Go eco on the Central Coast

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A leading ecotourism region in New South Wales

We’re proud to be one of Australia's first ECO Destinations, certified by Ecotourism Australia and supported by WWF-Australia’s Wildlife & Nature Recovery Fund. We welcome you to immerse yourself in our community connected by culture, place, and a love of nature.

The NSW Central Coast offers superb natural beauty alongside a great sense of freedom, space and connection to the land. Locals and guests who explore our region and call it home are all shaped in some way by our unique natural environment – so to protect it for future generations we’re now guided by this destination-wide approach to sustainability led by the internationally recognised Green Destination Standard.

What's an ECO Destination?

As we have learnt through our ECO Destination journey – a good place to visit is a good place to live! Achieving ECO Destination Certification recognises the Central Coast as a world-class destination for sustainable, nature-based tourism. This achievement highlights the Central Coast's commitment to quality and sustainable practices, which many of our businesses share at the core of their operations. Our ECO Destination status gives conscious travellers a clearer choice of the best eco-friendly, nature-based experiences, attractions and accommodation the Central Coast region has to offer.

ECO Destination Certification is built on the globally recognised Green Destination Standard that certifies sustainable destination management practices, champions giving back to the community, and ensures cultural authenticity. Check out the commitment we've made to become an ECO Destination since 2020...

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Explore our ECO Destination

As a destination, more than half of the Central Coast is national park, state forest, bushland, open space, nature reserves, beaches and waterways.

This includes some of New South Wales’ most popular nature-inspired experiences like Bouddi Coastal Walk, Ourimbah State Forest, Somersby Falls and the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Old Great North Road in Dharug National Park. We are also home to thousands of registered sites of cultural significance across the Central Coast region.

Sustainability Pledge

We encourage our community and our guests to tread lightly and go slow on the NSW Central Coast. We invite you to respect our slice of paradise on the east coast of Australia by checking out some simple 'house rules' via our Sustainability Pledge.

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The Green Travel Guide
The Central Coast features in the NEW Green Travel Guide, a trusted resource for planning an environmentally-friendly holiday filled with sustainable experiences.

Find eco minded experiences

The NSW Central Coast is proud to be the home of 23 passionate businesses committed to their unique eco-friendly journey toward formal accreditation! This local community of 'Eco Advocates' (as we like to call them) includes 8 ECO Certified experiences, plus another 15 applicants on their sustainability journey supported by Ecotourism Australia's trained experts.

These dedicated, locally-run businesses are leading the way for the Central Coast's commitment to responsible tourism. They're offering authentic, high-quality experiences inspired by nature, appealing to both locals and guests.

You can easily plan an eco-venture of the Central Coast with our list of sustainable options below...

The Central Coast is now a certified Australian ECO Destination!
Inspired by World Environment Day 2022, the Central Coast is proud to announce we're now a certified Australian ECO Destination! Our beautiful NSW Central Coast is one of the first ECO Destinations certified by Ecotourism Australia.
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Terrigal Ocean Tours | ECO Certified
Spot whales, dolphins and seals in the wild. Enjoy a 40 to 60 minute scenic cruise along the Central Coast's pristine beaches and bays on a high performance Eco Tour vessel with Terrigal Ocean Tours.
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Sydney Oyster Farm Tours, Mooney Mooney | ECO Certified
Sydney Oyster Farm Tours offer immersive culinary oyster farm tours one hour from the city in Mooney Mooney. This is a family owned oyster farm operating for over 15 years, offering luxury tourism experiences with sustainability at its heart.
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Iris Lodge Alpacas, Jilliby | ECO Certified
Iris Lodge Alpacas offer a popular Breakfast with Alpacas experience and family-friendly Alpaca Farm visits. Guests have the opportunity to experience life on their farm in the Central Coast hinterland with their playful resident animals.
Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre, Terrigal
Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre, Terrigal | ECO Certified
Since 2009, the CCMDC sustainably educates, protects and explores the Central Coast marine environment. A family-friendly educational experience where children can explore, learn and interact with the world under the waves through interactive tours.
TreeTops, Ourimbah State Forest
TreeTops Adventure, Ourimbah State Forest | ECO Certified
Outdoor, adrenalin-pumping Adventure Park for kids and adults, where you scale a Eucalyptus tree with Vertical Challenge, or bounce around in the canopy with Networld.
Aquafun Avoca Lake, Avoca
Aquafun Avoca Lake | ECO Certified
Australia’s largest selection of modern, human-powered water crafts to explore the beautiful expanse of one of the Coast’s tranquil waterways - Avoca Lake. Hire from a fleet of easy to use pedalboats, single and double kayaks and stand-up paddle boards.
Noonaweena, Kulnura
Noonaweena, Kulnura | ECO Certified
Accommodation for couples, families, groups and special events on scenic Tourist Drive 33. Inspired by the Aboriginal word for ‘resting place in the bush’, Noonaweena is a luxury nature retreat set high in the hinterland with sweeping national park views.
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Bells at Killcare | ECO Certified
Boutique Hampton’s style hotel, multi-award winning restaurant, and luxury spa located in the stunning neighbourhood of Killcare Heights on the Central Coast's Bouddi Peninsula.
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Pretty Beach House | ECO Certified
Experience the peak of luxury accommodation at Pretty Beach House, one of Australia’s most prestigious, award-winning properties, offering an unforgettable escape to nature hidden within Bouddi National Park.
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Girri Girra Aboriginal Experiences | ECO Applicant
Girri Girra is a 100 per cent Aboriginal-owned business engaging and educating on the beautiful NSW Central Coast. Come on a guided walking tour with Girri Girra; a journey of timeless stories, smoking ceremonies, cultural singing and dancing.
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Australian Reptile Park, Somersby | ECO Applicant
Australia’s original hands-on zoo, home to over 2,000 animals, located in a natural bush setting. Discover their 50+ year-running antivenom and spider milking program, plus their important conservation work saving wildlife through Aussie Ark.
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Firescreek Botanical Winery | ECO Applicant
Firescreek Botanical Winery handcraft an innovative and diverse variety of award-winning wines from fruit and flowers. Wines are made following the seasons of mother nature, so every season there is something new and interesting to try.
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Glenworth Valley Wilderness Adventures | ECO applicant
Escape the city for an unforgettable adventure whether it's horse riding, abseiling ridges, laser skirmish in the bush, kayaking in Popran National Park or glamping with horses in the valley.
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Bombora Ettalong Beach SUP | ECO applicant
On the stunning shores of Ettalong Beach experience everything SUP including Stand Up Paddle classes, SUP Pilates, SUP YOGA, SUP Ball, SUP Tours, Corporate events and even birthday parties.
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Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, Calga | ECO applicant
Meet native Aussie wildlife and hike through Heritage-listed bushland. This 180 acre working wildlife sanctuary looks after a diverse community of wild, rescued & vulnerable animals, with ranger talks, accommodation, night tours & virtual tours available.
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Pearls of Australia | EarthCheck Sustainability Micro-credentials applicant
Their Shellar Door experience invites you to browse pearls, jewellery and art, or tour the local waterways to discover the story of locally grown world-class pearls.
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Pullman Magenta Shores Resort | Sustainable Certification Applicant
Nestled between the pristine waters of the Pacific Ocean and Tuggerah Lake this magnificent 52 acre resort is set among landscaped gardens, a golf course and just a short stroll from the beach.
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Ibis Styles The Entrance | Strive 4 Sustainability Scorecard COMPLETED!
After winning Bronze for Deluxe Accommodation at the 2021 NSW Tourism Awards, ibis Styles The Entrance has embarked on its sustainability journey to respect its location on stunning Tuggerah Lakes and minutes from nearby beautiful beaches.
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Burnt Honey Bakery | Strive 4 Sustainability Scorecard applicant
Burnt Honey is a community bakery at heart, owned and run by Jo and Hayley at Copacabana and Long Jetty. All pastries and breads are handmade on site using the highest quality, most ethical local produce available with a focus on waste reduction.
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SWAMP Central Coast | Strive 4 Sustainability Scorecard applicant
The Sustainable Wetlands Agricultural Makers Project (SWAMP) is a communal garden space seeking to share ways to grow and eat food better, gardening tips, and local stories and history connecting with Indigenous communities.
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Bollito Pasta | Strive 4 Sustainability Scorecard applicant
Celebrated Chef Mark Wiseman has established some of the most iconic restaurants on the Central Coast and now focuses on sharing his passion for traditional and forgotten handmade pasta shapes, sauces and more with the local community.
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Fixx Events | Strive 4 Sustainability Scorecard applicant
Brad and Bianca of FIXX Events are a multiple award-winning Central Coast boutique business leading the popular locally-focused Avoca Beachside Markets each month at Heazlett Park Foreshore.
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Central Coast Visitor Centre | Strive 4 Sustainability Scorecard applicant
After a total refurb in 2023, this fully-accredited Visitor Centre at The Entrance has refocused on selling locally made wares, souvenirs and art, is inclusive and accessible with a hearing loop and toilet facilities, and bookable for meetings.
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The Lakes Festival | Strive 4 Sustainability Scorecard applicant
This popular annual event flowing across 10 days and celebrating our waterways makes a splash across the Central Coast region, bringing locals and visitors together to enjoy family-friendly activities, cultural experiences and educational programs.
The best bushwalks to experience nature on the Central Coast
In need of some bush medicine? Take a hike in the great outdoors of the Central Coast.
Cycling guide to tour the Central Coast
Ready for some people powered adventure? Get outdoors, take to two wheels and enjoy the best cycling routes across the region.
Paddling guide to SUP and Kayaking on the Central Coast
Unwind on a kayak or bring the 'cool factor' on an SUP
Ultimate Guide: NSW Central Coast’s most scenic picnic spots
From north to south, we've gathered some of the best grassy spots for a picnic on the NSW Central Coast.
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The great outdoors with Ranger Laurie
Local of 30 years, Laurie Pasco is a Central Coast eco warrior based Based in Girrakool at Brisbane Water National Park. We asked her why the Central Coast is special - and where is best to hike!
The coastal café crawl keeping our beaches clean
You’re invited to explore our coastal region sustainably with our eco-friendly café crawl inspired by Green Caffeen.
3 Amazingly easy ways you can help keep the Coast green
Get involved in any of these three amazing everyday ways to keep the Central Coast region clean and green.
Waterside walks: Tour our most scenic shared pathways
From lakeside foreshores, picturesque promenades to beachside boardwalks, it's easy to take a self-guided tour of our region's beautiful waterways.
Travel with heart: How to embrace cultural experiences respectfully
You can’t truly know a place until you know its story, so who better to bring the local landscape to life than a Traditional Custodian of the very earth you walk on.
6 Wild waterfalls to seek out on the Central Coast
Rain or shine, you can explore the natural beauty of these six Central Coast waterfalls.
Slow travel guide
Take a moment to find out what slow travel on the NSW Central Coast has to offer the soul.