5 Stunning Central Coast Hidden Gems You Need to See

If you’re anything like us, finding a hidden gem is top of your summer to-do list. Whether you’re looking for some Central Coast hidden gems, new hikes, and even some wild swimming on the Central Coast it can be hard to filter through the thousands of hikes and places available.

However, if you’re up for an adventure and want to explore the Central Coast a little more we will be discussing some of the best hikes Central Coast has to offer, as well as the hidden gems which they encompass.

Many people don’t get the opportunity to explore the Central Coast properly. The area comprises of 7 state parks, 5 national parks as well as conservation areas. So it goes without saying that there are a lot of places to explore and plenty of places to take the family.

1. Spion Kop

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Central Coast Hidden Gem Spion Kop

Arguably Spion Kop has one of the best views on the Central Coast and is the best hike in Brisbane Water National Park. With all this being said, because of the grade of the hike to this lookout, it is one of the best Central Coast hidden gems. Very few people see this lookout which is why it is at top of this lookout. On this hike, you’ll be greeted with waterfalls, wild swimming opportunities (after rain), and some of the best views of the Hawkesbury River. This lookout overlooks Woy Woy and on a clear day, the view feels almost endless.

Read how to find this lookout, and check out the hiking guide for Spion Kop here.

2. Abbotts Falls

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Abbotts Falls in Olney State Forest

Located deep in the mountains you’ll find this Central Coast waterfall which looks like it’s straight out of a fairy tale. Much like other hidden gems on the Central Coast, this waterfall sees little traffic due to accessibility and the length/grade of the hike. However, the hike to this waterfall is beautiful. Here you’ll hike through the lush rainforest and into a chasm to find this secret waterfall.

To find this waterfall make sure you check out the hiking guide here

3. Kariong Brook Falls

Kariong brook falls
Kariong Brook Falls

During the summer this area can get busy. However, this Central Coast waterfall is still a pristine hidden gem. Located deep in the Brisbane Water National Park you’ll find a perfect waterfall that cascades into a small pool which is perfect for wild swimming. This location is the perfect place to lounge around and spend the day in nature for a picnic with the family.

To find this Central Coast hidden gem, make sure you check out the hiking guide here

4. Elephant Rock

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Drone photo of elephant rock and Patonga

Located between Patonga and Pearl Beach you’ll find an enormous rock outcrop. Here you’ll see some of the most unique views on the coast which overlook Patonga and the Hawkesbury River. This is one of the best sunset locations on the Central Coast and is the perfect place to set up with a glass of wine and a picnic. Whilst rock scrambling is required for this hike, it is a relatively easy hike, with much of it taking place on the road rather than in the bush.

5.Snapper Point

snapper point sea cave

Located in the Munmorah Conservation Area you’ll find Snapper Point. A giant sea cave/blow hole. The area features a railed lookout area, however, there are many other vantage points around snapper point to grab a view of the sea cave. It is an easy hike/walks to the lookout from the car park.

If you’re looking for more hiking guides and ideas, make sure you check out our recent blog post about Central Coast family-friendly hikes here


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