NSW Central Coast Beaches - Maps and Lists

When summer is coming and it’s getting warm…

It’s time to plan for a holiday. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of Sydney and head to one of the many beaches on the NSW Central Coast…

Copacabana Beach sunrise

Discover and see heaps of photos of our top 25 beaches here

Below are maps of the beaches on the NSW Central Coast. You find all the beaches including patrolled beaches, family-friendly beaches, dog-friendly beaches and hidden beaches. Just zoom in to the beach you want to visit. And remember to always swim between the flags.

Table of Contents: 

Patrolled Beaches

Most of the beaches are patrolled from the beginning of the September school holidays through to the end of the April school holidays. 

If you click on a link in the list below you'll be sent to another page with in-depth information about the beach as well as its location. 

Patrolled Beaches

  1. Caves Beach (Lake Macquarie) 
  2. Catherine Hill Bay (Lake Macquarie) 
  3. Frazer Beach
  4. Lakes Beach
  5. Soldiers Beach 
  6. North Entrance Beach
  7. The Entrance Beach
  8. Toowoon Bay
  9. Shelly Beach 
  10. Wamberal Beach
  11. Terrigal Beach 
  12. North Avoca Beach
  13. Avoca Beach
  14. Copacabana Beach 
  15. Macmasters Beach
  16. Killcare Beach
  17. Ocean Beach

Family-Friendly Beaches

These are our favourite beaches on the NSW Central Coast we like to go to with our kids. 

Discover and see heaps of photos of our top family beaches here. 

If you click on a link in the list below you'll be sent to another page with in-depth information about the beach as well as its location.

Family-Friendly Beaches

  1. Caves Beach (Lake Macquarie)
  2. Catherine Hill Bay (Lake Macquarie)
  3. Norah Head Rockpool
  4. The Entrance Beach
  5. Toowoon Bay
  6. Terrigal Beach
  7. Avoca Beach
  8. Copacabana Beach
  9. Macmasters Beach
  10. Putty Beach
  11. Killcare Beach
  12. Ettalong Beach
  13. Ocean Beach
  14. Pearl Beach 

Dog-Friendly Beaches

Below are the beaches which have a designated section for pets to exercise without a leash. Some of these beaches are fantastic for dogs.

Dog-Friendly Beaches

  1. Caves Beach
  2. Lakes Beach
  3. North Entrance Beach
  4. Shelly Beach
  5. Forresters Beach
  6. Wamberal Beach
  7. Avoca Beach
  8. Copacabana/Macmasters Beach
  9. Putty Beach
  10. Umina Beach to Ettalong Beach
  11. Ocean Beach
  12. Pearl Beach
  13. Patonga Beach: 500 m between Meroo Avenue and Jacaranda Ave. 

>> Lake Macquarie dog-friendly beaches council information

>> Wyong dog-friendly beaches council information 

>> Gosford dog-friendly beaches council information 

Secluded Beaches

If you’re looking for a beach away from the crowd, the beaches below are tucked in the bush. Maitland Bay and Little Beach are the most popular spots, so there may be many visitors during the peak holiday period. But Tallow Beach is always quiet.

Secluded Beaches

› List & maps of Central Coast beaches

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