Terrigal offers many accommodation options, boutique shops, a vibrant nightlife and trendy cafes.  Enjoy swimming, surfing, kayaking, fishing, snorkelling or scuba diving.

           

          Top 4 things to see and do: 

          Terrigal Beach and Terrigal Haven (calm beach popular with families)
          The Haven is located at Broken Head in Terrigal and is dotted with cafes and restaurants, a dive centre and fishing charters. 

            Terrigal Beach

            The Skillion

            A local landmark that you can hike to the top to and experience amazing views of the beautiful coastline from the lookout. 

            Terrigal Lookout

            Local Markets 

            The Avoca Beach Markets run every 4th Sunday of the month are offer craft and food stalls as well as live music and a family-friendly vibe. 


            Terrigal Markets

            Tree Top Adventure Park

            Experience the iconic Australian bush like never before. Get up-close and personal with native Australian wildlife and magnificent Gum trees, as you climb, weave and fly through the tree tops on self-guided rope courses. Flex your adventurous spirit and test yourself mentally and physically with over 100 elevated obstacles with rope ladders, wobbly bridges, tunnels, cargo-nets and zip lines.

            Treetop Adventure Terrigal 

            ACCOMODATION 

            Here are my two recommendations for accommodation covering all budgets;

            NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort

            Set on beachfront and surrounded by Brisbane Water National Park and located on the NSW Central Coast, just a 1.5 hour drive north of Sydney is this wonderful family friendly holiday park. 

            Average Rate: 4 Person Villa from $252, Safari Tent from $142, Powered Site from $40, Unpowered Site from $30 

            • Offering a range of accommodation including two and three bedroom cabins and villas, glamping tents, ensuite, powered and unpowered sites.
            • Boasting a range of features including heated resort pools and spas, waterpark, playground, jumping pillow, go-karts and kids’ activities.

            NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort

            NRMA Beach Resort

            Oaks The Entrance Waterfront Suites

            Oaks The Entrance Waterfront Suites is conveniently located in the picturesque seaside town of The Entrance.  The family friendly accommodation is situated on the water’s edge providing unparalleled views over the crystal waters of Tuggerah Lake. Take in all The Entrance has to offer.

            Onsite facilities include a well-equipped gym, spa, sizeable heated pool and dedicated children’s wading pool.

            Oaks The Entrance Waterfront Suites 

            References:
            http://www.theentrance.org.au/explore/pelican-feeding
            http://www.theentrance.org.au/explore/vera-s-watergarden
            http://www.theentrance.org.au/explore/water-activities/swimming
            http://www.theentrance.org.au/explore/water-activities/beaches
            https://www.icentralcoast.com/norah-head-australia.html
            https://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/central-coast/gosford-area/terrigal
            https://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/central-coast/gosford-area/terrigal/attractions/terrigal-beach 
            https://www.terrigalbeachmarkets.com/
            https://www.icentralcoast.com/avoca-beachside-markets.html
            https://www.big4.com.au/caravan-parks/nsw/central-coast/nrma-ocean-beach-holiday-resort
            https://www.nrmaparksandresorts.com.au/ocean-beach/park-info/gallery/
            https://www.oakshotels.com/en/oaks-waterfront-resort