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Whether you're an avid hiker, ocean lover, or foodie seeking something new the Central Coast makes for the ideal short break or day escape.

With NSW now open for travel business, now is the time to book an eagerly awaited regional getaway, or at least get away for the day and with so much to explore on the Central Coast, now's the time to get out and see it for yourself.

The Central Coast is only a short drive from Newcastle, even shorter for Lac Mac locals, and offers an array of activities and adventures for the avid hikers, ocean lovers, and even the family-friendly minded.

To get a jump start on planning your regional getaway to the Central Coast, check out our top 20 picks of things to do, where to eat and places to stay.

1. Pick a beach, any beach!

There are 41 beaches stretched over 87km of coast on the Central Coast. So, pick your patch of sand and enjoy a salty stroll and let the kids run wild.

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2. Idyllic waterways

Bring your water ‘vehicle’ of choice and take advantage of the region’s vast network of waterways. Paddleboard through Brisbane Water or a Kayak on one of the many beachside lagoons; Copacabana, Avoca or Terrigal.

3. Pet-friendly Walking Tracks

The Central Coast has an abundance of dog-friendly walking trails and off-leash areas. Like us, your pets are probably also over looking at the four walls or going on the same old daily walk around your neighbourhood. To see a list of all the best pet-friendly locations across the Central Coast, click here.

4. Bouddi Coastal Walk

We’ve spoken about this beauty many a times, and we won’t stop because it is just so beautiful! Famously known for its beaches, boardwalk and birdlife, you might even be lucky enough to spot whales. Make a day of it and setup for a picnic or even a swim at Maitland Bay.
Length: 8km one-way
Start Point: Putty Beach Rd, Killcare

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5. Maitland Bay Track

This wonderful walking track will lead you downhill towards Maitland Bay and the famous shipwreck. Although the walk is only 2km, it can be steep and there are a few steps requiring a moderate fitness level.
Length: 2km one-way
Start Point: Scenic Rd, Bouddi

6. Somersby Falls Walking Track

Waterfall lovers listen in. This relatively quick, 100m walk winds you down to the base of the spectacular Somersby falls. There’s plenty of lookout points on the way down, but remember to watch your step; it’s steep!
Length: 0.10km
Start Point: Somersby Falls Rd, Somersby

7. Grab the family and head to the Australian Reptile Park

Reopening from the 1 June, get out of the house and spend the day wandering through the zoo and spotting all the animals. 
Where: Somersby
Website: click here

8. Wyrrabalong National Park Coastal Walk

Considered as one of the Central Coast’s most beautiful walks, the track runs down a narrow strip between Forrester’s Beach and Bateau Bay. Stroll through wildflowers, past blackbutts and spotted gums and across majestic clifftops. Take in the magnificent coastal views and keep your eyes peeled for whales!
Length: 3km one-way

9. Palms Circuit Track

Located in the Munmorah State conservation area, this looping walking track is a wonderful way to explore the rainforest. Walk under a canopy of cabbage tree palms and through lush vegetation. Keep a watchful eye out for native wildlife; including the grey-headed flying foxes.
Length: 0.75km
Start Point: Blue Wren Dr, Wybung

10. Ourimbah Mountain Biking

The Ourimbah State Forest is home to an incredible XC track and downhill track and is approximately 10km. The advanced track is incredibly well maintained with cleverly designed technical sections and jumps.
Length: 10km
Where: Ourimbah

11. Go a little Jamaican

At Mumbo Jumbo's in Terrigal. Opening from 3 June for 50 people, remember to make a booking to enjoy one (or two or three) of their signature cocktail jugs alongside some scrumptious Caribbean food!
Where: 92 Terrigal Esp, Terrigal
Website: click here

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12. Enjoy some fish & chips

Been out for a morning of exploring on the Central Coast? Swing by The Boathouse Hotel Patonga’s Fish + Chip shop and get your takeaway tuck shop fix.
Where: Patonga Dr, Patonga
Website: click here

13. Buy a plant!

Looking for a new plant? Or maybe just a reason to buy a new plant? Then this is THE place on the Central Coast. Noraville Green at Norah Head is stocked with mostly indoor and outdoor tropical plants.
Where: Main Rd, Toukely
Website: click here

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14. Head off the beaten track

Explore Fraser Beach’s rockpools and deserted sand nestled amongst the impressive Munmorah State Conservation Area.

15. Enjoy a beautiful brunch in Long Jetty

It’s hard to miss the Glass Onion Society in Long Jetty because it’s the busiest café on the street. Known for its not so boring vegan friendly and gluten free menu.
Where: Entrance Rd, Long Jetty
Website: click here

16. Pick up a new bohemian piece

From La Boheme in Terrigal. Treat yourself to a new piece of clothing or something for the home and really revel in that Bohemian lifestyle.
Where: Scenic Hwy, Terrigal
Website: click here

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17. The Luxurious Holiday | Copacababa Beach House

Perched on the headland at Copacabana Beach with incredible view. This designer Airbnb property is an adults retreat or suitable for older families looking for a luxe getaway. Walking distance to the sands of Copa Beach, village and Captain Cook lookout as a vantage point for whale watching.
To book: click here

18. Romantic Stays | Bells at Killcare

A landmark property on the Central Coast, this boutique five-star restort offers luxurious cottages, suites and villas set against the backdrop of the Bouddi National Park. With plenty of space to roam amongst the manicured gardens and surrounding great outdoors, it’s the ultimate getaway for couples to relax and unwind.
To book: click here

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19. Family-Friendly Accommodation | Anchor in Avoca Beach

A new four-bedroom family-friendly holiday home in the heart of Avoca Beach, completely refurbished with a chic, modern aesthetic. Walking distance to the sands of avoca and North Avoca beaches and lagoon.
To book: click here

20. Pooch-friendly Accommodation | Malolo at Macs

A classic family-friendly, pet-friendly beachhouse at Macmasters Beach, with a bunkhouse the kids will adore, and walking distance to the beach.
To book: click here