Central Coast, New South Wales
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Central Coast, New South Wales

New South Wales, Australia
LAST UPDATED 07/01/2008
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Snowdog: Map of Australia highlighting New South Wales; 30 December 2005

The Central Coast of New South Wales is a large coastal region with an approximate population of 298,000 making it the third largest urban area in the state. The Central Coast is located on the coast north of Sydney and south of Lake Macquarie.


Darklight: Tuggerah Lake, Central Coast, NSW: 2006

The region north of Sydney and south of Newcastle and the Hunter is termed the Central Coast. Excellent reef and beachbreak combos with a far more manageable crowd than the Sydney region. Except from November to March, when everyone in Sydney comes here for their summer holidays of course.

The points, reefs and beach breaks offer a wealth of potential for the surfer. The general north east lie of the NSW coastline ensures that there is always a spot nearby that will receive excellent exposure to the predominant south to south easterly swell patterns that routinely bomb the coast in winter.

Forresters Beach and Shelly Beach have great surf, which are definitely worth the wait for a wave even in larger crowds.

where to stay

D. Lovatt: A panoramic view of Terrigal; 21.06.2007

The central coast region is well kitted out with places to rest your weary head in an evening due to it being a popular long weekend or summer holiday retreat for Sydney siders and an easy car journey or train ride from the New South Wales capital to the south or Newcastle to the north. The main areas being Gosford, Terrigal and Woy Woy which have a range of accommodations from backpackers hostels that offer dorm style beds with shared kitchens and bathrooms to self contained or serviced apartments right up to more luxurious hotels.

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