The Central Coast offers a perfect mix of town and country life for those who make it their home. A superbly relaxed lifestyle in a magnificent, natural, pollution-free environment is available to all, with the benefits of city living never far away.
Families are offered a safe, secure and caring environment with the opportunity to live life to the full. It is the reason so many people choose to live in the region. Areas of particular benefit are:
Residential property – the Central Coast offers the opportunity to acquire a quality residential property at values substantially lower than in Sydney Metropolitan areas.
Health – a healthy, pollution-free environment with hospital and medical facilities comparable with those in major cities.
Schooling – public and private schools provide a high standard of primary and secondary education. The University of Newcastle’s Central Coast Campus and TAFE colleges provide for tertiary learning.
Proximity to work – No matter where one lives on the Central Coast getting to work is much less stressful than in Sydney. Most local residents are within 40 minutes’ drive of their jobs.
Shopping – the region is serviced by a large choice of retail shops with modern shopping centres offering goods and services that match any Sydney suburb.
Leisure – Central Coast residents have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of leisure activities, all within 15 to 20 minutes of home.
Sport – the Central Coast could well be described as “A Sporting Mecca”. The choice of sport for all age groups is almost limitless.
Entertainment – there is always something interesting to do and see, from bars and clubs to live music, movies and restaurants, to seeing a national football game or touring event at the Central Coast.
Cost of Living – For those who have the opportunity to live and work on the Central Coast the Cost of Living is substantially less than for the city.
The Central Coast provides prospective home buyers a wide range of property ranging from beachfront, coastal and hinterland rural to suburban homes and apartments.
Away from the beaches affordable housing is a well-known attribute of the region.
The best part is that you can choose to be as close or as far away as you want from the shops, beaches, freeway or bush and stay within your budget.
The most sought after beachside suburbs are Terrigal, Avoca Beach, Forresters Beach, Toowoon Bay and Pearl Beach, the waterside suburbs of Point Frederick, St. Hubert’s Island and Daley’s Point. Executive style properties command prices between $2 and $4 million. In the rural areas of Matcham, Holgate and Glenning Valley, Yarramalong and Dooralong Valleys prices range from $1 million to $4 million.
To the north of the region are the newer areas of Woongarrah, Hamlyn Terrace and Wadalba with 450 sqm lots being offered from $300,000. While house and land packages are available for around $470,000 to $931,000.
Beachside locations are sought after with Terrigal the most popular location with prices starting at $900,000 and passing the $2m mark for a beachside apartment with ocean and beach views.
The Central Coast offers residents a wide range of education options through both the Public, Catholic and Independent sectors.
Public schooling is well covered, with all residential areas served by infant, primary and strategically located high schools. An important aspect of schooling on the Central Coast is that the majority of schools have either been built or extended over the past twenty years providing students with the most modern and up-to-date education facilities.
For students attending high school on the Central Coast, there are a number of sound options to consider, from local comprehensive high schools, a selective school and several multi-campus colleges with junior and senior high schools.
Gosford High School (GHS) is a academically selective high school located adjacent to the Gosford CBD.
Central Coast Grammar School (CCGS) is a leading independent school for boys and girls from age 5 to 18 (K to Year 12) and has an enrolment of 1290 students. Located on a 17 hectare campus, its facilities include a Performing Arts Centre and extensive indoor and outdoor sports amenities.
CCGS’s academic results are among the nation’s very best, ranking number 56 in the top 100 schools in the 2018 HSC, and its programmes have a global outlook and focus on next generation teaching and learning.
CCGS’s investment in state-of-the-art learning facilities continues with all new K-6 junior school facilities opening in January 2021, linking cutting edge design, technology and teaching practice.
For those seeking a religious based education for their children, the Catholic Church operates primary schools at ten locations throughout the region as well as St Peter’s Catholic College at Tuggerah, St Joseph’s Catholic College and St Edward’s Christian Brothers College at East Gosford and MacKillop Catholic College at Warnervale.
Other religious schools include the Central Coast Adventist School at Erina, Green Point Christian College, Wyong Christian Community School, St Philip’s Christian College at Narara and Lakes Grammar at Warnervale.
Central Coast Grammar School students
At Kariong the Central Coast Sports College accepts students from year K through to year 12 who all take part in an innovative academic programme and at the same time are involved in football, netball, tennis, rugby league and rugby union programmes.
The Central Coast Campus at Ourimbah is multi-sector comprising the University of Newcastle’s Central Coast Campus, TAFE NSW and the Central Coast Community College.
Additional TAFE campuses are located at Gosford and Wyong.
Public health facilities in the region are both first class and comprehensive.
An extensive range of specialist medical services is provided across the region making the Central Coast almost independent of capital city medical services.
Four public hospitals, three private hospitals and eight health care centres serve the area.
Gosford Hospital is an 11-storey building officially opened in June 2018 and is considered one of the most modern in Australia. It comprises surgical and medical wards, and has teaching status through affiliation with the Medical Faculty at the University of Newcastle. A Cancer Treatment Centre offering radiotherapy treatment for cancer sufferers is co-located on the hospital campus.
A new hospital is under construction at Wyong to service the northern part of the Central Coast.
Healthe Care Australia operate private hospitals at Woy Woy, Gosford and Kanwal (adjacent to Wyong Hospital).
Community Health Centres operate at Long Jetty, Kincumber, Wyong, Gosford, Erina, Mangrove Mountain, Toukley and Lake Haven.
All residential areas are serviced by general practitioners with specialists in private practice and medical centres.
Specialist services are available at centres throughout the region.
The Central Coast offers a relaxed lifestyle with a pollution-free, near perfect climate, creating opportunities to enjoy a richly diverse natural environment ranging from the rainforests of the many national parks to the extensive waterways and pristine beaches of the Pacific Ocean coastline.
Recreation facilities of nearly every kind and for every member of the family abound on the Central Coast. Scuba diving, swimming, surfing, boating, water skiing, deep-sea and beach fishing are just some of the water based activities enjoyed by residents.
People who work on the Central Coast have the opportunity to enjoy more leisure time than their city cousins by taking advantage of the many fun and exciting experiences the region has to offer – all close to where they live and work. It is also a great place to simply wind down and relax.
So, whether surfing, bushwalking, cycling, the simple pleasure of a walk on the beach or the delights of dining in one of the region’s excellent restaurants, the Central Coast has something for everyone.
The Central Coast is just over one hour from the centre of Sydney with its world class restaurants, theatres and galleries and festivals.
Closer to home the Central Coast also offers residents a wide range of dining out and entertainment options:
The Bon Pavilion Gosford
Dining out on the Central Coast offers a truly international choice of cuisines. There are numerous restaurants in the region offering a dining experience to suit every occasion and budget from casual bistros, chic sidewalk and al fresco cafés to elegant award-winning fine dining restaurants.
Over the last two years new dining precincts in Gosford and Wyong have evolved.
Gosford’s dining precinct has exploded in the last few years as restaurateurs open new venues. The John Singleton inspired The Bon Pavilion (pictured) opened in early 2019. This iconic venue, is split into six zones offering a high end dining room, casual coffee bar, cocktail bar and public bar as well as private dining.
The Central Coast has a variety of cinemas including Events Cinemas at Westfield Tuggerah and Hoyts at Erina Fair. The art deco Cinema Paradiso at Ettalong Beach, Avoca Beach Theatre and Majestic Cinema at The Entrance all provide unique and enjoyable experiences.
Gosford’s Laycock Street Theatre, the Woy Woy Little Theatre and The Arthouse theatre at Wyong stages first-rate productions in mainstream and avant-garde drama, comedy and musicals, with many featuring internationally recognised artists and directors.
The Central Coast has a rich musical and cultural life with its own conservatorium of music and orchestra, show band and brass band. There is also a strong musical culture in the private and public schools in the region.
The region is also home to some of Australia’s top country music performers and musicians and boasts at least two world class recording studios.
Numerous venues across the region offer live music entertainment featuring many well-known artists and musicians.
The NAISDA Dance College at Mt Penang Gardens, Kariong is Australia’s premier Indigenous training college in dance and the performing arts for next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performers.
The Central Coast is home to many celebrated artists.
The Central Coast Regional Gallery at East Gosford compliments the many other galleries in the region, particularly the Ken Duncan Gallery and Neil Joseph Fine Art Gallery.
Art societies and special interest groups, such as pottery and writers groups are also active in the region and welcome new members.
The Central Coast could well be described as a “Sporting Mecca”. The choice of sport for all age groups is almost limitless. Some of the sports on offer include:
AFL, archery, athletics, baseball, basketball, canoeing, cricket, cycling, darts, fishing, football, golf, hockey, horse racing, horse riding, ice hockey, ice skating, lawn bowls, little athletics, martial arts, netball, rugby league, rugby union, scuba diving, surf lifesaving, swimming, tennis, tenpin bowling, water skiing and many others.
Gosford’s 20,000-seat Central Coast Stadium, overlooking Brisbane Water, is regarded as one of the finest stadiums in Australia and is a popular venue for rugby league, rugby union, football and touring events.
The Central Coast Regional Athletics Centre, on the site of the Mingara Recreation Club at Tumbi Umbi, features an IAAF standard athletics track and international standard playing field. The facility attracts some 6,000 visitors per month and is the home of a number of athletics clubs and football clubs including State League Division and Super League teams. Other athletics tracks and facilities are located throughout the region.
The Gosford Race Club and Wyong Race Club hold regular meetings with both venues attracting leading horses and jockeys.
The Central Coast Mariners FC is one of the eight football clubs which comprise the national Hyundai A-League. The Mariners Centre of Excellence at Tuggerah is the training base for the club and includes a Soccere5s facility, YMCA Swimming School. The administrative headquarters of the club are located on the site.
The Central Coast Academy of Sport is one of Australia’s leading sports academies offering a number of high performance sporting programmes.
Located on 18 hectares of land at Tuggerah the Central Coast Regional Sporting & Recreational Complex is operated by Central Coast Council. Stage 1 comprising nine playing fields plus amenities building was opened in March 2019 and represents an investment of $23.71 million. Stage 2, a multi-purpose indoor complex and grandstand is planned for the future.
Central Coast Stadium