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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.