We’ve stomped the pavement to bring you the Central Coast’s most pram-friendly walks. Grab your bub, throw on your joggers and enjoy these gorgeous walking tracks. We’ve found lake-side paths at Chittaway Bay, ocean-fronted esplanades on the Peninsula and over-water pathways at Gosford.
These are walks you’ll love doing with your babies – they’re flat, picturesque, wide enough for strollers and many have coffee along the way. You’ll also find some with playgrounds en-route or grassy patches that just beg you to throw down a rug and have a picnic lunch.
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1. Chittaway Bay to Berkeley Vale Walk
Want a walk with not just one but three playgrounds PLUS beautiful lake views and breezes? Yes please! Start at Jimmy Jurd Playground and walk south along Tuggerah Lake cycleway. You’ll stroll over the occasional picturesque wooden bridge before reaching the swings and slide at Bluebell Park in the middle of the walk. Across from the park is a small set of shops, including a convenience store if you need urgent supplies (read kids snacks!). The walk finishes up at Ewen Howlett Reserve, which also has play equipment!
- Description: Concrete, flat pathway and bike track with a few wooden bridges. No stairs. There are toilets at Bluebell Park. Be mindful of the water with little ones, as well as oncoming cyclists. Only some parts of the walk are shaded by trees so please slip, slop, slap.
- Distance: 4km / 28 minutes each way.
- Location: The walk starts at Jimmy Jurd Playground (aka Chittaway Bay Lions Park), Cnr Lakedge Ave and Thomas Walker Dr, Chittaway Bay, and finishes at Ewen Howlett Reserve, 117W Lakedge Ave, Berkeley Vale.
2. Kincumber to Davistown Stroller Walk and Bike Track
This stroller walk starts with FUN! If you can make it past Broadwater park playground at Kincumber you’ll find a beautiful, flat path that runs right along the waters’ edge all the way to Davistown. While taking in the fresh air, lush bushland and aquatic wildlife, the kids will enjoy following the path’s memorial plaques commemorating historical shipbuilders in the local area.
- Description: Concrete, flat pathway and bike track with small steel bridge (no steps). There are toilets at Broadwater Park. The walk ends at The Little Teapot Café in Davistown where there is also a toilet and nappy changing table. Be mindful of the water with little ones on their bikes as well as oncoming cyclists.
- Distance: 2.7km / 35 minutes one way.
- Location: The walk starts at Broadwater Park, 16 Seabreeze Avenue, Kincumber and finishes at the Little Teapot Cafe, 8 Davistown Rd, Davistown.
3. Umina to Ettalong Esplanade Pedestrian Path
If you’re feeling energetic and want to start and end your walk with a kids park, this 2.8km trip will give you a good workout! Start the adventure at the Peninsula Recreation Precinct where you will find a playground, coffee kiosk, toilets and parking and make your way along the Esplanade, all the way to Ettalong. When you reach your destination, the kids can play at the Ettalong Waterfront Playground while you undo all the hard work and treat yourself to a cappuccino and slice of buttery banana bread from the Box Kiosk!
- Description: This route starts with a mixture of small backstreets and coastal roads so be mindful of traffic and keep the little ones at a distance from the kerbside where necessary. There is outdoor gym equipment along the foreshore at Ettalong. At both the start and end of the 2.8km trip you will find a children’s park, toilets and cafes.
- Distance: 2.8km / 35 minutes.
- Location: The walk starts at the Peninsula Recreation Precinct on the corner of Sydney Avenue and The Esplanade in Umina and finishes at Ettalong Beach Waterfront Reserve, The Esplanade, Ettalong.
4. Long Jetty Foreshore Walk
If you’re looking for a walk where you can grab coffee and bakery treats along the way then this is for you. The Long Jetty of Long Jetty is your starting point and it’s well worth a walk along itself (needless to say, please be very very careful in doing this with a stroller or kids). Back on land, mosey on down along the cycleway, and perhaps take a detour up Thompson St to grab a coffee and a croissant at local favourite Green Tangerine. When you’re back on track, keep an eye out for the little plaques that fill you in about the history of the area. You’ll also stumble across a new and very popular playground before finishing up at Saltwater Creek Reserve.
- Description: Concrete, flat pathway and bike track. No stairs. Most of the walk is shaded by trees, but some parts are exposed to the sun so please slip, slop, slap. Be mindful of the water with little ones, as well as oncoming cyclists. There are toilets at the start of the walk (across from the jetty), in the middle (opposite Gladstan Pde), and at the end (Saltwater Creek Reserve).
- Distance: 1.8km / 22 minutes each way.
- Location: The walk starts at ‘The Long Jetty’, opposite the corner of Tuggerah Pde and Archbold Rd, Long Jetty, and finishes at Saltwater Creek Reserve, Cnr Central Coast Hwy and Tuggerah Pde, Long Jetty.
5. The Entrance Waterfront Walk
Leave the car at Picnic Point Reserve and follow the path around The Entrance Skatepark and towards The Entrance Bridge. Before you pass under the bridge, you’ll notice The Entrance Lake House on your right where you can get takeaway coffee and treats. As you continue on your way you’ll also have your choice of food and shopping pit stops, plus there’s Memorial Park with Vera’s Water Garden, two playgrounds, carousel and carnival rides… and don’t forget the pelicans. Time your walk right and you can catch their daily feeding at 3.30pm!
- Description: Concrete pathway that inclines after Memorial Park, up to The Entrance Surf Club. No stairs. Be mindful of the water with little ones. This walk is quite exposed to the sun so please slip, slop, slap. There are toilets at Picnic Point Reserve and Memorial Park.
- Distance: 2km / 23 minutes one way.
- Location: The walk starts at Picnic Point Reserve, Tuggerah Pde (opposite Manning Rd), The Entrance, and finishes at The Entrance Surf Club, 42 Marine Pde, The Entrance.
6. Buff Point to San Remo Walk
This tranquil, tree-lined walk will have you basking in the lake breeze. This one starts at the super fun Edgewater Park in Buff Point and continues along Budgewoi Lake. Stop when you happen upon John Peter Howard Reserve in San Remo, which boasts swings, a climbing structure, undercover picnic tables and BBQ facilities. The perfect spot for a picnic after a leisurely stroll!
- Description: Concrete, flat pathway and bike track. There are a few small bridges along the way. No stairs. Be mindful of the water with little ones (the track gets very close to the water at times), as well as oncoming cyclists. Most of the walk is shaded by trees, but some parts are exposed to the sun so please slip, slop, slap. There are toilets at Edgewater Park.
- Distance: 2km / 23 minutes one way.
- Location: The walk starts at Edgewater Park, at the end of Narambi Rd, Buff Point and finishes at John Peter Howard Reserve, 56W Liamena Ave, San Remo.
7. Long Jetty to Killarney Vale Bike/Walking Path
After a play at the popular Saltwater Creek Reserve, get the stroller moving across the pedestrian bridge and into Killarney Vale. Take the scenic route and wander around the Saltwater Creek Saltmarsh Restoration Boardwalk to see what native flora and fauna you can find. Then continue along the lake until you reach the play equipment at Killarney Vale Foreshore. Oh, and remember to look back while you’re walking to spot both jetties and the iconic Norfolk pines of Shelly Beach!
- Description: Concrete, flat pathway and bike track. The walk starts by going up a medium incline bridge, and there are a few small bridges along the way. No stairs. There are brief parts of the walk where you are forced onto the road before returning to the pathway so take care. Be mindful of the water with little ones, as well as oncoming cyclists. Only some parts of the walk are shaded by trees so please slip, slop, slap. There are toilets at Saltwater Creek Reserve.
- Distance: 1.7km / 21 minutes
- Location: The walk starts at Saltwater Creek Reserve, Cnr Central Coast Hwy and Tuggerah Pde, Long Jetty, and finishes at Killarney Vale Foreshore Playground, Cnr Aubrey St and Lucinda Ave, Killarney Vale.
8. The Entrance to The Entrance North Walk
Start at The Entrance Skatepark and The Lake House (and try to resist the smell of fresh coffee and baked goods! Or be like us and grab a few to go). Once you’re on The Entrance Bridge, the whooshing sounds of the cars will make great white noise for napping babies! Keep going past the play equipment and meander along the pathway in Terilbah Reserve until you reach The Sensory Gardens, which has accessible pathways. Check out the native plants and viewing platform overlooking the lake while you’re there.
- Description: Concrete pathway. No stairs. You will need to cross Tuggerah Pde to use the ramp up to The Entrance Bridge so take care. There is a slight incline on parts of the path once you’re over the bridge. Be mindful of the water with little ones. This walk is quite exposed to the sun so please slip, slop, slap. There are toilets at Picnic Point Reserve.
- Distance: 2km / 27 minutes one way.
- Location: The walk starts at Picnic Point Reserve, Tuggerah Pde (opposite Manning Rd), The Entrance, and finishes at The Sensory Gardens, 7 Wilfred Barrett Dr, The Entrance North.
9. Terrigal Haven to Wamberal Beach Walk
This is an ideal walk to combine with a dip in the ocean and play on the sand. After a splash at The Haven, head towards the main strip of Terrigal and soak up the sun and atmosphere. Before tackling the small hill out of Terrigal, we recommend Bellyfish for coffee, Juice Junkie for a cold drink, or Fish & Chip Co for award-winning fish and chips (it’s that good!). Once you’re over the hill, take a right onto Ocean View Dr, admire the lagoon and beach views, then continue straight until you reach Wamberal Surf Club.
- Description: Concrete pathway. No stairs. Parts of this walk have a steep incline. You will need to cross the road when you get to Ocean View Dr to stay on a continuous foothpath so take care. This walk is quite exposed to the sun so please slip, slop, slap. There are toilets at Terrigal SLSC on Terrigal Esplanade.
- Distance: 3km / 37 minutes
- Location: The walk starts at The Haven, opposite 10 Scenic Hwy, Terrigal, and finishes at Wamberal SLSC, 1 Dover Rd, Wamberal.
10. Carawah Reserve Walk and Adcock Park Track, West Gosford
The Carawah Reserve Walk is one of our favourite local secrets. The wooden boardwalks wind in and out of the mangrove mud flats and provide kids – and adults – with a lovely exploratory path. There are signs along the way that detail information about the mangroves, fauna, flora and tides. You’ll come across numerous viewing platforms along the way, including a wharf that juts out into Brisbane Water and offers little Thomas fans a great vantage point to watch the trains coming and going from Gosford Station. This walk is only 400m long, so it’s ideal for little legs.
If you’re after a longer walk (around 30 minutes), follow the concrete bike track around the perimeter of Adcock Park.
- Description: Wooden walkways through the mangroves – water levels vary with the tide, so please beware of little ones. No stairs. Bring mosquito repellent if it’s been raining.
- Distance: 2.8km / 30 minutes. Circuit.
- Location: Start at Adcock Park -near the bridge at 2 Adcock Avenue. Head into Carawah Reserve and do that loop (this is only 400m, so ideal if you’re only looking for a small walk for little legs). If you’re after a longer walk continue around the perimeter of Adcock Park back to your car.
Want more? Check out our feature on “The Coast’s Best Bike Paths and Scooter Tracks for Kids”. There’s some great locations featured there where you can pound the pavement.