Central Coast Beaches
The Central Coast is an area renowned for its beautiful beaches and stunning views. Right up and down the coastline you will find hidden beach gems of unsurpassed beauty, some of which are so private and unspoiled that it can seem like you are the first visitor.
With more than 30 Central Coast beaches from which to choose, it is not hard to find just what you are looking for whether you choose to enjoy Terrigal Beach’s culture of cafes or to wander along Ettalong Beach taking in all the boating activity.
Don't forget the huge range of Central Coast accommodation available up and down the coast catering for every person and every taste.
Terrigal Beach is one of the best known beaches on the Central Coast. The beach is patrolled right throughout the year providing safe swimming from the whole family. The beach plus the small harbour combine with the beautiful pine trees and the trendy shops to give the area quite a cosmopolitan feel. The cafes, boutique shops and restaurants provide a very pleasant atmosphere for relaxation. Check out the available Terrigal accommodation here.
Lined by beautiful, ancient Norfolk pines, the relaxed atmosphere of Avoca Beach provides an ideal beach holiday location for the whole family. Well-known for its consistently good surfing conditions, the beach, and in particular “The Point”, is a favourite for surfers of all levels. For the surfing novice, surf schools are available to teach all levels and all ages. If you are after something a little easier on the water then kayaks, surf ski’s and pedal boats are available for hire on Avoca Lake. A great selection of cafes face the beach and the lake which provide the ideal setting to enjoy an Avoca Beach coffee. Have a look at Avoca Beach accommodation here.
North Avoca Beach has its well known wonderful but large north-easterly swells making it ideal for the experienced surfer. Sitting between Terrigal and Avoca Beaches, it also offers beautiful scenic bushwalking along its foreshore. It is a patrolled beach however swimmers are advised to watch for the strong rips which can develop particularly at the northern end of the beach. For you dog lovers, a popular dog walking area is located between Avoca and North Avoca beaches. Check out the North Avoca accommodation available here.
The Entrance is a real all year round fun place for those who love the water. It is a very popular area for families with a great assortment of shops, a playground for the kids and many food shops all within easy walking distances. Having a good surf beach as well as the calm Tuggerah Lake means that the area appeals to all ages. The beach is patrolled and, at the southern end, you will find two ocean baths beautifully positioned for wading and playing in with younger children. Lovely timber walkways provide an excellent and easy walk for those who want to learn more about the history of the area. Memorial Park has undercover barbecue areas and picnic tables and, at 3:30 pm daily, there is the ever popular pelican feeding. For more information on what to do at The Entrance, the Visitor Information Centre is located on Marine Parade. Click here to have a look at The Entrance accommodation.
Shelly Beach is ideal for swimmers of all levels. The beautiful golden sand for which it is well known is a popular spot for tourists as well as locals. An excellent wave can normally be caught with an average of 1.5 m height however you need to watch out for the rips which can occur fairly often at both ends of the beach. At the northern end, you will find Tuggerah Lakes Golf Course with its commanding views of the coastline. Dogs are permitted to be walked between North Shelly Beach and Toowoon Bay. See the range of Shelly Beach accommodation here.
Soldiers Beach has managed to remain largely unaffected by urban development and it is therefore almost as pristine as it has always been. This picturesque beach is loved by both swimmers and surfers with the Norah Head Lighthouse looking down on it from the northern side. Guided tours giving you all the information about its history are available on weekends between 10 am and 2 pm.
Secluded and beautiful, some say that Killcare Beach sits firmly in the top ten of all Australian beaches. Protected from the larger swells and stronger winds, the rock pools provide a great haven for the children to play. The surf here can be quite challenging at times with the southern end being safer for the less experienced surfer. Bouddi National Park Borders Killcare Beach at both ends offering a great selection of bushwalking trails to explore. It is considered one of the most scenic coastal national parks in New South Wales and camping is permitted in certain locations. Check out available Killcare accommodation here.
Toowoon Bay Beach is a horseshoe shaped beach which offers protection from the larger swells making it ideal for families. A reef is exposed at low tide allowing safe swimming. A picturesque picnic area is located on the reserve adjacent to the beach. Its latest claim to fame is that it won Australia’s Cleanest Beach award in 2007 as well as the Friendliest Beach award. Find your Toowoon Bay accommodation here.
Ocean Beach sits between Umina Beach and Ettalong Beach at the Southern end of the Central Coast. Over 2 km long, it offers all the features of an ocean facing beach whilst looking toward the secure area of Broken Bay. Its position means that the surf it receives is generally more friendly for those learning to surf. Visit the available Ocean Beach accommodation here.
Umina Beach offers relatively safe surfing plus you can learn to surf with the Central Coast Surf School. A rock pool is located in the southern end of the beach and a large grass recreation reserve offers a huge selection of family activities including a skate ramp, children’s playground, tennis courts, picnic facilities plus the surf club. Close by is the spectacular Mount Ettalong lookout with its beautiful views. See available Umina accommodation here.
Ettalong Beach sits on the shores of Broken Bay where the calmer waters lap the firm sand making it a very popular walking beach. The Palm Beach ferry provides a regular service from Palm Beach bringing beach goers to the popular beach and the weekend market. Sitting on the Ettalong Beach Club terrace with a glass in hand looking out on all the boating activity can be a very enjoyable pastime. See available Ettalong Beach accommodation here.
Flowing from the end of Terrigal Beach, Wamberal Beach at times provides challenging surf conditions to the more experienced surfer. If you are after a more pleasant spot for families, Wamberal Lagoon is a protected flora and fauna sanctuary and provides a beautiful escape from the more crowded beaches. Check out available Wamberal accommodation here.
The small beach and tidal pool which make up Macmasters Beach are described by many as one of the most beautiful places on the Central Coast. A picturesque bush walking trail will lead you through Bouddi National Park to the unspoiled Macmasters Beach. See Macmasters Beach accommodation.
Copacabana Beach sits between Macmasters Beach and Avoca Beach with magical views of the New South Wales coastline. It is a great place to relax with those who return time after time enjoying the fact that it only has a few shops and is not overpopulated. The beach is sometimes known for its rather unpleasant rips so those enjoying the water should make sure they are always swimming between the flags. The rock pool provides a safer alternative for children and those who are not such strong swimmers. See what is available in Copacabana accommodation.
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