Budgewoi is a lakeside town sandwiched between Budgewoi Lake and Lake Munmorah on the NSW Central Coast.
The lakes are part of a network of three interconnected lakes with one channel opening to the ocean. The lakes are popular for fishing, boating, kayaking, windsurfing, and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP).
Budgewoi is a great spot for those who enjoy being near the water. It provides the best of both lake and ocean living. Besides the two large lakes, there are picturesque beaches and scenic walking trails a short drive away.
You’ll most likely see pelicans and black swans in the lakes.
Find out more about this area’s attractions below…
On the eastern shore of Lake Munmorah is a picturesque 8-km beach with clear water - perfect for long morning or afternoon walks.
Red Ochre Beach and Birdie Beach sits at the northern end. The seas are rough so avoid swimming there. This section is in Munmorah State Conservation Area so you need to pay a small fee for parking. This beach section is clothing optional.
Budgewoi Beach is situated mid-section. The waves can be big here. Lifeguards patrol during the school holidays.
If you have a furry friend, there’s a fabulous off-leash area stretching for over 1km from the Budgewoi Beach Southern Car Park to Ocean Street.
Lakes Beach sits at the southern end of the beach and it’s where the best place to swim is. The waves are a bit smaller here and lifeguards patrol the water. There’s ample parking and good facilities.
Grab some quality burgers and chips and a delicious coffee at Coastal Cafe behind Lakes Beach. It’s a gem.
South of Lakes Beach is Hargraves Beach - a beautiful 1.2 km curving stretch of sand between Jewfish Point and Hargraves Rocks. It’s unpatrolled but a great spot for relaxing.
Budgewoi is a short drive from Norah Head, where you can have a relaxing stroll around the the lighthouse. Right next to Norah Head is Soldiers Beach, a patrolled beach that’s popular for swimming and surfing. And for the little ones there’s Norah Head Rockpool.
Enjoy cycling or walking along a serene 17-km shared path around Budgewoi Lake. Revel in expansive lake views. You’ll past a few small bridges and parks, where you can stop for picnics.
If you’ve got kids in tow, there’s a playground at Buff Point (Edgewater Park).
This trail starts from Slade Park and ends at Pacific Highway. Toilets are along the way.
Slade Park is a lakeside picknic spot. The place is relaxing and you’ll get great views of the lake with its pelicans and black swans. There are BBQs, toilets and a boat ramp.
Mackenzie Reserve has a children's playground with plenty of play equipment and a little sandy beach for swimming. The lake views are beautiful. It’s a perfect place for a picnic.
Walk over the cute Budgewoi Footbridge and enjoy a 10 min stroll around Dunny Island.
Lake Munmorah State Conservation Area is a scenic conservation area with walking trails, great views and birdwatching opportunities.
It's a 10 min drive north of Budgewoi.
Sip & Eat Budgewoi
The Anchor Budgewoi
Coastal Cafe Lakes Beach
On the west side are Halekulani and Buff Point.
To the north of Budgewoi, on the opposite side of Lake Munmorah (the lake) is the town of Lake Munmorah.