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. 

NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort

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

Better book as early as possible. 

You can also rent a holiday house through a website like HomeAway or Airbnb. If you have never stayed in an Airbnb before, here's a $55 discount on your first stay. 

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!

Kid-Friendly Accommodation 

NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort – 4 star

You won't have to make any efforts to entertain the kids. Kids love playing at the playgrounds and water park, swimming in the heated swimming pools and sliding in the water slide.

They also have a blast on the jumping pillows and Go-Karts.

Want to head to the beach? It's right there. Want to take surfing lessons? You can.

The holiday park is also a short drive to the shops. 

Pros – Located right beside the beach and near shops and there are great activities for kids. It's by far the best holiday park around here. 

Cons – Can get crowded and super busy.

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Crowne Plaza Terrigal – 4.5 star

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 in Terrigal.  

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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The Palms at Avoca – 3.5 star

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 nearby. 

Pros – It's a short drive to Avoca Beach and 10 minutes drive to Terrigal.

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

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Self-Contained Apartments

Sandy Cove Apartments – 4 star

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.

Pros – Spacious and close to the shops and to The Entrance Beach.

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

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Terrigal Sails Serviced Apartments – 4 star

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.

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

Cons – No swimming pool.

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Terrigal Pacific Coastal Retreat – 4 star

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 to swim 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. 

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

Cons: There are no meals available on site and no breakfast provided.

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Most Affordable Accommodation

The Palms at Avoca Beach – 3.5 star

There are self-contained cabins in a leafy location and great facilities for kids like a resort-style swimming pool.

The Palms at Avoca is located a 5-minute drive to Avoca Beach which is fantastic for surfing, swimming and fishing. It's also located a short drive to Terrigal. 

Pros – Only a short drive to Avoca Beach and 10 minutes drive to Terrigal. 

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

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NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort – 4 star

There are modern 2 and 3 bedroom cabins with direct access to the beautiful Umina Beach and it's a short drive to the shops.

NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort is by far the best holiday park for kids on the Central Coast. There are lots of activities to keep them entertained. 

Pros – Location right beside the beach and a short drive to shops. If you have kids they'll have a blast. 

Cons – Very busy during school holidays.

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Jetty Motel – 4 star

Jetty Motel is a great motel to base yourself if you want to explore The Entrance area and Long Jetty. The motel is also a perfect stopover if you're travelling up or down the coast.

There are great beaches a short drive away like Shelly Beach and Toowoon Bay.

Kids love the pool and a self serve breakfast is included. 

Pros – Great value for money. 

Cons – You need to drive to get to The Entrance or to a beach. 

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Blue Lagoon Beach Resort – 3.5 star

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.  

Pros: Great location beside Shelly Beach and the national park.

Cons:  Garden Cabins are outdated and may not be the best pick.

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Ettalong Beach Tourist Resort – 3.5 star

This accommodation is located a short walk to Ettalong Beach. This beach is popular with families and small children... the water is calm and shallow and there are facilities and small playgrounds close by.

Ettalong Beach Tourist Resort is in a pretty good spot in a unique building above the Ettalong Markets and beside the local cinema.

There's also a small, shallow swimming pool. 

Pros – Located a few metres from Ettalong Beach and beside the markets and cinema. 

Cons – No particular views from the rooms. 

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Best Campgrounds

Camping on the Central Coast

Want to go 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. 

Click here to find out about the best campgrounds on the Central Coast.

Accommodation By Location

Accommodation in Avoca Beach

The rock pool, beach and great surfing conditions make Avoca Beach a perfect beach for anyone. 

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. 

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Accommodation in Terrigal

Being the most visited beach on the Central Coast, Terrigal offers many accommodation options.

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. 

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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 visit in the weekends and school holidays.

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.  

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