Sydney to The Entrance NSW

Entrance NSW is one of my all-time favourite destinations on the Central Coast of New South Wales. Easily accessibly from Sydney by one hour drive, The Entrance makes an ideal day trip location from Sydney. The central coast of NSW is popular for the coastal town, beautiful beaches and laid-back lifestyle that suits visitors planning an extended stay in the region. A wide range of accommodations ranging from holiday homes and serviced apartments are easily available online in all price ranges. 

What makes Central Coast NSW so popular with tourists?

The Central Coastline has a number of amazing towns including Terrigal, The Entrance, Gosford and Shelley Beach. The unique layout of the region is marked by three massive freshwater lakes popular for fishing and water sports.

The coastline is on the way to the seasonal migration of whales and dolphins that make Dolphin Watching Tours a very popular activity in the Nelson Bay Area on the Central Coast. A number of amazing patrolled beaches are available from Gosford all the way to The Entrance. 

The first stop along the way on Pacific Coast Highway is the Mooney Mooney Bay which links Hawkesbury River to the Ocean. The city of Brooklyn offers boat charters and tours on the Hawkesbury River. A boat docking station at Mooney Mooney bay makes it a popular spot for people with boats.

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Stopping at Mooney Mooney Bay on the way from Sydney to the Entrance

With rising property prices in Sydney, young families are pushed out of the city towards the central coast, where cheaper houses and relatively affordable lifestyles make it a popular destination for people working in Newcastle as well as in Sydney. 

How to travel to The Entrance NSW from Sydney?

There are two different ways of reaching The Entrance from the city of Sydney. Follow the Pacific Coast Highway near Hornsby all the way to the Gosford exit. This route is quite interesting as you will pass through the Gosford waterfront, Erina, Bateau Bay, Forresters Beach and Shelley Beach before reaching The Entrance. 

The second route is much quicker you will exit Pacific Coast Highway near Tuggerah and drive up to the Entrance. This route is a better choice in the busy holiday season. 

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The floating Island at the Gosford Waterfront

Gosford Waterfront offers picturesque views of the bay and Central Coast Aqua Park located at the Drifters Wharf. There are plenty of nice cafes and coffee shops located along A49 towards the Entrance. 

Terrigal is one of the great locations for a day trip with a beautiful waterfront, coastal walk and plenty of places to eat and stay. The boardwalk is a new addition to the beach and there is plenty of picnic tables and BBQ spots along the waterfront. 


The rockpool at the Terrigal Waterfront, NSW

I took a walk to the top of the hill and enjoyed amazing views from the lookout along the rocky coastline. The Terrigal beach is a patrolled beach with plenty of parking and basic amenities. 

The drive from Terrigal to The Entrance winds through beautiful locations with plenty of holiday homes and places to stay. Some great places to stay in Terrigal include:


The Clan is a great place to stay in Terrigal, NSW

What are some of the best things to do at The Entrance?

The Entrance waterfront is popular with families, with a kids' play area, Joyland and a water splash area. The shallow water is ideal for swimming, SUP, boating and kayaking. 

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Kids play area at the Entrance Waterfront

The Entrance Waterfront is home to resident Pelicans. A pelican feeding is a regular attraction managed by the city council staff. The guests are requested not to feed the pelican. 


The Entrance Waterfront on a warm summer day 

A boating station near the bridge offers paddle boats and kayaks for rental. The water level is very shallow under the bridge and is also popular for fishing. 


A beautiful bridge connecting The Entrance with Toukley

The Entrance Hotel is a regular hangout with the local crowds and stays busy till late. Enjoy live music and the great atmosphere and food. A couple of nice restaurants along the waterfront are popular for seafood. 


SUP at the shallow waters of The Entrance Waterfront

 What are some of the best places to stay at Entrance NSW?

The entrance is popular for family holidays and a number of serviced apartments, caravan parks and holiday homes are great choices to stay in based on your comfort level. Some centrally located properties include:

 Visiting Lake Tuggerah in the Entrance NSW, Central Coast

Lake Tuggerah is one of three main freshwater lakes in the region and is home to a large variety of migrating birds. The lake is popular for fishing and watersports.

A number of caravan parks and motels in the area offer budget but quality accommodation in the area. The Lake Tuggerah is within walking distance of The Entrance Waterfront. 


Beautiful views of Lake Tuggerah

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