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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.

Activities

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.

Weather

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.

Beaches

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 2021 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 2,288 holiday rentals near Central Coast. From 1,750 Houses to 86 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.