10 Top Things to Do in Macmasters Beach

Macmasters Beach is an idyllic beachside suburb nestled beside Bouddi National Park on the Central Coast, Australia.  

Macmasters Beach ocean pool

The village sits at the southern end of a 1.4 km long beach, with Copacabana Beach at the northern end.

It's a popular getaway destination for Sydney siders – and we can easily see why.

The beach is beautiful, and the village is occupied by holiday and residential houses mainly, so you won't find tourist facilities apart from a couple of cafes.

It's an ideal place to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city or escape from the crowded beaches nearby.

Find out the best things to do in and near Macmasters Beach during your stay…

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1. Swim and Surf

Swimming at the beach

You can swim between the flags at the beach's southern end near the Surf Life Saving Club. Lifeguards patrol the beach from the September school holidays to April.

The Beach is sheltered from the southerly winds by a protruding headland, which can be great.

Also, Macmasters Beach is one of the best beaches on the Central Coast for children. They can swim between the flags or in the rockpool and splash around in the shallow lagoon.

It's also a popular surfing spot. There are surf breaks for beginners and a fun right-hand point break for advanced surfers.

If you want to learn to surf, check out Central Coast Surf Academy.

The beach's amenities include a cafe, rockpool, toilets, picnic facilities and a water refill station.

2.    Swim in the Rockpool

Swimming in the ocean pool

Macmasters Beach has a lovely 17-metre rockpool conveniently located beside the picnic ground and café and near the flags.

The rockpool is small but spacious enough for children to paddle around and adults to do laps in the mornings. And it's shallow enough for preschoolers – it's perfect for them for learning to swim.

3.    Picnic at the Beach

Picnic Macmasters Beach

Macmasters Beach is a popular picnic spot because it's one of the only ones around with shade. It's also on a beautiful site at the foot of Bouddi National Park and above the beach and rockpool.

The coastal views are not bad either.

But be mindful the easterly wind can blow strong in the afternoon, particularly in summer.

So if you're looking for somewhere to swim and picnic with shade, here is an ideal spot.

4. Walk Your Dog on the Beach

Dog exercise area at the beach

Dogs are allowed without a leash for about 500 metres from north of the flags to past the lagoon.

It's a top beach for dogs.

You'll enjoy the beautiful scenery while walking with your pet.

If you want breakfast after your walk, you can take your furry friend to Barefoot Cafe.

5. Have Breakfast at Barefoot Cafe

Barefoot Cafe

If you'd like a bite to eat while gazing at scenic views, head to Barefoot Café above the beach. Relax in the shade underneath large trees and listen to the waves crashing to shore.

The cafe opens every day of the week including public holidays. And the bistro opens for dinner on Friday and Sunday night from 5 pm.

6. Hike the Coastal Walk

The Coastal Walk

Bouddi Coastal Walk is an epic 8-kilometre hike from here to Putty Beach.

Take in the incredible ocean views along the way, and you can swim at Maitland Bay, a beautiful hidden beach.

The walk is easy for the most part but is strenuous in one section because you have to walk up and down hills.  

To access the walk from the beach, follow Marine Parade and climb the stairs between houses 85 and 87. follow the path and turn left onto Macmaster Parade – the track begins at the end of the road.

>> Find out more about the Coastal Walk here

7. Walk to Little Beach

Little Beach

A secluded cove in Bouddi National Park, Little Beach is a relaxing spot to chill in the afternoon and have a picnic.

Little Beach is also a campground with barbeque facilities and non-flush toilets.

You can get to Little Beach via two walking tracks: The Coastal Walk and Little Beach trail.

The Coastal Walk starts from the end of Macmaster Parade in Macmasters Beach. It's 1.7 km from here to Little Beach and it takes about 30 minutes.

The Little Beach trail starts from Grahame Drive in Macmasters Beach. It's the quickest way to Little Beach – a 750-metre stroll along a fire trail.

>> Find out more about Little Beach

8. Mountain Biking

Mountain biking trail in Bouddi

If you like mountain biking, there are trails nearby in Bouddi National Park.

The 10-kilometre Bouddi Ridge Explorer is the longest mountain biking trail. It combines many smaller courses, including the Strom loop, Rocky Point trail, MacMasters Ridge trail and Dayleys Point trail.

To get there, park your car at Maitland Bay Information Centre at 174 The Scenic Road and start riding the Strom loop.

9. Experience the 5 Lands Walk

The 5 Lands Walk in Macmasters Beach

The 5 Lands Walk is a stunning 10-kilometre walk that starts at Macmasters Beach and traverses 5 beaches: Macmasters Beach, Copacabana Beach, Avoca Beach, North Avoca Beach and Terrigal Beach.

This event happens every year on the Saturday closest to the winter solstice.  Thousands of people participate, and you can see whales from several locations.

Shuttle buses circulate between the beaches all day.

>> Find out more about the 5 Lands Walk here

10. Take your children to the New Playground

Located across the Beach at the intersection of Gerda Road and Marine Parade, the new playground is sure to entertain the kids.

They'll like the timber climbing structure with balance beams and the slide, the ice cream shop and the giant soft crab.

Trees provide some shade.

Where to Stay in Macmasters Beach

Surfing in Macmasters Beach

There are no hotels in Macmasters Beach, but plenty of holiday rentals are available.

You can search for holiday accommodation on a site like Airbnb.

Here are fabulous places to stay:

The Ambassador's Retreat provides fabulous views, large entertainment decks and beautiful furnishing. It's in a great location and can accommodate 6 guests.

Tropical entertaining house has a pool and is a stone's throw from the Beach. The house is well-equipped. It can accommodate 8 guests.

Macmasters Coastal Retreat is a comfortable house with a great heated pool and a fabulous location close to the beach. It can accommodate 10 people.

How to Get to Macmasters Beach

Located 1 hr 25 min north of Sydney via the M1.

Follow the directions on Google Map here.

There's free parking at the surf lifesaving club.

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When we moved to the Central Coast from Sydney 15 years ago, we struggled to find thorough information about the beaches, bush walks and hidden gems, so we set out to explore as best we could. Now that we have visited every town, beach and secret spot, I'll help you discover this stunning region! 


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