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Sydney Surrounds

Wine Country, Mountains, Coasts...

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2 hours North of Sydney Within 2 hours drive you’ll arrive at Australia’s oldest and one of its most well-known wine regions. The Hunter Valley is renowned for producing awarding winning wines and a wide array of traditional and contemporary delights expected of a world famous wine region. You will find the Hunter Valley is one of the most vibrant and relaxing places to visit, whilst being ideally accessible from Sydney and Newcastle.


32 Climate The Hunter Valley is moderate in climate, similar to a Mediterranean climate. January is typically seen as the hottest month and July the coldest. The heaviest rainfalls are in summer, with a secondary peak just before winter.













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1 hour North West of Sydney Only 90 minutes from Sydney, the Blue Mountains Lithgow and Oberon Tourism Region is amongst Australia’s most accessible World Heritage listed wildernesses. Stretching over one million hectares, the region is an inspiring mix of rainforest, blue-hazed valleys, golden sandstone escarpments, intriguing canyons, tall forests and windswept heathlands.

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The perfect holiday destination - a blue water paradise made up of pristine and unspoiled waterways and over 26 golden sandy beaches. The area is famous

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1 hour North of Sydney Centrally located between Sydney and Newcastle on the sparkling Pacific Ocean, few regional destinations offer the waterfront lifestyle and natural diversity that is easily accessible from both cities. In just one hour, you will be transported away from the distractions and stress of the city. Please refer to pages 12 - 15 for details.



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Grand Pacific Drive is a scenic coastal drive encompassing 140km of some of the most spectacular scenery and coastline in NSW, starting just 45 mins south of Sydney. From Royal National Park to Wollongong and beyond, the route traverses through dramatic coastal scenery, quaint villages and over the


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Wine Country Experiences


Wine Country Accommodation


Blue Mountains Mountain Experiences Mountain Accommodation Central Coast

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Experience the Valleys...

Hunter Valley Contact Us 455 Wine Country Drive, POKOLBIN NSW 2320

Danny Eather Phone: +61 2 4990 0930 Email: Web:

Getting to the Hunter Valley Escape to a place where you can create your own story. So close to Sydney yet truly a world away, the Hunter Valley is the birthplace of Australian wine. The Hunter Valley provides that iconic Australian wine & food experience. You will find world-class Hunter Valley Semillon and great Australian Shiraz that lasts for generations. Add to this a wide array of traditional and contemporary delights expected of a world famous wine region, such as fine dining, golf, spas, hot air ballooning, as well as a rich history and you will find the Hunter Valley is one of the most vibrant and relaxing places to visit.

By Road Route 1: Over Sydney Harbour Bridge & follow the Pacific Highway towards Hornsby. Before Hornsby (at Wahroonga) take the F3 Freeway north towards Newcastle. After 100kms (1 hour), exit the F3 Freeway at the Cessnock/Hunter Valley Vineyards exit sign. Follow the signs to Cessnock/Vineyards. Route 2: Tourist Route T33 – Turn off the F3 Freeway at Peats Ridge. This route will take you through scenic mountains and via parts of the historic convict trail & into the Hunter Valley at the historic town of Wollombi.

By Rail CityRail operates an hourly train service from Sydney Central Station to Newcastle Stations at Morisset, Newcastle or Maitland. Connecting buses from Morisset, Maitland and Newcastle are available. For bus and rail time timetable information visit

By Air Newcastle Airport is located approximately 50 minutes drive to the east of the Hunter Valley. All three major domestic airlines and some regional airlines operate daily services in/out of Newcastle Airport from international gateways of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Airport-shuttle services are available to the Hunter Valley (Bookings essential). Cessnock Airport located adjacent to vineyards is available for charter flights on request.

Sample Itineraries The Hunter Valley Tasting Plate 7.30am

Depart your Sydney hotel after breakfast and head north out of the city along the F3 Freeway towards the Hunter Valley.


Arrive at the Hunter Valley Gardens. Explore Australia’s largest display gardens, spanning over 60 acres of ten themed gardens. Take a guided tour on the Hunter Valley Gardens Express Train (Additional Costs).


Enjoy a relaxing lunch at one of the many award winning restaurants or cafés whilst enjoying a glass of Hunter Valley Semillon or Shiraz.


Time to become a wine connoisseur and learn what makes Hunter Valley wine so memorable. Choose from over 140 wineries and cellar doors.


Sample the Hunter Valley’s finest cheese, chocolates and olives at many boutique outlets scattered throughout the region.


Depart for Sydney.

Optional: Overnight at one of the featured hotels or resorts.

A Hunter Valley Way of Life

A H u n t e r Va l l e y w a y o f l i f e . . .

National Parks

Werakata National Park This park is centrally located in the Hunter Valley region, yet has a rich history of Aboriginal occupation and more recently forestry operation. Today it conserves a diversity of plants and animals including a number of threatened species and endangered ecological communities.

Watagans National Park Situated only 35 kilometres from the heart of the Hunter Valley region, this park is one of the most beautiful reserves in the area with moss-covered boulders and rainforests throughout. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Watagans on a  bushwalk,  touring by car or having a picnic.

Yengo National Park This park stretches over 70 km from Wisemans Ferry to the Hunter Valley, Yengo National Park is a wild area of steep gorges and rocky ridges, rich in Aboriginal and cultural heritage. The historic Old Great North Road, a fantastic, intact example of early 19th century convict road-building, follows the south-east boundary of the park. The park is apart of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area.

Day 1

Head north out of Sydney along the F3 Freeway. Arrive at the Hunter Valley Gardens and explore Australia’s largest display gardens, spanning over 60 acres. Once you have discovered the gardens, head to the small, boutique shopping village in the complex for a bit of retail therapy. Grab a bite to eat at one of the many eateries. Before retiring to your accommodation, visit one of the 140 wineries and cellar doors to sample our world renowned Shiraz & Semillon. Take a bottle back to your room to savour.

Day 2

Time to explore the Hunter Valley a little more. Head towards Hermitage Road on which lies Hunter Resort, home of the Hunter Valley Wine School and the Hunter Wine Theatre. There you will be educated on everything there is to know about Hunter Valley wine. Before leaving, try a tasting paddle of 6 local beers at the Bluetongue Brewery Café. For lunch, meander over towards Lovedale Road, filled with a number of small cafés with great fresh local produce on offer. Drop into the Hunter Valley Chocolate Shop to indulge in their handmade chocolate and fudge. End your afternoon with 9 holes of golf at Cypress Lakes Golf & Country Club or The Vintage, a spa treatment at either Chàteau Elan at The Vintage, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley or Cypress Lakes Resort. For dinner this evening, try one of the many award winning restaurants for that true Hunter Valley dining experience.

Day 3

Start the morning with a breath-taking sunrise hot air balloon flight with Balloon Aloft followed by a champagne breakfast to celebrate your flight. Sample the Hunter Valley’s finest handmade cheeses at one of the local cheese factories before you head back to Sydney via the historic village of Wollombi along Tourist Route 33.

Hunter Resort • 4 Styles of Accommodation – Hunter & Vineyard View rooms and two bedroom cottages • Onsite Wine School, Wine Theatre, Cooking School • Brewery cafe & fine dining restaurant Hermitage Road, POKOLBIN NSW 2320 Phone: +61 2 4998 7777 Email:

Wine WIne Country Experiences Balloon Aloft

Boutique Wine Tours • Daily sunrise Flights • Gourmet Champagne Breakfast • Small group and exclusive bookings • Depart from Sydney hotels daily. • Small group size with a maximum of 14 passengers • Visiting boutique wineries where wine-making is a lifelong passion.

Po Box 62, CESSNOCK NSW 2325 Phone: +61 2 4991 1955 Email:

Po Box 728, GORDON NSW 2072 Phone: +61 2 9499 5444 Email:

Cypress Lakes Golf & Country Club

Hunter Valley Cooking School • 18 hole course with club house. • Located at Cypress Lakes Resort. • Most established Championship course in the Hunter Valley. This is a hands on class and all dishes are cooked from scratch using local produce. Enjoy a 3 course lunch and dinner.

Thompsons Road, POKOLBIN NSW 2320 Phone: +61 2 4993 1555 Email:

@Hunter Resort, Hermitage Rd, POKOLBIN NSW 2320 Phone: +61 2 4998 7777 Email:

Hunter Valley Gardens

Hunter Valley Private Tours • Australia’s Largest Display Garden • Spanning 60 acres of spectacular display gardens. • 10 stunning international feature gardens. • Private wine experiences. • Full & Half Day Tours. • Maximum of seven passengers.

Broke Road, POKOLBIN NSW 2320 Phone: +61 2 4998 4000 Email:

39 Angophora Drive, ROTHBURY NSW 2320 Phone: +61 2 4998 6757 Email:

Hunter Valley Wine School

Hunter Wine Theatre The two-hour Hunter Valley Wine School promises an education of wine. Including a walk through the vineyard as you learn how and why a grapevine grows. A short visual presentation on the history of the Hunter Valley, grape growing, harvesting, right through to the making of wine. Followed by a structured tasting.

@Hunter Resort, Hermitage Rd, POKOLBIN NSW 2320 Phone: +61 2 4998 7777 Email:

@Hunter Resort, Hermitage Rd, POKOLBIN NSW 2320 Phone: +61 2 4998 7777 Email:

Skydive the Hunter Valley

The Vintage Golf Club • Tandem freefall skydive. • Australia’s highest altitude 14,000 feet. • 18 hole course designed by Greg Norman. • Clubhouse facilities: restaurant, bar and pro-shop.

Po Box 5961, WOLLONGONG NSW 2500 Phone: +61 2 4915 7429 Email:

Vintage Drive, ROTHBURY NSW 2320 Phone: +61 2 4998 6789 Email:

Wild Ride Australia

Wine Country Tours • Tour the Hunter Valley in style on a Chopper 4. • Not your “ordinary” wine tasting tour. • 2-3 passengers can be accommodated. • Small group – two to eight guests. • Wine expert’ host. • Flexible itinerary & gourmet dining.

Po Box 308, ST CLAIR NSW 2759 Phone: +61 2 9623 8338 Email:

32 Thorn St, PENNANT HILLS NSW 2120 Phone: +61 2 9484 0477 Email:

Wine Country Accommodation Chateau Elan at The Vintage     

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley Chateau Elan at The Vintage is Australia’s finest golf and spa resort. It is located in the heart of the Hunter Valley and offers luxury retreats for up to 200 guests. Surrounded by picturesque vineyards, golf course greens and the rugged Brokenback Ranges. Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley epitomises the best of hospitality and deluxe accommodation.

Vintage Drive, ROTHBURY NSW 2320 Phone: +61 2 4998 2500 Email:

Wine Country Drive, LOVEDALE NSW 2320 Phone: +61 2 9380 0228 Email:

Cypress Lakes Resort

Harrigans Irish Pub and Accommodation • Over 200 luxurious villas • Championship Golf Course • The Golden Door Spa – Elysia

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• 48 newly refurbished guestrooms and suites. • Pool, wine & beer tasting, dining, ATM and live entertainment. • Walking distance to Hunter Valley Gardens.

15 Thompsons Road, POKOLBIN NSW 2320 Phone: +61 2 4993 1555 Email:

Broke Road, POKOLBIN NSW 2320 Phone: +61 2 4998 4300 Email:

Leisure Inn Pokolbin Hill

Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens • Modern studio, one and two bedroom villa apartments • Swimming pool, spa, games room, restaurant • Walking distance to many cellar doors

   • 72 beautifully appointed guest rooms • Swimming pool, spa, library, restaurant • Walking distance to many cellar doors and attractions


Cnr Broke & McDonalds Rd, POKOLBIN NSW 2320 Phone: +61 2 8198 9223 Email:

Cnr Broke & McDonalds Rd, POKOLBIN NSW 2320 Phone: +61 2 4998 2000 Email:

Peppers Convent

Peppers Guest House

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  • 17 luxurious French provincial style rooms. • Walking distance to renowned Robert’s Restaurant. • Swimming pool, heated spa, guest lounge. • 48 elegantly furnished guest rooms. • Ideally located for a short break or romantic retreat • Indoor pool, day spa, tennis court & restaurant

Halls Road, POKOLBIN NSW 2320 Phone: +61 2 4998 4999 Email:

Ekerts Road, POKOLBIN NSW 2320 Phone: +61 2 4993 8999 Email:

Spicer’s Vineyards Estate

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Tower Lodge

  • Luxury retreat set amidst the estate’s private vineyard. • 8 Spacious King Spa Suites, all with open fireplaces • Tennis court, swimming pool and spa, guest lounge, restaurant • Unique, intimate and luxurious five-star luxury hotel. • Generous staff to guest ratio. • Two restaurants and an onsite cellar door.

Hermitage Road, POKOLBIN NSW 2320 Phone: +61 2 6574 7229 Email:

Halls Road, POKOLBIN NSW 2320 Phone: +61 2 4998 7022 Email:

The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley

Tuscany Wine Estate Resort

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 • Colonial style hotel set on a 40 hectare estate. • 71 guest rooms & suites with provincial furnishings. • Tennis court, indoor pool and sauna, restaurant. • 38 Room Boutique Hotel. • Located amongst the vineyards, over looking the Brokenback Mountain Range. • Tennis court, swimming pool, cellar door and restaurant.

Oakey Creek Road, POKOLBIN NSW 2320 Phone: +61 2 4998 7680 Email:

Cnr Hermitage Rd & Mistletoe Lane, POKOLBIN NSW 2320 Phone: +61 2 4998 7288 Email:

Experience the Mountains...

Blue Mountains


Contact Us

The Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Region is a must see destination for any visitor to Australia.

Locked Bag 1011 KATOOMBA NSW 2780

Ten times older than the Grand Canyon, the Blue Mountains Lithgow and Oberon Region is a true natural wilderness. A World Heritage area less than two hours from Australia’s biggest city yet offering you more than 300 walking tracks covering hundreds of kilometres.

By Road Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism Phone: +61 2 4780 5500 Email:

Coaches depart Sydney on a daily basis for day trips and overnight stays. Private tour operators provide transfers and customised tours of the region in vehicles ranging from luxury 4WDs to motor bikes, mini buses and limousines


Trains depart regularly from Sydney’s Central railway station for a wonderfully scenic journey into the heart of the region, and is only 2 hours from Sydney.

By Rail

When in region If travelling independently by car there’s a network of accredited Visitor Information Centres located across the region that stock a wide range of maps and guides. These centres are staffed by local experts who are happy to help in planning itineraries, booking accommodation, securing sightseeing and helping visitors to discover the region’s many delights. Once in the Blue Mountains region it is easy to travel around. There’s hop-on, hop-off tourist bus services linking key attractions.

Sample Itineraries Day trip 8.30 am

Depart your hotel and make your way via the M5 to Featherdale Wildlife Park, where you can hand feed a kangaroo, wallaby or emu!

9.30 am

Arrive at Featherdale Wildlife Park, Australia’s unique wildlife in a natural bush setting. Enjoy a face-to-face encounter with one of our friendly koalas - amongst one of Australia’s largest private collections of Australian native animals and bird life. Enjoy morning tea in the restaurant.

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Arrive Echo Point to admire the view of the Jamison Valley, including the iconic Three Sisters. Visit the Echo Point Visitors Centre and the Three Sisters Plaza. You also might like to follow the short bushwalk (30 minutes return) pathway behind the Visitor Information Centre to get close to the first sister. Visit the Three Sisters Plaza - an Australian shopping experience with Australian wine tasting, World Heritage wildlife exhibit and Australian Opals.

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Have lunch at The Carrington Hotel - Brasserie. Recently restored to it’s former grandeur, this heritage listed hotel is a local landmark offering the elegance, luxury & charm of yesteryear. The Carrington Hotel is a magnificent 125 year old heritage listed hotel located in the heart of Katoomba shopping village.

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Arrive Scenic World and float on air in the Skyway! Nowhere else in the world can you experience this thrill. The Skyway takes you on a 720 metre journey, 270m above ancient ravines and dazzling waterfalls. You are suspended over Jurassic rainforests as you glide smoothly across the sky. This ride boasts a world first - an Electro-Sceniglass floor. At the flip of a switch, breathtaking views are revealed through the cabin floor.

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Depart the Blue Mountains and return to Sydney by 6.00pm

Visit over one million hectares of World Heritage-listed bushland in 3 days! Easy to get to. Impossible to forget.

National Parks Stretching over one million hectares, the region is an inspiring mix of rainforest, blue-hazed valleys, golden sandstone escarpments, intriguing canyons, tall forests and windswept heathlands. It’s a place where you can see living fossils — the Wollemi Pine — older than history itself. You can challenge yourself too, canyoning, caving and climbing or exploring on foot, on horseback or in four wheel drives through soaring terrain. Discover trees that started growing before humans began to write their histories down. See rock drawings that have survived 20,000 years. Walk through cave systems etched into the earth 350 million years ago. Meet local guides and Aboriginal Discovery Rangers rich with stories of their spirituality and the ancestor spirits who gave the animals and plants their form during ‘the Dreaming’. Aboriginal rock art that has told the stories of the dreamtime for centuries or let an Aboriginal guide lead you to more secret locations and tell the stories first hand.

Day 1

Head west from Sydney to the Blue Mountains via the M4 Freeway towards the Blue Mountains Region where you can learn ancient Aboriginal culture and that of its pioneering European settlers. As such it’s a perfect place to explore history old and new - visiting Aboriginal cave paintings, sharing stories of the dreamtime with local Aboriginal guides and walking roads and bridges first carved out of the bush by convict labour. Visit the villages along the way and Everglades Gardens. There are 26 towns in the Blue Mountains, Katoomba, (Aboriginal word meaning ‘shiny, tumbling water’) the most popular of the towns & a good starting point for exploring the area, is in the heart of the Blue Mountains. The Three Sisters at Echo Point is the most photographed feature in the area, & is directly joined to Scenic World via a half hour bush walk. Once you have explored Scenic World, head towards Lilianfels where you can enjoy dinner at Darley’s or Echo’s restaurant while watching the sun setting over Jamison Valley.

Day 2

Head further West through some quaint mountain villages including Blackheath and Mount Victoria on your way to Mount Tomah Botanic Garden. Remember to stop along the way and view the breathtaking Megalong Valley – an unforgettable memory.

The Mt Tomah Botanic Garden is one of the world’s finest collections of cool- climate plants and includes a stand of the world’s most ancient living tree (also known as the ‘living fossil’ – the Wollemi Pine). Experience the picturesque and expansive views across the valleys and ranges of the northern Blue Mountains while meandering through the delightful garden. Relax and soak up the beauty that abounds in the many themed areas and dedicated walks.

Continue towards Oberon where you will arrive at the Jenolan Caves. Jenolan Caves are without question, Australia’s most impressive lime stone caves. The caves were discovered in 1838 by a convict bushranger. There are nine show caves open to the public with spectacular lighting, underground rivers and cave formations that will amaze you – why not stay overnight and do a night cave tour!


Mountain Experiences Scenic World • Ride on the world’s steepest railway • Glide between cliff-top and forest floor • Stroll through ancient forests

Cnr Violet St and Cliff Drive, KATOOMBA NSW 2780 Phone: +61 2 4780 0200 Email:

Featherdale Wildlife Park • Sydney’s ultimate interactive wildlife experience • Cuddle up to a Koala and hand feed kangaroos • Cafe, BBQ and Picnic facilities, souvenir shop

217 Kildare Road, DOONSIDE NSW 2767 Phone: +61 2 9622 1644 Email:

Jenolan Caves • The world’s oldest caves over 340 milliion yrs old • Choose from guided tours of 10 breathtaking caves • Accommodation and restaurant Jenolan Caves Rd, JENOLAN CAVES NSW 2790 Phone: +61 2 6359 3924 Email:


Zig Zag Railway • Experience a real steam train or motorrail • Travel throuffgh tunnels and over 3 viaducts • As you wind through spectacular views

Chifley Road (Bells Line of Road), CLARENCE NSW 2780 Phone: +61 2 6355 2955 Email:

Botanic Garden Mount Tomah • Enjoy the region’s plant and animal diversity • 28 hectares of themed Garden displays. • Peaceful • Walks and guided tours. Restaurant and gift shop Bells Line of Road, MOUNT TOMAH NSW 2758 Phone: +61 2 4567 3000 Web:

River Deep Mountain High • Specialising in 4WD tours and Photo Safaris • Special interest and wildlife viewing • Adventure tours including abseiling and canyonging 2/187Katoomba, KATOOMBA NSW 2780 Phone: +61 2 4782 6109 Email:

Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Trails • Drive, walk, dine, cycle, canyon your way through • 18 world heritage trails set in over 1,000,000 • Hectares of world heritage wilderness & country Web:

Mountain Accommodation The Carrington Hotel

Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort and Spa

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• Rich, fascinating history spanning over 125 years • 66 accommodation rooms in a variety of styles • Cocktail bars, restaurants, guest lounges, day spa • 85 room European style country house overlooking • Jamison Valley. Darley’s restaurant, Spa & Health • Club, indoor & outdoor pool - perfect romantic escape

15–47 Katoomba St, KATOOMBA NSW 2780 Phone: +61 2 4782 1111 Email:

Lilianfels Ave, ECHO POINT NSW 2780 Phone: +61 2 4780 1200 Email:

Fairmont Resort

Blue Mountains YHA, Katoomba     

 • Sweeping views over Jamison Valley • Onsite activities, tennis, indoor outdoor pools • Perfect for tour groups, couples or families • Art Deco building, modern facilities and open fire • Multi-share,double/ twin and family rooms • Self Catering kitchen, BBQ, high speed internet

1 Sublime Point Rd, LEURA NSW 2780 Phone: +61 2 4784 4144 Email:

207 Katoomba Street, Katoomba NSW 2780 Phone: +61 2 4782 1416 Email:

Mountain Heritage Hotel & Spa     

Jenolan Caves House • Spectacular views of the cliffs and valleys of the Mountains wilderness • Onsite day spa, swimming • Pool, fitness centre, restaurant and bar • 90 Rooms accommodating all styles & budgets  • Chisolm’s restuarant, Indian, Kosher & Halal meat • Romance, family & warm country hospitality

Corner Apex & Lovel Streets, Katoomba NSW 2780 Phone: +61 2 4782 2155 Email:

Jenolan Caves Road, Jenolan Caves NSW 2790 Phone: +61 2 6359 3900 Email:

Old Leura Dairy

Leisure Inn Spires - Blue Mountains • Boutique retreat created using 90% recycled • Material. Luxury, couples, family and groups • Ideal for self drive and eco. Self contained • 38 Rooms located top of Leura Mall set on 3 acres of rolling landscapred gardens • Studio and self-contained apartments

61 Kings Road, Leura NSW 2780 Phone: +61 2 4782 0700 Email:

100 Leura Mall, Leura NSW 2780 Phone: +61 2 4784 4999 Email:

Echoes Boutique Hotel & Restaurant

Hydro Majestic Hotel

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    • An Australian icon boasting 155 rooms with commanding views of the Megalong Valley • Reflective of grand European spas of the 1920’s • 14 deluxe suites open fireplaces, ambient bar • Perched at the very edge of the Jamison Valley • Uninterrupted views of National Park every room

Hydro Majestic Hotel, Medlow Bath NSW 2780 Phone: +61 2 4788 1002 Email:

3 Lilianfels Avenue, Katoomba NSW 2780 Phone: +61 2 4782 1966 Email:

Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa • Exclusive conservation-based experience • 40 stand alone suites with private indoor pool • Seasonal, organic produce from local farms

Lithgow NSW 2780 Phone: +61 2 6350 1800 Email:

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Experience the Coast’s...

Central Coast


Contact Us 52 The Avenue, Mt Penang Parklands, KARIONG, NSW 2250 Leeanne Dyer Phone: +61 2 4343 4410 Email: Web:

All the natural elements come together on the Central Coast Nestled between Sydney and the Hunter Valley, the Central Coast offers eye-catching natural beauty, unique Australian attractions and an unrivaled array of shopping, dining and accommodation options. International travellers will experience everything under the Australia sun (except snow) just one hour’s scenic drive north of Sydney.

By Road Just one hour’s drive north of Sydney and south of Newcastle on the Pacific Highway, also known as the F3 Freeway. Watch for the two main exits, “Gosford/ Woy Woy/Terrigal” and “Wyong/The Entrance/Yarramalong”.

By Rail CityRail runs regular services to the Central Coast departing approx every half hour from Sydney and every hour from Newcastle with travel time approx 1 hour 30 minutes. To view timetable information look on and go to Newcastle and Central Coast Line schedule.

By Ferry Ferries operate daily services. Timetable information

By Air Sydney Airport is located approx 85 km, 1 hour 20 minutes drive, from Gosford. Shuttle services are available to the Central Coast. Bookings recommended..

Sample Itineraries Central Coast Sampler - 8 hour round trip 8.30 am

Depart your Sydney hotel after breakfast and head out of the city north on the F3 freeway

9.30 am Arrive Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventure Centre. Enjoy a tranquil morning horse riding or kayak paddling through the lush Australian landscape. Raise your adrenaline on a quad bike or abseiling


11.30 am Arrive Australian Reptile Park and Wildlife Sanctuary for an up close and personal encounter with iconic Australian wilidlife including koalas, kangaroos, wombats & Tassie Devils. 1.00 pm Enjoy lunch at a local eatery or recreational club. 3.30 pm Watch the Pelican Feeding at The Entrance before heading back to Sydney. 4.30 pm Arrive Sydney. Optional: Overnight at one of our featured hotels or holiday parks

Three Days of Natural Pleasures

Beach, wildlife and wilderness...

National Parks The Central Coast boasts breathing views and wide open natural spaces across seven national parks and numerous local and state reserves. Three not to miss include:

Bouddi National Park This park has a series of small, beautiful beaches beneath forests and steep cliffs. In the eastern section, Maitland Bay is at the heart of the 300 ha Marine Extension, one of the first in NSW where all marine life is protected.

Dharug National Park This park is steeped in history, the historic Old Great North Road is an intact and spectacular example of early 19th century road-building recently acquiring UNESCO World Heritage status. Experience the park’s natural beauty on one of the many walking tracks.

Wyrrabalong National Park Divided into two sections, the park conserves the last significant coastal (littoral) rainforest on the Central Coast. With rocky cliffs & sandy beaches you can enjoy dramatic coastal vistas, explore the varied landscape of the park on the walking tracks and relax at picnic areas.

Day 1:

Jump in the car and head north west out of Sydney towards Wisemans Ferry. At Wiseman’s Ferry you will find our region’s newly awarded UNESCO World Heritage listed site, Old Great North Road. This is one of the 11 convict sites in Australia and is the best preserved example of convict construction. Enjoy the moderately easy walk along the interpretive track. After your walk, head north through the Hinterland towards the Central Coast. Make time for a stop at Mt Penang Gardens where you can explore 11 garden rooms showcasing the weird and wonderful of Australian native flora.

Pick one of the coastal enclaves as your base for your stay; Terrigal has a cosmopolitan feel; Ettalong Beach provides an easy and welcoming atmosphere; and the northern regions of the Central Coast are a nature’s lovers paradise.

Day 2:

Start your day with a breath of fresh air at one of the local eateries, followed by a dip in the ocean, a surf lesson, or dive the Central Coast’s newest attraction, the EX-HMAS Adelaide Artificial Reef. For lunch, stop for a feast of fish and chips before marveling at the Pelican Feeding Show at The Entrance. Head back to your hotel and enjoy a well earned pampering spa or a relaxing dip in the pool.

Day 3:

On the weekend, pay a visit to one of the local markets to taste some of the region’s produce or discover a local treasure. Next head north along the coast and visit Norah Head Lighthouse. Take a tour of the lighthouse and visit the viewing platform to take in stunning ocean panoramas. Whales can be seen frolicking in the water in winter and spring.

Featured Accommodation Hotels:

Holiday Parks:

 Crowne Plaza Terrigal

 Budgewoi

 Mantra Ettalong Beach

 Canton Beach

 Bells at Killcare

 Norah Head  Toowoon Bay


Unique Coastal Experiences


Australian Reptile Park

Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures • Hands-on experiences with Australian animals • FREE photo opportunities with koalas • FREE kangaroo food upon arrival • Free range & guided horse riding, quad biking, abseiling, kayaking, fishing & camping • All activities suitable for all ability levels

Pacific Highway, GOSFORD NSW 2250 Phone: +61 2 4340 1022 Email:

Cooks Road, GLENWORTH VALLEY NSW 2250 Phone: +61 2 4375 1222 Email:

Mt Penang Gardens

Coast Helicopters Australia • Discover over 10,0000 unique Australian plants. • Indulge in sensory exploration in garden rooms • Fun filled school holiday programs offered.

 New to the Central Coast

16 The Avenue, Mt Penang Parklands, KARIONG NSW 2250 Phone: +61 2 4340 1002 Email:

Erina Heliport, Pateman Rd, ERINA NSW 2250 Phone: +61 2 4365 0371 Email:

Treetop Adventure Park

Pelican Feeding at The Entrance • Exhilarating Adventure set 20m above the forest floor • Slide down flying foxes & navigate suspension bridges • ECO Certified Tourism experience • FREE activity • 365 days of the year at 3.30pm • Special pelican feedings for groups

Ourimbah State Forest, 1 Red Hill Road WYONG CREEK NSW 2259 Ph: +61 2 4025 1008 Email:

Marine Parade, THE ENTRANCE NSW 2261 Phone: +61 2 4333 5377 Email: • Central Coast scenic flights • Lunch and winery tours • Transfers from Sydney, Rosehill and Newcastle

Mingara Recreation Club Indigo Eats, Treats & Bar. With great food, intimate corners and plenty of room for groups, an extensive wine list, boutique beers and its own brand of espresso coffee, Indigo is sure to leave a lasting impression. Courtesy bus services operate 7 days per week. • Voted Best Casual Dining Venue in 2010 Clubs NSW Awards for Excellence.   Mingara Drive, TUMBI UMBI NSW 2261 Phone: +61 2 4349 7799 Email:

Ex-HMAS Adelaide Artificial Reef

 New to the Central Coast The Ex-HMAS Adelaide Artificial Reef Project is an exciting initiative to create an internationally acclaimed dive site on the New South Wales’ Central Coast. Set to be the first of its kind in New South Wales, visitors will be able to access the reserve by obtaining a valid permit via Central Coast Tourism and securing a mooring reservation. A permit is vaild for the date of issue only, and must only be used in conjunction with a valid mooring booking.   

Product Highlights:  NSW’s FIRST Artificial Reef for divers  A ship wreck dive experience  Easily accessible from Sydney

• NSW’s FIRST Artificial Reef for divers • A ship wreck dive experience • Easily accessible from Sydney

52 The Avenue, Mt Penang Parklands, KARIONG NSW 2250 Phone: For Permit acquisition contact Central Coast Tourism on: +61 2 4343 4444

Unique Coastal Accommodation Australis Retreat at Wisemans

Bells at Killcare


  The 54 room is a haven of tranquillity, just over an hour’s drive from Sydney. It offers everything from a golf course, tennis courts, swimming pool and a pampering beauty and massage salon. • Boutique hotel, set in glorious gardens surrounded by Bouddi National Park • Award winning restaurant

5564 Old Northern Rd, WISEMANS FERRY NSW 2775 Phone: +61 2 4566 4422 Email:

107 The Scenic Rd, KILLCARE HEIGHTS NSW 2257 Phone: +61 4360 2411 Email:

Mantra Ettalong Beach

Mercure Kooindah Waters Golf and Spa

 • Self-contained apartments • 25 metres heated pool with child friendly area • Gym and day spa

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• Offering a range of accommodation from hotel rooms and suites to self-contained 1, 2 and 3 bedroom villas overlooking the golf course.

53-54 The Esplanade, ETTALONG BEACH NSW 2257 Phone: +61 2 4344 8888 Email:

40 Kooindah Blvd, WYONG NSW 2259 Phone: +61 2 4355 5777 Email:

Oaks Waterfront Resort The Entrance

Quay West Resort Magenta Shores


 • Perfectly located on the water’s edge • Superb views of Tuggerah Lake and the beach • Close to shops, cafés and everything that makes The Entrance

89 The Entrance Rd, THE ENTRANCE NSW 2261 Phone: +61 2 4334 8000 Email:

1 Magenta Dr, MAGENTA NSW 2261 Phone: +61 2 4352 8100 Email:


• Spectacular oceanfront location • 90 minutes drive north of Sydney • Studio guestrooms and 1, 2 or 3 bedroom villas

Crowne Plaza Terrigal


  Overlooking the serene waters of Terrigal Beach, Crowne Plaza Terrigal offers exceptional ocean front accommodation. Terrigal is the perfect place to unwind and experience all the Central Coast has to offer. • Only 90 minute drive north of Sydney • Modern refurbished rooms with ocean views Pine Tree Lane, TERRIGAL NSW 2260 Phone: +61 2 9368 4000 Email:

Additional Accommodation Options We’ll take you there... Add cosy cottages and welcoming B&B’s, luxurious hideaways and beachside holiday parks to your list of what the Central Coast has to offer. The variety of accommodation options is amazing. The list is endless! • El Lago Waters Resort • Ettalong Beach Tourist Resort • Kims Beach Hideaway • Norah Head Lighthouse Keepers Quarters

52 The Avenue, Mt Penang Parklands KARIONG, NSW 2250 Phone: +61 2 4343 4410 Email:

• Waldorf Apartment Hotel • Budgewoi Holiday Park • Canton Beach Holiday Park • Norah Head Holiday Park • Toowoon Bay Holiday Park

Experience the Coast’s...

Port Stephens


Contact Us PO Box 435. NELSON BAY, NSW 2315 Tars Bylhouwer Phone: +61 2 4980 6905 Email: Web:

Blue Water Paradise Port Stephens has two iconic features as well as a host of additional attractions and activities, all set in a uniquely Australian coastal landscape. The surreal desert landscape that is Stockton Sand Dunes is host to 4WD adventure tours, camel riding, sand boarding and quad bike riding. The waterways, part of the largest Marine Park in NSW, are home to over 160 bottlenose dolphins which interact with visitors on the many cruises run every day. The whales provide spectacular entertainment during the cruises as they pass by twice a year. There is much more... surfing, kayaking, fishing, golf, bush walking, koala spotting, sample the local produce at our wineries, restaurants, cafés & a host of other attractions and activities.

By Road Follow along the Pacific Highway, and less than 200 kilometres north of Sydney via the F3 Freeway. Travelling time is around 2 ½ hours. Port Stephens sits at the start of the New England Highway, which is an alternate route to Queensland, where the Golden Highway to western NSW starts.

By Rail CountryLink and CityRail provide services between Sydney and Newcastle and Sydney to Brisbane via Broadmeadow Station in Newcastle. There are connecting buses from the rail stations directly to Port Stephens.

By Air Newcastle Airport is one of Australia’s fastest growing airports. It is serviced by Jetstar, Virgin Blue, Aeropelican, Brindabella Airlines, QantasLink and Norfolk Air. They offer a number of direct flights daily to Brisbane, Canberra, the Gold Coast, Melbourne, Norfolk Island and Sydney. Flights provide opportunities for international guests to visit multi-destinations during their visit.

By Coach Port Stephens Coaches depart daily from Sydney via Chatswood, Pymble and Hornsby to Port Stephens stopping close to all major tourism accommodation facilities. They also provide services from Newcastle Station to Port Stephens via Newcastle Airport.

Unique Coastal Experiences Australian Shark and Ray Centre

Imagine Whale & Dolphin Cruises • Free serve of shark and ray food • Walk in with them or stay dry • Hand feed 3m Sharks or 300kg Rays, any age can do it! • Sail with the Whales from May to November • Sail with the dolphins from November to May • Sail and snorkel the offshore islands, December to May

686 Marsh Road, BOBS FARM NSW 2316 Phone: +61 2 4982 2476 Email:

C dock d’Aboras Marina, Teramby Rd, NELSON BAY NSW 2317 Phone: +61 2 4984 9000 Email:

Moonshadow Cruises

Port Stephens Parasailing • Cruise Port Stephens and see playful dolphins • Optional full buffet lunch prepared fresh onboard • Combine with sandboarding and save • Soar 150 metres above waters of Port Stephens • Fly solo or tandem, stay dry or take a dip! • Take off and land straight from the boat – no need to get wet. Operates daily.

Shop 3, 35 Stockton St, NELSON BAY NSW 2315 Phone: +61 2 4984 9388 Email:

Dock C, d’Albora Marina, Teramby Rd, NELSON BAY NSW 2315 Phone: +61 2 4982 2808 Email:

Port Stephens 4WD Tours

Newcastle Airport • Sandboarding - perfect soft adventure for all ages • Combine sandboarding with Dolphin Watch and Lunch • Beach & Dune - View the amazing dune system Just a 45-minute flight from Sydney; after enjoying the highlights of Sydney and surrounds, easily fly direct to Bisbane, Gold Coast of Melbourne.

Shop 3, 35 Stockton St, NELSON BAY NSW 2315 Phone: +61 2 4984 4760 Email:

Williamtown Drive, WILLIAMTOWN NSW 2318 Phone: +61 2 4928 9800 Email:


Unique Coastal Accommodation Discovery Camps


Melaleuca Surfside Backpackers • Port Stephens Beachside Holiday Parks • Education group travel that is fun and innovative • Dedicated coordinator to organise everything • Camping, dorm rooms, cabins 3 mins walk from beach • 6 acres of bushland - loads of wildlife • Tours to Worimi Conservation Lands

NELSON BAY, SHOAL BAY, NSW 2315 Phone: +61 2 4916 4040 Email:

2 Koala Place, ONE MILE BEACH NSW 2316 Phone: +61 2 4981 9422 Email:

All Seasons Port Stephens Salamander Shores

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Oaks Lure Apartments

  • Waterfront accommodation & 3 Acres of Gardens • Steakhouse Restaurant open 7 days - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner • Accor Hotels special rates & discounts available • Hotel rooms, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments • Located in the heart of Nelson Bay • Generous living with Balconies

147 Soldiers Point Rd, SOLDIERS POINT NSW 2317 Phone: +61 2 4982 7210 Email:

20 Tomaree St, NELSON BAY NSW 2315 Phone: 1800 758 929 Email:

Samurai Beach Resort

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Oaks Pacific Blue Resort

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• Stunning bushland setting on the edge of the dunes • Resort pool, tennis, volleyball and more • Resident koala population with regular sitings • Stunning Resort with fully self contained studios, one and two bedroom apartments • Relax in the lap of luxurious swimout apartments in the beautiful tropical paradise

562 Gan Gan Road, ONE MILE BEACH, NSW 2316 Phone: +61 2 4916 3400 Email:

265 Sandy Pt Rd , SALAMANDER BAY NSW 2317 Phone: 1800 884 071 Email:

Experience the Coast’s...

Sydney to Wollongong & beyond!

Grand Pacific Drive


Contact Us 93 Crown Street WOLLONGONG, NSW 2500 Kate Dombkins Phone: +61 2 4228 0300 Email: Web:

Sydney to Wollongong and beyond! Come and experience Wollongong’s spectacular coastal drive - Grand Pacific Drive, between Sydney to Wollongong and beyond. Grand Pacific Drive is a 140km award winning coastal drive beginning just 45 minutes south of Sydney at the Royal National Park - the second oldest National Park in the world. Enjoy driving through coastal rainforests and villages and traverse along the magnificent Sea Cliff Bridge. From here, Grand Pacific Drive makes its way into the bustling city of Wollongong, offering countless adventure activities, great beaches and shopping, fantastic restaurants and cafes, golf courses, art galleries and more. Wollongong is also a great place to stay with a huge mix of options from international hotel brands to quaint and unique B&B’s to backpacker accommodation - Wollongong has something to offer any traveller. The drive then takes you through to the beautiful coastal towns of Shellharbour and Kiama and ends in the spectacular Shoalhaven region. From here, experience Grand Pacific Drive’s ‘beyond’, to the Southern Highlands, Batemans Bay and greater South Coast and then on to Canberra. Grand Pacific Drive is also a great ‘appetiser’ to the Sydney to Melbourne coastal drive.

By Road From Sydney. An easy 1 hour and 20 minutes drive to Wollongong via the F6 Freeway or approximately 2 hours via Grand Pacific Drive (follow the directional signage).

By Rail Cityrail run commuter trains to and from Wollongong on a regular basis along the South Coast Line stations, departing from Sydney’s Central Station.

By Air Sydney Airport provides airport transfers/shuttles and train service available to/from Sydney to Wollongong.

Unique Coastal Experiences The Illawarra Brewery

Just Cruisin’ Motorcycle Tours • Located opposite Wollongong beach • Brewing 10 local beers • Great modern Australian bar menu • Cruise along Grand Pacific Drive on a bike • Tours available from 1 hour to 2 days • Group bookings (up to 20 people)

Eastern end of Crown St, WOLLONGONG NSW 2500 Phone: +61 2 4220 2854 Email:

PO Box 117, HELENSBURGH NSW 2508 Phone: +61 2 4294 2598 Email:

Dolphin Watch Cruises - Jervis Bay

Skydive the Beach • Boasting 20 years experience • Three vessels; Tekin III, Eco Extreme and Discover • Dual advanced ECO Tourism accreditation • Tandem skydive from 14,000ft above the beach • DVD and photo packages available • Free return transfers from Sydney

50 Owen St, HUSKISSON NSW 2540 Phone: +61 2 4441 6311 Email:

Stuart Park, Off George Hanley Dr, NORTH WOLLONGONG NSW 2500 Phone: +61 2 4225 8444 Email:

Symbio Wildlife Park

Illawarra Fly Tree Top Walk • Wollongong’s award winning, family owned zoo • Set in 16 acres of park bushland • Home to over 1,000 animals • One of the region’s newest attractions • 500 metres long, an average height of 25 metres • Offering inspiring views

7-11 Lawrence Hargrave Dr, HELENSBURGH NSW 2508 Phone: +61 2 4294 1244 Email:

182 Knights Hill Rd, KNIGHTS HILL NSW 2577 Phone: +61 2 4885 1010 Email:


Unique Coastal Accommodation Nan Tien Temple

Medina Executive Wollongong      • Largest Buddhist Temple in the Southern Hemisphere • Temple tours are available • Dining room and tea house facilities

• Located in the CBD, short stroll to shops, beaches and restaurants • 71 studio & one-bedroom apartments with balcony • Fast broadband and 24 hour reception

Berkeley Rd, BERKELEY NSW 2506 Phone: +61 2 4272 0600 Email:

19 Market St, WOLLONGONG NSW 2500 Phone: +61 2 4250 5000 Email:

Chifley Wollongong

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Best Western Wollongong

  • Situated on Wollongong’s foreshore • 168 guest rooms and suites • High-speed broadband internet • Spacious one and two bedroom apartments • Located in Wollongong CBD • Ideal place to relax in style

60-62 Harbour St, WOLLONGONG NSW 2500 Phone: +61 2 4201 2111 Email:

6-10 Gladstone Ave, WOLLONGONG NSW 2500 Phone: +61 2 4222 4000 Email:

Novotel Wollongong Northbeach

The Sebel Harbourside Kiama

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• 204 spacious accommodation rooms • Rooms with ocean views and balconies • Relaxing atmosphere opposite the beach 2 -14 Cliff Rd, NORTH WOLLONGONG NSW 2500 Phone: +61 2 4224 3111 Email:

 • 84 king guestrooms & two bedroom apartments • Overlooks beautiful Kiama Harbour • 24 hour reception 31 Shoalhaven St, KIAMA NSW 2533 Phone: +61 2 4230 7500 Email:

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