The best bushwalks to experience nature on the Central Coast

surfer and kid walking bush trail
surfer and kid walking bush trail
In need of some bush medicine? Take a hike in the great outdoors of the Central Coast.
The Central Coast is well known for its stunning coastal scenery and gloriously green bushland. What better way to experience the natural wonders of the region than by going for a bushwalk along one of our many great walking tracks...

There's no greater remedy for stress, anxiety and boredom than a wander in the bush. Immersing yourself in nature offers positive health benefits, including heightening your sense of calm, enhancing focus, and has even shown to improve productivity when people conduct business meetings outdoors.

The natural world is always on hand to offer us adventure - whether that means spotting a whale off a headland lookout, meeting resident wildlife on a bush trail, or playing hide and seek with the kids between giant red gums. Whatever feeds your craving to go on a bushwalk, the Central Coast has some of the most magnificent walking trails in New South Wales - enjoy exploring our most popular ones below.

Remember - stay safe and always check the NPWS website for the latest alerts before visiting a park.


Girrakool Loop Track – Brisbane Water National Park

2km loop bushwalk

If a short and easy walk through tranquil bushland is more your style, the Girrakool Loop Track will be the perfect choice. The walk offers scenic views over waterfalls and you will see an abundance of colourful wildflowers during late winter and early spring. Don’t forget to check out the Aboriginal rock engraving site and take a happy snap at Illoura Lookout.

For more information, visit the NSW National Parks website.

Bouddi Coastal Walk – Bouddi National Park

8.5km one way via boardwalk and bushwalk

The Bouddi Coastal Walk is one of the most beautiful walks on the Central Coast but it is not for the faint-hearted. The benefits are well worth it though. You will experience sweeping ocean views, cliff-side boardwalks, cool and shady rainforest, relaxing picnic spots and the opportunity to spot migrating whales from some of the amazing vantage points.

For more information, visit the NSW National Parks website.

Ridge to Rainforest Track – Strickland State Forest

2.1km one way bushwalk

The Strickland State Forest is just five square kilometres in size and features six walking tracks through the incredibly diverse areas of the forest. The Ridge to Rainforest track begins in dry forest and follows along the ridge to reach the gully rainforest where you will walk through mossy rocks and statuesque trees that run along the creek.

For more information, visit the Forestry Corporation website.

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Patonga to Pearl Beach Walking Track

Patonga to Pearl Beach Walking Track – Brisbane Water National Park

3km one way bushwalk

The Patonga to Pearl Beach walk takes you on a scenic journey through Brisbane Water National Park. The challenging hike will lead you through beautiful red gums to experience expansive views from spectacular Warrah lookout. You will walk past impressive sandstone caves and beautiful hanging native ferns. Don’t forget your swimmers and towel for a well-deserved swim at the end at one of the most peaceful beaches on the coast.

For more information, visit the NSW National Parks website.

Munmorah State Conservation Area – Lake Munmorah

750m - 4km loop trails

Munmorah State Conservation Area is a park for all seasons, open open between 5.30am and 9pm (daylight savings time) and 5.30am to 6pm (other times). and as part of the Sydney Basin it tours you through the impressive ancient geology of the region. Bushwalking, camping, fishing, surfing and swimming are just some of the outdoor activities you can enjoy. Bring your binoculars to spot whales in winter and keep an eye out for some of the incredible bird species that live in the coastal trees and scrub. Take your bushwalking adventure along the 4km return Moonee Beach Trail, through coastal heath to the white sands of Moonee beach. Or try the Palms circuit track (0.75km) for a short loop walk beneath a canopy of cabbage tree palms. Don't miss visiting Tea Tree picnic area and its lookout, which is just a short walk to Birdie Beach for a refreshing swim.

For more information, visit NSW National Parks website.

The Coast Walking Track – Wyrrabalong National Park

3km one way

The narrow strip of forest between Forresters and Bateau Bay Beaches in Wyrrabalong National Park is known as the Coast Walking Track. This walk offers many great vantage points to watch the whales migrate, especially at Crackneck Lookout. Spring is one of the best times to enjoy this track as the wildflowers are in full bloom.

For more information, visit the NSW National Parks website.

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