East Gosford and surrounds

East Gosford and surrounds

East Gosford snapshot
Get to know East Gosford and surrounds

Hugged by Brisbane Water between Erina and Gosford, this neighbourhood occupies land previously inhabited by the Guringai (Wanangine) people. It’s home to multi-million-dollar waterfront homes, a sailing club, the burgeoning East Gosford village, the coast’s leading art gallery and scenic waterside trails.

East Gosford and surrounds Bucket List
What to do in East Gosford and nearby

1. Catch an exhibition at Gosford Regional Gallery

Admire works from local, national and international artists at the coast’s leading art gallery on the shores of Caroline Bay. The 420sqm gallery showcases visual art, photography, sculpture and design and plays host to both the popular Gosford Art Prize and the Archibald Prize.

2. Find Zen in a Japanese garden

Stroll through a tranquil Japanese garden (part of 26 hectares of public park) gifted by sister city Edogowa. Stone pathways meander past manicured foliage punctuated with Japanese style structures including a decorative bridge, traditional Japanese teahouse, koi filled pond (fish food available at the gallery) and Zen garden.

3. Bobbing boats and far-reaching water vistas

Watch bobbing boats from the rocky shore at Point Frederick’s southernmost tip. Originally a cemetery for early pioneers dating back to the 1800s, you’ll find historic gravestones, a playground and expansive Brisbane Water vistas at the idyllic Pioneer Park.

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Gosford Regional Gallery
Photo by James Vodicka
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Japanese Gardens
Photo by James Vodicka

4. Homewares, fashion and vintage finds

Shop for homewares, vintage finds and fresh floral arrangements at the charming Piccolo Pear including handmade soaps and candles. High quality décor, fashion and gifts can also be found at Magnolia Home & Gift

5. Sunset Stroll

Stroll the path that hugs the shoreline of Caroline Bay passing by Ironbark, Rocky and Green Point. This 2.7km scenic route stretches from the end of Kenmare Rd to Green Point Boat Ramp with bench seats and picnic tables enroute to pause and admire the view.

6. Sundowners on the waterfront

Rub shoulders with salties on the alfresco deck of the historic Gosford Sailing Club as billowing sails race across Brisbane Waters. Learn to sail under the guidance of experienced skippers or make for the revamped bistro with its seasonal menu and cool cocktails.

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Piccolo Pear floristry

7. Street eats on the waterfront

Burgers, hot dogs and donuts are on the menu at the popular Eat Street on the Gosford Waterfront. Roll out a picnic rug on the expansive grassy area and let both the kids and dogs loose.

8. Do laps with the locals

Follow the black line at the coast’s only heated Olympic size outdoor pool. Set beside Brisbane Water, Gosford Olympic Pool also offers a toddler pool plus three indoor heated pools. Check ahead for lane availability as it’s popular with lap swimmers.

9. Greek restuarant

Tuck into golden fish and chips at this go-to Gosford landmark. Take a seat beneath Monti Ashore’s shady umbrellas or find a picnic table overlooking the sparkling Brisbane Water. Order ahead to beat the queue.  (Now closed - change to KEFI at Koolewong?)

10. Coffee and banter

Stellar coffee and creative brekkies are on offer at the sprawling Laneway and Co housed in an old garage in the buzzing East Gosford village. Shop for organic veggies and providore items, tuck into dishes made from organic produce and enjoy Five Senses Coffee served up by the young, friendly staff.  (Closed replace with Laneway and Co has now taken over this cool space)

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This article was originally authored by Sheriden Rhodes, as part of a Love Central Coast grant project brought to you by Destination Central Coast, jointly funded by the Australian and NSW governments under the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund. To maintain accuracy, some editorial changes may have been made since publication.