There's an adventure activity for all tastes on the Central Coast. Trail rides on horseback, quad biking, tree-top adventures
and following cycle tracks along the beach are just a few. Skydiving and tandem microlight flights are options for the serious adventurer or an underwater adventure at the ex-HMAS Adelaide Dive site off the coast.
So treat your senses to an escape on the Central Coast of NSW, that is just one hour's drive north of Sydney, where you will
find yourself in a destination that has a distinctive change of place and pace, perfect for a short break or a longer escape.
Beaches, wildlife and wilderness - All the natural elements come together on the Central Coast. At the essence of the region is
a world of beautiful coastlines, golden beaches, alluring lakes and pristine National Parks. These treasured natural assets stretch across the six regions of the Central Coast, each with their own unique qualities, energy and style. Sun, surf, sand and so much more...We invite you now to discover and see it for yourself.
FantaSea Adventure Cruising
FantaSea Adventure Cruising provides safe, high speed passenger transport and charter services along the East Coast of Australia from the beautiful Whitsunday Islands as far
south as Palm Beach and Sydney Harbour.
FantaSea Palm Beach operates 2 regular passenger ferry services.
● Palm Beach to Wagstaff and Ettalong on the Central Coast.
● Palm Beach to Coasters Retreat, The Basin, Currawong and Mackerel Beach.
FantaSea Cruises also offers vessels for charter for your private functions.
So if you require transport , charter services or even a scenic coastline
cruise for a day out on the water, FantaSea cruises is the place for you.
Australian Reptile Park
The Australian Reptile Park and Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1948 by the late and great Eric Worrell, Australia's first naturalist and is now regarded as one of the countries premier attractions.
The Sanctuary is the only zoo in Australia committed to saving lives with a Venom-Milking Program in place for the past 50 plus years, saving over 300 lives each year being the sole supplier of a variety of venom's, which is used for all snake and funnel-web anti-venom in Australia.
The Australian Reptile Park is the hands-on zoo and boasts loads of animal interaction and exciting wildlife shows.
Have a close encounter with some of the park’s scaly and furry animals during Snappy Hour from 11am-2pm daily, including a walk with Hugo the giant Galapagos tortoise. Elvis, NSW's biggest crocodile, is fed at 1:30pm on weekends and school holidays.
See the spectacular alligator feeding from the banks of the massive gator lagoon. See native and exotic reptiles and spiders in the unique exhibits The Lost World of Reptiles and Spider World, featuring Tarantula-ville. Discover how they are helping save the iconic Tasmanian devil with the exciting conservation project, Devil Ark.
Witness venomous snake and funnel web spider milking every day. Have a photo with a snugly python, wombat or cuddly koala. Enjoy the children’s adventure playground, cafe and picnic area, free BBQs and hand feed friendly kangaroos.
Don't forget to ask about the Behind the Scenes tours, Devilish Encounter, Kids to Keepers program, Fear Factor and Hugo’s Birthday Party Pack.
Bouddi and Brisbane Water National Parks
Located on the Central Coast near Gosford, north of Sydney, the beautiful Bouddi National Park offers spectacular diverse landscapes from beaches and steep cliffs, through to rainforest and heathland and makes for a great weekend getaway.
Bouddi National Park is home to countless attractions, including one of Australia’s first marine protected areas, significant Aboriginal sites, unique animals and plant life and even an old paddle steamer wreck.
Make the most of the park’s coastal location and camp beside the tranquil Maitland Bay,
go swimming, fishing, whale watching or take in sweeping views on the Box Head track.
Brisbane Water National Park is on the Central Coast near Gosford, north of Sydney. The park offers a range of wonderful experiences, making it a great day trip or weekend away from the city.
Come see the colourful spring wildflowers, ancient Aboriginal engraving sites and scenic views from the park's lookouts. There are great fishing spots to discover, along with walking and cycling trails that cross rainforest and rugged sandstone country.
The park's waterways are a great place to spend a day on the water, so don't forget your kayak. Head to one of the coastal towns, like Umina Beach to organise your lunch before finding your own scenic picnic spot or make a stop at Patonga for some tasty fish and chips and a beach view.
Passionately entertaining patrons on the local peninsula since its establishment in 1999.
Cinema Paradiso boasts 6 screens including an outdoor screen, showcasing the latest releases in Mediterranean surroundings. Each cinema is themed uniquely in art deco, starlight, Italian or Mediterranean inspirations. Fundraisers, conferences, art house movies, operas, events, premieres, children’s birthdays or vacation care groups are all welcome.
Enjoy your visit even more with freshly made buttered popcorn or indulge yourself with one of their many different flavoured choc-tops.
Now if you have happen to see the 1988 Italian film by the same name (Nuovo Cinema Paradiso) directed by Giuseppe Tornatore, this is the Australian version of that timeless classic both in decor and nostalgia, right here at Ettalong Beach on the NSW Central Coast.
Established in 1977, Ettalong Markets is the largest undercover market on the Central Coast of NSW. Just south of Gosford and Woy Woy, you’re far enough away from the city’s hustle and bustle to relax, but close enough to visit whenever the mood takes you.
With thousands of visitors returning year in year out, we find lots of people often find themselves in the mood. So if you’re a fan of farmers markets and other sunday markets along the Central Coast, we’re sure you’ll fall in love with Ettalong Markets.
Every weekend - Saturday and Sunday, from 9am to 4pm.
It is also the proud home of the Central Coast Italian Festival. An annual event which brings the magic of Italy’s culture and diversity to our residents and guests. Visitors have the opportunity to enjoy all things Italian throughout this festive weekend in April.