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The best way to spend four days on the NSW Central Coast

The NSW Central Coast has seen a major facelift in recent years. No longer just a sleepy backwater between Newcastle and Sydney, the region is now home to world-class restaurants, waterfront cafes, and eclectic boutique shops that are well worth the 90-minute drive from Sydney. Thankfully, the Coast is still home to some of the state’s most stunning natural beauty - much of it protected within national parks. With a population of less than 350,000 (a fraction of Sydney’s 5 million), it’s the perfect place to take a breather from the chaos of life. Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend away, a few screen-free days with the family, a relaxing staycation close to home, or a chance to catch up with mates in the great outdoors - the Central Coast has something to offer. Here’s our whistle-stop tour of the Coast, including the best places to stay, national parks to visit, and walks to try.

Aerial of three people walking along Tallow Beach, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer / DPE
Photo Information Tallow Beach Bouddi National Park John Spencer / DPE

Must see

  • Friends on a road trip to Mungo National Park. Photo credit: Melissa Findley/OEH

    Road Trips

    Must do itineraries for day trips and multi-day adventures

  • Two people sitting outside a tent preparing a drink on a portable stove in a nsw national park campground. Photo credit: Remy Brand / DPE

    Camping & Cottages

    Sleep under the stars or unwind in a rustic cabin or historic cottage

  • Breadknife and Grand High Tops walk, Warrumbungle National Park. Photo credit: Rob Mulally/DPIE

    Hiking & Bushwalks

    From leisurely strolls to blood pumping hikes, there’s a nature trail just for you.

  • A family in two canoes paddles down the Murray River, Murray Valley National Park. Photo credit: Boen Ferguson/DPIE


    Canoeing, kayaking, canyoning or a spot of picnicking, anyone?

  • Person pointing at a small mushroom on a tree, Werrikimbe National Park. Photo credit: Rob Mulally/DPIE

    Nature & Wellness

    Nature makes us feel great. Learn about plants and animals and how you can help us protect them

  • NPWS field officer in light rain. Photo credit: Branden Bodman/OEH

    Ranger Tips

    Essential know-how to get the best out of your visit

Rainforest. Beach. Mountains. Desert. Pick the epic setting for your next escape.

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