Yuelarbah walking track is a great day walk within Glenrock State Conservation Area, near Newcastle. It features a lookout with scenic views, waterfalls and places to picnic.
Itinerary: Central Coast
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.
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.
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Baileys Cottage in Glenrock State Conservation Area offers holiday accommodation near Newcastle. There’s a load to do, including mountain biking, fishing and walking.
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.
Warrah lookout, offering scenic views of Broken Bay and the Hawkesbury River, is just a short walk from the carpark. It’s a great place to see Waratahs in season.
A great place to picnic on the Central Coast, Somersby Falls offers barbecues and picnic tables in a lush rainforest complete with waterfalls and a walking track.
Discover Putty Beach campground in Bouddi National Park for your next camping trip. This great central coast campground is a top spot to fish, swim or bushwalk.
Wake up with the waves at Little Beach campground, near Gosford on the NSW Central Coast. You can go surfing, bushwalking or fishing while camping right by the sand.
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.
Bouddi National Park is located near Gosford on the New South Wales Central Coast. You'll find several great walks, as well as opportunities for camping, swimming and fishing.
Park entry fees apply.
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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.
Experience stunning views at Gerrin Point Lookout, a short walk from Putty Beach in Bouddi National Park on the NSW central coast. Enjoy whale watching during the winter months, birdwatching or just absorb the view.
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