A long weekend is a great excuse for a weekend getaway, and choosing somewhere close to home is the best way to avoid lengthy travel times and get the most out of your three days off.
If your hometown happens to be Sydney, then the Central Coast is an ideal long weekend getaway destination – close enough to drive to on Friday after work but miles away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Gosford is a great base for a Central Coast holiday, located on the shores of picturesque Brisbane waters, and only a short drive to beautiful beachside suburbs such as Ettalong, Umina, Killcare, Avoca and Terrigal. Gosford itself is a lively town with a great selection of clubs, pubs and restaurants to eat at along with plenty of take aways and cafes and cinemas. Nearby Brisbane Waters supplies the local eateries with delicious fresh seafood including locally grown oysters and locally caught prawns. A meal of fish and chips at the popular Fisherman’s Wharf in Woy Woy is a must – if you can, time it with the daily pelican feeding at 3.30pm.
The shopping on the Central Coast ranges from weekly markets – Ettalong markets are the Central Coast’s largest indoor markets, and sell everything from antiques, books and CDs to handmade tea cosies, and gourmet products – to high end designer boutiques, and everything in between.
Families will love nearby Australian Reptile Park with its crocodiles, snakes, spiders and Australian animals as well as Hugo, the giant 165kg Galapagos tortoise. There is plenty to do for all ages including opportunities to get hands on with the animals, take a behind the scenes tour and watch a venomous snake or funnel web spider milking.
For outdoor enthusiasts, Glenworth Valley is a short drive from Gosford and boasts an outstanding range of outdoor adventure experiences including horse riding, abseiling, quad biking, laser skirmish, kayaking and more – a great way to spend a day.
Our Quality Inn The Willows Gosford accommodation has everything you need for a fabulous long weekend getaway whether you are a single, couple of family. The rooms range from a stunning honeymoon suite with a king bed and a double corner spa to spacious family rooms where kids 12 and under stay free when accompanied by an adult. The Quality Inn The Willows also has an outdoor pool, restaurant, exercise room and free parking.