Avoca Beach is a favourite destination on the Central Coast for a family holiday.
The town appears low-key... to get here you must drive to the end of a long no-through road. You first see a few houses and shops, then the beach. It looks quiet, but you soon start to notice there are more things to do in this town than spend your day at the beach. (You can also do that of course!)
It's a lovely beachside town where families enjoy a fabulous lifestyle close to Sydney. This town is more laid-back than Terrigal, yet there are nice restaurants, cafes and attractions.
The name Avoca was given by John Moore, the first resident. It's Celtic for “great estuary” or “where the river meets the sea”.
Welcome to Avoca Beach...
1 hr 30 min north of Sydney or 1 hr 35 min south of Newcastle via the M1 Freeway. Click on this link for directions on Google Map.
The beach is the biggest attraction here... It's patrolled from the beginning of school holidays in September to the end of school holidays in April.
It's a great spot for families…
You’ll find a large rockpool next to a fully-fenced playground, swimming flags and cafes. Walk on the big rock shelf around the headland. Kids can explore rock pools and search for sea creatures.
Hire pedal-boats, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards at Aquafun. You can swap boats as many times as you like. It’s great fun for the kids.
This beach is also a popular surfing destination. Avoca Point is a favourite surfing spot.
Walk your dog in the dog exercise area on the beach near the lagoon. Dogs can run free for over 500 metres and play in the lagoon. There are dog-friendly cafes across the road.
Watch a movie at Avoca Beach Picture Theatre right beside the beach. It’s a historic single-screen cinema. They screen independent and foreign films. It was nominated as one of the “ten most beautiful cinemas” in the world.
Visit Avoca Beachside Markets, one of the best markets on the Central Coast. Every fourth Sunday of the month, more than one hundred quality stalls are set up in Heazlett Park right next to the lake. It’s worth spending a few hours at the markets to browse the stalls, eat nice food and chill out with life music.
Then enjoy sunset and dinner at one of the beachfront restaurants. Or at any other restaurant. I’m amazed such a small town can pack in so many cafes and restaurants. I counted 22 on top of my head!
The finest restaurant is Bombini ($$$$). They serve delicious modern Italian food. The chef was previously the head chef at Bells at Killcare, an award-winning restaurant.
Mojito Joe’s ($$) is another locals’ favourite. They serve food with Asian, Pacific Island and Central & South American influence. The view of the ocean is superb and the atmosphere is lively. Have cocktails on the verandah while enjoying the sunset…
The best places to stay range from self-contained accommodation to up-market cabins to privately managed holiday rentals to luxury bed and breakfasts.
Are you looking for a self-contained accommodation?
Avoca Palm Resort is conveniently located in the heart of the village. This accommodation is close to everything; walk to restaurants, shops, the beach, the park, the lake, everywhere.
The rooms are fully serviced and you can see the ocean from the balcony in the best 3 & 4-bedroom apartments.
The Palms at Avoca is a caravan park with lovely cabins and a limited number of powered sites, but no camping. It’s a bit far from the beach (5 minute drive) but it’s away from the summer crowd. And there’s a resort-style pool.
Both of these places to stay receive excellent guest reviews: Score of 8+ on Booking.com and 4+ on TripAdvisor.