Central Coast restaurants present some of the best dining opportunities in New South Wales. Just 90 minutes north of Sydney, this region has become a prime tourist spot thanks to its long, looping coastline and 80 square kilometres of lakes, with pretty resort villages sprinkled among its woodlands and rocky bluffs. Whether you're there to hike or surf, there are sure to be plenty of restaurants in Central Coast to suit your mood. Eclectic contemporary Australian cuisine with freshly sourced seasonal ingredients is the dominant culinary theme of the Central Coast's restaurants, but expect lots of international options too.
It's easy to combine good food with great sight-seeing when you book a table at one of Quandoo's Central Coast restaurants. If you like spectacular landscapes with your gourmet fare, then you'll love upscale Terrigal, whose lookout point The Skillion commands panoramic vistas of the sea and mountains. Or you can work up an appetite with a brisk walk through the lush themed gardens and water features of the Mount Penang Parklands. Restaurants in Gosford, meanwhile, offer views over the ritzy sailing clubs of Brisbane Water, as well as easy access to all the other delights of this bustling cultural and sporting centre. Many of the best restaurants in Central Coast are based in the sprawling dining precinct of Erina Fair, one of the world's largest shopping malls. With over 300 stores a short step away, it's ideal for family outings, and if you happen to be a fan of ice hockey, you can catch local team the Central Coast Rhinos on their home turf, the Erina Ice Arena.
With lobsters and crabs caught locally every day, and all manner of fresh fish shipped in from the nearby Sydney markets, there's a whole raft of restaurants in Central Coast catering to lovers of seafood. One of the top places to go is The Entrance waterfront, an elegant stretch of boardwalk where the Tuggerah Lakes flow into the Tasmin Sea. Uncluttered contemporary décor and airy plate glass structures make the most of the sparkling waterside ambience. It's a perfect spot to snack on anchovy toast and watch the world go by, refresh yourself with a watermelon salad and succulent king prawns or stock up on squid and chips. And once you've enjoyed a tasty lunch, you can always stroll along to the daily pelican feedings which take place on the esplanade. For an even more laid-back vibe, head to the seaside bistros and beach shacks of Hardys Bay, where you can chug a craft beer, share a seafood platter and check out live bands under a balmy subtropical night sky.