Central Coast Accommodation: top-rated

The quality of the accommodation on the NSW Central Coast varies a lot. Let’s be honest, accommodation can make or break a holiday.

So I have researched, with the help of friends and online reviews, the top places to stay and narrowed down to a few.

I have then made a short list of accommodation for each of these categories:

Each place to stay had to meet certain criteria.

Visitors reviews was the most important criteria. I used review scores of both 8+ on Booking.com and 4+ on TripAdvisor.

If you click on a link, it will send you to Booking.com.

I use Booking.com because they have more than 1,387,966 properties worldwide and 200 on the Central Coast. I like that they offer the best price, have free cancellation and no hidden fees. The interface is also very simple to use.

I also like that Booking.com returns all types of accommodation. It’s much more than just hotels... they also show you apartments, holiday rentals, bed and breakfasts and more.

Best Camping and Caravan Sites

There are great spots where you can pitch a tent or park a caravan.

Some sites feel remote... Think of Bouddi National Park or Dharug National Park. Other sites have top-notch facilities. And others have lovely waterfront positions. I have written about 10 of the best camping / caravan sites on this page: 

Best Cabins 

Cabins are my favourite choice of accommodation when we go on holiday with our children.

They have fully-equipped kitchens, so we can prepare meals and snacks any time we want. We also save money by preparing our own meals rather than eating out.  

And cabins are not stacked next to each other like apartments or hotel rooms. There’s a lot of space outdoors where the kids can play and ride their bikes and there’s also kids’ activities during the school holidays.

The criteria I have used to recommend these cabins are:

  • Review score of 8+ on Booking.com
  • Review score of 4+ on TripAdvisor

Best cabins

Waterfront cabins at Dunleith Tourist ParkWaterfront cabins at Dunleith Tourist Park

Best Apartments

Self-contained apartments help you to carry on your normal routine while on holiday. It’s definitely a home away from home.

They’re my second favourite choice of accommodation when we go on holiday with kids.

Since they have a fully equipped kitchen, we save money by preparing our own meals rather than eating out. And they give us well-needed space.  

The criteria I have used to recommend these apartments are:

  • Review score of 8+ on Booking.com 
  • Review score of 4+ on TripAdvisor
  • Short walk to a beach
  • Short walk to a village centre
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Free wifi

Best apartments

Avoca Palm ResortsAvoca Palm Resorts

Luxury 5-Star Accommodation

These are ‘la crème de la crème’ accommodation on the Central Coast. These places are well thought of among locals and reputed literature.

The criteria I have used to recommend these places are:

  • Star Ratings Australia accreditation of 5-star
  • Review score of 9+ on Booking.com
  • Review score of 4.5+ on TripAdvisor

Best 5-star accommodation

Star Of The Sea TerrigalStar Of The Sea Luxury Apartments

Best Accommodation by beach / place

Do you know exactly where you want to spend your holiday? I have written about the best-rated places to stay on these pages below (using similar criteria) in:


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