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Central Coast

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Central Coast is 334,857, with a population density of 1.99 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

The Central Coast is located on the coastline north of Sydney and south of Lake Macquarie, between 60 and 90 kilometres north of Sydney. The Central Coast is bounded by Cessnock City, Lake Macquarie City and Lake Macquarie in the north, the Tasman Sea in the east, Broken Bay, the Hawkesbury River and Hornsby Shire in the south and Hawkesbury City in the west.

Land use

The Central Coast is a growing residential area, with commercial, industrial and rural land uses. The Central Coast encompasses a total land area of nearly 2,000 square kilometres, including substantial areas of State Forest, National Park, nature reserves, coastline, lakes, beaches and waterways. Most of the population is located in townships located along the coast and lakes.

The Central Coast is diverse and offers great opportunities to live, work and recreate. Key features of the Central Coast include:

  • A relaxed lifestyle and sense of community;
  • The central location between the major population centres of Sydney and Newcastle with excellent road and rail links;
  • The combination of city advantages with the amenity of living in a range of villages, towns and localities, amny separated by open space and natural areas;
  • A temperate and reliable climate;
  • The abundance of natural attractions such as Brisbane Water and Tuggerah Lakes, coastline, beaches, bushland and hinterland;
  • Productive agricultural land, forest and mineral resources;
  • Robust manufacturing and a range of service industries; and
  • A long established holiday and tourist industry.

Included areas

The Central Coast comprises Gosford City and Wyong Shire.