This region is home to rugged plateaus, spectacular beaches and coastal walks within easy reach of Sydney and Newcastle.
Central Coast region map

Featured threatened species

Common name
Somersby Mintbush

Scientific name
Prostanthera junonis

Status in NSW

Commonwealth status

Low spreading shrub 0.1 - 0.3 m and up to 1 m diameter. In open sites, branches appear wiry and are often prostrate. Where vegetation is denser, the plants have long spindly branches which weave through other vegetation and can grow up to 1m high. Leaves are oval in shape, dull green above and paler below. Flowers are 8 - 12 mm long and pale mauve to almost white with brown spots in the throat.

Climate change

Mean temperatures are projected to rise by 1.9 ºC by 2070. The greater increases are being seen west of Peats Ridge during spring. Increases in the other seasons are occurring across the region. All models shows there are no declines in mean temperatures across the Central Coast.

Things to do & see

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Edward River canoe and kayak trail

Edward River canoe and kayak trail, in Murray Valley National Park, is a great paddling spot with camping and swimming. Photo: D.Finnegan

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Yanga Homestead

Step in to the past on a guided tour of Yanga Homestead to explore Yanga National Park’s pastoral and Aboriginal heritage. Photo: D.Finnegan

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Cocoparra National Park

A half hour drive from Griffith in the Riverina, Cocoparra National Park is fabulous for bushwalking and birdwatching. Photo: J.Spencer

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Hermit's Cave

The hermit Ricetti built a complex of enclosed rocky outcrops, walk ways, terraces and grew his own crops. Photo: G.Cilliers

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Willandra Homestead

The homestead, cottage and men’s quarters are instilled with the history of NSW’s wool industry. Photo: B.Hlavica

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Hay Gaol

This prison from the 1880s was also a place of internment of Japanese prisoners of war during World War II. Photo: M.McClelland

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