Located 80 kilometres north of Sydney, Gosford is the commercial and administrative centre of the City of Gosford, which covers 1029 square kilometres. Gosford is characterised by steep hills and valleys with extensive state forests to the west and the Tuggerah Lakes to the north. Gosford attracts retirees as well as young families by its mild climate, beaches, bushland and forests and with the freeway and the electric train service, Gosford it easily accessed.
Between Gosford and the Hawkesbury River, the Brisbane Water National Park covers 11 327 hectares of rugged sandstone country. The bush is often scrubby but there are a number of walking trails and it’s a great place to see wildflowers, birdlife and Aboriginal engravings.
Located in a bushland setting, the Australian Reptile Park and Wildlife Sanctuary has Australia’s largest reptile collection. There are alligators, lizards, crocodiles, giant turtles, kangaroos, koalas, platypus, echidnae, Tasmanian devils, emus, dingoes and snakes. There is alligator handling and crocodile feeding, reptile demonstrations, a platypusary, a noctarium and the milking of snakes.