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

Avoca Beach rockpool

Features: 

  • Lifeguards
  • Rock pool
  • Fully fenced playground
  • Surfing & surfing lessons
  • Cafes & restaurants

Avoca Beach is perfect for kids of all ages. The cafes, beach and playground are all next to each other which makes it easy to spend many hours at the beach comfortably with kids. Read more...


2. Terrigal Beach

Terrigal Beach

Features: 

  • Lifeguards
  • Small rock pool
  • Surfing & surfing lessons
  • Cafes & restaurants

Terrigal Beach is the most popular beach on the Central Coast because there are many boutiques and great cafes and restaurants right beside the beach. The waves here are gentle.  It's a good spot to learn to surf.  Read more...


3. Macmasters Beach

Macmasters Beach - families swimming in the ocean pool

Features: 

  • Lifeguards
  • Ocean pool
  • Surfing
  • Cafe

Macmasters Beach sits at the foot of Bouddi National Park so the atmosphere is relaxed. Kids like to swim in the ocean pool or between the flags. It's a great beach for a picnic as well. Read more...


4. Copacabana Beach

Copacabana Beach

Features: 

  • Lifeguards
  • Rock pool
  • Small playground
  • Surfing
  • Cafes

Copacabana Beach has a rock pool, cafe and playground. The lagoon is a nice place to splash about. There’s also a small skateboard park. It's a perfect beach for everyone in the family. Read more...


5. Pearl Beach

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. Read more...


6. Umina Beach 

Umina Beach

Features: 

  • Lifeguards
  • Surfing & surfing lessons
  • Big playground
  • Cafe

Umina Beach is a great family beach located in Broken Bay. The beach is protected from the big swell and there's a large playground beside the beach. Younger children can play in the shallow water at the southern end. Read more...


7. Ettalong Beach

Ettalong Beach

Features: 

  • Calm water 
  • Small playground
  • Cafes & restaurants

Ettalong Beach, on Brisbane Water, is best for small children because the water is a calm and shallow.  And there's a small playground, a picnic area, a cafe and toilets beside the beach. Read more...


8. Killcare Beach

Killcare Beach

Features: 

  • Lifeguards
  • Rock pool
  • Surfing
  • Cafe

At Killcare Beach kids can swim between the flags or in the rock pool at the foot of Bouddi National Park. There’s ample space on the beach for the kids to run around. Read more...


9. Putty Beach

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. Take your snorkels and inflatable boards. Read more...


10. Toowoon Bay

Toowoon Bay

Features: 

  • Lifeguards
  • 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. Read more...


11. The Entrance Beach

The Entrance Beach

Features: 

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

The Entrance is a perfect place to go if you’d like a bit more to do than just the beach – there are several family attractions in Memorial Park like Pelican Feeding. Kids can swim between the flags or in the 50-metre ocean pool and kid’s wading pool. Read more...


12. Norah Head Rock Pool

Norah Head Rockpool

Features: 

  • Rock pool
  • Playground
  • Cafe

The large rock pool at this beach is best for toddlers. The water here is very clean and there are toilets beside the rock pool. Walk up the path to a relaxed cafe and a playground. Read more...


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