Central Coast Accommodation: top-rated

The quality of the accommodation on the NSW Central Coast varies a lot. Let’s be honest, accommodation can make or break a holiday.

So I have researched, with the help of friends, family and guest reviews, the top places to stay on the coast for a holiday near a delightful beach and narrowed down to a select few.

You'll find the best-rated accommodation for each of these categories:

Each place to stay had to meet certain criteria. Visitor reviews was the most important criteria. I used a review scores of at least 8+ on Booking.com and 4+ on TripAdvisor.

Some of the links will send you to my affiliate partner Booking.com.

I use Booking.com because they have more than 1,387,966 properties worldwide and 200 on the Central Coast. I like that they offer the best price, have free cancellation and no hidden fees. The interface is also very simple to use.

I also like that Booking.com returns all types of accommodation. It’s much more than just hotels... they also show you apartments, holiday rentals, bed and breakfasts and more.

If you book an accommodation that I have recommended, I'd love to hear if it lived to your expectations. Let me know here

Accommodation by Location

Do you know exactly where you want to spend your holiday? I have listed the top accommodation at popular places...

Luxury 5-Star Accommodation

Star Of The Sea Terrigal

These are ‘la crème de la crème’ accommodation on the Central Coast. These places are well thought of among locals and reputed literature.

The criteria I have used to recommend these places are: Star Ratings Australia accreditation of 5-star, review score of 9+ on Booking.com and 4.5+ on TripAdvisor. 


Avoca Palm Resorts

Self-contained apartments help you to carry on your normal routine while on holiday. It’s definitely a home away from home.

Since they have a fully equipped kitchen, you can save money by preparing your meals rather than eating out. And they give you well-needed space.  

The criteria I have used to recommend these apartments are: review score of 8+ on Booking.com and 4+ on TripAdvisor, short walk to a beach and village centre and free wifi. 

Cabins & Cottages

Waterfront cabins at Dunleith Tourist Park

Cabins are my favourite choice of accommodation when we go on holiday with our children.

They have fully-equipped kitchens, so we can prepare meals and snacks any time we want. We also save money by preparing our own meals rather than eating out.  

And cabins are not stacked next to each other like apartments or hotel rooms. There’s a lot of space outdoors where the kids can play and ride their bikes. And some places offer school holiday activities.


Tent Putty Campground

There are great spots where you can pitch a tent.

Some sites feel remote... think of Bouddi National Park or Dharug National Park. Other sites have top-notch facilities. And others have lovely waterfront positions.

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