Avoca Beach and Terrigal Beach are two of the most popular beaches on the Central Coast NSW. But they're not the only ones...
There are 41 beaches on the Central Coast, which stretch over 87 km of coast. So nearly half the coast is made up of beaches!
Avoca is one of the most popular holiday spots on the Central Coast with families because of comfort and convenience. Have cocktails at Mojito Joe’s, a BBQ or fish and chips, and let kids run wild in the sand. And why not watch a quality movie in the only remaining single screen cinema beside a beach?
Avoca Beach has:
The 200 m Bateau Bay is a great spot on the Central Coast for kids...
They like to walk over the rock platforms and explore the rockpools.
The bay is backed by Wyrrabalong National Park and is sheltered.
For a bit of fun and interest, walk there from Crackneck lookout on the 2 km bush track.
Bateau Bay has:
Cabbage Tree Harbour is a sheltered bay free of rips that is beautiful on a sunny day.
It’s popular with families because it contains one of the best rockpools on the Central Coast.
There’s also a boat ramp.
Cabbage Tree Harbour is located at Norah Head.
Cabbage Tree Harbour has:
Locals call Copacabana “Copa”.
Copa is sheltered from the northeasterly wind so it’s a great spot in summer. It's actually a lovely place for a holiday, because it never gets too crowded. Copa is also a favourite surfing spot on the Central Coast.
Ettalong has a reputation on the Central Coast for safe swimming because the water is shallow and flat (a headland shelters the water from the swirl).
Ettalong is a great place to spend the day. There’s a little playground, cafe and picnic area. The bicycle path goes all the way to Umina Beach along the shore.
Travel to Ettalong on the Palm Beach Ferry.
Forresters is a long uncrowded beach backed by mansions on top of a hill overlooking the ocean.
It's a great spot for walking the dog and a favourite place for surfers.
It's not quite secluded but feels like it.
Killcare is a top contender on the Central Coast for the scenery. You can see the Northern Beaches across the ocean and Bouddi National Park surrounds the beach.
The attractive kiddies rockpool at the foot of the headland is a magnet for toddlers.
Killcare is a very nice beach and lovely village.
Little Beach is my favourite relaxing afternoon with the family spot. It’s so peaceful you won’t want to leave.
This Central Coast beach is hidden in Bouddi National Park and you have to walk a cruisy 750 metres through a beautiful remnant rainforest to get to it. It can easily be done with toddlers and an off-terrain pram.
It's also a campground with barbecues.
Little Beach has:
The secluded Lobster is perfect for recharging the batteries...
Located in Broken Bay and tucked in Bouddi National Park, the small stretch of sand is peaceful and quiet. And much of the time empty because it's hidden.
Access Lobster by bushwalking a kilometre from Wagstaffe or through the Flannel Flower walking track.
The highlights here are the ocean pool and Barefoot Cafe positioned at the foot of the bushland.
The ocean pool is toddler-friendly and you can even swim some laps (but it’s not an Olympic size pool).
Barefoot cafe holds its name well – it’s casual and it overlooks the ocean. So you don’t need shoes at this cafe. Beach style.
Macmasters is also a fantastic picnic spot.
Maitland Bay wins the title for the best hidden beach on the Central Coast...
The 600 m untouched stretch of sand is tucked in the bushland of Bouddi National Park. The National Park is situated right amid an urban area but you couldn't tell from Maitland Bay. To get to it you have to walk 900 m down a steep walking track in the National Park.
Maitland Bay was formerly called Boat Harbour but after the SS Maitland ship sank off the coast in 1898, the name was changed to Maitland Bay. You can even see the remains of the ship at low tide.
Even though Moonee Beach is just a short bushwalk to get
there, you feel like you could be anywhere.
All you can see is the ocean, the beach and lush bush, and all you can hear is the sound of pounding waves.
Moonee Beach is completely untouched, as are all the beaches in Munmorah State Conservation Area.
You really don’t need to drive far to get the vibe of a remote beach.
The fishing village attracts Sydneysiders who arrive by ferry from Palm Beach. You can also get there by a scenic windy road through Brisbane Water National Park.
A good day in Patonga means fishing in the creek, swimming, and drinking a cold beer at the Hotel.
Pearl is the jewel of the Central Coast. No pun intended.
It's located in Broken Bay and the town is set in the bushland in a valley on the edge of Brisbane Water National Park.
If you feel like bushwalking, walk up and over the headland to Patonga via stunning Warrah Lookout.
Pearl Beach has:
The only signs of life there are surfers and a few people lying on the sand. You're close to civilisation, but feel a hundred miles away.
Locals call Pelican “Pelos”.
Pelos is hidden in the bushland of Wyrrabalong National Park and is unspoiled.
We don’t often go there because it’s not patrolled and it’s unsafe for the kids to swim. But in winter nothing is better than lying in the sun on a pristine Central Coast beach.
Putty is part of Bouddi National Park so it’s completely untouched and scenic.
The water is calm and beautiful... I wish we came here more often. But since we now have a couple of surfers in the family I’m being outnumbered.
You need to pay $8 for parking but it’s worth it.
Shelly is another gem...
The forecourt has just been upgraded, the water is clean, the sand dunes makes it look untouched, and the golf course behind the sand dunes has the most stunning views. If you have a dog, it can run free for about 1 km up to Toowoon Bay.
Soldiers is stunning, unspoiled and pristine. It's my absolute best.
It has a real holiday feel to it because it’s backed by the bushland of Wyrrabalong National Park and the water is clear. For a coffee or lunch, head to Snax up on the hill at the northern end and enjoy the view from up there. Also, visit Norah Head Lighthouse while you're there.
Wow! Was my first impression when I came out of the path onto this beach.
It took me years before I set foot on Spoon Bay... the beach is unknown to many locals. Surprisingly… it's beautiful and calming. And almost hidden.
Spoon Bay is so close to Terrigal yet feels far away from populous suburbs.
Park at the end of Spoon Bay Rd and walk down the short path to the beach through the bush.
Spoon Bay has:
The steep 1.5 km bush trail that leads to Tallow keeps many tourists away so that makes it an ideal secluded Central Coast beach away from civilisation.
Come across on the ferry from Palm Beach, ride to Bouddi National Park and down the fire trail. And if you can manage to carry a surfboard or fishing lines and a tent, it will make it a fun overnight adventure.
Last photo is Little Tallow. It's linked by a bushtrack.
Terrigal is the most urbanised beach on the Central Coast. It's surrounded by quality restaurants, cafes and boutiques. It’s also one of the most scenic spot. Because it’s the most popular holiday destination on the Central Coast, it gets busy during summer holidays.
Terrigal Haven is a perfect picnic spot. The water is calm. It's a great swimming spot for young children. It’s also a good place on the Central Coast to kayak, snorkel, fish and stand-up paddle board. Terrigal Haven is located in the popular town of Terrigal. Climb the iconic Skillion for stunning coastal views at the top.
Terrigal Haven has:
Toowoon Bay has the most beautiful, teal coloured water on the Central Coast. The swimming area is protected by a reef so the water remains calm. No wonder it’s a favourite with families. There’s a kiosk and a park with a playground and barbecues up the stairs. Beside Toowoon Bay is Blue Bay, another lovely spot.
Toowoon Bay has:
Umina is a top contender for the most scenic area on the Central Coast. Located in Broken Bay, you get views of widespread bushland, coasts, and the mouth of the Hawkesbury River. It’s also a top family spot. The waves are small and perfect for learning to surf. One of the best playgrounds is just beside. For good food and coffee go to Jasmine Greens.
Wamberal is truly a stunning spot. Escape the crowds of Terrigal and head to Wamberal to surf, swim, fish, play in the lagoon, or lie down on the sand in a secluded spot. And if you like long walks on the beach, walk from Terrigal to Spoon Bay through Wamberal Beach.
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