Umina Beach NSW offers all the fun that families are looking for on a holiday.
Whether the kids are playing at the beach, at the local playground, or sticking to the Big4 Ocean Beach Resort & Holiday Park to bounce on the jumping pillows and swim in the pool, they aren’t going to get bored.
Happy kids means you can relax.
Umina Beach is definitively a great family destination close to Sydney.
1 hr 20 min north of Sydney and 1 hr 30 min south of Newcastle via the M1. Take the A49 Central Coast Hwy exit. Follow the directions on Google Map.
Umina - Ocean Beach is seriously stunning. You get views of Sydney's Northern Beaches on the other side of Broken Bay and two national parks on each side.
It's also great for families and kids: The ocean is calm and shallow at the end of the beach, while the rest of the beach has only small waves. If you or your children want to learn how to surf this is the perfect beach. You can book surfing lessons with Central Coast Surf School at the NRMA Ocean Beach Resort & Holiday Park Reception.
Even though the waves are small you still need to swim between the flags because there are rips. Lifeguards patrol from the Sept/Oct school holidays to the April school holidays.
You can walk your pet at either end of the beach where the dog off leash areas are located. And if you like long walks on the beach, Umina - Ocean Beach stretches unbroken for 4 km up to Ettalong Beach.
Umina Playground is just behind the Surf Lifesaving Club. You can walk back and forth between swimming and playground. It's probably the best playground on the Central Coast. (Another great playground is located at Speers Point Park, Lake Macquarie.)
There's a large area with picnic tables and barbecues, a fully-fenced playground for toddlers and a larger section for older kids with a huge spider web with a slide, a flying fox, bicycle path, BMX track and skateboard park.
Also, check out Umina Beach Markets on the 3rd Sunday of the month from 9 am - 2 pm. The markets are located beside the Surf Lifesaving Club. There are 75+ stalls selling art, fruits and vegetables, clothes, ready-to-eat-food, jewellery and more. There's also live music. The vibe is great.
Umina beach sits between Brisbane Water National Park and Bouddi National Park. For bushwalking, mountain biking, or just looking at great views from lookouts, there are plenty of options in both national parks...
Walk to Mount Ettalong Lookout for a view of Umina Beach like on the photo below. It's only a short walk in the bush from the car park to the lookout. Drive along Mount Ettalong Rd to the top of the headland. The road winds all the way up. When the road straightens out, look for the car park on the left.
Bulgandry Aboriginal art site is a short and easy walk to clear Aboriginal engravings in Brisbane Water National Park.
Somersby Falls are two popular waterfalls located lower down a bush track in Brisbane Water National Park.
Visit the neighbouring town of Ettalong. Eat at one of the excellent restaurants and cafes. Cinema Paradiso and the Ettalong Markets are located there as well. Or catch the Palm Beach Ferry to Palm Beach for a great day out.
If you want to explore more beaches on the Central Coast, read this page.
Discover more attractions on the Central Coast here. Among these are the Australian Reptile Park, The Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park and Pelican Feeding at The Entrance.
Have a coffee and food at Jasmine Green while the kids are playing at the playground. You can watch them from the window.
On West Street:
Try 304 on West for a good hit of caffeine and breakfast.
The service is friendly.
Next to it is Bremen, a quirky pie shop. Quirky as, apart from winning many awards, they boast the hottest pie on the planet earth. Yep, that's true. Have one bite and it will send you rolling in pain on the floor. If you do decide to try hell on earth, they’ll make you sign a legal disclaimer before you eat it.
This Flaming Ron Pie is made with the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T. It's the world’s hottest chilli! Apparently, one seed is 300 times hotter than a jalapeno. If you do decide to torture yourself, please send me a photo.
Have dinner at Umiya Restaurant on Trafalgar Ave. It’s a Japanese restaurant and the food is delicious. Book ahead.
With young kids you might like Ettalong Diggers. They serve pub food and there's a kids play area.
Few choices of accommodation exist in Umina.
NRMA Ocean Beach Resort & Holiday Park & Big4 is by far the best and most popular with families.
The site hugs the beach and a large playground is located up the road. The main shopping strip is located a few minutes’ walk away: There are grocery stores and a couple of decent cafes.
The holiday park looks like a village...it's so big. The facilities will delight you and keep your children smiling:
It’s fantastic that such a great holiday park exists on the Central Coast. As a mum I know kids can never be too entertained.
Choose between a camping site, a caravan site, a glamping tent, and one of the varied cabins. I really like these ones:
The Safari Palm Tents – great for those who like camping but at the same time maintain creature comforts. And no need to pack a tent. So follow the glamping trend and stay in a Safari Palm Tent.
Seabreeze Townhouses – the cabins nearest to the ocean… I like them all. But I think the Seabreeze Townhouses are particularly appealing...
Plantation Cottages – are tucked safely in quiet lanes. The front area is safe for little ones...
Gumnut Villas – are secluded in a leafy back street, in front of a reserve and beside the pool. It’s beautiful and convenient...
Still not convinced? Read this article – Ocean Beach Resort & Holiday Park Big4 has been voted as one of the ten best holiday parks in NSW for families.