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Central Coast - Daytrip, Sydney: 12 reviews and 21 photos
Day trips to the Central Coast (north of Sydney) are not uncommon for many Sydneysiders and, in fact, many have weekenders in the area. Some of the more popular haunts are Terrigal (nice beach, fashion shops & cafes), The Entrance (popular with families - pelicans get fed daily) and Pearl Beach (secluded, surrounded by National Park). These are but a few of them. There are some great beaches that you hardly ever hear of, McMasters, Copacobana, Killcare and Maitland Bay just to name a few and some wonderful national parks such as Bouddi.
To get there though you have to navigate one of the worst bits of urban planning in Australia. There's no rail anywhere near the coast, the roads are totally inadequate for the amount of traffic they try to hold and there's shops everywhere along many of the main routes so expect stop-start situations continually.
It's roughly an hour from Sydney but can be 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on where you're coming from or going to.
The key city is Gosford which has excellent rail and public transport but also suffers from bad planning. It's located inland on the shores of Brisbane Water, a lake-like body that is an extension of the Hawkesbury River mouth.
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