Destination guide

See the ocean views with Central Coast houseboats

A short drive north of Sydney is the Central Coast, the Pacific region that includes Gosford, Mardi and Tuggerah Lake. Hawkesbury River houseboats are popular on the Central Coast for magnificent views of the sunrise over the aqua-blue ocean waters. The beautiful scenery is only part of the charm and elegance of a Central Coast holiday, as you can find some of the best surfing in New South Wales up and down the expansive beaches. Throughout the nearby towns, you will find a quaint atmosphere where small shops and boutiques still lead the shopping scene.

Things to do

Attractions near holiday homes in Central Coast

Is there any better place to catch a flick than right on the waterfront? You'll know after you see some cinema at Avoca Beach Picture Theatre. Lounge with lizards at the Australian Reptile Park, which also features animal shows. You can brush up on Aboriginal culture when you explore the heritage sites at the bush and beach at Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Wherever you book Central Coast vacation rentals, no doubt you're pretty darn close to a beach. Avoca Beach has sweet surf and swimming spots, while Birdie Nudist Beach is the perfect place to try on your birthday suit.


What to do near Central Coast holiday homes

Central Coast has all kinds of outdoor activities for aquaphiles and nature lovers. Many Central Coast vacation rentals are near or right on a lake or a seaside beach, so you've got surfing, boating, swimming and snorkelling pretty much right at your doorstep. Get hooked on a fishing charter, zipline through a forest or take a mountain bike tour. And when you're craving something cosmopolitan, dart on down to Sydney, just an hour's drive south, to enjoy tons of shopping options and world-class cuisine.


Climate during your stay in Central Coast holiday homes

With all this lovely water to enjoy, the warm temps of spring and summer tend to be popular seasons for Central Coast vacation rentals. Temperatures are humid and hot from December, but don't fret – fairly frequent rainfall in these months cools everything off. Nights can get chilly in the winter, with lows around 5 degrees, but it stays pretty pleasant during the day, making this an ideal time for outdoor events. Festivals celebrating everything from cider to whale watching happen from June to August.


Best beaches near Central Coast holiday rentals

Central Coast has numerous pristine beaches for swimming and sunbathing. Holiday homes are available near places like Ettalong Beach, a beautiful beach area with seaside amenities and wildlife, and Shelly Beach, a coastal beach with surf breaks and clear waters for snorkelling. You’ll also like Terrigal beach, a popular city beach with picnic areas, swimming, boating and scuba diving.

Family friendly

Family fun near Central Coast holiday homes

Kids will love the attractions of Central Coast. Holiday rentals can be found near places like Pelican Feeding, a daily waterfront show with daily pelican feedings by professionals, and Walkabout Wildlife Park, a wildlife sanctuary with a visitor centre and indigenous sites with guided tours and animal feedings. You’ll also like Amazement Farm & Fun Park, an activity centre with a hedge maze, animal activities and more.

Where to stay near Central Coast?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,154 holiday rentals near Central Coast. From 1,407 Houses to 93 Cottages, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Central Coast for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Central Coast?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Central Coast. From travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Hunter Valley: 690 holiday rentals
  • Palm Beach: 1,193 holiday rentals
  • Pokolbin: 508 holiday rentals
  • Copacabana: 1,205 holiday rentals
  • Port Stephens: 1,679 holiday rentals offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Central Coast! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Central Coast?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Central Coast with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Palm Beach: 1,193 holiday homes
  • Pokolbin: 508 holiday homes
  • Copacabana: 1,205 holiday homes
  • Port Stephens: 1,679 holiday homes
  • Avoca Beach: 1,327 holiday homes

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Central Coast?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of holiday homes near to airports. Airports with a large selection of rentals in Central Coast are:

  • Newcastle Airport (NTL): 623 holiday houses
  • Palm Beach, NSW (LBH-Palm Beach Seaplane Base): 2,906 holiday houses
  • Cessnock Airport (CES): 567 holiday houses

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Central Coast? offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in Central Coast. From travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Newport Beach: 4,659 holiday rentals
  • Dee Why Beach: 4,455 holiday rentals
  • Magenta Shores Beach: 1,491 holiday rentals
  • North Head Quarantine Station: 4,140 holiday rentals
  • Putty Beach: 2,371 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Central Coast listed on where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday homes.

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