The Central Coast  of New South Wales is a coastal region located immediately to the north of the state capital of Sydney and south of the state's second largest city Newcastle. It markets itself as the "playground of two cities", being a destination with endless possibilities of adventure and relaxation.
The Central Coast is divided between two municipalities: Gosford in the south and Wyong in the north. Both municipalities embrace numerous suburban areas and open land, in the form of reserves and National Parks.
- Gosford is both a suburb and commercial centre of the Central Coast, and a city and local government area stretching as far south as Sydney. The central area irself is located at the head of a large convoluted inlet of Broken Bay known as Brisbane Water. The surrounding municipality comprises a large number of suburbs and communities around Brisbane Water, along the Pacific coast and in the hills to the west. The following are suburbs of Gosford:
- Wyong - north of Gosford City focused on Tuggerah Lake
- The Entrance - A major tourist destination on the beach.
- Tuggerah - Just off F3 freeway on way north. Large Westfield shopping centre, with Woolworths, Coles and Aldi supermarkets. Tuggerah has railway station and is base for access by bus to The Entrance, Bateau Bay, Toowoon Bay, Shelly Beach and other seaside locations. A holiday destination with many tourist facilities.
- Tumbi Umbi - Situated at southern end of Tuggerah Lake. There is great visitor facilities with McDonalds, The Central Coast's first Krispy Kreme and the Mingara Recreation Club. The centre for leisure and entertainment, Mingara caters for all the family with unique facilities and activities. Adventure Golf (Mini Putt style) Large indoor heated swimming pool, that was used by Belgium swimming team for Olympic training. Bar and gaming facilities. Sports track, and fields. All facilities open to visitors
- Norah Head - Situated on the coast between Tuggerah Lake and Budgewoi Lake. It is full of culturally significant sites including the Norah Head Lighthouse, Hargreaves House and protected spiritually significant Aboriginal sites. It is also surrounded by National Parks, with Munmorah State Conservation Area to the North and Wyrrabalong National Park to the South.
The Central Coast of New South Wales is one hour's drive north of Sydney and is a popular holiday destination and a weekend getaway. It offers attractions of waterways, beaches, state forests and national parks.
There are trains from the Central Train station in Sydney direct to the Central Coast departing approximately every 30 minutes. The main stations are Woy Woy, Gosford, Tuggerah and Wyong. Tickets are about $8 one way and the journey can take anywhere between 1.5 to 2 hours.
Alternatively you can drive up the F3 from Sydney and get off at the Gosford, Ourimbah, Tuggerah, or Toukley exits depending on what part of the Central Coast you wish to go to.
Its easiest to get around the Central Coast if you have your own mode of transport (such as a car or bike) as public transport can be a hit or miss affair.
However there are a two main bus companies that can get you around Busways  and Red Bus Company . Timetables can be found on the respective pages.
- Quay West Resort Magenta Shores, 1 Magenta Drive, ☎ +61 2 4352 8100, . Central Coast accommodation only 90 minutes North of Sydney. Quay West Resort Magenta Shores is nestled between the pristine waters of the Pacific Ocean and Tuggurah Lake. Golf and spa make for your prefect weekend getaway.