Located midway between Sydney and Newcastle, the Central Coast has the advantage of being centrally located within about 2 hours driving time of a population of around 5.5 million people. Both cities provide a springboard to all Australian state capitals and the international market.
The M1 Pacific Motorway runs north-south through the Central Coast and is part of the AusLink road corridor that links the major eastern seaboard cities and towns from Sydney to Brisbane. Key industrial areas are located adjacent to the three access points to the region, at Somersby, Tuggerah and Warnervale.
In addition, the Central Coast is half way between Brisbane and Melbourne, around 950 kms (see Table), which is approximately 10 to 11 hours truck driving time putting it within the legal driving limit of twelve hours.
Port Botany and Sydney Airport is about 100 kilometres or 90 minutes’ drive depending on traffic to Tuggerah on the M1 Pacific Motorway exit.
NorthConnex a nine kilometre tunnel that will link the M1 Pacific Motorway at Wahroonga to the Hills M2 Motorway at West Pennant Hills, is expected to be completed in late 2019. It will substantially reduce traffic congestion on Pennant Hills Road resulting in shorter travelling times between the Central Coast and Western Sydney.
Distribution logistics is a major factor when deciding where to site a new warehouse. The new facility must be located in the correct location to efficiently meet clients and customers delivery requirements. Consideration also has to be given to the labour catchments and road access in the possible areas.
The Central Coast is one of the very few locations in Australia providing optimum cost benefits in terms of market access and distribution due to its proximity to two of the state’s largest markets – Sydney and Newcastle.
In addition, the region boasts an extensive pool of labour skilled in all aspects of the warehousing and distribution process.
Lower occupancy costs, relative to city locations, are achievable due to reasonably priced land and building costs.
Many companies, both global and national, are seeing the logistics advantages of locating their warehousing and distribution facilities in the region.
National and global companies that have based their distribution operations on the Central Coast include:
Interstate carriers Star Track Express and Toll IPEC operate modern terminals in the region and offer overnight services to Melbourne and Brisbane.
Christian Nyman, Managing Director, Pelican Products Pty Ltd ANZ
We moved the office and warehouse to the Central Coast 10 years ago from a city location and service all our customers in Australia/New Zealand. Our warehouse receives containers from Botany only a couple hours after they clear customs.
We attend meetings, trade shows and functions in Sydney frequently, as the drive from the Erina office is comparable to driving from other parts of Sydney, and in many instances faster.
Our location here has all the modern facilities, multiple daily freight pickup & deliveries, banking, postal & other services on our block, lots of nearby restaurants and other conveniences, and staff all enjoy a short travel to work that Sydneysiders only dream about. Real Estate is more than competitive with Sydney, so too quality schooling, and all the same mainstream shopping as any capital city.
We’re really just another Sydney suburb - with advantages not found elsewhere. We’re very satisfied. Moving here was one of our best business decisions.