The Central Coast is, quite rightly, best known for its stunning coastline and its relaxed beachside suburbs. But there is another world of lesser-known scenic and recreational enjoyments to be discovered in the region’s unspoiled hinterland. And the jewels hidden in the landscape are undoubtedly its wonderful waterfalls.
Maitland is the littlest Hunter Valley wine region that could. It has pockets of charm, history and a new generation of creative, arty types helping to make Maitland a destination. And for food and wine lovers? A vibrant scene awaits.
Here’s how to spend 36 hours in and around Maitland.
Who better to intimately know the very best of the Central Coast’s most secluded beaches than Reed Plummer the man who has spent the last six years visiting them in their many moods to photograph them from on high. Here are his favourite spots.
From bushland to turquoise sea
If you think camping is not quite for you: love the escapism and adventure of the outdoors but hate roughing it, then think glamping.
‘I would like to see the Central Coast established as the largest natural koala sanctuary in the world,’ Jake Cassar says. ‘We have all the right trees here to offer new homes to koalas from fire-ravaged areas.’
‘We found ourselves in a beautiful sandy bay sheltered by high projecting headlands, against whose rocky sides the waves were dashing violently … gradually ascending, we reached the summit of Wyrrabalong, one of the highest among the headlands of this coast.’ MRS FELTON MATHEW, 1834.