Hugging the inner shore of beautiful Brisbane Water which opens on to Broken Bay at the mouth of the Hawkesbury River, Gosford is the administrative centre for the aquatic and bush wonderland of the Central Coast.
Just 85km north of the heart of Sydney, Gosford and its attendant villages have everything desired for a family holiday - sweeping surf beaches, sheltered bays and lakes, bush walks leading to lookouts with panoramic views of the coast, all levels of restaurants, large, fully-appointed licensed clubs and live entertainment.
There are also sporting facilities, rock, stillwater, beach and deep sea fishing, a mild climate and a world-class attraction, the Australian Reptile Park and Wildlife Sanctuary.
Gosford is accessible by expressway or by air-conditioned train.
: Mangrove Mountains District County Fair ( October), Gosford City Arts Festival (October/November)Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race (November)
Things to do
Henry Kendall Cottage - where poet Henry Kendall lived (1874-75) 3 km SW
Information Centre - on corner of Mann St & Burns Cres
Gosford City Arts Centre - Webb St has a beautiful Japanese Garden. Open 7 days.
Heritage Buildings - the Old Courthouse made from local sandstone on corner of Mann Street and Georgina Terrace, further along the road is Christ Church and Pioneer Park with pioneer gravestones facing out to Brisbane Water
Miniature Steam Trains - Narara, with train rides from 11 am to 4 pm on first Saturday of the month. Central Coast Steam Model Co-op at Lot 10, Showground Road
Katandra Reserve - a bushland reserve with the Waterman Walk through rainforest and Rumbalara Reserve with a number of stunning tracks including Orchid Track and Red Gum Track
Old Sydney Town - a long standing tourist attraction is now closed.
In the area
Central Coast Winery - 11 km NE
Wyoming Cottage - corner Wyoming and Pacific Highway
The Fragrant Garden - 25 Portsmouth Rd Erina is a herb farm with collection of books, fragrant oils, crafts, gifts, children's playground, waterfall and mudbrick gallery. Open daily
Ellyett's Herbal Gardens - for medicinal and some culinery herbs, 10 - 5 on first and last Sunday each month, Ourimbah
Brooklyn - houseboating on Lower Hawksbury, 32 km S
Somersby Falls - Peats Ridge for picnics and walks, 15 km SW
Australian Reptile & Wildlife Sanctuary - for crocodiles, snakes, koalas and lots of reptiles. Open 9 to 5 daily Somersby 15 km SW
Forest of Tranquility - at Ourimbah, rainforest and walking tracks, 14 Km NW. Firefly festival each evening 6 - 8 pm, November to December
Koolewong Coastal Tours - ecotours and bushwalks around the Central Coast, Ph/Fax - 61 2 4344 3392
Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - bushwalks, Aboriginal engravings