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Winter Escapes for the Last Minute Planners – School Holidays activities and stays!

Destination Central Coast 4 mins read

Central Coast, New South Wales: Although winter is already sweeping over NSW, there are still colder months ahead and the perfect time to finalise your winter travel plans whether your family is looking for a day trip or a longer stay.


Just 90 minutes from Sydney, the Central Coast is the perfect destination for hidden gems in winter with panoramic coastlines, striking nature, cosy hinterland hideaways and a thriving food and cultural scene.


Cosy Campfire Camping  

Aussie families love camping all year round but the winter weather can make this less enjoyable for those who aren’t the most adventurous type. For a unique camping experience the whole family will enjoy, try Simple Pleasures Camping Co. Enjoy the comfort of stylish tents while connecting with nature. Ideal for families and friends seeking a hassle-free glamping adventure. 

Simple Pleasures Camping Co. - Glenworth Valley, Central Coast



ECO Certified Stays 

Bells at Killcare and Pretty Beach House are now officially ECO Certified for the enviro-conscious families. 

A world class boutique hotel located just outside of Sydney on the magnificent Central Coast, Bells at Killcare Boutique Hotel, Restaurant & Spa is one of Australia’s most distinctive resorts, perfect for a romantic retreat or quick city escape.

Bells at Killcare Hotel - 107 The Scenic Road, Killcare Heights NSW, Australia

Nestled within the Bouddi National Park and overlooking the sparkling waters of Broken Bay, Pretty Beach House is an exclusive luxury lodge, with only 4 pavilions. The epitome of relaxed luxury and elegance, Pretty Beach House is for those looking for a private nature based getaway surrounded by beaches, bays and bush.

Pretty Beach House - Pretty Beach, High View Rd, Pretty Beach NSW 2257, Australia



Cocoa Cold-Weather Activities   

Indulge with the kids on a confectionery production tour or an immersive chocolate workshop at Gosford Chocolate Factory. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious cup of signature hot chocolate or a delightful cake made by our master patissiers. 

Gosford Chocolate Factory - 6 Jusfrute Dr, West Gosford NSW 2250



Frosty Fun for Little Ones 

Leaf the city behind and travel north to our New South Wales’ flagship park, Treetops Adventure Central Coast! Nestled amongst the great eucalyptus trees of the Ourimbah State Forest you can spend a few hours or up to a whole day hanging around with us. The park features exciting and challenging obstacle courses high up in the tree canopy that will have all the family swinging, leaping, climbing and flying through the forest – allowing thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts to experience the trees like never before.

Treetops Adventure Central Coast is officially ECO Certified with Ecotourism Australia.

Treetops Adventure Park - 1 Red Hill Rd, Wyong Creek NSW 2259




The Australian Reptile Park is the best tourist attraction in Australia! (Qantas Australian Tourism Awards 2023). The Australian Reptile Park is a world-renowned hands-on zoo that hosts many animal interactions and exciting wildlife shows. 

The Australian Reptile Park is the only zoo in Australia committed to saving lives with a venom milking program in place for the past 50+ years, saving over 300 lives each year being the sole supplier of a variety of venoms, which is used for all snakes and funnel-web anti-venom in Australia.

Australian Reptile Park - Australian Reptile Park, Pacific Highway, Somersby NSW 2250 


Visit the Love Central Coast’s dedicated destination website to find out more here.


About us:

About the Central Coast

The Central Coast is one of New South Wales and Australia’s leading tourism destinations, the heart of striking natural beauty and panoramic coastlines, hinterland, food, culture and a rich tapestry of makers and creators that define it. Spanning an area of over 1600 km², the Central Coast is home to vibrant happenings and things to do from epicurean dining to the outdoors to culture, inspiring both weekend and long stays adventures.


Winning first place in the global Green Destinations Story Awards at the world’s leading travel trade show ITB Berlin, Central Coast has landed the destination with global recognition. As one of Australia's top 10 domestic travel destinations by DSpark, landing as number 25 out of 50 on Tourism Research Australia’s National Visitors’ destination survey, the NSW Central Coast is an emerging national and international destination primed for growth and economic transformation. The region was also one of the first in Australia to receive international recognition as a sustainable tourism destination through Ecotourism Australia’s ECO Destination Certification program in 2022. 

Contact details:


For further information about Destination Central Coast, please contact The Bravery: 

Claudia Bergen, The Bravery, PR Account Manager | | 0477 658 404


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