Ah, the Central Coast – what a place. With so many amazing restaurants, local attractions, coastal walks and national parks to explore – you’ll be absolutely spoilt for choice on what to experience first. And with NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort situated in Umina Beach, a coastal oasis found in the heart of the Central Coast, you’ll have the perfect base to set yourself up before uncovering the secrets of this spectacular New South Wales region.
If you’re looking for the top things to do on the Central Coast, we recommend getting outdoors. The Central Coast boasts some truly amazing walks that offer up some spectacular and awe-inspiring postcard views. If you’ve packed your walking shoes, put them to good use on the Box Head track. Found in Bouddi National Park, this track will have you winding your way through rugged bushland while you soak up the breathtaking views of the Tasman Sea and Hawkesbury River. Keep your eyes peeled for colourful birds gliding through the redgum trees and along the rocky outcrops that are scattered along the sea.
If you’re seeking a shorter walk, try the Flannel Flower bushwalking track. Running between Tallow and Lobster Beach, this uncharted-like track is a must-do for those after some insta-worthy scenic views of the Central Coast’s most popular and gorgeous beaches, including Broken Bay, Pearl and Umina.
You don’t have to travel far from your accommodation to experience surf, sun and sand. NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort is situated along the stunning shore of Umina beach. This relaxed family-friendly beach is great for the kids and offers some pretty impressive views of the coastline. The beach itself is calm, so it’s a great place for a friendly dip or a beginner surfer to test the gentle waves. You can stroll down to the beach whenever you please, and if you forget your towel, no biggie – you’re only a quick walk away from your accommodation.
The next place worth a visit is the chilled out coastal village of Avoca Beach. Perfect for families, the village has probably one of the best beaches in the Central Coast. With sandy beaches, great surfing spots and a shallow sheltered lagoon, that’s great for the kids to play in, Avoca Beach is guaranteed fun for the whole tribe.
Another must do is the Jilliby State Conservation Area, a national park that’s the absolute perfect place for those looking for some action-packed activities. Take the 4WD tour, mountain bike through the amazing twisting forest trails, horse ride the mesmerising landscapes or take a long bush walk through the gorgeous forest grounds.
On a warm and sunny day, there’s nothing more enjoyable than a day out on the water. For the most enjoyable water adventure on the Central Coast, check out AQUAFUN on Avoca Lake.
Explore the vibrant lagoon wetland and cruise around with the family on a pedal boat or kayak, or test your balance on A Stand Up Paddle board. Make the day of it and enjoy a shady picnic with barbecue areas right on the lake.
Photo Credit: AquaFun
Catch an arthouse flick at the long-running community-focused Avoca Beach Picture Theatre. Built in 1951, this old-school picture-house has all the 50’s retro movie posters, memorabilia and antiques. There’s even a fully licensed snack bar full of delicious refreshments. The theatre screens the latest blockbusters, live theatre and music, film festivals, French and Italian films, and an awesome selection of indie films and documentaries.
Photo Credit: Avoca Beach Picture Theatre
For something close to your Umina Beach accommodation, visit the lively Umina Beach Markets held on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 9am-2pm. Spend your time trawling through the unique stalls full of all sorts of creative bits and bobs, pick yourself up a souvenir and if you’re a vegan, enjoy the large variety of plant-based options available.
Explore new heights and get your adrenaline pumping 15 meters above the ground at TreeTop Adventure Park. Offering a fun and exhilarating experience high in the tree tops, this adventure park has Flying Foxes, suspension bridges and loads more activities and features above the forest floor.
Make sure you try out the Pioneer, the longest rollercoaster zip line in Australia. This 330m long zip line goes around one 360-degree loop and is filled with twists, dips and action-packed fun.
Photo Credit: TreeTops Adventure Park
Food and Drink
For an unforgettable dining experience, try out The Coast Bar + Restaurant, located on the picturesque Iguana Wharf in Gosford Bay. This stunning waterfront location boasting incredible views of sailing boats and sunsets provides a mouth-watering menu using only the highest quality produce.
Photo Credit: The Coast Bar + Restaurant
For a family-friendly vibe, check out Michaels Italian Family Restaurant, a local Italian style restaurant located in East Gosford. Enjoy a cosy and relaxing eatery atmosphere during the week, to an upbeat and vibrant dining experience on the weekend. Indulge in everything from traditional and gourmet pizzas to tasty pasta dishes listed on their extensive menu or delve into a house special. For dessert, try one of their delicious gelato flavours (it’s what the Italian are famous for after all).
For more spectacular water front views, try The BOX on the Water. Located along the famous foreshore in Ettalong Beach, showcasing incredible panoramic views and with an Australian cuisine menu perfect for sharing, The BOX on the Water is a definite must do on your trip to the Central Coast.
Photo Credit: The Box on the Water
Fun in the park
While there is so much to see and experience in the Central Coast, there’s an abundance of things to do inside NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort. Let the kids burn off some energy on the giant bouncing pillows and waterslide, or let them run wild in our famous Splash Away Bay water park. Get the family to tear up the trails together with some bikes or pedal go-karts for hire. For the adults, nothing will beat relaxing by our resort style swimming pool or enjoying a delicious coffee at our on-site café.
Our holiday park also features a basketball ring, a children’s playground, tennis courts and so much more.