As someone who has lived on the Central Coast of NSW my entire life, I’ve explored just about every corner of it. Lying between Sydney and Newcastle, the Central Coast offers an array of gorgeous beaches, cafes, bushland and shopping, and I’m very proud to be an aptly-named “Coastie”.

Of course, while the views are great and the food is delicious, I can’t go past the perfect opportunity to Instagram my love for my hometown. After some careful thought, and thousands of photos later, here’s my pick for the best photo-ops on the Central Coast to bump up your likes! #thisiscentralcoast

The Entrance Beach

Mostly known for its postcard-perfect view, The Entrance is home to Pelican-feeding every day at 3:30pm, a popular tourist attraction, as well as a range of ice cream parlours and gourmet dining, including The Entrance Lakehouse (pictured below).

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Somersby Falls

Part of Brisbane Water National Park, Somersby Falls is a hidden gem just off the Pacific Highway. There’s waterfalls, swimming lagoons, picnic and BBQ areas, and walking trails for all levels (one of my favourites is the 2km Girrakool Loop Track). Definitely a go-to photography location.

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Norah Head Lighthouse

One of the Central Coast’s finest structures is the Norah Head Lighthouse –  book a tour and learn the site’s heritage, visit The Ark Cafe nearby for a mouthwatering bite to eat, and obviously, get that perfect sunset shot of the lighthouse.

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Avoca Beach

The long stretch of beach is one of the best surfing spots on the coast for both beginner and experienced surfers, which means you can get some great action shots. If you’re feeling adventurous, it’s also a great spot for bushwalking and fishing.

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Edogawa Commemorative Gardens

Nestled away in the corner of Gosford Regional Gallery, the tranquil gardens feature a stunning Japanese pavilion, a lively Koi pond, and a traditional Japanese teahouse. Entry into both the gardens and the gallery is free. Finish your relaxing day with something delicious to eat at the Point Cafe, and you’ve got yourself a handful of cultural photo-ops.

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Terrigal Beach

With a reputation as one of the best beaches in NSW, Terrigal offers an assortment of shopping, dining and activities. Go diving in the Haven, grab a healthy snack at Bella Natural Food Co (pictured below), and watch the sunset from the top of the Skillion.

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Crackneck Lookout

Head to this scenic lookout in Bateau Bay between May and August, and you might be rewarded with views of whales swimming past during their northern migration. Crackneck is a popular destination for hang-gliders, motorbike riders and picnic-goers, and there’s also the picturesque Coast Walking track.

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Fisherman’s Wharf

If you love all things seafood, you must visit Woy Woy’s famous Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurant (pictured below). Home of the annual Cast Off Festival, it’s one of the Central Coast’s best fishing locations, as well as the nearby Staples Lookout offering views of Brisbane Water and Mount Wondabyne.

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What do you think? Have you visited any of these places? Comment below on your experience, share your photos, and suggest any other Central Coast attractions you think are Instagram-worthy!

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