Central Coast Day Trips from Sydney

Day Trip Adventures Just North of Sydney.

The school holidays are an expensive time for taking your family away, so you might favour a Sydney staycation instead.

There's plenty to do within 2-hours north of Sydney, on the beautiful Central Coast. Why not jump in the car, or hop on a train or ferry, and take a day trip adventure?

The beach waters of Ettalong are calm and toddler-friendly

Here are some Sydney Mums Group destination favourites, with guidance on what you'll see, how to get there and age suitability for your kids...

The train is a few mins walk from the Brooklyn Marina


Best way to get there: By train ( Newcastle Line ) from Central, Strathfield or Hornsby stations, to Hawkesbury River station.

Travel Time: 60mins from Central.

Why go there?: The Riverboat Postman is an iconic, scenic cruise that departs every weekday at 10am. A great way to see the Hawkesbury's nooks and crannies. Bookings - M: 0400 600 111.

Best for: Something different for families with primary school aged-kids.

The Tuscan-inspired Cinema Paradiso at Ettalong

Ettalong Beach

One of the most adventurous Central Coast day trips you can do from Sydney!

Best way to get there: Just over 60mins by car from Hornsby but do yourself a favour and catch the ferry direct from Palm Beach. Leave the car and the traffic behind.

Travel Time: 30min ferry ride.

Why go there?:
Sleepy beach-side holiday hamlet that caters well to tourists with a beautiful beach, café strip, bistros, GREAT fish and chips, markets and a family-friendly, reasonably-priced cinema complex - Cinema Paradiso .

Best for ages: Families with babies, toddlers and/or older children will appreciate the ferry ride and the beach waters are relatively calm for junior swimmers. The cinema is great for school holiday outings, for primary and high school kids.

The Skillion is Terrigal's best landmark - image c/o- CentralCoastAustralia.com.au


Best way to get there: Not on the train line, so car is the way to go.

Travel Time: Within 90mins from Hornsby.

Why go there?: One of the most beautiful spots on the Central Coast with views from The Skillion Headland. There is also a beach and calm inlets for the kids to swim and indulge in water sports. Great boutique shopping, restaurants and a family-friendly pub ( Terrigal Hotel ). A picturesque beach-side getaway.

Best for ages: A little on the upmarket side, Terrigal is probably best appreciated by families with kids of mid-primary school age and up; beach-safe and used to 'dining' out.

The Entrance's pelicans are famous - image c/o- CentralCoastAustralia.com.au

The Entrance

Sydney Mums Group followers voted for this day trip idea more than any other. Not a glamorous beach destination like Terrigal but more practical for families with young kids.

Best way to get there: Not on the Newcastle Line, so car is the best way to reach this beach-side destination.

Travel Time: 90mins from Hornsby.

Why go there?: A great place for fish and chips, or a family-friendly pub meal by the beach. Pelican feeding at 3.30pm daily is legendary, as are the water fountains, playgrounds, parklands and now the bike track and skate park.

Best for ages: Families with kids from infant age upwards; it's a relaxed town with great food, shopping and outdoor facilities.

[IMAGE16105 The Entrance (image c/o- Central Coast Australia Facebook page)]

Wyong Milk Factory

Best way to get there: Though Wyong is accessible by train (Newcastle Line), car gives you the freedom you need for this destination.

Travel Time: Within 60mins from Hornsby.

Why go there?: Heritage-restored cheese and chocolate factories (FREE entry), with child-friendly Café, open 7 days a week, including outdoor playground. New family tavern will celebrate its first birthday on Australia Day .

Best for ages: toddlers and up, catering to families with small and big kids.

Image c/o- Wyong Milk Factory Facebook page

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[INTRO We often see members in the Sydney Mums Group discussion board asking for family day trip ideas, within easy distance of Sydney. We have compiled your suggestions to create an awesome list of Central Coast day trip adventures. Has your favourite made the list?]

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