For the tourist, Blue Mountains is the most notable place to visit while they are in Sydney. Sometimes visitation split to Hunter Valley wine tasting, Harbour Bridge climb, and taking a tour to Opera house. However, there are many hidden gems around Sydney known by locals and less advertised. One of these is the Kangaroo Valley. It’s beautiful countryside located within two house drive to the South Coast of Sydney. But what about the Central Coast? Located within a one-hour drive towards the north of Sydney. The drive is easy via M1. If you are a solo traveler or a family, a Central Coast day trip has all you need.
Here is all the information you need to plan a great day tour to Central Coast, whether on your own or as a part of a tour from Sydney. If you’re just visiting Sydney, we recommend booking a tour, especially a private tour which gives you more flexibility.
Things to do if you are a true beach lover
If you love the beach and want to spend a great day out on Central Coast, NSW below is our suggestion to plan an awesome tour from Sydney. Our itinerary is enjoying stunning views from Wybung Head, walk-on Catherine Hill bay, take a stunning insta worthy photo at Caves beach and stay at one of the lighthouse keepers’ quarters at Norah’s head.
Insta photo at Caves beach
If you are driving from Sydney, we suggested visiting the Caves beach first on your day trip to Central Coast. It is a spectacular sea caves structure located on the Swansea peninsula near Lake Macquarie. If you are visiting this place, advice to go on the low tide as see can be rough during high tide.
Catherine Hill Bay
Passing the Wallarah National park, we recommended you to stop at Catherine Hill Bay as the second stop. An old mining village surrounded by high hills and bushland. Why not take a walk to the viewing platform in Catherine Hill overlooking the beach?
Hike at Wybung Head
The next stop is the Wybung Head located in Munmorah state conservation area. Wybung Head is famous for whale watching during the season. If hiking is one of your lists to do, Wybung has a grade 3 return loop that takes nearly 25 mins to complete. However, we do not recommend going closer to the shore as the seas could be very rough in certain months. And Wybung stands the meaning in aboriginal language “dangerous sea”.
Night at Norah Head Light House
After a great day at the coast, time to rest. And our pick is Norah Head lighthouse keepers’ quarters. Visiting Norah Head lighthouse on a day trip to Central Coast is one of the best things to do. Norah Head lighthouse have been witnesses to history for years. It watched over the Norah Head shoreline and sailors in the days when they were thick with fishing boats. And technology was not much developed. This is a perfect place for a weekend getaway and you can book a lighthouse keepers quarters to stay in luxury.
The above if you love the beach and golden sand. But what about if you want to see wildlife, want to try some adrenaline-filled activities, or explore the rich history that belongs to Central Coast? see our other suggestions to add to your day trip to Central Coast.
Day tour to Central coast with wildlife experience
Both Australian Walkabout Wildlife park and Australian Reptile Park have located on the Central Coast and give diverse experiences to visitors. Australian Walkabout Wildlife park not only famous as the only wildlife sanctuary in New South Wales, but it also has some rich Aboriginal roots as well. Visiting this park, you can witness one of the remaining caves belongs to rich Aboriginal history. And some Aboriginal rock art sites too. Founded in 1948, the Australian Reptile Park popular for hands-on wildlife activities. The park offers live entertainment shows of wildlife and especially venom extraction.
Explore the rich history of Central Coast and enjoy the nature
Kalkari Discovery Centre
If you travel with kids and wanted to add some learning experience, we suggest visiting the Kalkari Discovery Centre on your day tour to Central Coast. Opens from 9 am to 5 pm daily, you will overwhelm with knowledge of Kalkari’s volunteers. Listen to them and learn about the rich culture of Guringai Aboriginal People and Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
Picnic lunch at Somersby Falls
One of our favorite places to have a picnic on a day trip to the Central Coast is the Somersby Falls picnic area. One of the best locations to have a BBQ with friends or family surrounded by lush rainforest. There are plenty of spaces, but carrying a rug will be handy as most of the time the park is slightly crowded. Exiting from F3 at the Central coast highway you can reach the park. And the picnic area is opened from 9 am to 8 pm daily.
Visit Japanese Gardens Central Coast
If you are taking a family day trip with kids to the Central coast, this is one of the places kids love too. A garden incorporated with Japanese features, Koi pond, roofed Japanese pavilion, and a perfect place for relaxation.
Planning an adventure day tour to Central Coast?
Day trip to Glenworth Valley, Central Coast
Glenworth valley outdoor adventures offer a variety of adrenaline-filled activities if you want to spice up your day trip to Central Coast. Some of the activities included guided horse riding, free-range horse riding, pony rides for kids, and a cattle drive. New to horse riding? They got covered you and offer horse riding lessons.
Kariong Hieroglyphs (Gosford Glyphs)
A rock engraving site at Kariong, Central Coast clamming to be carved by the ancient Egyptians. The walking track starts from the Brisbane Water National Park entry and it is somewhat difficult to find the rock art site for a first-time traveler.
A day trip to Central Coast, NSW is a quintessential Sydney vacation experience. If you love the beach, history, and wildlife, there is no better area than Central Coast to visit on your vacation to Sydney.