The Central Coast is best known for pristine beaches, lakes, bays and inlets with its laid-back atmosphere. It is a water lovers paradise with many activities on offer like swimming, surfing, fishing or sailing to name a few. Drive off the coast at Terrigal at the ex-HMAS Adelaide Dive site. Take a tandem microlight flight or try skydiving if you're brave enough. Hire a quad biking or go horse riding following the trail along the beach. Explore the National Parks and reserves or visit the Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, which is the only wildlife sanctuary in New South Wales with free-roaming native animals. Sample some wonderful food and wine at waterfront cafés or restaurants or visit the many vineyards the region has to offer.
Lake Macquarie is best known for the largest coastal saltwater lake in Australia. Highlights include cruising on the lake to mountain walks, shopping and great lakeside dining. Perfect for a relaxing holiday or for adventure try, horse-ride, 4WD, cyclying in the mountains, snorkel, dive or surf at the beach. Some other great surfing spots and heritage-listed towns throughout the area include Swansea, Belmont and Warners Bay.