The Ultimate Accommodation Guide For Your Central Coast Holiday

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Find a Central Coast accommodation perfect for your family stay on the Central Coast.

You’ll find recommendations for the best places to stay near a beach by categories and by location. 

I narrowed down the list to places I personally know or family and friends recommended. And places which receive the highest guest reviews.

Keep in mind that many of these places get booked out several weeks ahead of the summer school holidays.  

By the time of writing this page (May), there are only a handful of rooms left in several of these accommodations. 

So better book as early as possible if you're planning on visiting during school holidays. 

Another option is to rent a holiday house. Check what's available on HomeAway or Airbnb

If you have never stayed in an Airbnb before, get a $55 discount on your first stay here

Also several accommodations request a minimum stay in summer. It can be as many as seven nights. 

I didn't include prices as this can vary enormously depending on the time of the year. 

Below are the top hotels, resorts, apartments and holiday parks near a beach on the Central Coast!

Best Kid-Friendly Accommodation 

NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort – 4 star

Pros – By far the best holiday park for kids on the Central Coast and it's right beside the beach.

Cons – Can get crowded and super busy.

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Kids love the playgrounds, heated swimming pools and water park. They also have a blast on the jumping pillows and Go-Karts. There are modern 2 and 3 bedroom cabins on a beachfront location with direct access to the beach. The place is close to all facilities and a short drive to the shops. There's also a huge playground a short stroll away.  

Crowne Plaza Terrigal – 4.5 star

Pros – Great location next to the beach and quality restaurants. 

Cons – The bar downstairs can be noisy at night but you can get a quieter room on the Haven’s side. 

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Crowne Plaza is the largest hotel on the Central Coast. Kids have a great time swimming in the pool and playing at the Kids Club during school holidays. They also like playing down at the beach which is right across the road. Many rooms have stunning ocean views. There are two restaurants on site and the hotel is a two-minute stroll to quality restaurants and boutique shops.  

The Palms at Avoca – 3.5 star

Pros – Short drive to Avoca Beach.

Cons – There are no shops or cafes at easy reach.

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The resort-style swimming pools and heated spa are a big winner with families, and kids also enjoy the playground and games room. The self-contained cabins are surrounded by lots of trees and wildlife. It’s located a 5-minute drive to Avoca Beach which is fantastic for surfing, swimming and fishing. And there are several cafes and restaurants. 

Star of the Sea Luxury Apartments – 5 star

Pros – Facilities are truly outstanding and they can entertain all day long. 

Cons – pricey.

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Star of the Sea has excellent facilities… from three swimming pools, waterslide and poolside cafe, to a tennis court and gym, to a snooker room and kid playground. Many units have spectacular views of the ocean. It’s only a short walk to the beach, restaurants, cafes and bars in Terrigal. 

Best Self-Contained Apartments

Sandy Cove Apartments – 4 star

Pros – Spacious and close to the shops and beach.

Cons – The Entrance can get pretty dead outside weekends and school holidays. 

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There are very roomy and well-equipped apartments with balconies and great views of the ocean. Sandy Cove Apartment is an 8-storey property close to everything. The beach, shops and kids attractions are all at walking distance. You can have a great time in the heated outdoor pool, spa or sauna and there’s a gym too. These apartments are great to share with friends or family.

Terrigal Sails Serviced Apartments – 4 star

Pros – Beds are comfy and it’s a short stroll to the beach and shops. The complimentary breakfast is a nice bonus too.

Cons – No swimming pool.

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Terrigal Sails are serviced apartments located smack bang in the centre of Terrigal. It’s in a quiet cul-de-sac and a short stroll to the beach, shops and restaurants. The apartments are spacious and the beds very comfy. There’s free WiFi and free parking on site. You also get cereal, milk and juice every day and they also provide beach towels.

Terrigal Pacific Coastal Retreat – 4 star

Pros: Lovely heated pool that’s warm all year-round.

Cons: No meals available on site and no breakfast provided.

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Terrigal Pacific Coastal Retreat has been renovated and refurbished. The apartments are self-contained and WiFi is free. There’s a balcony overlooking the hot spa and swimming pool, which is heated and comfortable all year-round. It’s a nice walk to the beach and shops in Terrigal along the esplanade. There’s also a cafe and kid playground across the road. 

Most Affordable Accommodation

Blue Lagoon Beach Resort – 3 star

Pros: Great location beside the beach and the national park.

Cons: Cleanliness is not always to high standard and the price can still get pretty high during the peak season.

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Many cabins are located right on the beachfront and beside a national park. There are also tent sites and caravan sites. There are many activities to entertain the kids during the school holidays... heated swimming pool, spa, playground, tennis court and Kids Club. The beach here is very beautiful and there are great swimming and surfing spots a few metres up the beach.  

The Palms at Avoca Beach – 3.5 star

Pros – Short drive to Avoca Beach.

Cons – There are no shops or cafes at easy reach.

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The resort-style swimming pools and heated spa are a big winner with families, and kids also enjoy the playground and games room. The self-contained cabins are surrounded by lots of trees and wildlife. It’s located a 5-minute drive to Avoca Beach which is fantastic for surfing, swimming and fishing. 

NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort – 4 star

Pros – By far the best holiday park for kids on the Central Coast and it's right beside the beach.

Cons – Can get crowded and super busy.

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Kids love the playgrounds, heated swimming pools and water park. They also have a blast on the jumping pillows and Go-Karts. There are modern 2 and 3 bedroom cabins on a beachfront location with direct access to the beach. The place is close to all facilities and a short drive to the shops. There's also a huge playground a short stroll away.  

Jetty Motel – 4 star

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Ettalong Beach Tourist Resort – 4 star

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Cabins & Cottages

Some cabins and cottages are situated in holiday parks with great facilities for families. Others are great for unwinding or living a unique experience. 

Read more: Cabins & cottages

Camping 

There are great camping sites in the bushland of the Central Coast. Some sites feel remote like in Bouddi National Park and Munmorah State Conservation Area. 

Read more: Best campgrounds

Accommodation by Location

Terrigal Haven

Accommodation in Avoca Beach

The rock pool, beach and great surfing conditions make Avoca Beach a perfect beach for anyone. Families, couples, and surfers will enjoy this beach.

Avoca Beach also has a good range of cafes and restaurants on offer.

The types of accommodation here vary but the quality is very good. You’ll find self-contained apartments near the beach. Cabins in the quiet suburb. And a relaxing bed & breakfast in Avoca Beach’s hinterland.

Read more: Stay in Avoca Beach

Accommodation in Terrigal

Being the most visited beach on the Central Coast, Terrigal offers many accommodation options. There are great places to stay near the beach, boutique shops, and local cafes. This makes Terrigal a go-to place for anyone, from beachgoers to business travellers.  

The self-contained apartments, hotels, and luxury apartments are all situated near the beach. Some are a stone throw away.

Read more: Stay in Terrigal

Accommodation in The Entrance

Well-known for its colony of pelicans and fun things to do for kids, The Entrance is a popular town to go in the weekends.

Kids have fun in the jumping castles, carousel and Ferris wheel. Tourists enjoy watching Pelican Feeding. And visitors like to stroll along the waterfront and taking in the view.  

You can swim at the local beach or in the ocean pools, and there are beautiful and great surfing beaches nearby. 

The accommodation options here range from budget to luxury. Be careful about the quality of the accommodation you choose. It varies a lot.  

Read more: Stay in The Entrance

Accommodation in Lake Macquarie

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