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Gosford

Neighbourhoods and Towns
4-Day - short stay
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Gosford

Neighbourhoods and Towns
4-Day - short stay

Gosford is a future-focused city with a growing list of classy bars, modern eateries, world-class chefs, lively entertainment, green spaces and national park and reserves right on its doorstep. As a connected commuter hub, Gosford is just over an hour’s drive north of Sydney and 1 hour 20 minutes south of Newcastle.

Photo opportunity: Brisbane Water waterfront or Edogawa Japanese Gardens

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The Itinerary

Gossy Goodtimes

This day in Gosford will have you sampling some of the best that Central Coast Makers and Creators have on offer.

Stop 1

Lords of Pour

Start the day right with an exceptional morning brew. Little ones will love their delicious smoothies or cold-pressed juices. A relaxed café, focussed on seasonal and homemade food.

Next stop: 10 mins

Stop 2

Central Coast Ferries

After breakfast, head to Woy Woy Wharf and jump on the Central Coast Ferry. Your family will love their little adventure across Brisbane Waters, where you can hop-on and off when you like.

Next stop: 8 mins

Stop 3

Ettalong Diggers

Lunch is close by at Tallow Beach Terrace or Riley's Brassiere. You'll enjoy beautiful, sweeping views over Broken Bay and Lion Island while the kids play at Starfish Kids Play Zone.

Next stop: 9 mins

Stop 4

Mount Ettalong Lookout

Take a short walk and enjoy spectacular views over Umina Beach, Brisbane Water, Bouddi National Park and Pearl Beach across the ocean. Get the kids to spot native wildlife.

Next stop: 4 mins


Photo Credit: Nick Rain, Destination NSW
 

 

Stop 5

Central Coast Mountain Bike Tours

Departing from Pearl Beach, the Mountain to Surf Easy Trail Ride is perfect for families. Begin at the top of the mountain for a 2-hour ride. Includes a souvenir water bottle to keep.

Next stop: 10 mins

Stop 6

Sounds on West

Worked up an appetite? Head to this kid-friendly restaurant, hailed by the locals. Delicious American style BBQ, craft beer, live music and a garden area for the kids to run and play.

Next stop: 5 mins

Stop 7

Cinema Paradiso

Start winding down at the historical, art-deco cinema boasting 6 screens, with lots of family entertainment. Indulge in delicious buttered popcorn or one of their flavoured choc-tops.

Next stop: 11 mins

Stop 8

NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Park

Your fun-filled beachfront accommodation at Umina Beach awaits you. The ultimate city escape with a toddler wading pool, adventure playground and camp kitchen. Specials available online.

Next stop: Sleep, revive

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Experience Gosford's Waterfront

Spend the day enjoying the pristine waterfront location of Gosford and everything it has to offer.

Stop 1

The Fat Goose

Start your day with a delicious pastry and incredible coffee from the winners of the 2018 Great Aussie Pie Competition. Then stroll over to Killcare Marina to watch the stunning sunrise.

Next stop: 2 mins

Stop 2

Bouddi Coastal Walk

The Bouddi National Park boasts a choice of two breathtaking walks starting at Putty Beach: 8.1km or 3km. You can swim, bird watch and even whale-watch as you enjoy your little adventure.

Next stop: 16 mins

Stop 3

Box on the Water

Next up is incredible floor to ceiling panoramic views while you lunch. Why not try their tantalising seasonal cocktails while you gaze out to the beautiful Ettalong beach? Go on, you deserve it.

Next stop: 4 mins

Stop 4

Anderson's Boatshed

Explore the scenic waterways of the Central Coast your way. With easy online booking, you can reserve a stand-up paddleboard, kayak or take a self-drive boat out for a cruise.

Next stop: 8 mins

Stop 5

Bremen Patisserie

Mid afternoon calls for a tasty snack. Grab a takeaway from the home of the Guinness World Records hottest pie and stroll along Ettalong Esplanade or discover the local craft markets.

Next stop: 9 mins

Stop 6

Young Baron's

This hip Italian restaurant is known for its carbie goodness. Who doesn't love fresh pasta and beautiful pairings of wine? Seats are hot, so bookings are essential.

Next stop: 2 mins

Stop 7

Frankie's Rooftop

Dance the night away in Woy Woy's coolest bar. Choose from delicious cocktails, craft beer and the finest selection of 'Chartreuses' - a French liqueur originally crafted by Carthusian Monks.

Next stop: 8 mins

Stop 8

Mantra Ettalong Beach

Hang up your shoes at your 4-star hotel, across from Ettalong Beach. Check in to your studio or 3-bedroom penthouse and set your alarm to catch the magnificent morning sunrise.

Next stop: Sleep, rejuvenate

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Learn something new in Gosford

Discover the history of Gosford, try you hand at golf or find your inner Masterchef.

Stop 1

Wyee Nursery Cafe

Awaken with a fresh brew and all-day breakfast at this tranquil café, surrounded by lush tropical plants and beautiful water features. There's even a huge nursery and gift store to explore.

Next stop: 13 mins

Stop 2

Inflatable World

It's time to bounce! Inflatable World is fun for all the family. Two hour sessions let you try the inflatable activities as many times as you like and are fully supervised.

Next stop: 16 mins

Stop 3

The Ark Cafe

Sit outside and relax at this beach themed café next to Norah Head Lighthouse. There's live music at the weekend and an unforgettable view 356 days a year.

Next stop: 1 min

Stop 4

Norah Head Lighthouse

The Coast's most spectacular icon is a magnificent place to play or stay. Watch the sunset, book a tour, climb the 96 stairs and enjoy the 360-degree view from the balcony.

Next stop: 9 mins

Stop 5

When in Rome Toukley

After working up an appetite on the lighthouse stairs, indulge in the best Italian pizza and pasta outside Italy. Lucky for you, this restaurant's bringing Rome to you.

Next stop: 4 mins

Stop 6

Central Coast Holiday Parks - Canton Beach

A quaint place for you to rest up. But don't sleep in - wake early to trek through the national parkland and marvel at the stunning lake, flora and fauna that surround you.

Next stop: Sleep, surrender

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Gosford's Makers and Creators

From producers to painters today is all about creative and passionate people, topped off with some sport in a picture perfect stadium.

Stop 1

Point Café Japanese Gardens

Start the day at this picturesque café and fuel up on great food and coffee. Then stroll the serene gardens and discover the lake, waterfall and bird life. Regional art gallery onsite.

Next stop: 16 mins

Stop 2

The Australian Reptile Park

Time to make some new friends at this world-renowned, hands-on zoo. Don't miss the funnel-web spider milking and dingo walk show. Book a Kids 2 Keeper or VIP Tour online.

Next stop: Crazy and lazy animals

Stop 3

Australian Reptile Park

Learn about the largest conservation-breeding program for Tasmanian devils (they're cute, not scary). Meet Hugo the giant Galapagos tortoise and hang with free-range kangaroos.

Next stop: Lunch

Stop 4

Australian Reptile Park

Book ahead to enjoy an Aussie BBQ with top quality meat, salad and drinks. Watch Elvis, the famous 5 metre cranky croc, be fed his lunch.

Next stop: All shapes and sizes

Stop 5

Australian Reptile Park

Meet some smaller reptiles like snakes, turtles, lizards and crocodiles and learn about how they live and keeping them as pets. Snap a selfie with an alligator, python or cuddly koala.

Next stop: 13 mins

Stop 6

Gosford RSL

Say farewell to your new friends and take a short drive to your delicious club dinner. Choose from a-la-carte, weekly specials and fun, free activities - the perfect place for the whole family.

Next stop: 19 mins

Stop 7

Erina Fair

Bellies full? Stop by Erina Fair for a spot of shopping or a skate at the Erina Ice Arena. Want more chill? Catch a flick at HOYTS Erina and go big with HOYTS Xtremescreen.

Next stop: 8 mins

Stop 8

Terrigal Pacific Coastal Retreat

End the day at this newly refurbished retreat. There's a heated pool and Balinese open-air hot tub. Across the way there's the Terrigal lagoon, boutiques, restaurants and bars.

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