Things to See and Do

Near Umina Beach, New South Wales, Australia

Located between Newcastle and Sydney is the NSW Central Coast, best known for its beautiful waterways, pristine National Parks and ever popular beaches. Here you’ll enjoy the region’s laid-back atmosphere ideal for swimming, bushwalking, fishing and surfing. There's also a fun range of local attractions for the whole family to enjoy.

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Local Highlights

Australian Reptile Park
The fun zoo with BITE! The world's only funnel web milking facility and leading the way in NSW with Tasmanian devil conservation. Enjoy unique and hands-on displays every day amongst tranquil Australian bush, The BEST FUNDAY OUT EVER!

Glenworth Valley Horse Riding
Glenworth Valley is Australia's largest and most spectacular horse riding centre with 200 horses to choose from and 3000 acres to explore. Glenworth Valley offers free range horse riding, where you go out on your own or you can take a guided horse ride with one of the friendly guides . You can ride up to the natural rock pools for a swim or follow the river through lush green valleys. Altogether, there are 50kms of unspoilt wilderness trails to explore, including ancient rainforest trails.

Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park
Enjoy a day with the family with over 180 species of free-roaming animals – get up close and personal with some of the friendliest kangaroos, wallabies and emus in NSW and marvel at the World of Fossils exhibition, see our brand-new reptile displays, go walkabout to Aboriginal sites, discover bush tucker and bush medicine and join in the fun at our animal feeding times and hourly wildlife shows. Grab a lunch at our café or bring your own or, even better, why not try out the BBQ facilities…

Central Coast Surf School
Central Coast Surf School has been introducing new-comers to the sport/lifestyle of surfing for 12 years in some of the most beautiful beaches Australia has to offer. We have a perfect safety record due to our meticulously designed lessons and vigilance in following safe practices. We use only Surfing Australia accredited instructors and approved safe, soft surfboards that are carefully maintained. The Central Coast has miles of serene, family friendly and uncrowded beaches anywhere.

Bluetongue Central Coast Stadium
The major sporting event facility on the Central Coast, Bluetongue Central Coast Stadium, hosts countless events each year - from Central Coast Mariners home games in the Hyundai A-League football competition, to various Telstra Premiership fixtures in the National Rugby League. The Stadium also plays host to special events such as Motocross and can also be utilised as a large outdoor functions venue.

Hawkesbury River Cruises
Hawkesbury River Cruises runs a daily scenic cruise from Palm Beach Wharf in Sydney's Northern Beaches. The cruise crosses Pittwater and Broken Bay for a brief stop at Patonga then cruises up the beautiful lower Hawkesbury into Cowan Waters stopping at Bobbin Head for lunch. Please board the cruise at Patonga at 11:30am. Arriving at Bobbin Head at 12:50pm for lunch, the ferry departs at 1:45pm returning to Patonga at 3:00pm and Palm Beach at 3:30pm.

Local Events

2012 Davistown Putt Putt Regatta and Wooden Boat Festival
from 28 October, 2012 to 28 October, 2012
The Davistown Putt Putt Regatta & Wooden Boat Festival is not only a great event but also an opportunity for the people to celebrate the Central Coast, Australia and the culture that is a part of our history, heritage and local character. This year's festival will once again aim to provide participants and visitors with a family oriented event.

Brisbane Water Oyster Festival
from 10 November, 2013 to 10 November, 2013
The Brisbane Water Oyster Festival was established in 2000 by the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce to showcase the beautiful waterways of the Woy Woy Peninsula and our largest primary industry, the oyster farming industry. The day commences with a full program of entertainment with live on stage entertainment as well as street entertainment, the Star 104.5FM 'How Many Oysters Can You Eat in 30 Seconds' PLUS the 'Celebrity Oyster Eating Competition'.

Australia Day 2013
from 26 January, 2013 to 26 January, 2013
Celebrate Australia Day in Gosford with events in 3 locations. Wagstaffe kicks off at 8am with an official ceremony & flag raising, followed by breakfast! Join us on Gosford Waterfront between 8am–1pm for live entertainment, stalls, children’s amusements and activities and the Great Aussie Raft Race! Woy Woy will take the celebrations into the evening, starting at 4pm with live music, children’s activities, amusements and stalls and finishing the night off with a fireworks display at 9.15pm.

Chromefest
from 26 October, 2012 to 28 October, 2012
The 2012 Chromefest is sure to be bigger and better with over 500 classic American autos, hot rods, dragsters and low rider bicycles, street cruise, ladies lunch, continuous rock and roll, rockabilly, buskers and DJ entertainment all at Memorial Park, The Entrance. Evening dances at local venues and retro market stalls in the park.

Peats Ridge Sustainable Arts and Music Festival
from 29 December, 2012 to 01 January, 2013
Peats Ridge Festival is three days packed with music, arts and culture. The festival runs over New Year's and features more than two hundred artists performing across ten stages, an arts program filled with visual art, performance and installations arts, dozens of free workshops and a dedicated Indigenous program.

Central Coast Mariners Games
from 01 October, 2012 to 31 May, 2013
YOUR team - the Central Coast Mariners, will return to Bluetongue Stadium for another season, with 13 exciting games to be played at Bluetongue Central Coast Stadium in the eighth season of the Hyundai A-League! The club's first home match in Gosford took place in Round 2, on October 14 against Grand Finalists Perth Glory. Check out the full list of matches by clicking on the link!

Easy Street Hot Rods - Show n Shine
from 03 March, 2013 to 03 March, 2013
The Easy Street Rod & Custom Club are celebrating their 31st Annual Rod Run with a Show & Shine display of their Hot Rods in Toukley on Sunday 3 March between 8am and 12pm. Come along and check out these spectacular machines and talk with their owners in Canton Beach Rd, Toukley. There will be entertainment on the Village Green stage, trade stands for all your motoring needs and a chance to browse Toukley’s weekly Sunday Markets nearby.

Central Coast Country Music Festival
from 08 March, 2013 to 10 March, 2013
The Central Coast Country Music Festival is held on the 2nd full weekend in March every year. In 2013, the Festival will take place on Friday 8th, Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th March. The event is held at the beautiful seaside location of The Entrance on the NSW Central Coast and as well as venues throughout the region.

'GOATS' Family Festival
from 07 April, 2013 to 07 April, 2013
GOATS Family Festival traditionally opens Youth Week on the Central Coast and is the biggest Youth Week event in the area. GOATS Family Festival was recently recognised at the Australia Day awards as the Wyong Shire Community Event of the Year.

Central Coast Italian Festival
from 20 April, 2013 to 21 April, 2013
Ettalong Beach Tourist Resort - home of the CENTRAL COAST ITALIAN FESTIVAL! In its 4th year this annual event brings the magic of Italy’s culture and diversity to our residents and guests. JOIN US FOR ALL THINGS ITALIAN! Vino, birra, cuisine, coffee, traditional + folk dancing, music, song, comedy, cars, fashion, film, merchandise, travel, language, sport!

54th Annual Square Dance Convention
from 25 April, 2013 to 29 April, 2013
The Central Coast is looking forward to welcoming you for the 54th Australian National Square Dance Convention to be held from 25th - 29th April 2013 at Niagara Park. Our amazing beaches and attractions combined with an abundance of accommodation options to suit every budget will ensure you have a wonderful stay and come back to visit again and again.

Gosford Regional Show
from 04 May, 2013 to 05 May, 2013
The 2013 Gosford Regional Show is packed with fun and entertainment for the whole family! ENTERTAINMENT - COMPETITIONS - DISPLAYS - ANIMALS - SIDESHOW ALLEY - RIDES - TRADE - CRAFT - SHOWGIRL... Visitors to the Show will be able to see and enjoy all these aspects and more at this family-oriented event.

Sea 101.3 Bay to Bay Fun Run
from 16 June, 2013 to 16 June, 2013
Back again for another year, the 12km certified run will kick off from Woy Woy waterfront. From there, the course proceeds along Brisbane Water Drive, links up with the Cycleway at Point Clare and continues along to Gosford Waterfront, just south of the Gosford Sailing Club.

5 Lands Walk 2013
from 22 June, 2013 to 22 June, 2013
The 5 Lands Walk is a community festival and cultural walk from MacMasters Beach to Terrigal. It is not a race, nor an extreme bushwalk; it's a journey through and with the communities of the Central Coast, experiencing the diverse cultural offerings of the communities and the landscape in which they dwell. Hugging the coastline, walkers should keep their eyes peeled for the northward whale migration.

Central Coast Gig Guide
from 01 May, 2013 to 31 August, 2013
With plenty of fantastic live venues across the Central Coast there's something for all tastes every week and weekend. Here they've put together the best of the best... check it out! For more information on each of their fantastic live venues across the Central Coast and how to book for all shows listed, click the links below...

Winter Blues & Jazz Festival
from 07 July, 2013 to 07 July, 2013
The Entrance Winter Blues & Jazz Festival is back after 2 years on Sunday 7th July! With a fantastic line up on the Memorial Park Stage we are sure to see some big crowds with Bondi Cigars, The New Empire Ballroom Ragtime Dance Orchestra, Keith Hall & Pat Dow Band, Muma Jane Blues Band and Neilsen Gough. And best of all, all performances are absolutely free.

Gathering of the Clans
from 31 August, 2013 to 31 August, 2013
The 17th annual Gathering of the Clans is on again this year and will be held at the Norah Head Sports Ground, Bungary Rd in the NSW Central Coast town of Norah Head on Saturday 31st August. Throughout the day there will be live entertainment, including pipe band performances, Highland Dancing and medieval displays. There will be craft stalls showcasing Scottish and local handicrafts. Clan stalls for those who would like to trace their Scottish heritage, jumping castle and mini jeeps for the kids.

Pearl Beach Food & Wine Fair
from 28 September, 2013 to 28 September, 2013
The Pearl Beach Food & Wine Fair is back in 2013! Enjoy a variety of Boutique Wines, Gourmet Foods and much more at Pearl Beach Memorial Hall. For more details, call Pearl Beach Progress Association on 4344 2319.

Chromefest 2013
from 25 October, 2013 to 27 October, 2013
Join us at The Entrance for ChromeFest which is an annual 3 day event that will showcase Rock and Roll entertainment, Classic American Auto’s and Hot Rods, Low Rider Bicycles, Dance Groups plus over forty Retro Market Stalls.

Central Coast Rugby Sevens
from 25 October, 2013 to 27 October, 2013
Get set for an expanded 2013 Central Coast Sevens International Rugby Festival for the weekend of 25/26/27 October 2013. Due to the ongoing growth and interest in the CC7s the 2013 Women's Division will feature an exciting 16 team format and 12 team schoolboys tournament with the CC7s heading from an intensive one day event to an explosive 3 days of 7's rugby!

Central Coast Kids Day Out
from 03 November, 2013 to 03 November, 2013
Kids Day Out is the Central Coast event of the year. The event has heaps of exciting entertainment throughout the day, many informative stalls and lots of tasty food stands. Kids Day Out (KDO) is a major event on the Central Coast, targeting young children and their families. It is a collaborative effort of a wide variety of organisations that are united in their concern for the health and welfare of our children.

The Great North Walk 100s
from 09 November, 2013 to 10 November, 2013
The Great North Walk is a 250 km walking track that runs between Sydney and Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia. It was opened in the Australian Bicentennial year of 1988 and passes through some of Australia's most outstanding scenery.

Patonga Blues Across The Bay
from 16 November, 2013 to 16 November, 2013
16th November 2013 at Broken Bay Sport and Recreation Centre (via Patonga) – the boutique showcase of the Blues. Remember, this is a small festival and tickets are strictly limited. You can only get there by boat and you need to bring all your picnic goodies to really enjoy the Patonga Blues Across the Bay experience.

The Stampede Sydney
from 16 November, 2013 to 17 November, 2013
The Stampede Sydney is set to return bigger and better for its third year with an extended two day event for even more muddy fun in November 2013. After sell out events in 2011 and 2012, The Stampede Sydney will now be run over two huge days on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 November 2013. Participants can choose to run on either Saturday or Sunday, or if they’re really up for a challenge, run on both days.

Central Coast Half Marathon
from 24 November, 2013 to 24 November, 2013
The 2012 Mingara One Central Coast Half Marathon and 10km Fun Run will be held in one of the most scenic places on the NSW Central Coast – The Entrance. Staged annually, the Mingara One Central Coast Half Marathon and 10km Fun Run is set to excite and challenge people of all ages and abilities.

Carols by Candlelight: The Entrance
from 24 December, 2013 to 24 December, 2013
The annual Carols by Candlelight Celebrations are held on Christmas Eve at The Entrance each year. Come along and join us for a very special evening under the stars. The traditions of Christmas will be kept alive with traditional Carols plus family entertainment that everyone can enjoy. People will be encouraged to sing along to their favourite Carols, with song booklets available on the night. To complete the festivities, a special fireworks display will be held at 9.00pm.

Gosford New Years Eve Festival
from 31 December, 2013 to 31 December, 2013
The Mars Food Australia New Years Eve Festival is the place to be this New Years Eve on the Central Coast. This is a great way to see out the year with a day out watching all the excitement of the Gosford City Races, a night at the Football watching the mighty Mariners, and end the evening with live entertainment, and fireworks at 9pm.

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