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Gosford - Cities, Towns and Localities
A city of over 100,000 people ideally located at the northern end of the Brisbane Water is a haven for retirees and young families from Sydney. With great transport links to Sydney via freeway or electric train, and soon to be fast ocean going ferry to Circular Quay, commuters have started to claim the city for themselves. The area hosts a myriad of attractions for all ages with dozens of magnificent beaches and a jigsaw of waterways and natural wonders to explore all year round.


Originally the area was inhabited by the Gurringai tribe hence the name of the National Park nearby Kuringai Chase National Park. No established settlement occurred in the area for some time as it became known as a haven for escaped convicts, smugglers and undesirables living in the bush and using the waterways to escape capture.

A survey in 1833 identified 315 people living in the Gosford area. Mostly timber cutters and their employees. The area remained fairly stagnant until the Sydney to Newcastle railway line was completed in 1880. This opened up the region to leisure seekers and cheap land became available and easy to access. Existing industries such as the timber getting could now expand and grow with cheap transport available to the largest market in the country.

The town was proclaimed a city in 1980 and continues its rapid expansion as a satellite city of Sydney.

Check out our listing of Gosford accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Gosford Visitor Information Centre
200 Mann Street
Ph: 02 4323 2353
Toll Free: 1300 132 975
Mon - Fri 09:30 - 16:00
Saturday 09:30 - 13:30
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre
Central Coast Visitor Centre - Kariong

Gosford Attractions

Brisbane Water National Park
• Diverse National Park with fantastic lookouts overlooking Brisbane Water and Broken Bay. Many Aboriginal sacred sites within the park. Easily accessible with many bushwalks available.
Gosford City Art Centre
• In conjunction with Gosford's Japanese sister city Edogowaa a spectacular Japanese garden has been constructed showcasing Japanese plants. The area also has easy access to the Central Coast Art Gallery and other artistic services.
Old Gosford Courthouse
• The oldest building in Gosford construction started in 1848. The Central Coast Conservatorium of Music is the current tenant.
The Koorie Trading Post
• A showcase of Aboriginal Art and Crafts from around the area. Located just near the entrance to Old Sydney Town.
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Gosford Tours

NSW Tours • Outback • Eco • Adventure • National Tours
Koolewong Coastal Ecotours
• We cater for the Ecotourist and bushwalker or those visitors to NSW that like to escape and explore the diversity of the Australian native flora and fauna. Enjoy a Coastal Ecotour / Bushwalk through stunning bushlands, miles from the sounds of civilisation and the "Big Smoke".
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