The name; Woy Woy is apparently taken from the local aboriginals of the area, the Darkinjung tribe. The words reputedly mean "deep water", referring to the deep tidal channel adjacent the town centre.
Woy Woy is on the main Northern railway line. Most services from Sydney Central via Strathfield, Epping, and Hornsby to Gosford and Newcastle stop at Woy Woy. Magnificent views of parts of the Hawkesbury River which are not accessible by road transport add to the enjoyment of the rail trip.
Woy Woy is linked to Gosford along the western edge of the Brisbane Water by an off-road cycleway and bridge. There is a cycleway heading around the eastern side of the water for a short distance. Bikes can be brought on the train from Sydney.
- Peninsula Leisure Centre. Opened 29 October 2005
- Blackwall Point
- Governor Philip Memorial
- Annual oyster festival. Held mid November.
- Spike Fest. An annual festival celebrating the life and works of comedian Spike Milligan.
- Woy Woy was once renowned for its oysters. Nowadays, Woy Woy is a great place to relax on the weekend and kick-back like the locals. Traditional pubs and fish and chip shops are located conveniently next to the waterfront, as well as a TAB for a flutter.
- K.B. Thai Takeaway
- Pelicans Restaurant
- Wasana Thai Restaurant
- Pearls on the Beach
- Woy Woy Fisherman's Wharf
- Woy Woy Gourmet Pizza
- Naman's Kitchen Restaurant
- The Fish Hut
The Bayview Hotel is located right near the water and can be seen on your approach, by train or car, from Gosford. It is a popular drinking hole for locals and is typical of many Australian pubs. The Old Woy Woy Pub is across the road.
- Bayview Hotel, 2 The Boulevarde, Woy Woy NSW 2250, ☎ .