Copacabana on the NSW Central Coast is a well-loved surfing beach.
It's a small town away from noise and traffic. It's also one of the most relaxing holiday spots on the Central Coast.
Here you find only one hotel and a handful of shops and restaurants. It takes about 30 seconds to walk down the main street.
Since it's hilly, most houses sit on the hills and face the beach - the beach rules in Copacabana.
Maybe that's why developers named Copacabana after the beach in Rio de Janeiro.
Mind you, this beach looks nothing like the one in Brazil. It's smaller and you won't sight any high-rises.
Copacabana attracts many surfers.
The pro surfer Matt Wilkinson (who won the 2016 Quiksilver Gold Coast Pro and the 2016 Rip Curl Bells Beach Pro) has grown up surfing in Copacabana.
If you'd like to learn to surf, check out Central Coast Surf Academy.
Lifeguards patrol the water between September and April. Swim between the flags to be safe.
Copacabana is more comfortable than its famous neighbour Avoca Beach in summer. The beach is sheltered from the north-easterly winds that can blow strong in the afternoons.
Small children enjoy swimming in the rockpool at the northern end of the beach. The flags are also located a few metres away.
You can take the kids to the lagoon too. The water is shallow in many places and children adore splashing about.
A new playground near the beach is underway, which I hope will be ready by the summer.
If your child likes skateboarding, there's a small but popular skate park beside the beach.
This beach is fantastic for dogs. Dogs can run off the leash for about 400 metres along the stretch of sand beside the lagoon.
It's a pleasant walk for owners too because of the beautiful views. If you prefer, sit on the sand and let the kids and the dog run free while you revel in the views of the ocean.
Kayak or splash with the kids in Cockrone Lagoon.
But be careful because it's susceptible to pollution. It's also a popular dog off-leash area. Avoid it after rainfall.
Mind you, many people swim there anyway.
Visit Captain Cook Lookout for superb views of the ocean.
Watch humpback whales migrating between the end of May and early August.
If it's not too hot, have a picnic there.
Drive on Del Monte Place to the top of the hill. Follow the directions to the Lookout.
Have fun on pedal-boats, kayaks and stand up paddleboards on Avoca Lake.
The area is perfect for a picnic as well.
Avoca Beach Picture Theatre is one of the few remaining single-screen cinemas in Australia.
The cinema is located just across the beach in Avoca.
They screen quality movies (but they don't screen kid movies. For that you'll have to go to Erina Fair or Ettalong).
These locals' favourite markets happen on the fourth Sunday of every month.
You find quality things: home furniture and decoration, clothes, jewellery, locally produced food.
Located at Heazlett Park in Avoca Beach.
Get there early to find parking close to the markets.
Bouddi National Park is a 15-minute drive away.
If you like bushwalking, there are plenty of great walks and hidden beaches.
The 8-kilometre Coastal Walk is a famous bushwalk in Bouddi. The track begins at Macmasters Beach. You can walk to Macmasters Beach from Copacabana along the beach.
Copacabana has some great food options and a few places that serve delicious coffee. Here are some of the local favourite places:
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Located 1 hr 30 min north of Sydney or 1 hr 50 min south of Newcastle via the M1 Freeway.