By Paul Chai
The Central Coast, an hour north of Sydney, is a favourite weekend destination for tourists and locals alike. Known for its beautiful harbour setting, lovely beaches, pretty local villages, boutique hotels, stunning coastal terrain, great shopping and lush national parks, Central Coast makes for a perfect holiday. There are several popular beach towns here, including Avoca, Hardys Bay and Terrigal, and one of Australia's premier luxury lodges, Pretty Beach House.
HOW TO GET THERE
The Central Coast is an easy hour's drive north from Sydney. Simply follow the Pacific Highway – Australia's national route 1 – north from Sydney's city centre until it joins the M1 Pacific Motorway, then take the sign-posted exit to your destination.
- Sample the seasonal menu at Bells at Killcare
- Take a seaplane to Pretty Beach House lodge
- Walk the unspoiled coastline and beaches