Tourist Drive 33: Official guide for a hinterland adventure
All you need to know to embrace a taste of the Central Coast Hinterland
Take the road less travelled along the scenic, historic Tourist Drive 33 route through the Central Coast's western bushland
The Central Coast route of Tourist Drive 33 provides the perfect roadtrip for a day or overnight stay, pit-stopping at hidden gems and embracing the lesser-known lush hinterland.
Breathe deeply and feel yourself unwind as you meander along the Great Northern Road and Convict Trail, discovering all that this truly special local secret has to offer.
Soak up village charm by making these pit-stops along the way
An experience of a lifetime can be found under the beautiful Pecan tree forest at Artisan Estate. Frolic amongst the natural landscape with a picnic lunch on the Orchard. In the afternoon, listen to the birds sing, and watch the glorious sunset as you roast marsh-mellows by your own firepit. Stars sparkle above as night falls, as your glorious tent awaits. Settle in with a for the night, and awaken to the majesty of the Orchard.
Artisan Estate also offers something completely unique to visitors - Blacksmithing Classes! With no experience needed you can learn the fundamentals of Blacksmithing and make something special to remember your trip.
Located minutes from The Australian Reptile Park, Somersby Falls and the M1, Triple Two Cafe is the ultimate place to stop for a bite to eat with epic fresh wraps, glorious coffee and tempting treats.
Perhaps one of the more well known stops along Tourist Drive 33 is the Australian Reptile Park. The park is home to exotic reptiles from Australia and around the world, as well as a wide variety of Australian native animals! Enjoy live entertaining shows, themed exhibits and behind the scenes tours.
Looking for a place to picnic? Girrakool picnic area is well equipped with free barbecues, picnic tables and plenty of parking. The picnic area is also the starting point for two walking trails - try the easy Girrakool loop walk that takes you past Aboriginal rock engravings, through forest and past waterfalls, or for the more advanced there's Piles Creek loop walking trail. This challenging walk passes through diverse landscapes including rainforest, grassy woodlands, waterfalls, casuarina forest and cave-like rocky overhangs. Climbing steeply, perfectly positioned lookouts offer the chance to rest and take in the exquisite NSW Central Coast vistas, and as you cross the scenic Piles Creek suspension bridge, pause to soak up serene views in all directions.
If you're lucky enough to be travelling through during one of Coachwood Nursery's public Open Days, you will be treated to a special showcase of their large collection of rare and collectible succulents. A business founded on the Central Coast over 44 years ago, they have unique plants for sale, an extensive range of dried native and exotic flowers and foliage and even some edible plants for sale.
This secluded picturesque 50 acre property established in 2005 offers accommodation for up to 10 adults in one group. A reality check in relaxation, explore two acres of award winning native gardens, and bask in the stunningly presented ambience of this unique place to stay on the Coast.
Tucked away in the Central Coast's beautiful Hinterland you'll find local provedore, Regan’s Fine Foods & Butchery. Regan's quality products speak for themselves with dry-aged beef, nitrate-free bacon, handcrafted confectionery, and easy, home-cooked takeaway meals.
Surround yourself with good food, good wine and good company at Angel Sussurri Restaurant and Manor House. This once tired old Manor has been revived by local family parents Deborah and Terry, sisters Elizabeth and Aurora, and her husband Mathew. Now restored with love and coupled with a menu inspired by family recipes and fresh seasonal local produce, it is a must stop on Tourist Drive 33.
When Salvatore Lentini was picking oranges at his Central Coast farm back in 1965, how could he have known that his citrus fruits would still be providing amazing Australian fruit juice nearly 50 years later? Now into their third generation, this family owned and run farm offers farm gate experiences where you can explore the farm and purchase your own Eastcoast Juice direct from the door.
This exclusive 100-acre property is a breathtaking blend of luxury and nature nestled in the Central Coast hinterland. Noonaweena has four elegant lodges that fuse seamlessly into the natural surrounds and have a focus on local organic produce giving you a unique taste of the Central Coast.
This luxury boutique styled accommodation is nestled amongst 33 acres of serene and quintessentially Australian bushland. Each suite opens up to the outdoors with views from romantic spas and freestanding bathtubs, and a gas log fireplace in every suite only adds to the ambience of each room. Enhance your stay with a sanctuary or Glow Worm tour!
Grace Springs Farm is a small, chemical-free farm on the Central Coast Plateau. See a cow being milked, collect the eggs, cuddle a chick or duckling and pat the sheep. This is a working farm (not a petting zoo) so you'll get a first-hand experience of life on a small farm.
Owned and managed by Eden Fanelli and his partner Louise, Fanelli Organics is an ACO certified organic farm set on 45 acres of regenerated farmland. Try Sun Flower picking in summer, or pick your own Oranges in winter. If you want to get your hands dirty, join an on-farm workshops , otherwise enjoy the frsh produce at a farm-to-table dinner or take away a certified Organic Fruit & Vegie Box.
You don’t have to travel to the busy centre of Sydney to immerse yourself in the beauty of a botanic garden. The sprawling Paradise Botanical Gardens is an eclectic haven of rare plants, ponds, sculptures and scenic meadows, with many plants curated from Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden. Meet property manager James Lutwyche who will share his passion for this hidden flora sanctuary on the Central Coast.
At the centre of the Mangrove Mountain community, just a 25 minute drive from Gosford, The Hub of Mangrove Mountain is a village store and a cafe to be remembered. Using local farm fresh produce in all the cafe, takeaway and grocery food diners can choose to sit inside or alfresco under the trees.
This special offer only available during Harvest Festival on the June long weekend, explores a little more of modern agriculture, local farms and harvest trail initiatives. Experience the very best Mangrove Mountain and Wollombi Valley have to offer - from meeting local producers, visiting local farms, exploring convict sites and historic villages, to enjoying a signature Wollombi Valley Semillon or Shiraz.
A trip through the hinterland would not be complete without visiting the Mountain Growers Market. You'll find lots of locally grown produce, market stalls and delicious food all within the lovely grounds of The Barn, a perfect breakfast and lunch stop.
The Springs - food and golf
Escape and unwind at The Springs. Surrounded by rural properties, Executive Chef Dan Capper sources local produce for his innovative farm to plate experience. "Weekends with Chef Dan" are an experience not to be missed. A changing menu created from what is sourced fresh and what gives Dan the inspiration to share his food with you.
As well as selling fresh flowers at the Gosford Farmers Market every Sunday, special events are held throughout the year where you can pick and cut your own bunch of fresh blooms from the gardens themselves. With a wide variety of flowers planted, including the every popular sunflower, it is not only a fantastic treat to take back to your home, but also an experience you'll remember enjoying for a long time.
Escape the city for an unforgettable adventure at Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures. Choose to do a little or a lot, it’s up to you - take in the Valley's truly spectacular scenery on a guided horse ride along the private trails, zip along bush trails and around the purpose-built circuit on a quad bike, feel the rush of adrenalin as you descend a cliff face on an exciting abseiling adventure, take to the water on a guided kayak tour or go head to head with your mates in a round of laser skirmish amongst the bush.
Visit this special working wildlife sanctuary which cares for and protects hundreds of rescued, orphaned, unreleasable, disabled and retired animals. Meet native Australian locals such as the Koala, Wombat and Echidna, watch as free-roaming Kangaroos, Wallabies and Wallaroos hop around the grounds - you might even spot a Tassie Devil, Sugar Glider or a Bilby.
The sanctuary is located on Heritage-listed Aboriginal cultural landscape, with bushwalks available to see some of the important, protected sites for our local indigenous communities. Accommodation, night tours and even virtual tours are also available.
Artisan saddler, Heath Harris is the inspiration behind Saddles, a gourmet destination restaurant and bakehouse operated by Cameron Cansdell and Hayley Hardcastle. The restaurant's philosophy celebrates our wild yet beautiful landscape, and the magical flora and fauna that call our Hinterlands home. Highlights on the dining menu include a selection of house-made charcuterie, savoury pastries, salads inspired by the onsite garden, roast Little Hill farm chicken, local seafood.
A popular pit-stop is The Old Road Cafe offering all day breakfast and 'Old School' hamburgers. The Old Road Cafe often attracts modern, rare and exotic motorcycles and cars, it is also popular with cycle groups.
Browse the Shellar Door of Broken Bay Pearl Farm or join a pearl farm experience to discover the story of our locally grown pearls. Explore the incredible local marine wilderness where iconic pelicans and abundant fish are a living display of our thriving marine ecosystem, and meet the pearling team who will share their knowledge of the intricacies of pearl farming.
This small local oyster farm supplies produce right from the source, farming the freshest, highest quality oysters from the Hawkesbury River region.
Nestled on the shores of the Hawkesbury River, with views across to Brooklyn, you’ll find the tranquil setting of Mooney Mooney Club. The Club boast its own wharf facilities so you can take full advantage and call in by boat for lunch, dinner and drinks or even stock up on takeaway food and beverage supplies.
Make sure to visit this family owned oyster farm offering immersive culinary oyster farm tours - take a boat ride out to the oyster leases and learn about the evolution of farming and see the current cultivation methods we use to bring you the beautiful Sydney Rock and Pacific Oysters you love.
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