The City of Gosford is 88km (55 miles) north of Sydney. The natural beauty
of the district and its close proximity to the major cities of Sydney and
Newcastle has made it an attractive living and recreation area on the east
coast of Australia. There are many popular surfing beaches and the Brisbane
Waters are legendary for fishing, sailing and other recreational pursuits.
Although for many years, it has been a popular holiday and retirement area,
many young families are now settling in the district as an alternative
to living in the outer suburbs of Sydney and Newcastle.
Average temperatures: summer max 25C (77F) - min 18C (64F); winter max
17C (63F) - min 10C (50F). Average annual rainfall is 1300mm (51 ins),
average ocean temperature is 20C (68F).
How to Get There By Bus
Interstate coachlines call at Gos-ford.
There is a good electric train service from/to Sydney, and the State Rail
Authority has mini-fares, family fares and combined rail/coach fares, 131
From Sydney via the Pacific Highway all the way to Gosford, or the F3 expressway
from Hornsby to the Gosford turn-off, then the Pacific Highway.
The Gosford Visitor Information Centre is in 200 Mann Street, Gosford,
(02) 4385 4430 or 1800 806 258, open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am-2pm.
Their email address is thecoast@c ctourism.com.au and the web page is
If you are in Terrigal, the Visitor Information Centre is in Rotary Park,
Terrigal Drive. It is open 9am-5pm Mon-Sat and 9am-3pm on Sunday during
summer. They share contact details with the Gosford Centre. The Centre
has compiled some very good self-drive tours of the area, which encompass
all the attractions. Visitors are well-advised to pick up these brochures.
Accommodation is not a problem in the area, although it is wise to book
in advance during the summer holiday period. Here is a selection with
prices for a double room per night, which should be used as a guide only.
The telephone area code is 02.
Metro Motor Inn Gosford, 512 Pacific Highway, 4328 4666. 50 units, licensed
restaurant, swimming pool, spa, barbecue - $105.
Bermuda Motor Inn, cnr Henry Parry Drive & Pacific Highway, North Gosford,
4324 4366. 17 units, swimming pool, barbecue - $65-95.
Gosford Motor Inn, 23 Pacific Highway, 4323 1333. 36 units, heated swimming
pool, barbecue - $70-100.
Rambler Motor Inn, 73 Pacific Highway, West Gosford, 4324 6577. 55 units,
playground, swimming pool, spa, barbecue - $75-100.
Wyoming Caravan Park, 520 Pacific Highway, Wyoming, 4328 4358. (No pets
allowed) - powered sites $19 for two, cabins $55 for two.
Glades Country Club Motor Inn, 15 Dunban Road, 4341 7374. 23 units, swimming
pool, barbecue - $80-120.
Motel Paradiso, cnr Schnapper & Ocean View Roads, 4341 1999. 1 room,
licensed restaurant - $75-140.
Ettalong Beach Village, Fassifern Street, 4344 2211. (No pets) - powered
sites $20-32 for two, cabins $60-110 for two.
Bellbird Resort, 360 Avoca Drive, 4382 2322. 36 units, licensed restaurant,
swimming pool, tennis court - $80-100.
The Palms at Avoca, Carolina Park Road off the Round Drive, 4382 1227.
(No pets allowed), barbecue, sauna, pool - cabins $80-145 for two, villas
$75-125 for two.
Apollo Country Resort, 871 The Entrance Road, 4385 2099. 42 units (private
facilities), licensed restaurant, swimming pool, spa, barbecue, tennis,
gym - $95-160.
Figtree Cottages, 247 Avoca Drive, 4368 3056. 2 rooms, unlicensed restaurant,
solar heated saltwater pool, fireplace, spa - $120-130.
No matter which locality of the Central Coast you choose to stay in, you
will find excellent restaurants. Here is a brief list, and the Information
Centre can advise you further if you desire.
Gosford Shoreline, Masons Parade, 4325 0644. Fully licensed seafood restaurant
with an a-la-carte selection. Open midday-2pm and 6pm-8.30pm Mon-Sat, and
until 9.30pm Friday and Saturday nights, lunch only on Sundays, closed
Gee Kwong Chinese Restaurant, 197 Mann Street, 4325 2489. Open 11.30am-3pm
and 4.30pm-9pm Mon-Sat, and until 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights, closed
Sunday and Public Holidays.
Tohn Oor Sian Classic Thai, 26 Adelaide Street, Gosford East, 4324 2887.
Take-away available, dine-in BYO wine only. Open midday-2.30pm and 5.30pm-10.30pm
Jaceys, 45 Imperial Centre, 4324 2558.
Da Vincis, 1-2 Brisbane Waters Drive, Gosford West, 4322 8000.
Saltwater, Shop 6 Brisbane Waters Drive, West Gosford, 4323 7744.
Curry House, 104 Mann Street, 4322 0223.
Peking Garden, in the Central Coast Leagues Club, Dane Drive, 4324 3788.
Paceys, 172 Avoca Drive, Avoca Beach, 4382 3588. Seafood, a-la-carte. Open
6pm-9pm 7 days and midday-3pm weekends and Public Holidays.
Sirens, 1 Kurrawyba Avenue, Terrigal, 4385 2602. Open 5pm-midnight every
Pizza One, 80 Ocean View Drive, Wamberal, 4385 3311.
Ghandi Indian Restaurant, 189 Ocean View Road, Ettalong, 4341 1994.
The Don's Italian Restaurant, 28 Kincumber Village, Avoca Drive, Kincumber,
Fishermans Wharf, The Boulevarde, Woy Woy, 4341 1171.
For Pizza Hut deliveries, 13 1166. Branches of McDonalds and KFC are found
in all the major towns.
Points of Interest
The town site of Gosford was first referred to as the Township at Point
Frederick, then in February 1839, when the plan was sent to Governor
Gipps for approval, as the Township of Brisbane Water. The plan was returned
by the Governor in April marked as the Plan of Gosford, with no explanation
to indicate the reason for its name. It was later discovered that the
Governor had served with the Earl of Gosford in Canada, and had taken
the opportunity to honour his friend.
Originally, timber cutting was the main economic product of the district,
then from the 1880s, citrus orchards began to dominate the local farms
in the Narara, Lisarow, Wyoming, Holgate and Ourimbah areas. These farms
were close to the railway, but later as roads developed, farming spread
on to Somersby plateau. By 1928-29, the district supplied 34% of the state's
The 1880s also saw the Gosford area become a tourist venue, with the completion
of the railway in 1887, and visitors coming for the fishing, and for hunting
In recent times Gosford's development has been influenced by other factors,
such as the metropolitan expansion of Sydney, improvements to the roads,
and changes in lifestyles. The majority of people visit the area now for
the surf, sun and sand, but there are quite a few attractions worth visiting.
Old Sydney Town, Pacific Highway, Somersby (west of Gosford) is the largest
heritage park in New South Wales, and is a faithful re-creation of Sydney
as it was 200 years ago. There is live street theatre, and demonstrations
of different crafts take visitors back to the 18th and 19th centuries.
The park has many eateries, from fine restaurants to damper and billy tea
places, or you can take your own food and make use of the barbecue facilities.
Old Sydney Town is hopen Wed-Sun and all state school and public holidays,
10am-5pm, 4340 1104. Admission fees are adults $20, children $13. A family
pass can be obtained for $55.
Henry Kendall Cottage & Historical Museum, 218 Gertrude Street, Gosford,
4325 2270, was built for the famous poet in 1836 by Peter Fagan. It is
now an historical museum with displays of various items from the past.
Open Wed, Sat & Sun, and public and school holidays, 10am-4pm.
The Australian Reptile Park was the first major tourist attraction on the
Central Coast, and is a popular science exhibit. Crocodile feeding in the
impressive crocodile enclosure is by far the highlight of the day. Watch
as the trainer holds a long pole over the water's edge while a croc emerges,
leaps into the air, takes the dangling chicken from the end of the pole
into its jaws, and thrashes back into the water again. The park supplies
venoms to countries all over the world for antivenenes and other research.
There are picnic and barbecue facilities, but note that the place is overrun
by kangaroos, and the joy of their company can quickly turn into despair
if one bounds up and pinches your lunch while you pat her! The park is
open daily 9am-5pm, 4340 1146, and is on the Pacific Highway, Somersby.
Admission prices are $16 adults, $8 children, $40 families.
The Starship Cruise & Ferry Service, 100 John Whiteway Drive, 4340
1146, has two venues for cruises. The Lady Kendall departs from Gosford
Wharf, Wed, Sat & Sun to cruise on the Brisbane Waters, and the Trinity
Queen leaves from The Entrance Wharf for cruising Tuggerah Lakes and
Wyong River, Wed-Sat 10.15am and 1pm. Both vessels operate daily during
The Fragrant Garden, 25 Portsmouth Road, Erina, 4367 7322, has a very large
collection of fragrant plants, crafts, pot-pourri in an olde-worlde garden.
There is a mud-brick gallery, waterfall and a herb roof, and souvenirs
are for sale.
Central Park Family Fun Centre, The Entrance Road, Forresters Beach,
4386 2466, has something for everyone - ten-pin bowling, five giant
waterslides, a mini golf centre, senior and junior Grand Prix cars, BMX
mini bikes, Sunday markets. hOpen daily 9am-5pm, Sat and holidays 9am-10pm.
Gosford's Australian Springtime Flora Festival is held in September.
Fishing, swimming, boating, diving, wind-surfing, water skiing, horse riding,
ten-pin bowling, squash, lawn bowls, golf and tennis. The Tourist Information
Centre will give you all the information for directions and bookings.
Outlying Attractions Beaches
The coastal beaches in the Gosford area are Killcare, McMasters, Copa-cabana,
Avoca, Terrigal, Wamberal and Forresters. They each have their own attractions,
and all are patrolled on weekends from October to April, with daily patrols
during the school holiday periods. Apart from McMasters and Forresters,
they have a choice of takeaway food outlets close to the beachfront.
The crystal clear waters right along the Central Coast offer some of the
best diving in Australia, and there are fascinating wrecks off Terrigal
in reasonably shallow water. If you are interested in learning how to dive,
the Terrigal Diving Centre, The Haven Terrigal, 4384 1219, or Pro Dive,
96 The Entrance Road, The Entrance, 4334 1559, are the places to visit.
They teach diving, and after 5 days tuition, which costs around $450, you
are awarded a C card. If you are already a qualified diver and have your
certificate with you, a diving charter can be arranged instead.
Fishing tours are also available for those who prefer to catch fish rather
than rub noses with them (unless you are one of those fanatics who performs
this ritual after catching a fish); one option is Haven Fishing Charters,
12 Lexington Parade, Green Point, 4369 5673.
The Blue Bead Arabian Stud, 4382 2346, is located at Razina Park in Picketts
Valley Road, 5 minutes from Terrigal and Avoca Beaches. They have mountain
trails for the experienced, and instruct beginners and improvers. Bookings
are essential, and the stud is open 7 days.
The administrative centre of the Tuggerah Lakes district is Wyong, 22km
(24 miles) north of Gosford on the banks of the Wyong River. The Lake
system extends from Killarney Vale in the south to the township of Lake
Munmorah in the north, and consists of three lakes - Tuggerah, Budgewoi
and Munmorah. The biggest lake is Tuggerah Lake, and it has the only
opening from the ocean, appropriately enough, at The Entrance. There
are no sharks in the lakes.
One of the most popular holiday places in New South Wales, Tuggerah Lakes
has grown like Topsy. Once it was strictly a fisherman's paradise with
basic fishing shacks. Now there are first class motels, hotels, restaurants
and sporting facilities.
How to Get There By Rail
There is a regular electric rail service from Sydney to Wyong, and local
buses from the station to the other areas.
From Sydney, via the Pacific Highway, or the F3 from Hornsby to the various
The Entrance Visitor Information Centre has its office in Marine Parade,
and is open daily 9am-5pm. It shares its contact details with the Gosford
Visitor Information Centre.
As with any holiday centre, there is a great deal of accommodation to choose
from in the Tuggerah Lakes district. Here is a selection with prices
for a double room per night, not including GST, which should be used
as a guide only. The telephone area code is 02.
Central Coast Motel, cnr Pacific Highway & Cutler Drive, 4353 2911.
17 units, swimming pool - $60-80.
El Lago Waters Resort, 41 The Entrance Road, 4332 3955. 40 units, licensed
restaurant, swimming pool, spa, sauna, tennis - $70-120.
Ocean Front Motel, 102 Ocean Parade, 4332 5911. 31 units, barbecue, undercover
parking - $80-150.
Sapphire Palms Motel, 180 The Entrance Road, 4332 5799. 20 units, swimming
pool, spa, barbecue - $55-95.
Tienda Motel, 309A The Entrance Road, 4332 3933. 30 units, swimming pool,
spa - $55-110.
Lake Front Motel, 16 Coogee Avenue, 4332 4518. 14 units, swimming pool,
barbecue - $55-110.
Blue Bay Camping and Caravanning Park, cnr Bay Road & Narrawa Avenue,
4332 1991. (No dogs allowed), 48 sites - powered sites $23-30 for two,
on-site vans $50-80 for two, cabins $60-100.
Dunleith Caravan Park, Hutton Road, North Entrance, 4332 2172. 180 sites
- powered sites $18-35 for two, cabins $65-180 for two.
The Coachman Motor Inn, 33 Gordon Road, 4332 3692. 7 units, swimming pool,
barbecue - $50-110.
Palm Gardens Resort, 44 Kitchener Road, 4333 1000. 23 suites, swimming
pool, spa, sauna, barbecue - $70-170.
Buccaneer Motel, 398 The Entrance Road, 4334 3100. 14 units, swimming pool,
barbecue - $68-120.
Jetty Motel, 353 The Entrance Road, 4332 1022. 22 units, swimming pool,
spa, barbecue $60-110.
Palm Court Motel, 61 Bateau Bay Road, 4332 3755. 10 units, unlicensed restaurant,
swimming pool - $60-110.
Bateau Bay Hotel/Motel, The Entrance Road, 4332 8022. 6 units, licensed
restaurant - $60-70.
Sun Valley Caravan Park, Bateau Bay Road, 4332 1107. (No pets allowed),
342 sites - powered sites $21-30 for two, holiday flat $65-110 for two.
Hibiscus Lakeside Motel, 2 Diamond Head Drive, 4390 9100. 13 units, barbecue
Sunnylake Caravan Park, 2 Macleay Drive, 4390 9471. 130 sites - powered
sites $15-30 for two, cabins $90-170 for two.
Budgewoi Tourist Park, Weemala Street, 4390 9019. (Pets allowed on leash),
380 sites, barbecue - powered sites $12-18.
Toukley Motor Inn, 236 Main Road, 4396 5666. 13 units, swimming pool -
Twin Lakes Motor Inn, 57 Main Road, 4396 4622. 11 units, swimming pool
The district has several licensed RSL and bowling clubs, and these usually
offer reasonably priced meals. There are also many takeaway and fast
food outlets, both in the towns and on the beachfronts.
Rus Chinese Rendevous, 120 Railway Street, Wyong, 4353 2494.
Wyong Golf Club Restaurant, Pacific Highway, Wyong, 4352 1999.
Sounan Thai, 27 The Entrance Road, The Entrance, 4332 8806. Fully licensed
restaurant with waterside views. Open 6pm-11pm 7 days and midday-3pm Wed-Sun,
closed Public Holidays.
Jetty Indian Tandoori, 509 The Entrance Road, Long Jetty, 4334 2477.
Jans Chinese Malaysian Restaurant, Shops 5-6, 227-229 The En-trance Road,
The Entrance, 4334 1333.
Mantas Seafood Restaurant, 347 The Entrance Road, Long Jetty, 4332 2548.
Beach Point, 19 Point Street, Bateau Bay, 4334 5070.
Carmelos Italian Restaurant, 61 Bateau Bay Road, Bateau Bay, 4334 5155.
Pizza Pit, 65 Scenic Drive Budgewoi, 4399 1035.
Silver Moon Chinese Restaurant, 105 Scenic Drive, Budgewoi, 4390 0489.
Licensed, open 5pm-9pm 7 days and for lunch midday-2pm every day except
Cactus Blues Mexican Restaurant, 245 Main Road, Toukley, 4397 1557.
Starfish Seafood Restaurant, 200 Main Road, Toukley, 4397 1300.
Points of Interest
The Forest of Tranquility, Ourimbah Creek Road, Ourimbah, is the home of
Willy Wombat's rainforest walk, the best walk in a rainforest in the
Sydney environs. There are gas barbecues, a children's playground, and
picnic area, and rainforest plants are for sale. hOpen Wed-Sun 10am-5pm
and all public holidays, 4362 1855.
Crackneck Lookout, in Hilltop Avenue, Bateau Bay, offers sweeping views
of the coastline to Norah Head and Bungary Point, over the three lakes
and the three power stations.
Bateau Bay Golf Practice Range, 468 The Entrance Road, 4332 3277, is the
largest golf range on the Central Coast, and venue of Australian Golf Schools.
Practice facilities include grass tees, target greens, bunker and distance
markers. Open 7 days.
Long Jetty Catamaran Hire, cnr Tuggerah Parade and Pacific Street, Long
Jetty, 4332 9362, hires out catamarans, sailboards, canoes and pedal boats.
They also have lessons in water skiing, and sell fishing tackle and bait.
The Entrance Aquaslide, 4334 3151, adjacent to the Lakeside Plaza carpark,
19 Taylor Street, The Entrance, has The Space Spiral, Outer Orbit and Cosmic
Crusher rides, and the good news is, the pool is heated.
Each afternoon at 3.30pm, near the children's playground in the Memorial
Park, The Entrance, everybody gathers to feed the pelicans. The
pelican has been adopted as the symbol of the tourist industry on the Central
Coast, and the daily feeding ensures that this symbol doesn't disappear.
There is no doubt that they are fascinating creatures, with wing spans
up to 2m, and those incredible beaks, but there are many locals who are
not exactly enamoured of them.
To start with, they eat fish and are not well mannered enough to limit
themselves to the afternoon meals supplied by humans, but tend to fish
for themselves in the lakes. And, they are much better at it than those
people sitting in boats and on the shore with hooks and lines. Then they
have lice, which they shed in the water to bite anyone who dares to swim
in the area. It is not that the pelicans do this on purpose, but try selling
that to a kiddy who is suffering from itchy bites. Of course, the pelicans
came before people starting feeding them, but not in such large numbers.
At Dunleith Caravan Park, Hut-ton Road, North Entrance, 4332 2172, there
is a Shell Museum, with an extensive display of shells and early photographs
of the area, along with models of aquatic animals.
Norah Head Lighthouse, circa 1903, is open for visitors only by arrangement
with the Visitor Centre. At Cabbage Tree Bay, the tiny settlement where
the road to the light house commences, there are steps leading down to
a lovely little rock pool, which is very popular with children. You can
also drive down the steep road before the steps, but parking is usually
a problem. There is a surfing beach alongside, but it is not patrolled,
and there is a dangerous riptide.
Edward Hargraves Homestead, in Elizabeth Drive, Noraville, is not open
for inspection, but can be viewed from the road. Edward Hargraves discovered
gold near Bathurst in 1851, causing the first gold rush in Australia.
Toukley has a good-sized shopping centre, and the Toukley & District
Senior Citizens Club in Hargraves Street, has loads of entertainment and
things to do. Toukley RSL is also a very busy club, and visitors are always
welcome, as they are at Toukley Bowling Club.
Warnervale Airfield, near the expressway (follow the road through Toukley,
crossing the Pacific Highway) offers joy-flights every Sunday, and other
days by appointment. Contact Central Coast Helicopters, Lot 1, Sparks Road,
Warnervale, 4352 2222, or Warnervale Air, Jack Grant Avenue, 4392 5174.
Smokey Mountain Steam Railroad, in Mountain Road, Warner-vale, offers a
different day out for all the family with steam train rides through the
surrounding picturesque valleys hbetween 11am and 4pm. It operates on Sundays
and public holidays from Boxing Day until the last Sunday in October, except
Good Friday and days of total fire ban. For further information, contact
them on, 4392 7644.
The coastal beaches in the Tuggerah Lakes area are: Bateau Bay; Shelly
Beach; Toowoon Bay; The Entrance; North Entrance; Soldiers Point; Cabbage
Tree Bay; Jenny Dixon; The Lakes Beach.
Jenny Dixon Beach and Cabbage Tree bay are not patrolled, and Jenny Dixon
has some nude bathers, but the other beaches are patrolled every weekend,
and all through the school holidays, and have handy food outlets. From
the Lakes Beach, miles of sand and surf stretch northwards, but it should
be remembered that the site of the beach club was chosen because it is
the safest part of that stretch.