The Central Coast area as a great place to live, visit, or move your home or business to.

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There are plenty of places to enjoy time with your pooch on the Central Coast.  Try some of the off lease dog parks and beaches, or take them on leash on the shared pathways around the Lakes.

Off leash areas northern Central Coast.

Off lease areas southern Central Coast.

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At 83 square kilometres, Tuggerah Lakes Estuary is one of the largest inland coastal estuary systems in Australia, with three interconnected lakes. Tuggerah Lake to the south is the main coastal lagoon with Budgewoi Lake and Lake Munmorah to the north.

Large sand peninsulas separate the three lagoons from the Pacific Ocean, but they share common access to the ocean at The Entrance. The lakes and foreshores are ideal for water-skiing, canoeing, sailing, rowing and sailboarding or for people of all ages to enjoy the extensive cycle, jogging or walking trails and picnic spots around the foreshore.

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Bordered by the stunning surrounds of Brisbane Water, Gosford is the first major centre north of Sydney, earmarked as an important growth centre under the NSW Metropolitan Strategy. Gosford’s waterfront precinct intersects with the city’s central business district and commercial centre, around a newly redeveloped community and recreational space featuring Kibble Park, William Street Mall, Gosford City Library, the recently renovated Imperial Shopping Centre and a full range of shops, cafes, banks and services.

Following several significant infrastructure investments including the installation of the National Broadband Network (NBN) within the CBD, Gosford is experiencing a period of renewed growth and investor optimism.

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The historic town of Wyong has undergone a major transformation and resurgence into a cultural and business hub. Recently Wyong has enjoyed the opening of The Art House, a brand new performing arts centre, as well as a fabulous new town park, rebuild of the oldest home in the area as the Alison Homestead historical museum and several private developments including the restoration and activation of the 100 year old Chapman Building on Alison Road.

New higher density zoning in the Wyong town centre is seeing a surge in real estate prices for the area, which are still very affordable compared to major metropolitan areas.

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Often referred to as the ‘jewel in the crown’ of the Central Coast region, Terrigal is a cosmopolitan coastal hub, boasting pristine beaches, coveted recreational spaces and a bustling commercial core. The iconic Skillion headland dominates the skyline, with pedestrian linkages between the bustling esplanade of Terrigal Beach and the sheltered coastal waters and green open spaces of Terrigal Haven.

Frequently calm conditions make Terrigal a great spot for a wide range of water sports. Popular activities along the Terrigal stretch of coast include surfing, swimming, paddle boarding, boating and fishing. The southern end of Terrigal Beach also houses an ocean rock pool – an ideal swimming spot for children and families. The numerous beachfront cafes, restaurants, entertainment venues and eclectic retail environment ensure Terrigal is a favourite destination for both locals and visitors.

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Avoca Beach is a premier Central Coast holiday destination and prime surfing area. Situated along a picturesque residential coastline and bounded by spectacular rocky headlands, this pristine coastal stretch offers a mix of modern comforts and old world charm. Besides the flawless beach foreshore, features of the area including a coastal rock pool, parks, playgrounds and sporting facilities, make this a popular destination for families from near and far.

Idyllic Avoca Lake hosts a variety of water sports and recreational activities from paddle boating to kayaking, bushwalking to birdwatching, with both lake and beach fishing proving a popular pastime. A historic cinema complex and a monthly community market boasting more than 100 eclectic stalls, live music and international cuisine are popular attractions. The vibrant surf culture and relaxed, friendly atmosphere permeate the café and commercial scene, giving the place a village vibe.

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Toukley and its neighbouring suburb of Canton Beach are experiencing a revitalisation and are identified for higher density residential zoning to encourage in-fill and mixed-use development to meet the needs of the community. Canton Beach foreshore has recently been restored as an attractive swimming and picnic spot.

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Norah Head is famous for is Lighthouse built in 1903 which has now been restored and has accommodation and small function rooms suitable for special occasions and weddings. The Norah Head Lighthouse is considered one of the major coast lights in NSW with the beam being seen 28km out to sea. Spectacular views are available from the viewing are around the lighthouse that is also popular for whale watching in winter. Norah Head has a vibrant little village centre with some great cafes and eateries.

Norah Head also has an ocean going boat ramp and a popular ocean swimming pool.

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Soldiers Beach near Norah Head is an extensive sandy stretch that is patrolled by Life Guards in summer. The southern end of Soldiers Beach joins the northernmost point of Wyrrabalong National Park which boasts a great array of coastal flora and fauna.

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Long Jetty, sitting between Tuggerah Lake and the ocean beaches, is enjoying a cultural revival and fast becoming a place of artists, artisans, musicians, bespoke clothing and homewares stores, second hand shops and quirky coffee shops – a Newtown by the sea, if you will.

Named after one of the longest jetties in Australia, it is a great place to eat, go shopping or enjoy the beautiful lakes, and has been identified as one of the town centres for growth.

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Kids of all ages enjoy Vera’s Water Garden at The Entrance. Many people remember visiting The Entrance on holidays as a child and it is still one of the most popular holiday destinations for families on the Central Coast.

Perched on the channel of water linking the ocean with the Tuggerah Lakes system, it has spectacular vistas, great restaurants, a family friendly atmosphere and many events and festivals at Memorial Park including celebrated New Year’s Eve entertainment with fireworks from barges on the channel.

One of the most popular entertainment attractions is The Pelican Feeding, which attracts large numbers of visitors to The Entrance at 3.30pm every day.

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The Peninsula is a series of towns around the western foreshores of Brisbane Water including Ettalong Beach, Woy Woy and Umina Beach, as well as several smaller suburbs.

Located near the mouth of the Hawksbury River, with a backdrop punctuated by Lion Island and bordered by both Brisbane Water and Bouddi National Parks, its proximity to Sydney and scenic surrounds make The Peninsula the most densely populated centre on the Central Coast.

The region is home to several key sporting, recreational and cultural facilities including; Woy Woy Oval, the Peninsula Leisure Centre, the Peninsula Recreation Precinct and Woy Woy Little Theatre.

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A sleepy fishing village turned desirable hipster hot-spot, Ettalong Beach has experienced a renaissance in recent times. Redevelopment of the Ettalong Beach foreshore to include new parks, playgrounds and restaurants and a revival of its commercial and café scene, has transformed the former retirement town. Adding to Ettalong’s appeal is its historic cinema complex and hosting of the designated port for the ferry connecting the Central Coast to Sydney’s northern beaches.

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Named from the indigenous term meaning 'big lagoon' or 'much water', Woy Woy is the commercial centre and key commuter hub of The Peninsula, with a mix of retail business, train, bus and ferry transport linkages, restaurants and cafes, and other services.

The Woy Woy waterfront precinct focuses around the multi-award winning Fisherman’s Wharf, offering fresh, local, sustainable seafood, a seafood market and daily pelican feeding.

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A regular choice for water-based activities including surfing, swimming, fishing and boating, the beautiful Umina Beach is a popular holiday and residential area. The Peninsula Recreation Precinct is one of the area’s most celebrated attractions.

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