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3 days Itinerary

Itinerary: Central Coast

Overview

Journey 2 hours north of Sydney and you’ll discover remote beaches, incredible waterfalls and kangaroo inhabited campgrounds. Don’t miss this introduction to the secluded beaches, breathtaking walking tracks and fresh-air adventures of the Central Coast.

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The views from all of these lush national parks are great for locals and international visitors alike. You’re likely to see migrating whales in wintertime and colourful wildflowers in spring. These are also important cultural landscapes, with all three national parks sheltering ancient Aboriginal engravings.

Swim and fish from golden beaches, cool off beneath waterfalls, join a boating adventure, or go mountain biking and hiking. After your exertions, bunk down in a beachfront campground.

Day 1: Whale watching at its best

It’s around 2 hours drive from Sydney to Glenrock State Conservation Area. Once you’ve checked into modern, comfortable and spacious Baileys Cottage, it’s time to go exploring. Start on the 10km Yuelarbah track, a leisurely walk through bird-filled littoral rainforest, past waterfalls and along white beaches to Nobbys Headland and Glenrock Beach. Look out for migrating humpback whales in season, get a glimpse into Newcastle’s history on the signposted Bathers Way and walk back to Newcastle through King Edward Park.

Bombala walking track, Glenrock State Conservation Area. Photo: John Spencer

Glenrock State Conservation Area

Glenrock State Conservation Area, only 5km from Newcastle, is the perfect place for mountain biking. Explore the park’s beaches, rainforest walks and waterfalls on a school excursion or guided tour.

Fees

Free park entry

Things to do
10
Places to stay
1
Where
North Coast

Day 2: Adventures from all angles

Drive south to Brisbane Water National Park, which envelops rainforest, coastal escarpments and a serene expanse of inland waterways. Follow walking or cycling trails and take in inspiring views across Broken Bay and the Hawkesbury River from Warrah lookout. Enjoy a barbecue picnic at Somersby Falls, visit Pelican Island Nature Reserve to see hundreds of breeding penguins and relax on the beach at beautiful Waterfall Bay. Before sunset, do the easy 40 minute drive south-east to Bouddi National Park, and set up camp at Putty Beach campground or Little Beach campground.

Day 3: Dive into nature

Wake to the sounds of Bouddi National Park – rolling waves and casting fishing lines. Put your hiking boots on and head out on the spectacular Bouddi coastal walk, or tackle the entire 8km between Putty Beach and MacMasters Beach. Be sure to stop at Gerrin Point lookout for panoramic views of Maitland Bay. In winter and spring, this is a great vantage point for viewing migrating humpback whales. Swimming and fishing is a must anytime from November right through summer.

Two couples enjoying the view at a lookout along Bouddi coastal walk in Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/DPIE.

Bouddi coastal walk

Located near Gosford, Bouddi coastal walk is known for its beaches, boardwalk and birdlife. Go whale watching, picnic or swim at Maitland Bay, or simply absorb the ocean views.

Price
Free. Park entry fees apply.
Distance
8.5km one-way
Time
3hrs 30min - 4hrs 30min
Grade
Grade 3
Where
Bouddi National Park in Sydney and surrounds
Length
3 days
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Warrah lookout, Brisbane Water National Park. Photo: Kevin McGrath