The Ultimate Accommodation Guide For Your Central Coast Holiday


Find a Central Coast accommodation perfect for your family holiday on the Central Coast Australia. Below are out favourite places to stay at walking distance to a great beach. 

NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday ResortKids love the swimming pools at NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort

Keep in mind that many of these places can get booked out several weeks ahead of the holidays, so it's better to book as early as possible. 

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

Best Places to Stay with Kids

NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort – 4 star

You won't have to make any efforts to entertain the kids at NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort in Umina Beach.

Kids love the playgrounds, the water park, the heated swimming pools with the water slide, the jumping pillows, the Go-Karts, recreation room and half tennis courts.

The holiday park is right beside Umina Beach, at the southern end where the water is calm and shallow. Lifeguards patrol the beach a bit further up the stretch of sand and you can take surfing lessons–it's the perfect beach for that. 

Right next to the holiday park is a huge playground with a BMX track and skate park. 

The shops are at walking distance or short drive. 

Pros – Located right beside the beach and near shops. There are fun things to do for kids and it's by far the best kids resort on the Central Coast. 

Cons – Busy during weekends and school holidays.

Location: 90 Sydney Ave, Umina Beach (1.5 hours drive north of Sydney)

Room types: cabins and villas, glamping tents and powered and unpowered sites

Facilities: swimming pools and so many other activities for kids

Fabulous - 8.7/10

Read our review of Ocean Beach Holiday Resort here

Crowne Plaza Terrigal – 4.5 star

Crowne Plaza Terrigal is the largest and most popular hotel on the Central Coast.

This hotel caters for most people from business travellers to couples and families–they are great facilities for kids. 

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. 

Location: Pine Tree Ln, Terrigal 

Room types: standard rooms and suites that can sleep up to 6 people

Facilities: swimming pool and kids zone

Fabulous 8.7/10

From $180

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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 in the village. 

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

Cons – No shops or cafes at easy reach. 

Location: Carolina Park Rd, Avoca Beach

Room types: cabins and villas that sleep up to 8 people

Facilities: swimming pools, playground and games room

Fabulous - 8.7/10

From $145

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Self-Contained Apartments

Sandy Cove Apartments – 4 star

Sandy Cove Apartments in The Entrance offer very roomy and well-equipped apartments with balconies and great views of the ocean.

The 8-storey property is at walking distance to the beach, shops and kids amusement rides and playgrounds.

There's a heated outdoor pool, spa, sauna and gym.

These apartments are great to share with friends or family.

Pros – Spacious apartments at walking distance to the beach and town centre.

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

Location: 2/8 Ozone St, The Entrance

Room types: from a one-bedroom apartment to a four-bedroom penthouse that sleep up to 8 people

Facilities: heated swimming Pool with a spa and a sauna as well as a gym

Fabulous - 8.6/10

From $242 a night

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Terrigal Sails Serviced Apartments – 4 star

Terrigal Sails

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.

Location: 6 Maroomba Rd, Terrigal

Room types: from studio to one-bedroom apartments that sleep up to 4 people

Facilities: beach towels and breakfast packs provided

Fabulous - 8.8/10

From $160

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Terrigal Pacific Coastal Retreat – 4 star

Terrigal Pacific Coastal Retreat in Terrigal 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 15-minute 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 swimming pool warm enough to swim all year-round.

Cons: No breakfast provided or meals onsite and it's a 15-minute walk to the beach.  

Location: 224 Terrigal Dr, Terrigal 

Room types: from studios to two-bedroom apartments that accommodate up to 4 people

Facilities: heated swimming pool with barbecue facilities

Superb - 9.0/10

From $157

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Least Expensive Accommodation

Jetty Motel – 4 star

Jetty Motel in Long Jetty is a great motel to base yourself if you want to explore The Entrance area or to stop overnight if you're travelling up or down the coast. 

Great beaches like Shelly Beach and Toowoon Bay are only a short drive away.

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

Pros: Great value for money. 

Cons: 20-minute walk to the beach. 

Location: 353 The Entrance Rd, The Entrance 

Room types: from standard rooms to family rooms that sleep up to 7 people

Facilities: self serve breakfast and swimming pool

Fabulous - 8.6/10

From $110

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Blue Lagoon Beach Resort – 3.5 star

Located right on the beachfront at the southern end of Shelly Beach and beside Wyrrabalong National park. 

Many activities and facilities entertain the children during the school holidays like a heated swimming pool, spa, playground, tennis court and Kids Club.

The beach here is very beautiful. There are great swimming and surfing spots a few metres up the beach and a nice coastal walk in Wyrrabalong National Park.  

Pros: Great location beside Shelly Beach and Wyrrabalong National park.

Cons:  The Garden Cabins are outdated, not all cabins have been refurbished. 

Location: 10 Bateau Bay Rd, Bateau Bay

Room types: cabins and powered sites

Facilities: swimming pool with barbecue area and kids activities

From $145

Very good - 8.3/10

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Ettalong Beach Tourist Resort – 3.5 star

This quirky accommodation is a short walk to Ettalong Beach and beside the Ettalong Markets, eateries and Cinema Paradiso. It's a convenient location when it rains because it's all under the same roof. 

Ettalong Beach is popular with families and small children. The water is calm and shallow and there's a cafe and small playgrounds beside the beach.

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

Cons: No particular view from the rooms. 

Location: 189 Ocean View Rd, Ettalong Beach 

Room types: from standard rooms to family room that can accommodate up to 5 people

Facilities: Small, shallow swimming pool. 

Very good - 8.3/10

From $132

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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.

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