Sydney to the Hunter Valley

DAY THREE: Central Coast

Day three of our Sydney to Gold Coast Drive will focus on the Central Coast and its attractions. 

All recommended campgrounds and points of interest are marked on the map below.

McMasters Beach, Central Coast, Australia
McMasters Beach rock pool. Photo: Ras_Stanley via IG

5 Things to do: Central Coast

  • Beaches are one of the key attractions for surfers and swimmers alike. McMasters Beach was rated among the best surf beaches in Australia. In a nation with hundreds of excellent surf beaches, that’s saying something! Avoca Beach has a rocky headland at each end and a great collection of restaurants. The Terrigal Beaches are great for surfing and are lined with Norfolk Pines. There are plenty of cafes and dining options here, too. Shelly Beach is another great surf beach and rock pools make it fun to explore. Toowoon Bay is a secluded and protected beach which makes it an ideal swimming beach.
  • Crackneck Point in Wyrrabalong National Park is great for whale watching during July - August and Sept – October. It's part of the beautiful 3km coastal walk, which is in our opinion the best walk on the Central Coast.
  • Boomerang Bike Hire will rent you a bike if you’d like to explore the area on two wheels.
  • There are free BBQs and picnic spots along Long Jetty lake front park. There are also picnic areas in the Wyrrabalong National Park.
  • Norah Head Lighthouse is a beautiful lighthouse open for tours. Climb the 96 stairs to enjoy 360 degree views from the towers balcony and hear stories of shipwrecks of days gone by. $6 adults.

Norah Head lighthouse, Central Coast, Australia
Norah Head Lighthouse. Photo: Ness_farmilio via IG

Camping and Caravan Parks Central Coast

The Entrance

  • Two Shores Holiday Village – is on the shores of Tuggerah Lake, which makes it great for fishing and watersports. Good surf beaches nearby, too. Facilities include pool, camp kitchen, large and open undercover BBQ area, hot showers and toilets.
    RATES: From $35 per site (up to 6 adults)


  • Budgewoi Holiday Park – Sites are under the shade of paperbark trees on a narrow spit of land between Lake Munmorah and the Pacific Ocean.  Facilities include hot showers and toilets, jumping pillow and play ground, BBQ facilities, WiFi, laundry and dump point.
    RATES: From $27 for two. $15 additional adults.

Munmorah State Conservation Area

  • Freemans Beach Campground -  Set in pristine bushland near Birdie Beach. Facilities include showers and toilets, BBQ facilities and picnic tables, and drinking water. Reservations must be made two days ahead of arrival time.
    RATES: $32 for two people. $16.50 additional adults.

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