New South Wales Central Coast Holidays
Stretching from Bulahdelah and the Myall Lakes in the north to Sydney in the south and west across the Hunter Valley to Muswellbrook and Scone. The Central Coast is a region that offers the best of coast, city and country holidays.
The vineyards and wine tasting in the Hunter Valley, bush scenery, mountains, lakes, rivers and gourmet food. The region offes a great selection and variety of tours.
It's an area where visitors will find Aboriginal rock paintings and engravings, horse riding, hot-air ballooning, historic sites, golf, eco tours, bushwalking and cellar door tours to leading vineyards.
Places of Interest - Central Coast
Nelson Bay - situated on the Central coast at Port Stephens, this very popular boating and fishing spot is known for its dolphin population. It is a centre for cruise tour operators plus excellent beaches and plenty of golf.
Hunter Valley - appreciated more for its fine wines than the coal mines which co-exist with the vineyards. The major wineries are centered around the Cessnock area in the lower Hunter although another group of wineries can be found around Muswellbrook in the upper Hunter area. This is a very popular day trip destination from Sydney. Many vineyards have cellar door sales with wine tasting. The Hunter Wine and Food Festival takes place in September. Visit the historic Wollombi village for a taste of yesteryear and the regional history and the Goulburn River National Park at the upper end of the valley has several aboriginal cave art sites.
Maitland & Morpeth - rich in New South Wales history being one of Australia's original settlements. Home to some original Georgian style homes and public buildings showing examples of what the village was like in its heyday.
Singleton - one of the oldest towns in New South Wales now servicing the surrounding coal mines. It marks the boundary between the upper and lower Hunter areas.
Scone - at the top end of the Hunter Valley and known as the horse capital of Australia. There are about 50 thoroughbred studs in the area and visits are available to some of the studs. Horse Week is held in May each year.
Newcastle - one of Australia's largest ports at the mouth of the Hunter River and the second largest city in New South Wales. The city boasts some fine examples of early colonial architecture and a breakwater built by the convicts. Surf beaches are just a few minutes from the city centre. Nearby Lake Macquarie is the largest salt water lake in Australia and is a popular sailing, waterskiing and fishing centre. A good collection of contemporary Australian art can be seen at the Newcastle Region Gallery. The Regional Maritime and Military Museum is located at Fort Scratchley.
Gosford - easily reached by road and rail and serves as a central point for the attractions in the Central Coast area. Old Sydney Town is a theatrical recreation of how Sydney developed in the early pioneering days. Brisbane Water National Park is good for bushwalking, aboriginal engravings and spring wildflowers. Visit the bushland of the Yarramalong Valley, the township of Pearl Beach and the beach resort centre of Terrigal.
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