Beaches, pools and parks


During the warmer months, everyone’s keen to head outdoors to enjoy the weather.  With an expected influx of visitors, we have put in place plans to keep the Coast COVID-safe.

Please remember, Public Health Orders requiring social distancing and restricting public gatherings to under 30 people still apply outdoors, unless you are seated at an outdoor music event.

Our beaches are among our most popular spots but all beachgoers must follow COVID-safe behaviour. A good way to remember to socially distance there is to keep a towel’s length between you and anyone who doesn’t live with you. If the beach looks crowded, consider coming back at another time or relaxing in a non-beach setting.

Here’s a few ideas to help you enjoy other natural settings:

  • go for a walk or run in your local park
  • ride a bike along a cycleway
  • take your dog for a walk around your neighbourhood
  • kick a ball at a sportsground
  • head bush to hike on a nature trail or to visit a scenic spot.

For more information, click here

Playspaces and skate parks

Central Coast public playspaces, outdoor fitness equipment and skate parks are open in line with the latest direction from the NSW Government.  To help minimise the spread of COVID-19, please wash your hands before and after using any equipment.

Public reserves, shared pathways, boat ramps, public wharves and jetties, sportsfields and other outdoor public spaces remain open. Dogs should not be walked on sportsfields, but can be walked in other outdoor settings. Picnics are allowed.

We urge the community to continue to practise social distancing which includes maintaining a distance of 1.5 metres from others at all times. Public gatherings must not exceed 30 people, unless you are seated at an outdoor music event. See the full State and Federal Government advice on social distancing and use of public space to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 within our community.

These measures impact our children and families, but they are deemed necessary to protect our community’s health during this pandemic.  

NSW Police have the power to enforce restrictions. 


Outdoor and indoor pools are open for lap swimming, rehabilitation, Learn to Swim and Aqua Fitness at Gosford Olympic Pool, Peninsula Leisure Centre, Toukley Aquatic Centre and Lake Haven Recreation Centre.

Community sport

Our parks, reserves and facilities are often used as the venue for community sport competitions.

It is important to note that sports clubs and associations are required to have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place. To help minimise the spread of COVID-19, some restrictions may also apply to community sport competitions:

For information about community sports and COVID-19 Safety Plans, click here

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Last updated : Fri 23 Oct 2020