Discover the Beach at Avoca Beach NSW

View of Avoca Beach and North Avoca from the lookout

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

Many Sydneysiders visit this beach every summer. No wonder… there’s something here for everybody, from families to couples to surfers. 

What you'll find here:

  • Safe swimming with lifeguard patrol
  • Great surf
  • Fishing on the rock platform
  • Sheltered rock pool for wading
  • Fenced playground beside the beach
  • Restaurants and cafes beside the beach
  • Large dog exercise area
  • Lagoon with pedal boats and kayaks for hire
  • Historic picture theatre 
  • Locals’ favourite markets
Avoca Beach Picture TheatreAvoca Beach Picture Theatre

Avoca Beach is a great holiday resort and one of the best beaches on the Central Coast… It’s the best pick of the beaches in my opinion.

About the Beach

Avoca Beach is a popular beach getaway near Sydney.

The place is beautiful.

Majestic Norfolk pines line the beach, a lagoon borders the town, and two prominent sandstone headlands sit on each side of the stretch of sand.

And there are great amenities beside the water: rock pool, playground, toilets, and cafes. 

You can have a picnic at the playground while the kids are playing. There's a lot of space and the playground is fenced.  

View of the rockpool at Avoca Beach from the lookout

Children will also like the protected rock pool where they can swim and explore.

If you want to swim in the waves, the patrolled swimming area is further down the beach.

Lifeguards patrol the beach from the September school holidays through to April. Swim between the flags because there are rips.

Surfing is also popular here particularly at the point. If you’d like to take surfing lessons, check out Central Coast Surf Academy.

Early morning surf at Avoca Beach

If you like rock fishing head to the large rock platform at the southern end… it’s a popular fishing spot.

Take your dog on the sand near the lagoon. Dogs can run free for about 500 metres and splash about in the lake. Wise Food Cafe is a dog-friendly cafe near the lagoon.

Walking the dog on the beach at sunset
Walking the dogs at the lake

More Things to Do in Avoca Beach 

You can also explore Avoca Lake on pedal boats, kayaks, and stand up paddle boards. It’s great fun particularly for kids. You can hire the equipment on the lakefront.

Pedal boat on Avoca Lake

Visit the monthly Avoca Beachside Markets if you're here the fourth Sunday of the month. You’ll find quality products and an excellent vibe.

If you’d like to go for a walk, walk south or north…

Walk south to Captain Cook Lookout. To get to Captain Cook Lookout, climb the stairs on Ascot Ave to the top of the hill and follow the trail at the water tower.  

The views from Captain Cook Lookout are fabulous. You can even continue walking south to Copacabana Beach and Macmasters Beach. 

If you're very fit you can keep on hiking to Putty Beach through Bouddi National Park.  

Or walk to North Avoca from Avoca Beach if you prefer to walk on the sand. There you can surf and swim (if there are lifeguards).

To end the day, watch a quality foreign or independent movie at the charming Avoca Beach Picture Theatre and have a choc top and a glass of wine. Or take the kids to Sunset Bistro or Avoca Beach Pizza and Pasta Cafe.

Where to Stay

  • If you’d like to stay in a self-contained apartment near the beach, check out Avoca Palms Resort. It’s in a great location – metres from the beach, cafes, restaurants and shops. You can get an apartment with ocean views and there are great facilities like a swimming pool and a games room. Read reviews ≫

Getting There

Located 1 hr 30 min north of Sydney and 1 hr south of Newcastle.

From Sydney, follow the M1 Sydney - Newcastle Motorway and exit toward Gosford / Woy Woy / Terrigal.

From Newcastle, follow Pacific Highway.

There’s a large parking area beside the Surf Life Saving Club (can get full during holidays).

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Hi! I'm Christine.

When we moved to the Central Coast from Sydney 15 years ago, we struggled to find thorough information about the beaches, bushwalks and hidden gems, so we set out to explore as best we could. Now that we have visited every town, beach and secret spot, I'll help you discover this stunning region! 


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