We’ve partnered with Destination Central Coast to bring you the best-kept secrets of the Central Coast.
With stretches of beautiful coastline and an enchanting hinterland region, the Central Coast boasts some of the most beautiful, natural scenery in NSW. But beneath the surface of this stunning coastal region sits an array of lesser-known locales just waiting to be explored.
Go off the beaten track and discover some of the Central Coast’s best-kept secrets. From exclusive foodie experiences to secluded gardens, these places to explore on the Central Coast are hidden away for a reason. Lucky for you we're willing to share them with you. And, you can now let your friends in on the secret in anticipation of your next group trip to the Central Coast.
1. Places to Explore on the Central Coast: Make the lighthouse your home for
You can stay at local landmark Norah Head Lighthouse in two former keeper’s quarters. From sweeping verandas to the picture-perfect location, the beautifully furnished three-bedroom suites boast ocean views from every window and are just a short walk to Norah Head Rockpool, Nimbin Beach and Lighthouse Beach.
From $340 per night
Norah Head Lighthouse
For more unique stays, take a look at our Central Coast accommodation round up.
2. Places to Explore on the Central Coast: Tour with a pearl farmer at the only pearl farm in NSW
Take to the water with Pearls of Australia on a tour of Broken Bay Pearl Farm, NSW’s only pearl farm, harvesting the precious, local Akoya pearl by third-generation pearl farmers. You can visit the Shellar Door on the beautiful Hawkesbury River, book in a tour to cruise with a pearl farmer, or browse the exquisite pearl jewellery.
Shellar Door, 12 Kowan Road, Mooney
3. Places to Explore on the Central Coast: Set out on the Meet the Makers Trail
A collective of Central Coast makers and creators have teamed up to offer a Meet The Maker Trail experience that follows the Central Coast’s foodie and artisan producers from coast to hinterland.
Tempt your taste-buds with multi-award-winning cheeses, or try your hand at a cheese-making workshop at Little Creek Cheese. Sweeten your palette with moreish nougat and locally handcrafted chocolates at The Chocolate Factory. At Firescreek Fruit Wines you’ll sample botanical and fruit flower wines and book in for a meet the winemaker experience. For the final experience, head behind the scenes at NSW’s only pearl farm, Broken Bay Pearl Farm.
4. Places to Explore on the Central Coast: Explore local hidden gem, Munmorah State Conservation Area
The Munmorah State Conservation Area has several pristine beaches and breathtaking lookouts and is a hidden gem to locals. The Palms Picnic Area is a tropical rainforest oasis where you can enjoy the golden streams of sunlight filtering through on a sunny day. Frazer Beach is a popular surf break and picnic area. Or be sure to check out the expansive scenic views from Wybung Head Lookout and Snapper Point.
Looking for more hiking trails? We’ve done the hard work and put together our list of the best Central Coast walks.
5. Places to Explore on the Central Coast: Experience the hinterland’s rich farm to plate offering
The Central Coast is a rich food bowl, home to a variety of meats, fruit, vegetables, pecans, citrus, honey and more. Book a harvest tour with Mountain Goat Trails or Grace Springs Farm. Or every Friday until 7pm, pop into La Tartine Sourdough at Somersby as they open to the public once a week for their variety of sourdoughs fresh from the baker.
Don’t forget to mark the diary for the annual Harvest Festival, held over the June long weekend when all the farm gates and businesses open up for this festival atmosphere, tastings and entertainment.
6. Places to Explore on the Central Coast: Set off on a wilderness adventure in Glenworth Valley
A Central Coast institution, yet still a secret to most Sydneysiders, Glenworth Valley is an outdoor adventurer’s dream. From horseback riding and quad biking, to kayaking and abseiling, you can pick your own adventure. Upgrade your daytrip to a weekend stay by setting up a luxury glamping site, complete with a comfy mattress and solar lighting.
69 Cooks Road, Glenworth Valley
Check out our Central Coast caravan and camping accommodation article for the best stays amongst nature.
7. Places to Explore on the Central Coast: Do as the locals do and treat yourself to a visit to Glow Beauty Space
This luxurious beauty space has been designed with the busy modern woman in mind; everything you need all in one place. Glow Beauty Space is known for its expert team of beauty therapists and hair stylists, overseen by owner Jade Pentony who has looked after many a celeb in her former Sydney salon life, and its stylish interiors by Xanthe Highfield.
3 Ghersi Avenue, Wamberal
8. Places to Explore on the Central Coast: For the young at heart, head to the treetops
Exclusive to the Central Coast, Treetop Networld is the newest adventure activity combining exploration and play. Discover an exciting new world, high up in the treetops, made up of a vast network of interconnected spaces. From bouncing high on the ropes to relaxing in swinging tree chairs, you’ll experience a whole new sense of gravity and appreciation for nature.
Ourimbah State Forest, 1 Red Hill Road, Wyong Creek
9. Places to Explore on the Central Coast: Take a dip at Lobster Beach
The Central Coast has many a private beach, accessed by walking trails through national parklands, and Lobster Beach is no exception. A sheltered beach that is the perfect spot for a picnic or a pretty dip in the waters of Broken Bay. Looking to explore further? Take the steep walk down to Tallow Beach or stop in for a dip at Little Beach ̶ another quaint cove surrounded by rainforest and Bouddi National Park.
Lobster Beach, Box Head
For more beautiful beaches that you need to visit, be sure to check out our list of the best beaches on the Central Coast.
10. Places to Explore on the Central Coast: Admire the beautiful Edogawa Commemorative Garden
Hiding away amongst the 22 hectares of the Gosford Regional Gallery precinct, the Edogawa Commemorative Garden is equal parts beautiful and majestic. Its Japanese landscaping offers a zen vibe, and the koi pond, Japanese teahouse and numerous pathways provide a tranquil setting.
36 Webb Street, East Gosford
Made your way through all the places to explore on the Central Coast and want to know other ways you can make the most of your next trip? We suggest booking in dinner at these popular restaurants, swimming at the best beaches along the coast and making your way through our extensive list of the best things to do on the Central Coast.
This article was published in partnership with Destination Central Coast.