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An abundance of seaside sporting, recreational, family, holiday and natural attractions, makes the Central Coast one of Australia's leading holiday destinations. It's become a rapidly developing urban region on the coastline north of Sydney and south of Lake Macquarie and Newcastle.

The region is a network of towns with the main urban hub surrounding the northern shore of Brisbane Water and the Coast's central town, Gosford, stretching to the retail centre of Erina.

It's a popular and diverse destination for holidaying, and for retirement, with communities of hustle and bustle interwoven with secluded holiday and retirement resorts. The cultural identity differs from that of the large, diverse metropolis Sydney and the Newcastle and Hunter Valley regions, with their mining, industry and ports.

Sweeping unspoilt beaches, extensive waterways, rugged cliff faces, limitless natural reserves and secluded bays make this the perfect holiday and recreational destination. Water sports including fishing, sailing, swimming, kayaking and cruising will simply enhance your visit to the region.

After a hard day on the water, sit back and let the bustle amuse you while you relax in the al fresco cafes, boutiques, markets and galleries at popular sea-side resorts.

Step right in to nature's backyard and explore undiscovered hinterland, wildlife parks, scenic lookouts, historical sites and vast national parks.

Choose from an enormous range of beachside resorts, motels, B & B's, apartments, cabins and caravans to unwind and rejuvenate for your next big day on the Central coast.

The main access to the Central Coast by road is by the 128km Sydney-Newcastle Freeway the most important road link between Sydney, the Central Coast, Newcastle and the Hunter Valley.

The region also has an extensive public transport network. The western section being serviced by CityRail's Sydney-Newcastle rail line and the rest of the region served by private bus networks connecting the many suburbs and localities.

The Central Coast was officially recognised recently as an independant region separate from Sydney or the Hunter Valley, a somewhat controversial accreditation as many Sydneysiders and Novocastrians view the Central Coast as a retirement and commuter-community for Sydney.

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