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A Glimpse Of Gosford
 
the entranceThe city of Gosford is an intriguing one that is an ideal place to escape to for a weekend or a week, no matter what you are in the mood for. Its ideal location just 88 kilometres north of the capital city of Sydney means that it is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and escape for some relaxation, rejuvenation, and above all, fun and adventure. This also makes car rental Sydney a great option.This location also means that it is close to the equally popular city of Newcastle, which is another great place to explore on a holiday.

Gosford encompasses all the diversity of the Brisbane Waters and the Brisbane Water National Park, while still enjoying a bunch on beautiful beaches right on its doorstep. Gorgeous views surround you in every direction and a wide range of fun activities, suitable for the whole family, will keep you entertained for hours on end.

Driving along the Central Coast of New South Wales is a popular option for many reasons. Drivers are rewarded with stunning coastal views, and every few kilometres are met with charming coastal towns that are warm and welcoming from the very first glance. When travelling from both the capital cities of Sydney and Brisbane, you will find the exit to the coast off the Pacific Highway. No matter what city you are driving from you will experince the wonder and beauty of the magnificent part of the country, along with all of its tempting diversions. Gosford offers everything a big city should, while still enjoying the pleasantness of a seaside location. Watersports are a way of life in these parts, offering everything from sailing, cruising and surfing, to even hiring a house boat on the river. Gosford boasts the best of both worlds as it is protected further inland, but the adjoining towns of Terrigal, Avoca Beach, Cococabana and Woy Woy are all a short drive away and perfect for a relaxing day trip. Gosford is also extremely close to four of the state's most stunnign national parks, with Brisbane Waters the most popular among these. Watersports aren't all that is on offer in this amazing city. A great way to spend a day out is at the Australian Reptile Park. This is one of the city's main drawcards and is home to an abundance of kangaroos and snakes, as well as plenty of other native wildlife that are just waiting to be discovered. To further your experience of nature, head to the Popran National Park, which offers some truly remarkable wildflower displays. A day at the Ettalong Markets is another must-do, as they offer some unique and intriguing coastal bargains. The Kincumber Festival, which is held annually in October, is a great event to visit if you are in the mood fro some concerts, pet farms, great food, music and every type of stall you can imagine.

Terrific Terrigal enjoys a holiday vibe like no other! On offer are some amazing lookouts, bushwalking in the Bouddi National Park, pristine beaches and al-fresco cafes. Putty Beach is another popular local destination that is perfect for relaing in the sun. Another great thing to do in the area is The Skillion, which is a well known cliff walk, that is located not far from the main shopping centre. This walk offers some truly fantastic views of the coastline that will undoubtedly take your breath away. Game fishing cruises and whale watching adventures are popular among fishermen and nature lovers, while heading up to Woy Woy is another popular option. It is positioned between the River and National Park, known for its abundant fishing and boating.

Nature lovers will also fall in love with The Entrance, which can be found a little further up the coast. This picturesque little town is famous for its friendly pelicans, which are fed by tourists daily at 3.30pm. The Entrance offers everything from fishing and swimming, to shopping and entertainment, that can all be partaken in while enjoying the beautiful surrounding beaches.

Head away from the coast for a bit and spend some time in Somersby, a town most famous for being the home of the Australian Reptile Park. This park offers a wealth of things to see and do, with the mammal, reptile and interactive displays never failing to be a hit with both those young and old. The giant tortoise here is a definite highlight and is equalled by the Indiana Jones exhibit. The Lost World of Reptiles and the cobwebbed Spider World will keep the boys entertained for hours, and they will also enjoy the funnel web spider milking show. Girls might feel safer interacting with the koalas, kangaroos, platypus and wombats, as these offer some truly unforgettable experiences. The park is open from 9am daily and is situated a mere two minutes from the centre of Gosford.

Accommodation options abound in Gosford, with a number of caravan parks and motels on offer. The Ocean Village Holiday Park at Umina comes highly recommended as it enjoys pleasant views of the stunning coastline here. Everything you could possibly need is right on your doorstep here; from the river and beaches to some of the country's most beautiful National Parks.

Gosford offers all the benefits of a small city, combined with the shopping and entertainment facilities of a large one. These are pleasantly combined with the best that nature has to offer, in the form of the deep blue waters of the ocean and the peace and tranquillity of national parks, that spread for as far as the eye can see. Christine Barton




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