Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Nick Rains / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 166626

Part of the idyllic Central Coast region, Gosford is surrounded by national parks, steep hills and valleys, rainforest, lakes and ocean beaches. Understandably, Gosford continues to increase in popularity and has grown into a bustling city known for its high standard of tourism and its orchards and seafood.

Visitor Information

200 Mann St; (02) 4343 4444


Nearby national parks

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In Town

Art galleries and craft and antique shops: many in town; contact visitor centre for details.


Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Here the Hawkesbury River meets the sea with winding creeks, attractive beaches, hidden coves and clear water. Highlights are Resolute Track, with Aboriginal rock engravings and hand stencils; Bobbin Head, with a visitor centre and marina; and West Head Lookout, with panoramic views over the water. 33 km SW.

Australian Reptile Park Snakes, spiders and Galapagos tortoises. See shows throughout the day. Somersby Falls nearby provide an ideal picnic spot; Somersby; 15 km NW.

Gosford City Arts Centre: local art and craft and Japanese garden; 3 km E.

Henry Kendall

Cottage: museum in the poet's sandstone home. Also picnic and barbecue facilities in the grounds; 3 km SW.

Australian Rainforest Sanctuary: walking trails through peaceful rainforest. The Firefly Festival is held here Nov–Dec; 14 km NW.

Firescreek Fruit Wines: Holgate; (02) 4365 0768; 10 km NE.

Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park: native forest with 2 km of walking trails. Animals extinct in the area have been re-introduced with success thanks to the fence that keeps out feral animals; Calga; 20 km NW.

Brooklyn: access to lower Hawkesbury for houseboating, fishing and river cruises. Historic Riverboat Postman ferry leaves Brooklyn weekdays at 9.30am for cruises and postal deliveries; 32 km S.

Fishing spots near town

Hawkesbury-Nepean River 19 km

The Hawkesbury River is regarded as one of the most consistent waters for big mulloway, or jewfish as they are called. It was with mulloway in mind that I went to the river to fish with Colin Tannahill. The river flows... Find out more

Botany Bay 65 km

Recently I fished a hot-water outlet alongside the Kurnell refinery pier in Botany Bay, a few hundred metres from a monument dedicated to Captain James Cook’s landing in Australia in April 1770. A year before,... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

The Great North Walk 28 km

Although it links two of Australia’s most populated cities, Sydney and Newcastle, and passes through some beautiful bushland, the Great North Walk does not get the foot traffic you might expect. A 250-kilometre,... Find out more

Bushwalking in and around Sydney 29 km

Surprisingly, Sydney does offer some superb bushwalking through secluded bushland. Aboriginal engraving and art sites are quite common, and many are not publicised, simply leaving you to discover them, appreciate them,... Find out more

Kayaking in Sydney 46 km

Surprisingly, this activity has only taken off in Sydney in the past few years. With a city centred on such great waterways, there is plenty to explore, whether just for an hour or two, or a whole week. Sydney Harbour... Find out more

Taronga Zoo 48 km

One of the world’s best zoos, Taronga is involved in a wide variety of threatened species recovery operations, wildlife rehabilitation and animal research work. As well as having a great day by Sydney Harbour,... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Kooindah Waters Golf & Spa Resort 17 km

Throughout his playing career, Craig Parry has won tournaments around the world thanks to a mix of sound strategy, good ball-striking and a first-class short game. He brought those same key elements – golfing... Find out more

Magenta Shores Golf & Country Club 20 km

There is something truly inspiring about a golf course – whatever the quality of its playing surfaces – that offers the smells and sounds of the ocean. This is perhaps what first persuaded the Scots to use... Find out more

Monash Country Club 30 km

The first few years after World War II were boom years for golf course construction in Sydney, particularly north of the harbour. The founding members of Monash Country Club – which is today located high in the... Find out more

Terrey Hills Golf & Country Club 30 km

A golf course, by its very nature, is a living and constantly changing thing. A fine example of the way a course can grow and the effect this can have on its original design lies at Terrey Hills, about 40 minutes... Find out more

Long Reef Golf Club 35 km

Occupying the Long Reef headland on Sydney’s northern beaches – ‘one of the best sites of any golf course in Sydney’, according to five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson – this... Find out more

Pymble Golf Club 38 km

Pymble Golf Club has a rich history of nurturing some of the finest ball-strikers Australia has seen. The great Kel Nagle was the club’s resident professional for five years, and it was on the Pymble practice... Find out more

Avondale GOLF CLUB 41 km

When 19th-hole conversation turns to discussing the best places to play golf in Sydney, one course often slips under the radar. Avondale Golf Club quite rightly ranks among the harbour city’s finest courses. Yet... Find out more

Castle Hill Country Club 49 km

Back in 1821, Irishman George Acres received a land grant and is understood to have planted Australia’s first citrus trees. He planted them on the land where the fairways of Castle Hill Country Club now weave... Find out more

Royal Sydney Golf Club 51 km

It’s interesting to sift through the historical records of the Royal Sydney Golf Club; only then do you realise that no single course designer can lay claim to creating it. The course, a smooth seven-iron hit... Find out more

Concord Golf Club 53 km

From the very first days that golf was played in New South Wales, the name Concord has been part of the landscape. Established in 1899, golf began on the current site – on a layout designed by Dan Soutar, who... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town


Visit this cute little cafe, right in the centre of Gosford, to indulge in fresh, healthy meals – so good that a second branch opened up a few years ago at North Gosford Private Hospital. The interesting breakfast... Find out more


This chic coastal restaurant has a menu bursting with flavours. The cuisine is vibrant and the focus is on highlighting the lush produce of this rich coastal region. There are also admirable details such as the... Find out more

Upper Deck

Upper Deck is a popular choice in the Gosford area for local seafood. With enviable views of Brisbane Waters, the highlight of this popular restaurant is its seafood smorgasbord, catering to nearly every taste. The... Find out more

Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

Billy Kwong 53 km

This up-market restaurant in Surry Hills claims to have been the first restaurant in New South Wales that chose to become carbon neutral. Owned and run by passionate advocate of sustainability and ethical eating Kylie... Find out more

Green Gourmet 54 km

These totally vegan restaurants have fascinating dishes including mock fish, made from taro, mushroom steaks and desserts such as green tea moon cake.... Find out more

Nearby breweries

4 Pines Brewing Company 42 km

What do Margaret River and Manly have in common? Well, they both have popular surfing spots and craft breweries or, at least, they do now. The Mitchell family had seen the burgeoning Margaret River microbrewing scene... Find out more

Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel 50 km

Sydney’s longest-running brew-pub is many things rolled into one fine watering hole – an institution for ale lovers, a tourist magnet and a haven for homesick Poms. The historic sandstone pub is as comfy as a... Find out more

Redoak Brewery 51 km

Redoak burst onto the craft-beer scene by winning a swag of medals at the 2004 Australian International Beer Awards before they had sold even a single drop. And they have continued to collect an impressive array of... Find out more

Schwartz Brewery 52 km

Tucked away in the basement of the heritage-listed Macquarie Hotel in Surry Hills, this 8-hectolitre microbrewery is the hub of a burgeoning craft-beer empire run by owner Dr Jerry Schwartz. Apart from supplying the pub,... Find out more

Malt Shovel Brewery 54 km

US-born Dr Charles ‘Chuck’ Hahn has enjoyed two separate craft-beer careers over two decades, operating out of the same Camperdown brewery. In the late ’80s he opened it as the independent Hahn Brewery,... Find out more

Paddy's Brewery 55 km

There may be more unlikely venues for a craft brewery but, offhand, I can’t think of one. The Markets Hotel is a 24-hour pub opposite Sydney’s Flemington fresh produce market, where you’re more likely... Find out more

Tooheys Brewery 55 km

Tooheys remains the last of Sydney’s long-running mainstream breweries still currently operating. Founders James and John Toohey were cattle farmers before they entered the beer game, buying the Darling Brewery (it... Find out more

St Peters Brewery 56 km

Matt Donelan is someone who marches to a different drum from most other craftbrewers. He doesn’t have a website or own a mobile phone and doesn’t believe in cardboard packaging. He matches his keg prices... Find out more

Campsites around town

The Hawkesbury Track 8 km

The Hawkesbury Track takes you 78 km from Berowra Waters to Somersby, supplying 7 camping areas along the way. It’s centred around the beautiful Hawkesbury River and includes several magnificent vantage points of... Find out more

Putty Beach camping area 12 km

The largest of the park’s 3 camping areas with 18 tent sites, this is close to the beach but only a short walk from the carpark at the end of Putty Beach Rd. The eastern end of the beach (unpatrolled) is good for... Find out more

Little Beach camping area 12 km

It’s a 750 m walk from the carpark at the end of Graham Dr off the Scenic Rd to this campsite, which has 6 tent sites, as well as toilets and gas/electric BBQs. Fires aren’t permitted and you’ll need to... Find out more

Tallow Beach camping area (walk-in camping) 13 km

This campsite is only accessible via a fairly strenuous, steep 1.2 km track from the end of Hawke Head Dr in the south-western reaches of the park. It’s downhill to get there, which means a tough uphill walk back,... Find out more

El Lago Waters Tourist Park 17 km

Enjoy views of Tuggerah Lakes at The Entrance on the picturesque Central Coast at this tourist park, which offers a range of accommodation options including camping. Don’t get it confused with the adjacent resort... Find out more

Gentlemans Halt camping area (walk-in camping) 18 km

Perched on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, opposite Spencer, Gentlemans Halt is a 10 km walk from Canoelands Ridge Trail. Alternatively, you can paddle in by canoe as there are landing facilities here. Spare a few... Find out more

The Basin camping area 21 km

Camping for 400 visitors is permitted at this area only, near West Head. Vehicle parking is on West Head Rd; from there, it’s a 2.8 km walk or cycle to the campground. There is also access by water, via private... Find out more

Ten Mile Hollow camping area (walk-in camping) 26 km

This is a walk-in site and you’ll only find wood fireplaces here, so you need to be self-sufficient with a gas/fuel stove and drinking water. You can reach the campground via the 2-day Great North Walk between... Find out more

Marramarra Creek camping area (walk-in camping) 26 km

It’s a 4 km walk from the locked gate at Canoelands Rd, off Old Northern Rd, to this basic bush site. As with Gentlemans Halt, you’ll need to carry your drinking water with you, and preferably a gas/fuel... Find out more

Mill Creek camping area 27 km

One of the great drawcards of this camping ground is its wombat community. Sit quietly at dusk or dawn by one of the many freshly dug tunnels in the area, and you should be rewarded with a view of this enigmatic,... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Park 12 km

Just 2 km from the centre of Umina and set in a fabulous beachfront position, this quality park is a favourite of ours. There is a wide range of facilities, and children’s activities are held most weekends and... Find out more

Blue Lagoon Beach Resort 14 km

Tucked away at the water’s edge, this beachfront park has a pool, spa and an entertainment complex. It is an ideal place for a quiet break, although it is busy at the height of the Christmas and Easter holidays,... Find out more

Toowoon Bay Holiday Park 16 km

This is a large council-operated park on the waterfront. Some of the attractions in the area include pelican feeding and fishing. Pets are allowed but are restricted to one per site.... Find out more

Dunleith Tourist Park 18 km

This park has a picture-postcard location on the waterfront where Tuggerah Lake meets the sea. It has good tourist facilities and is within walking distance of town. Pets are allowed but not in holidays. Bookings are... Find out more

Two Shores Holiday Village 19 km

A small lakeside park is easily accessible from the main road and has relatively easy access for big rigs. A feature of the park is the coffee shop adjoining the office. Pets are allowed outside peak periods (small dogs... Find out more

Canton Beach Holiday Park 25 km

On the shores of Tuggerah Lake, this is a large council-operated park with good facilities. It is a great spot for a family holiday on the protected waterway and ideal for watersports enthusiasts. The park offers the... Find out more

Norah Head Holiday Park 26 km

This large, council-operated beachside park is a popular holiday destination. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Budgewoi Holiday Park 29 km

This large council-operated park has good facilities and is well suited for a beachside family holiday. Those wanting to fish can make use of the nearby boat ramp.... Find out more

BIG4 Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park 31 km

This is our pick of Sydney’s caravan parks. It is a large, grassy park on the banks of Narrabeen Lake and just a short stroll from the beach. It is located in a quiet area on the north shore, away from the city... Find out more

Munmorah State Conservation Area 34 km

The National Parks and Wildlife Service manage this recreation area. There are two camping areas, Fraser and Freemans, with tent sites and a limited number of unpowered caravan sites. It is just a short walk through the... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Wombats B&B

Wombats is a cheerful B&B close to Brisbane Waters and five minutes from the centre of Gosford. It’s a perfect stopover for travelling families to relax and unwind in the comfortable guest rooms (self-catering... Find out more

Claddagh House B&B

Offering a taste of Ireland, this lovely B&B is located in a country manor surrounded by lush gardens. High ceilings, comfortable furnishings and lashings of Irish charm permeate this retreat. There is an outdoor... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Australia Walkabout Park, Calga 11 km

You can camp out with the 180 species of wild animal in this 32-hectare feral-proofed wildlife park that has a solid history of conservation and caring for injured and orphaned wildlife. The overnight camping experience... Find out more

Somewhere Unique, Wollombi 56 km

The two stand-alone, couples-only cottages here are stylish, contemporary and have passive solar design. They are eco-accredited, on an 8-hectare bushland reserve, and use only renewable energy and Greenfleet vehicles.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Ourimbah Exit rest area 9 km

80km N of Sydney (L) or 85km S of Raymond Terrace (R)

Well off the freeway via the exit.

Hawkesbury River rest area 18 km

49km N of Sydney (L)

Well off the highway on the banks of the river. For northbound only.

Service Centre 19 km

93 km N of Sydney (L) or 74 km S of Raymond Terrace (R)

Highway Service Centre just off the highway.

What's on around town

Gosford Regional Show: May.

5 Lands Walk: June. 

Gosford to Lord Howe Island Yacht Race: Oct/Nov. Peats Ridge Sustainable Arts and Music Festival: Dec. 

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