Getaway to fresh air and nature on the Central Coast
With the stressful and tumultuous times we all find ourselves in, and a very real need to escape the crowds, it’s an ideal time to take advantage of the fresh air, natural beauty and wide open spaces right on Sydney’s doorstep. Leave the worries of the big city behind for a little while and come and explore some of these magical Central Coast destinations.
Bushwalking in Bouddi National Park
Located not far from Gosford, Bouddi National Park is a spectacular mix of lush rainforest, jagged sandstone cliffs, pretty bushland, stunning coastal paths and long, isolated beaches. It features one of the Central Coast’s most beautiful walks, with sweeping views and inviting picnic spots on the 8km walk from Putty Beach to MacMasters Beach. You’ll also find a host of other great walks and cycle trails across the National Park, together with a number of campgrounds if you want to stretch your adventure out just a little bit longer.
Picnic at Somersby Falls
Situated in the Brisbane Water National Park, Somersby Falls offers barbecues and picnic tables in a picturesque rainforest setting complete with waterfalls and walking track. Even though it’s readily accessible by car, you’ll be surprised how ‘away from it all’ you’ll suddenly feel.
Surf at Shelly Beach
One of the Central Coast’s most popular surfing beaches, Shelly Beach is conveniently close to The Entrance and nestled between Toowoon Bay and Bateau Bay. As well as a good wave most days, there’s an extensive rock platform that the kids are sure to enjoy exploring.
Norah Head Lighthouse
Completed in 1903, this still-functioning lighthouse is one of the central Coast’s most photographed icons. Majestically perched on a headland with walking tracks leading down to Lighthouse Beach below, it’s a great place to enjoy the outdoors while stepping back in time. The lighthouse itself and the onsite heritage accommodation have all been fully restored – it’s the perfect place to either have a short visit or immerse yourself in a fascinating bit of history for a couple of days.
The Skillion at Terrigal
A local landmark with breathtaking views of the coastline (and a breathtaking climb to the top, depending how fast you try and do it on the easily accessible path), The Skillion is the perfect place to stretch your legs and work up an appetite. Back down the bottom, you’ll find some great places to kick a ball and stretch out a picnic blanket.