Nature experiences

With more than half the Central Coast green space, this is your place to feel whole again.

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 immersive nature experiences like the 8km Bouddi Coastal Walk, the MTB haven at Ourimbah State Forest, Girrakool Falls in Somersby, and the World Heritage Listed Old Great North Road in Dharug National Park.

The fact you've landed here means you can now easily plan your own eco-adventure across the Central Coast, one of Australia's first ECO Destinations! Choose from a raft of nature-based, eco-conscious activities, sustainable businesses, excitedly add local bushwalks, outdoor pools, lookouts and hidden beaches to your bucket list, or take tips from our local eco-champions on where to explore. 

Photo credit: James Vodicka

Nicole Berlach: The Central Coast is a blank canvas for a creative future

Learn what talented local artist and illustrator Nicole loves about being surrounded by nature and calling the Central Coast home...

Nicole Berlach; Video produced by Israel Cannan.
Frazer beach Campground at night
Frazer Beach Campsite; Credit: @camplogger

6 Ways to see nature after dark

When the sun goes down and the stars come out there’s a whole different side of nature to see! Explore five of the best things to see and do on the Central Coast after dark, from toothy critters, to glow worms, to fireflies and boardwalks above the waves...

Good turn: share our shores when visiting the Coast

Turns out humans are not the only ones holidaying on the coast in the summer months, with these rare Little Tern chicks ready for summer on their favourite Central Coast beach - The Entrance North! No bigger than a scoop of ice cream, Little Terns can be seen flying gracefully along the coastline and over Tuggerah Lakes, frequently diving into the water to catch fish. Both locals and visitors can help protect these Endangered native Australian seabirds in summer by supporting a few simple yet hugely impactful ways to share our shores - and see their annual spectacle respectfully!

three little tern chicks in sand
Credit: Jodie Dunn / DPE
Slow travel guide: Re-awaken to the Central Coast
Let nature, and the people living and breathing it, set the tempo for your slow travel experience. Ease into this slow travel guide seeking out slow, sustainable ways for you to travel purposefully.
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