25 Best Central Coast Beaches

Avoca Beach and Terrigal Beach are two of the most popular beaches on the Central Coast NSW. But they're not the only ones...

Looking for a great beach on the Central Coast NSW Australia? These are the best beaches that I know, all within 2 hours drive from Sydney.

There are 41 beaches on the Central Coast, which stretch over 87 km of coast. So nearly half the coast is made up of beaches!  

Here are 25 great beaches in alphabetical order. Find a map at the bottom of the page showing their location. 

Do you have children? You may also like to read about our favourite family beaches


1. Avoca Beach

Avoca Beach

Features:

  • Lifeguards
  • Surfing & surfing lessons
  • Rock pool for kids
  • Playground
  • Restaurants & cafes

Avoca Beach is one of the most popular holiday spots on the Central Coast because of comfort and convenience. Relax while your kids swim in the rock pool. And sip on cocktails at Mojito Joe’s during warm summer nights. Read more...

2. Bateau Bay Beach

Bateau Bay

Features:

  • Rock pools for kids to explore
  • Sheltered bay

The 200 m Bateau Bay is a great spot on the Central Coast for kids. They like to walk over the rock platforms and explore the rock pools. The bay is backed by Wyrrabalong National Park and is sheltered. Read more...

3. Copacabana Beach

Copacabana Beach NSW

Features:

  • Lifeguards
  • Surfing
  • Rock pool for kids
  • Playground
  • Cafes

Copacabana Beach, or Copa as the locals call it, is a quiet holiday spot. Avoca residents often escape to Copa during summer holidays to get away from the crowds. Read more...

4. Ettalong Beach

Ettalong

Features:

  • Calm water
  • Playground
  • Restaurants & cafes

Ettalong Beach has a reputation on the Central Coast for safe swimming because the water is shallow and sheltered from the swells. It's a great place for families with small children. There are amenities beside the beach, a playground and nice picnic spots. Read more...

5. Forresters Beach

Forresters Beach

Features:

  • Surfing
  • Dog-friendly section

Forresters is a long uncrowded beach backed by mansions on top of a hill overlooking the ocean. It's a great spot for walking the dog and a favourite place for surfers. It's not quite secluded but feels like it.  

6. Frazer Beach

Frazer Beach

Features:

  • Surfing
  • Lifeguards - summer school holidays and Easter

Frazer Beach sits in the natural bush of Munmorah State Conservation Area. You can camp near the beach, fish, bushwalk and explore the park and nearby beaches. Frazer is a great beach if you want to get away from it all and relax. Parking is $8. Read more...

7. Killcare Beach

Killcare Beach

Features: 

  • Lifeguards
  • Surfing
  • Rock pool for kids
  • Food kiosk & restaurant

Killcare Beach is a top contender for the scenery. The attractive kiddies rock pool located at the foot of the headland is a magnet for toddlers. The surf is often rough but our children like being bashed by the waves near the shore. Read more...

8. Little Beach

Little Beach

Features: 

  • Surfing
  • Rock pools for kids to explore
  • Secluded

Little Beach is my favourite relaxing afternoon with the family spot. It’s so peaceful you won’t want to leave. This Central Coast beach is hidden in Bouddi National Park and you have to walk a cruisy 750 metres through a remnant rainforest to get to it. Read more...

9. Lobster Beach

Lobster Beach

Features:

  • Secluded

The secluded Lobster is perfect for recharging the batteries... Located in Broken Bay and tucked in Bouddi National Park, the small stretch of sand is peaceful and quiet. Access Lobster by walking on the Flannel Flower walking track.  

10. Macmasters Beach

Macmasters Beach

Features:

  • Lifeguards
  • Ocean pool
  • Surfing
  • Cafe 

The highlights here are the ocean pool and Barefoot Cafe positioned at the foot of the bushland. The ocean pool is toddler-friendly and you can even swim some laps (but it’s not an Olympic size pool). Macmasters is also a fantastic picnic spot. Read more...

11. Maitland Bay 

Maitland Bay

Features:

  • Secluded

Maitland Bay wins the title for the best hidden beach on the Central Coast...  The 600 m untouched stretch of sand is tucked in the bushland of Bouddi National Park. The National Park is situated amid an urban area but you couldn't tell from the beach. Read more...

12. Moonee Beach

Moonee Beach

Features: 

  • Surfing

Even though Moonee Beach is just a short bushwalk to get there, you feel like you could be anywhere... All you can see is the ocean, the beach and lush bush, and all you can hear is the sound of pounding waves. Moonee Beach is completely untouched.

13. Patonga Beach

Patonga Beach

Features:

  • Calm water near the jetty
  • Playground
  • Ferry service from Palm Beach

Patonga Beach sits between the Hawkesbury River and Brisbane Water National Park. Patonga is the most isolated town in the region. A good day in Patonga means fishing in the creek, swimming, and drinking a cold beer at the Hotel. Read more...

14. Pearl Beach

Pearl Beach

Features: 

  • Ocean pool
  • Playground
  • Restaurant & cafe

Pearl Beach is the jewel of the Central Coast. No pun intended. It's located on Broken Bay. And the town is on the edge of Brisbane Water National Park. The best spot to swim is at the southern end of the beach near the ocean pool. Read more...

15. Pelican Beach

Pelican Beach

Features:

  • Surfing
  • Secluded

The only signs of life there are surfers and a few people lying on the sand. You're close to civilisation, but feel a hundred miles away. Locals call Pelican “Pelos”.  Pelos is hidden in the bushland of Wyrrabalong National Park and is unspoiled.

16. Putty Beach

Putty Beach

Features:

  • Calm water
  • Beginning of Bouddi Coastal Walk

Putty is part of Bouddi National Park so it’s untouched and scenic. The water is calm and beautiful. You need to pay $8 for parking but it’s worth it. Camp at Putty Beach Campground and walk the scenic Coastal Walk, which starts at the end of the beach. Read more...

17. Shelly Beach 

Shelly Beach

Features: 

  • Lifeguards
  • Surfing
  • Golf course
  • Cafe

Shelly Beach is another gem... The forecourt has just been upgraded, the water is clean, the sand dunes makes it look untouched, and the golf course behind the sand dunes has the most stunning views. Read more...

18. Soldiers Beach

Soldiers Beach

Features:

  • Lifeguards
  • Surfing
  • Food kiosk and cafe

Soldiers Beach is stunning, unspoiled and pristine. It's my absolute best. It has a real holiday feel to it because it’s backed by the bushland of Wyrrabalong National Park and the water is clear. Visit Norah Head Lighthouse while you're there. Read more...

19. Spoon Bay

Spoon Bay

Features:

  • Surfing

Wow! Was my first impression when I came out of the path onto this beach. It took me years before I set foot on Spoon Bay... the beach is unknown to many locals. Spoon Bay is so close to Terrigal yet feels far away from the populous suburb.

Park at the end of Spoon Bay Rd and walk down the short path to the beach through the bush.

20. Tallow Beach

Tallow Beach

Features:

  • Surfing

The steep 1.5 km bush trail that leads to Tallow Beach keeps many tourists away so that makes it an ideal secluded Central Coast beach away from civilisation. If you can manage to carry a surfboard and a tent, it will make it a fun overnight adventure. 

21. Terrigal Beach

Terrigal Beach

Features:

  • Lifeguards
  • Surfing & surfing lessons
  • Rock pool for kids
  • Restaurants & cafes

Terrigal is the most urbanised beach on the Central Coast. It’s also one of the most scenic. The beach is surrounded by quality restaurants, cafes and boutiques. The waves are small and it’s a great beach to take surfing lessons. Read more...

22. Terrigal Haven

Terrigal Haven

Features:

  • Calm water
  • Restaurants & cafes
  • Fishing charters

Terrigal Haven is a perfect spot for families with small children. It’s also a good beach on the Central Coast to kayak, snorkel, fish and stand-up paddle board. The water is calm and there’s ample space around the beach to explore and have a picnic. Read more...

23. Toowoon Bay 

Toowoon Bay

Features:

  • Lifeguards
  • Calm water
  • Food kiosk
  • Surfing & surfing lessons
  • Playground

Toowoon Bay has the most beautiful, teal coloured water in the area. The water is calm so it’s a favourite with families. There’s a kiosk and also a playground and barbecues in the park behind the beach. Read more...

24. Umina Beach

Umina Beach

Features:

  • Lifeguards
  • Surfing & surfing lessons
  • Cafes
  • Huge playground

Umina Beach is a top contender for the most scenic beach on the Central Coast. It's also a top family beach. The waves are small and perfect for learning to surf. For good food go to Jasmine Greens beside the playground. Read more...

25. Wamberal Beach

Wamberal Beach

Features:

  • Lifeguards
  • Surfing
  • Restaurants & cafes

Wamberal Beach is truly a stunning spot. Escape the crowds of Terrigal and head to Wamberal to surf, swim, fish, play in the lagoon, or lie down on the sand in a secluded spot. Read more...

Map – Central Coast Beaches

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