Gosford is a city on the Central Coast of NSW, about 80km north of Sydney’s CBD. It is the administrative centre of the Central Coast region, the third largest urban area in NSW after Sydney and Newcastle. Gosfordis the 18th largest local government area in Australia with a total resident population of more than 159,000.
Mann Street, Gosford's main street and part of the Pacific Highway, runs north-south and contains the frontage for much of its commercial district. The Central Coast Highway runs past Gosford's waterfront area, while its predecessor the Pacific Highway takes on several names through the CBD itself. Mann Street contains the main public transport links for Gosford, with Gosford railway station (CityRail and CountryLink) and the termini for several bus routes.
The shopping and community precinct is in the centre of the city and includes Kibble Park, William Street Mall, Gosford City Library, the Imperial Shopping Centre, the Gosford Town Shopping Centre and a range of shops, cafes, banks and other services, especially along William Street Mall. Restaurants, cafes, hotels and clubs provide a wide variety of dining options.
Gosford is also home to Gosford Hospital - the largest hospital on the Central Coast, Gosford High School - the only selective high school on the Central Coast and the Central Coast Conservatorium (in the original Gosford Courthouse)
The city also has a sports stadium (home to the Central Coast Mariners A-League football club), racecourse and show ground.