MAP - NSW maritime heritage sites
The Central Coast is a region that loosely centres on Gosford. It then extends south from Budgewoi and to the north of Broken Bay and the Hawkesbury River.
European exploration of the Hawkesbury River began soon after settlement at Port Jackson. Governor Phillip explored Broken Bay as early as March 1788. He noted its good waterways, picturesque appearance and also its rocky shores.
Europeans began to settle in the Central Coast in 1820 and timber and shipbuilding quickly grew as major industries. A large percentage of Australian-built wooden ships were built on the Central Coast.
The area also exported cattle and vegetables exported shell (often from Aboriginal middens). Shell was turned into lime and used in mortar on many buildings in Sydney.
Page last updated: 31 August 2012