SUMMER 23/24

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Welcome to the best of the Coast where you can explore everything from beachy cafés to luxury resorts and bushland retreats. Discover its creative hubs and its inspiring people. Experience a region blessed by nature. We think you might find yourself on the Central Coast.

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Who’s a ‘Good Dog’!

There are eleven Seeing Eye Dog puppies in training on the Central Coast, each with stories to tell.
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THE NATURAL WONDERS OF THE CENTRAL COAST

Perhaps it’s a reflection on the lives we lead that we are turning more and more to nature-based holidays and activities, and seeking out cultural ...
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HATS OFF TO THE HATTED RESTAURANTS OF THE COAST

The Coast’s newfound label as a gastronomic hotspot has been cemented in the Australian Good Food Guide, which awarded five local restaurants coveted chef’s hats ...
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STAY

Find luxury accommodation fit for the most discerning tastes, or relaxing into the simple life. Whether you’re after the beach or the bush. Off-the-grid or relaxing close to boutiques and cafés. Resorts or glamping.

A SUMMER OF HOLIDAY LIVING

With holiday living on the Central Coast, you’re spoilt for choice whether you’re after resort stays, boutique experiences, luxury living or the great outdoors camping and caravaning.

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COAST LIVING: Mediterranean by the beach

It was a longing to be closer to the beach that had Jade Pentony scouring the coastline. Jade and her family loved North Avoca, a beachside suburb tucked away between Terrigal and Avoca, but wanted to be down on the flat closer to the water. 

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PLAY

Find your own style of adventure: a family outing; something to stretch your imagination; or satisfy your senses. Surfing, riding, flying, out on the water, or taking a class or a course.

WEAVING ART IN NATURE

‘Just a word of warning: this is highly addictive. Once you start weaving, you won’t want to stop,’ warns Lee Cavender while handing out tangly Bangalow Palm inflorescence to get us hooked at a workshop at Bells at Killcare. 

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GENTLE BEACHES AND BAYS

We may have some of the best surf breaks in New South Wales, but the
Central Coast and Lake Macquarie also have plenty of swim spots for
when the swell’s not working, and for those who prefer a gentler dip.
We take you on a tour of some of the region’s beaches and bays where kids can learn to snorkel, fishers can seek solitude, and boaties can cast their anchors for a peaceful day on the water.

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EAT & DRINK

Find the best restaurants and cafés to tempt your tastes. Share the dreams that motivated the tree-changer and sea-changer chefs, and dedicated Hunter valley winemakers.

THE AWAKENING OF GOSFORD

Nestled between undulating bushland and Brisbane Water, Gosford’s untapped potential as a dynamic CBD has long been lamented. But with rejuvenations of the waterfront now underway, and buzzing bars and waterside eateries popping up, Gosford has come alive, beckoning locals and visitors of all ages to explore this emerging precinct.

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EXPLORE

Discover secluded, unspoilt beaches and popular swimming spots; breathtaking coastal walks rated among the best in the world; abundant waterways; and architecture energised by clifftop views and leafy acreages.

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PEOPLE

Read the interesting and inspiring stories of those who call the Central Coast home: the creators, artisan makers and producers, fresh produce growers, and achievers in sport and business.

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SHOP

The ultimate guide to Central Coast shopping — homegrown boutiques, niche stores, and super-centres — to update your wardrobe, brighten up your home, and help you feel fabulous for the season ahead.

OUR PICKS FOR PERFECT PICNICS

With the milder autumn weather comes endless opportunities to spend time outdoors exploring some of the wonderful picnic spots our beautiful slice of coastline has to offer. But before you do, pick up some new picnic supplies at these top shops.

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