From ‘The Entrance’ at the north end to Patonga at the south end, it initially appears that most of the Central Coast has been left behind with Boris Becker and the hyper-colour t-shirts of the late 80’s. Day trip proximity to Sydney and an abundance of beaches retain its position as a popular family destination. But scratch beneath the brown formica surface and some hidden gems are there to be found… The best tip is to avoid school holidays and ensure dinner plans are early… most kitchens close at 8pm.

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Avoca and Terrigal are where the action happens… Hardy’s Bay and Killcare carry the flag for most refined, whilst Pearl Beach and Patonga represent beachy hideaways of a pleasant yesteryear. A great winter getaway with establishments open all year.

Goofy or Natural? Searching for the perfect barrel? Find out what all this means when you learn to surf with Central Coast Surf School, the longest running school on the coast. Lessons at Avoca, Terrigal or Umina Beach (the most sheltered of the lot).

Breakfast or lunch at the glorious Bombini, Avoca. Set in one of the areas oldest homesteads, sitting on 2 acres of land, the focus is on fresh produce from Australia and Italy. The perfect combination! Buonissimo.

Leaving the golden sands behind, for some zen, head to The Bamboo Buddha nestled amongst landscaped tea gardens and ponds. If you really want to unwind, try one of their tranquil Yoga and Tai Chi sessions and follow up with a late breakfast or early lunch in the vegetarian café.

Walk Pearl Beach to Patonga for a well earned thirst quencher at The Patonga Hotel. The 8 kilometres Pearl Beach to Patonga round trip will take around 3-4 hours. Palm Beach and Hawkesbury River Ferries runs three services daily between Patonga and Palm Beach on weekends and public holidays (1 per day weekdays). A perfect way to avoid the F3 traffic. A relaxing day out (with smooth river conditions) another ferry picks up at Patonga at 11.30am bound for scenic Bobbin Head, stopping for lunch before returning.

For all our tips to ensure your road trip features only the best bits, buy your Central Coast Whileaway Guide (and don’t forget to use the ‘weareexplorers’ discount code to receive a special 10% discount!). Only $9.90 and we will even post it straight to your door! No research required.