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Holidaying in the Central Coast

Visitors to the Central Coast will find themselves in one of the top 10 metropolitan areas in Australia, only an hour from Sydney. With six regions encompassing the Central Coast, there is plenty to do, whether you want to venture out into the water, stay in town or head into the wilderness. Just as there are myriad activities on the Central Coast, there are just as many holiday rental options. Beachfront condos and holiday houses allow you to hear the waves crash as you sleep, while high-end apartments downtown put you close to everything trendy.

Head to the Water

The Central Coast of New South Wales is blanketed by golden beaches boasting clear blue water. Some of the beaches are known for their great surfing, like Avoca, while others have gained recognition for their picturesque views, like Copacabana. For a more secluded beach session, head over to Kilcare Beach and enjoy some privacy amidst the rugged scenery. Toowoon Bay Beach, another one of the Central Coast's beaches, has its own claim to fame, as it was named as Australia's cleanest beach in 2007.

At the Central Coast beaches, swimming is obviously always an option, and Australia's favourite pastime, surfing, is a popular choice, as well. On the other hand, there are plenty of water sports available to entice adrenaline junkies. Kayak through the calm waters or through the waves. Rent some snorkelling gear, and check out the marine life that surrounds the Central Coast. Other aquatic activities include motor and paddle boating, jet skiing, windsurfing and sailing.

Hop on a Boat

While staying on the Central Coast, keep your feet dry as you discover the surrounding waters by hopping aboard one of the many chartered boat tours. Throughout the year, multiple species of whales make their way through the ocean that surrounds the Central Coast region; whale watching tours allow you to see the whales in all their grandeur. Alternately, explore the lakes and islands of the Central Coast using the services of JetBuzz, a speed boat tour company. For calmer exploration, slowly cruise through the local estuaries and cast a line off your charter boat to bring home a grand fishing story of your own.

Bring the Kids Along

If you are travelling with kids, have no fear - there is plenty to keep them entertained. At 15 metres above the forest floor, Tree Top Adventure Park allows you to slide down flying foxes, walk along suspension bridges, climb, swing and more. There are courses for children and adults, ensuring there is something for everyone. You can also visit Australian Reptile Park to hand-feed kangaroos and emus and hold a variety of animals, including pythons, wombats and koalas. There are a variety of wildlife shows in addition to the exhibits, so plan to spend a whole day. Seeking some indoor excitement? Head to the Central Coast's premier laser tag complex, LaserBlast, which boasts two stories of laser tag courses and room for up to 120 people per hour.

Wine and Dine on the Central Coast

Each part of the Central Coast is home to a variety of restaurants, cafes and bars; locals and visitors alike also enjoy organizing picnics. Favourite picnic spots can be found within Mt Penang Parklands, where you can have a meal amongst lush inland scenery. Alternately, all along the coast, waterfront restaurants abound and cafes are set on nearly every street corner. You can also order from one of numerous takeaway establishments, then head to the sand for a beachside picnic or back to your rental for a quiet night in.

During your stay, do not neglect to checkout the breweries, wineries and distilleries that call the Central Coast home. Taste unique fruit wines at Firescreek Fruit Wines, or visit Distillery Botanica to tour 2 1/2 acres of scenic grounds. If you want to eat while sampling local craft brews, try Six Strings Brewery.

Visiting the Central Coast

The vast area that is called the Central Coast provides appeals to a wide variety of holidaying tastes, whether that may be adventure-filled or low-key. With cool winters and hot, humid summers, let your seasonal preference dictate when to visit the Central Coast.

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                                                                                                      We used Helene's property for a couple of days prior to our conference beginning in the city. The

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                                                                                                      We used Helene's property for a couple of days prior to our conference beginning in the city. The reason for choosing the house was its size and location allowing us to adjust to the time difference and get some much needed down time. The house and location didn't disappoint. Each room is generously furnished, the house is extremely comfortable and Helene is the perfect host. I would user her again and I would use this house again. What a stunning part of the world, if you are looking for a break some much needed r and r then this is the place, so many stunning beeches to choose from and fine restaurant choices. Loved it. Thanks Helene.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 14/03/2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Mar 2016

                                                                                                      Fantastic location and great views

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                                                                                                      The location was absolutely perfect and the views amazing. The unit itself is a little tired, but the price reflected this.....for us it was more about the location, views and the wonderful pool. The pool was fantastic. Everything was in walking distance. Unfortunately, the air conditioner only worked for an hour then broke down (it got pretty hot in the unit without it). The ceiling fan in one of the bedrooms needs some attention and the sliding door out to the balcony needs to be fixed. (All reported at the time of departure) We had a wonderful 4 nights here. We would definitely book again. We loved our stay here.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 07/10/2015
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2015

                                                                                                      Beautiful cottage on the water! There's also a private jetty and a sizeable bbq area which were

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                                                                                                      Beautiful cottage on the water! There's also a private jetty and a sizeable bbq area which were fantastic! Can't wait to come back.
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                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Dec 2014