The following accommodation options are all a little further afield (for those with their own transport)
From the Fishponds area on the GNW track, there are a couple of link tracks that you may select taking you to Hornsby. If you take these and require accommodation in Hornsby, then you could try Hornsby Railway Hotel immediately opposite the railway station (the end of the link track). Accommodation here is “pub-style” budget accommodation and there are numerous restaurants within easy walking distance.
Still in the Hornsby area but a couple of kilometres away from the centre of Hornsby are other accommodation options.
Almost opposite Waitara railway station (one stop from Hornsby or a 15 minute walk) is the Blue Gum Hotel with 11 country style rooms, self-serve continental breakfast and its own restaurant.
A little further down the Pacific Highway (2.1 kilometres from Hornsby railway station) is the Ascot Motor Inn with a wide variety of room styles, all with ensuites, a pool and restaurant; and the Spanish Motel with 26 rooms, an outdoor pool and restaurant (Tuesday to Saturdays).
Locality: Yarramalong and Cedar Brush Trackhead
A little offtrack (about 3 km) in the Yarramalong area is the Forest Park Country Retreat with two bedrooms, one with ensuite. Breakfast on the first morning plus hens providing daily fresh eggs to collect.
Locality: Woy Woy
Woy Woy, a town approximately 4-5 km off the GNW, offers several kinds of accommodation e.g.
Glades Motor Inn, approximately 3 km off the GNW track offering facilities such as a swimming pool and restaurant with a neighbouring 18 hole golf course and bowling green.
Watersedge Motel, around 5 km off the track, situated on the waterfront, a three minute walk from Woy Woy railway station, with its own restaurant and a variety of room types.
The Bayview Hotel, a little over 3 km off the GNW track, all rooms with ensuites, a two minute walk from the centre of Woy Woy. Budget accommodation in dormitory style rooms is also available with shared bathroom facilities.
Minerva's Garden Cottage B&B, 60 Phegans Bay Road, Phegans Bay, a little over 3 km from the GNW track.
Locality: Gosford and suburbs
Gosford and its suburbs provide some options for accommodation although not on the direct track of the GNW (about 10 km away). If you wish to venture further afield, you might stay in Wyong (approximately 15 km away).
Here are some possibilities in Gosford:
Hotel Gosford in central Gosford
Elanora Hotel in east Gosford
Quality Inn The Willows in Gosford North
Wombat's B&B in south Gosford
Terranova Motel in Niagara Park
Bellbird Rest in Lisarow
And in Wyong:
Bella Vista Motel in Kariong. This is approximately 3 km from the Girrakool Trackhead, which is the end of a link track of about 2 km to the GNW track itself. The motel has a gym, an outdoor swimming pool and Indian restaurant with breakfast served in the rooms.
Locality: Mangrove Mountain
Not on the direct line of the GNW is Mangrove Mountain giving access to several stretches with only a short drive. Here is the Woodlands Country Stay, a set of pioneer self-contained cottages, each with two bedrooms, kitchen and lounge room. A self serve breakfast basket is provided but otherwise is self-catering.
Locality: Kulnura, Laguna and Wollombi
If you wish to venture further afield there is accommodation in Kulnura (6 km off track), including Noonaweena, with eight rooms all with ensuites and facilities including a heated spa, swimming pool and tennis court.
Although not directly on the GNW track, there is accommodation in Laguna and Wollombi that may be useful to know about. You could try Arcadian Retreat in Laguna. An upmarket venue with spa bathroom, full breakfast served in the suites which have their own kitchenettes and private verandahs. Lunches and dinners are also available.
A little further away is delightful Wollombi with a number of accommodation options.