Toukley, located at the northern end of the Central Coast, is part of a growing holiday resort and residential area. Just 105 kilometres from Sydney, the Toukley area is surrounded by The Tasman Sea (Pacific Ocean) on the eastern side and by two interconnected lakes, Tuggerah and Budgewoi as well as Lake Munmorah. The lakes are divided by slim land strips but are connected by a narrow water channel. Toukley holiday rentals give you easy access to both ocean and lake waters.
These lakes are not only ideal for waterskiing, sailing, sail boarding, rowing and canoeing, they are a fishing paradise. Here you can angle for everything from blackfish, bream, flathead, flounder, jewfish, mullet, tailor, tarwhine, snapper and whiting to crab. During mid-summer prawns are usually quite plentiful and are easily caught in the shallows at night with no more than a traditional lamp and net. Toukley accommodations are the perfect holiday rental for avid fisherman and water enthusiasts. The Toukley Golf Club is also readily accessible.
You'll find plenty of dining options in the Toukley area. With more than three dozen restaurants surrounding the lakes and on major roads, there are culinary delights awaiting the most discriminating palate.
In 1796, a search party looking for some shipwrecked fisherman were the first Europeans to discover the lakes. In the 1880s Toukley began to grow due to the construction of the Sydney-Newcastle railway. At that time, a new emphasis on health and leisure brought visitors by boat, train and horse-drawn vehicle to variety of outdoor pursuits offered by the lakes.
Toukley is thought to have an indigenous origin. There are two extremely different theories about the name. One is that 'toukley' means 'many brambles'. The other, 'toukley ouckley' roughly translates as 'rough on one side, smooth on the other', probably referring to Tuggerah Lake and Budgewoi Lake.
The main coastal lagoon of the area is Tuggerah Lake. Sand peninsulas separate the three lagoons from the ocean, but they all have the same ocean access at The Entrance.
Some of the popular, but smaller locations to visit in the area are Cabbage Tree Harbour, Hargraves Beach, Jenny Dixon Beach and Norah Head. Cabbage Tree Harbour is a small, pristine bay encircled by small rocky cliffs that face northwards toward the coastline. A boat ramp and ocean pool is available.
One of the non-beach or water sport attractions is the Norah Head Lighthouse. Built in 1903, it is considered one of the major coastal lights in NSW. The light beam can be seen 28 kilometres out to sea. The viewing area around the lighthouse offers an excellent outlook over the coastline, lakes and to the mountains to the west. Below the lighthouse and off the headlands due south there are large rock platforms from which you can catch salmon, drummer, tailor, jewfish and snapper.
For an ideal picnic, visit Osborne Park, located near Toukley Golf Course. There is a boat ramp on the shore of Budgewoi Lake and a playground as well. Of of these are located close to Central Coast accommodation options.
Toukley markets are held every Sunday at the Toukely Shopping Centre Carpark on Canton Beach Rd. Here you can stock up on fresh ideas and create in your Central Coast holiday rental when you don't feel like dining out.