Sunday, June 23, 2019


By Fiona Adams

Wyong City Guide

Pelicans (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

Australia is a country that indeed has a lot to offer, from gorgeous islands and stunning mountains to vibrant cities and breathtaking landscapes, but you know what? There are a lot of smaller towns in the Land Down Under that deserve as much attention, and one of them is certainly Wyong. Just keep on reading and learn more about it right now!

Where is Wyong located?

Wyong is a small town of the Central Coast region of New South Wales, located approximately 89 kilometers from Sydney and 63 kilometers from Newcastle. Basically, it’s just over an hour’s drive from Sydney, and we can freely say that it’s a good base for starting your visit to Tuggerah Lake and the gorgeous Yarramalong Valley.

This town has a population of 4,326 people (according to 2016 census), and it is one of the two administrative centers for the Central Coast Council local government area. Its forested mountains and stunning beaches make the Wyong area more than perfect for day trips, beach breaks, family holidays, and outdoor adventures. The fact that the most charming attractions of this area are located within easy reach from Sydney and Newcastle makes it even more amazing!

Photo courtesy of Destination NSW

The history of Wyong

In case you didn’t know, Wyong is an indigenous word that means either ‘an edible yam’ or ‘place of running water’. The first inhabitants prior to European colonization were believed to be the Darkinjang tribe who camped at Tacoma and in the Yarramalong Valley. However, the first European settler in this area was William Cape who brought cattle and sheep into the district back in 1825. On the other hand, the stands of cedar attracted numerous timber-getters to Yarramalong and Dooralong Valleys. The industry struggled later on as getting the timber to Sydney was extremely difficult. Significant expansion and development began when the Sydney to Newcastle railway was completed in 1889. As a result of this new line, the Royal Hotel was established and the first post office was opened. It also helped the timber industry to grow. 

What to see in Wyong?

The Pelican Feeding is one of the most popular entertainment attractions in Wyong, and it attracts a large number of visitors at 3.30 p.m. every day. Koolang Observatory is also extremely popular among tourists. It has the largest public-viewing telescope in Australia, which makes the whole experience even more awesome. This observatory offers tours and viewing sessions both during the day and at night, and there are various models and video displays explaining the solar system and astronomic technology.

The visitors love the Basin and Watagan State Forests, too, with the Basin Camping Area within the Watagan State Forests. There are two breathtaking walking trails that lead from the site – the Rock Lily Trail (1.5 kilometers) and the Lyrebird Trail (8 kilometers). If you’re a huge fan of spending time in nature and exploring its wonders, you should definitely give these a try.

Wyong (Photo courtesy of Central Coast Tourism)

What to know if you want to live in Wyong?

When it comes to life in Wyong, you have to know that this is a perfect place to live according to many families with kids, professionals, and singles. Retirees began to settle in Wyong after World War II and the opening of the freeway in the 1960s and the electrification of the rail line contributed to the growth of a larger commuter community. As already mentioned, Wyong is the commercial and administrative center of the area that prides itself on round-the-clock public transport, gym and fitness facilities, and medical facilities, including Church St Dental.

This town is particularly fantastic if you don’t really love too crowded and polluted cities simply because it has a population of only 4,326 people. Besides that, Wyong has an extremely efficient town center which houses the Wyong Shire’s Council Chambers, Wyong Police Station, Wyong Local Court House, Village Central Wyong Shopping Centre, and many more. Wyong Public School is located north of the town center, whereas Wyong High School is west of the town center. 

Photo courtesy of Wyong Farmers Market

As you can tell, Wyong is a quite small and charming town in New South Wales, and the fact that it’s located so close to Sydney makes it even more attractive – both for day trips or holidays and beginning a new life there. No matter what’s your reason for visiting this magnificent town, one thing is certain – you’ll have a great time there, without a shadow of a doubt!


Fiona Adams is a freelance lifestyle writer inspired by traveling and colorful world around her. Different cultures, people and food make her want to stay on the road forever.

Follow: Facebook, Twitter

No comments:

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...