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26 December 2022 | Sally Scarborough

Where to Visit on Central Coast, NSW


Just 90 minutes’ drive north of Sydney is the area known as the New South Wales Central Coast. It’s the perfect distance for a weekend escape from Sydney, with much to explore. Plus, it’s only a short drive from the Scarborough Hunter Valley Cellar Door, an area familiar to many who are making the pilgrimage north to visit us. To make the most of the trip, we suggest you linger a little longer up the M1 - sometimes it’s worth taking the detour off the Freeway, you just never know what you might stumble upon.

Here's our guide on where to add to your list if you’re exploring the Central Coast. 


Top places to stop on Central Coast

When you are heading north up the freeway, on your way to the Hunter Valley, the best exit to take is the Gosford turnoff. Once you turn off then the decisions begin.

Sweet tooths will be rewarded by a stop at this colourful gelato bar, located in the grounds of Distillery Botanica. Stop by to sample their All-natural gelato and sorbet, made onsite daily by Mr Goaty (aka Chef Dan Hughes), plus get your coffee fix, a snack and maybe even a cocktail – talk about a one stop shop!

Within the ground of distillery Botanica, 25 Portsmouth Rd, Erina, NSW

For a foodie stop to fulfill the whole family, look no further than this all-encompassing entertainment hub. With a range of dining options, including the Riverside Bar to take in some fresh air it’s a great spot to stop of a more substantial meal along the way. The youngest family members are catered for with a kids menu, plus indoor and outdoor playground areas so they’ll be able to stretch their legs no matter the weather. For those looking for more a more active pit-stop, there is also kayaks, row boats and gym facilities available.

If dairy is your delight, Little Creek Cheese based within the Wyong Milk Factory grounds is a must while you are here. Pop in for a tasting or book a cheese experience to go behind the scenes are learn more about the cheesemaking process.

The grounds are also home to Luka Chocolates, producing quality handmade chocolate on site. Observe the chocolate making process while you taste the finished goods, and maybe even take some with you as a sweet souvenir.

141 Alison Rd, Wyong, NSW


Saddles is a gourmet eatery, bakehouse and nursery located in the heart of Mount White. The sprawling 28 acres of bushland is home to countless native flora and fauna, and includes a gorgeous homestead, housing an eatery open for breakfast and lunch, overlooking the dam. If you are short on time, their take-away menu is as good as they get.

20 Ashbrookes Rd, Mount White

Love fresh oysters? Visit this family-owned and operated business situated on the gorgeous Hawkesbury River for an authentic oyster farm experience. Learn more about the oyster farming process, and of course taste plenty of your catch!

Kangaroo Point Wharf, 1420 Pacific Highway, Brooklyn


Family Friendly Places to Visit on Central Coast

If getting up close and personal with local wildlife, or observing from a distance is more your speed, there are plenty of opportunities along the central Coast.

If getting up close and personal with local wildlife, or observing from a distance is more your speed, there are plenty of opportunities along the central Coast.

The best spots for whale watching on the journey are Gerrin Point and Crackneck Point lookouts, between May and November. During this time, you might be lucky enough to observe one of 25,000 humpback whales making their annual migration journey from the Antarctic to the warmer waters of the Pacific.

Visit a real working wildlife sanctuary at Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park. You’ll find all your favourite Australian animals, cared for by a team of caring volunteers, dedicated to preserving and nurturing our native creatures.

1 Darkinjung Rd, Calga


For a hands-on experience, the Australian Reptile Park is a must. ‘Ploddy’ the big dinosaur signals the way on the M1 just before the Gosford exit, showing the way to the experiences that await. Hand-feed kangaroos, meet Hugo the giant Galapagos tortoise and get a photo with a koala (or python if you’re keen)!

Pacific Hwy, Somersby


Fun for kids of all ages, Tree Tops Adventure Park allows you to get amongst the trees and swing, fly or bounce across the trees.

1 Red Hill Rd, Wyong Creek NSW 2259


Central Coast Markets and Galleries

There’s no shortage of artistic talent throughout the Central Coast. The best way to soak it in through local markets and galleries.

If you have timed your trip on the fourth Sunday of the month, swing by the Avoca Beachside Markets. You’ll find a treasure trove of local wares, including fresh produce, along with live music and plenty of delicious food and drink options to keep you fuelled for the drive.

Heazlett Park Foreshore, Avoca Beach

The Bouddi Gallery displays a host of artwork from contemporary Indigenous artists. It is a social enterprise; owned and managed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people passionately supporting the cultural and economic sustainability of not-for-profit Aboriginal owned Art Centres in remote Australian communities.

5/1 Killcare Rd, Killcare


There are plenty more adventures to be had once you hit the Hunter Valley, find more ideas here:


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Where to Visit on Central Coast, NSW