12 Best Family Beaches - Central Coast NSW

Looking for the best family beaches on the NSW Central Coast?

On this page you’ll discover the most popular beaches with families. And our favourites with the kids. There are great facilities at these beaches, like toilets, cafes and a playground. 

1. Avoca Beach

Features: 

  • Patrolled
  • Rockpool
  • Fully-fenced playground
  • Surfing & surfing lessons
  • Cafes & restaurants

Avoca Beach is perfect for kids of all ages. The cafes, beach and playground are next to each other. Avoca Palms Resort and The Palms at Avoca are two great accommodation options. More on Avoca Beach.

Avoca Beach
Avoca Beach
Avoca Beach

2. Terrigal Beach

Features: 

  • Patrolled
  • Small rockpool
  • Surfing & surfing lessons
  • Cafes & restaurants

Terrigal Beach is the number one destination for holidaymakers on the Central Coast. Shops, cafes and restaurants are right beside the beach. Terrigal Beach is a good spot to learn to surf. Smaller children like to swim in the calm water at Terrigal Haven. More on Terrigal Beach.

Terrigal Beach in summer
Terrigal Beach
Terrigal Haven - swimming at sunset

3. Macmasters Beach

Features: 

  • Patrolled
  • Ocean pool
  • Surfing
  • Cafe

Macmasters Beach sits at the foot of Bouddi National Park. The atmosphere is relaxed. Kids can swim in the ocean pool down the rocky path or between the flags a bit further up the beach. Have a picnic or eat at Barefoot Cafe while enjoying the view of the beach. More on Macmasters Beach

Macmasters Beach - families swimming in the ocean pool
Macmasters Beach - Barefoot Cafe
Macmasters Beach

4. Copacabana Beach

Features: 

  • Patrolled
  • Rockpool
  • Small playground
  • Surfing
  • Cafes

Copacabana Beach has a rockpool, kiosk and playground all close to each other. The lagoon is a nice place to splash about. There’s also a small skateboard park. More on Copacabana Beach.

Copacabana Beach NSW - kids swimming between the flags
Copacabana Beach rockpool
Copacabana Beach

5. Pearl Beach

Features: 

  • Ocean pool
  • Small playground
  • Cafe

Pearl Beach is located in Broken Bay and is bordered by Brisbane Water National Park. The beach has a relaxing, holiday atmosphere. Families swim at the southern end of the beach where the water is calm and sheltered. There’s also an ocean pool. More on Pearl Beach.

Pearl Beach
Pearl Beach
Pearl Beach

6. Umina Beach 

Features: 

  • Patrolled
  • Surfing & surfing lessons
  • Huge playground
  • Cafe

Umina Beach is a great family beach located in Broken Bay. The beach is protected from the big swell. Families with younger children swim in the shallow water at the southern end of the beach. More on Umina Beach.

Umina Beach
Umina Beach
Umina Beach

7. Ettalong Beach

Features: 

  • Calm water 
  • Small playground
  • Cafes & restaurants

Ettalong Beach, on Brisbane Water, is a calm and shallow beach protected from the swell. It’s best for small children. Check for signs of pollution and avoid swimming after rain. The beach is beside a small playground, picnic area, cafe and toilets. More on Ettalong Beach.

Ettalong Beach
Ettalong Beach
Ettalong Beach

8. Killcare Beach

Features: 

  • Patrolled
  • Rockpool
  • Surfing
  • Cafe

Kids can swim between the flags or in the rockpool at the foot of Bouddi National Park. There’s ample space on the beach for the kids to run around. Plus Killcare Beach has stunning views of Sydney’s Northern Beaches across the water. More on Killcare Beach.

Killcare Beach
Killcare Beach
Killcare Beach

9. Putty Beach

Features: 

  • Calm water
  • $8 parking fee

Putty Beach is my paradise beach. Clear, blue and calm water, surrounded by the natural bush of Bouddi National Park, make this a perfect spot for families with children of all ages. You can also camp near the beach. Take your snorkels and inflatable boards.

Putty Beach
Putty Beach
Putty Beach

10. Toowoon Bay

Features: 

  • Patrolled
  • Surfing lessons
  • Playground
  • Food kiosk

Younger children have fun riding the small and steady waves at Toowoon Bay. The surf here is protected by the big swell. Take boogie boards, paddle boards and snorkels. More on Toowoon Bay.

Toowoon Bay
Toowoon Bay
Toowoon Bay

11. The Entrance Beach

Features: 

  • Patrolled
  • Ocean pool & wading pool
  • Family attractions in town

There’s a 50-metre ocean pool and a kid’s wading pool near the flags. Also, The Entrance is a great place to spend the day with kids. There are several family attractions in Memorial Park like Pelican Feeding. The Entrance is a perfect place to go if you’d like a bit more to do than just the beach. More on The Entrance Beach.

The Entrance Beach
The Entrance Beach
The Entrance Beach

12. Norah Head Rockpool

Features: 

  • Rockpool
  • Playground
  • Cafe

The large rockpool at this beach is best for toddlers. The water here is very clean. Walk up the path to a relaxed cafe and a playground. Have a little walk through the nature walk and around Norah Head Lighthouse. More on Norah Head.

Norah Head Rockpool

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