Copacabana NSW 

Copacabana NSW 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.

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Copacabana Beach NSW sunrise
Copacabana Beach NSW


Surfing – Copacabana attracts many surfers. The pro surfer Matt Wilkinson (who 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

Swimming – lifeguards patrol the water between September and April. Swim between the flags to be safe.

swimming at the beach

Copacabana is more comfortable than Avoca in summer... It’s sheltered from the north-easterly winds that can blow strong in the afternoons.  

Kids – entertain the kids in the beautiful rockpool, the little playground behind the beach or skate park. 

Rockpool at the beach with kid playing in it

Dogs – there’s about 400 metres of dog exercise area on the beach between Copacabana and Macmasters (the beach at the other end).

Cockrone Lagoon – 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…

Cockrone Lagoon

Captain Cook Lookout – visit Captain Cook Lookout for great views of the ocean. Watch humpback whales migrating between the end of May and early August. Drive on Del Monte Place to the top of the hill. Follow the directions to the Lookout. If it’s not too hot, have a picnic there.  

Captain Cook Lookout

Aquafun – have fun on pedal-boats, kayaks and stand up paddle boards on Avoca Lake (Ficus Avenue in Avoca Beach). The area is perfect for a picnic as well. More about Aquafun

Avoca Beach Picture Theatre – this cinema is one of the few remaining one-screen cinemas in Australia. It’s 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).

Avoca Beachside Markets – the popular markets occur the fourth Sunday of every month. You find quality things: home furniture and decoration, clothes, jewellery, locally produced food. Get there early to find parking close to the markets. It’s located at Heazlett Park in Avoca Beach. More on the markets

Bouddi National Park – the national park is 15 minutes by car. If you like bushwalking, I have written a page here on the best walks in Bouddi National Park. Also, check out some of the hidden beaches and Marie Byles Lookout

The 8 km Coastal Walk is one of the most popular bushwalks in Bouddi. It starts from Macmasters Beach. You can get to Macmasters from Copacabana by walking along the beach. 

Accommodation in Copacabana 

Copacabana Shores

For a hotel-style accommodation metres from the beach and shops, we recommend Copacabana Shores. They have studios suites and family-friendly townhouses with fully-equipped kitchens. There’s also a swimming pool. Prices start from $139. Check rates & availability here.

There are also holiday rentals. Check availability on Stayz or Airbnb. These links send you directly to the search page for Copacabana.

beach view from the hill


For a great coffee, breakfast or lunch go to Allagai Bay Cafe. It’s the local’s favourite cafe. Grab a Nutella and walnut muffin! 

Allagai Bay Cafe

Other restaurants: 

Bar Copa II recently opened on the main street. I haven’t tried it yet but friends found it to be good Italian food.

Excellent restaurants are located five minutes away in Avoca. The finest is Bombini. 

Where is Copacabana 

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