A Glimpse Of Gosford
Gosford is a city with everything. Located just 88 km north of Sydney and a short drive from popular Newcastle, Gosford has the diversity of the Brisbane Waters, Brisbane Water National Park and beautiful beaches all at its doorstep. This is the ideal location for a campervan holiday, with plenty of gorgeous sights and activities for visitors. Gosford is everything you could imagine a coastal town to be, with plenty of water sports such as sailing, cruising, surfing and even house boating on the river.
Gosford is the major commercial and administrative centre of the Central Coast and is an ideal place to start your exploration of this amazing area. Within close proximity to all the surrounding holiday destinations, Gosford offers a thriving small city lifestyle, with a laid back atmosphere. There are several great attractions in and around the city. The Henry Kendall Cottage & Historical Museum celebrates the life of one of Australia's most-talented poets. The Regional Art Gallery is set in the Edogawa Japanese Gardens, so you get to visit inspiring art and tranquil gardens in one go. There are a number of ideal caravan parks and places to stay in the region surrounding Gosford, like the NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Park at Umina just further south from Gosford on the coastline. You have everything on your doorstep here, with the river, beach and national park all within a few minutes from your mobile home.
Gosford lets you experience the best of both worlds, with it being inland, but having seaside towns of Terrigal, Avoca Beach and Woy Woy all such a short drive away and perfect for a relaxing day trip. Terrigal always has a holiday vibe, with amazing lookouts, bushwalking in the Bouddi National Park, pretty beaches and relaxing cafes. The Skillion is a well-known cliff walk, located not far from the main shopping centre at Avoca, which rewards its visitors with a panoramic view of the coastline. Keen fishermen will love the reef and game fishing cruises along with the whale watching adventures. Woy Woy is another favourite spot located between the River and National Park, known for its abundant fishing and boating. The Staples Lookout has the advantage of overlooking the panorama of Brisbane Water and Woy Woy Bay. If you are in the mood for shopping, head out to the Ettalong Markets. The Kincumber Festival can't be missed in October, with concerts, a pet farm, great food, music and every type of stall you can imagine. As you can see, the region has much to offer in the way of things to do and places to see.
There are four national parks within a short drive from Gosford, although Brisbane Waters is the most accessible and popular with locals. Indigenous art is part of the drawcards of the park. If you want to see even more mysterious art, check out the Gosford Glyphs. The glyphs site features almost 300 engravings on two sandstone walls, and has created widespread interest and controversy over the years. Visit the Popran National park to see the many wildflower displays.
The Entrance is located where the Tuggerah Lake meets the Pacific Ocean and is blessed with pristine beaches and a relaxed atmosphere. The town offers fine outdoor dining, a vast array of markets and shops and accommodation to suit all needs and budgets. The Entrance waterfront is known as 'The Pelican Capital of Australia', with feeding of the pelicans at 3.30pm daily. To celebrate the start of the summer tourist season, on the first full weekend in December, The Entrance holds its annual Mardi Gras festival.
Head further inland and you reach Somersby, home to the famous Australian Reptile Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is the only zoo in Australia with a venom-milking program in place, used for all snake and funnel-web spider anti-venom in Australia. There is so much to do here that you really need a full day to experience the mammals, reptiles and interactive displays ideal for young and old. The park is open from 9am and only two minutes from Gosford.
The beauty of Gosford is that you have all the benefits of a small city, with fantastic shopping, entertainment and facilities, combined with nature at its best. The deep blue waters of the ocean are just a few minutes away, the rivers and lakes are tranquil, and the national parks hide mysteries in their verdant depths. The mix of earth, sun and sea is the perfect combination to complete your campervan getaway.