Avoca Beach NSW

Avoca Beach on the Central Coast NSW is a great beach for everyone...

Swimming at Avoca Beach

Countless people from Sydney come to this beach every summer for a holiday.

There’s something here for everybody, from families to couples to surfers.

Specifically, this beach is great for:

  • Swimming
  • Surfing
  • Fishing
  • Eating out
  • Gliding on the lake on pedal boats, kayaks, stand up paddle boards
  • Watching a movie at the single screen cinema
  • Visiting the monthly markets
View of Avoca Beach and North Avoca from the lookout

Avoca Beach has a population of 4,584 people (2016 census), but the population swells a lot in summer.

The beach is located south of Terrigal and a 90 minute from Sydney.

There are several cafes and restaurants and a good range of accommodation options.

The beach is 1.7 km long, with Avoca Beach at the south and North Avoca Beach at the north.

This beach is also very beautiful...

Walking the dog on the beach at sunset

No wonder:

Majestic Norfolk pines line the beach, there are a beautiful lagoon and two rocky headlands on each side of the stretch of sand.

There’s more:

Come for a Tour…

There’s a fully-fenced and spacious playground beside the beach where you can sit and relax while the kids are playing. There are good shady spots in summer and sun in winter.

The toilets are located near the playground.

Grab a takeaway coffee and food at the kiosk. There are also other restaurants and cafes that overlook the beach, as well as an excellent fish and chip shop.

Barbecues and picnic tables at located at Ross Park. And there’s also Avoca Beach Picture Theatre there, which screens quality movies.

If you like rock fishing, head to the large rock shelf around the headland.

Back to the beach:

The large rockpool is perfect for kids…

View of the rockpool at Avoca Beach from the lookout

Surfing is very popular at this beach, particularly at Avoca Point. If you’d like surfing lessons, check out Central Coast Surf Academy.

Early morning surf at Avoca Beach

Swim in the waves between the flags...

Lifeguards patrol the beach from the September school holidays to the end of the April school holidays. There are rips along the beach, so always swim between the flags.

Swimming between the flags

The beach is also dog-friendly…

The dog exercise area is located in the middle of the beach beside the lake.

Dogs can run free in an area of about 500 metres, and they enjoy splashing about in the lake.

If you’d like a bite to eat in the village after exercising your dog, Wise Food Cafe is dog-friendly.

Walking the dogs at the lake

Keep on walking along the edge of the lake to Aquafun and Heazlett Park...

Aquafun hires out pedal boats and kayaks to glide around the lake. It’s a fun activity for families in summer.

Also, you can kick the ball in Heazlett Park or visit the markets on the fourth Sunday of the month.

Pedal boat on Avoca Lake

If you’re staying here for more than a day or two, these other things to do nearby.

Cafes & Restaurants 

There are plenty of choices when it comes to eating out. You’ll find a cluster of cafes and restaurants beside the surf club and another one in the village. Check out reviews on TripAdvisor.

Local's tip: Like Minds is a very popular cafe with locals. 


As I said:

There are several accommodation options in Avoca Beach.

Some holidaymakers prefer to rent a holiday house or apartment through Stayz or Airbnb. If you’d like to check what’s available, click on the links – I have preset the searches for Avoca Beach.

There’s more:

These places are excellent…

  • Avoca Palms Resort is located metres from the beach and cafes. You can get a 3 or 4-bedroom apartment with ocean views. And there are great facilities for families: swimming pool, games room, barbecue area and more. Check availability & rates here
  • The Palms at Avoca is a well-rated holiday park located a 5-minute drive from the beach. It’s in the leafy suburb and away from the crowds. There are a great resort-style pool and kids attractions. It’s an ideal accommodation for families. Check availability & rates here
  • Avoca Valley Bed and Breakfast is an outstanding accommodation for couples. It’s located in the hinterland and 5 minutes’ drive from the beach. Check availability & rates here

And if you want somewhere more affordable:

I hope you enjoy your visit!

Where is Avoca Beach NSW

Located 90 min from Sydney via the M1.

› The beach at Avoca Beach

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