Macmasters Beach

Macmasters Beach is an ideal beach for the whole family to unwind.

This cosy beach is located on the Central Coast Australia between Bouddi National Park and Copacabana Beach.

Macmasters Beach ocean pool

Here you can:  

  • Swim safely between the flags
  • Swim in the protected ocean pool
  • Surf
  • Have a picnic
  • Have a coffee and food at Barefoot Cafe while overlooking the beach

All the above are within reach of each other.

Walking the dogs at sunrise

You can also have an excellent coffee at Looloo's Coffee Shack at Macs on your way in or out of town. It's on The Scenic Road.

This town is occupied by many holiday homes and 1,294 residents. The beach is 1.4 km long. The northern section is called Copacabana Beach and the southern Macmasters Beach…

All amenities are at the surf lifesaving club: cafe, pool, patrolled section of the beach, toilets and a water refill station. 

Find more tips about visiting this beach below…

Things to Do 

Lifeguards patrol the beach from the beginning of the September school holidays through to the end of the April school holidays. There are rips along the beach so make sure you always swim between the flags.

Swimming at the beach

Younger kids may prefer swimming in the ocean pool. The pool is only small but big enough to do a few laps or splash around.

Swimming in the ocean pool

You also find good surfing spots. If you want to learn to surf Central Coast Surf Academy provides lessons here.


Macmasters Beach is one of the best beaches on the Central Coast for children…

Kids can swim safely between the flags, splash around in the ocean pool, or play on floating mats in the shallow lagoon. They can also play freely around the partly shaded picnic area and cafe. And there’s a small playground beside the carpark.

Your dog will also have a great time here. Dogs are allowed without a leash for about half a kilometre from north of the flags to just past the lagoon. Plus you can take your pet to Barefoot Cafe before or after your walk.

Dog exercise area at the beach

Relax at Barefoot cafe in the shade underneath large trees. Gaze at the beach 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.

Barefoot Cafe

If you prefer a picnic, the picnic ground sits at the foot of Bouddi National Park. There are barbecues and a grassy area. This beach should be at the top of your list if you’re looking for a cosy picnic spot.

Picnic ground

So pick this beach if you’re looking to swim, picnic and relax with your family, friends and pet.

And if you’re staying here for more than a day you’ll find more tips below on things to do nearby…

Things to Do Nearby

Since this town sits right on the edge of Bouddi National Park, there are nice bushwalks you can do.

Bouddi Coastal Walk is an epic 8-km walk along the coast from Macmasters Beach to Putty Beach. You get incredible ocean views along the way. Read more about Bouddi Coastal Walk here.

To get to the Coastal Walk from the surf club, walk up the stairs located between the two car parks on Marine Parade. Then turn left on Macmaster Parade and follow the track at the end of the road. Then turn left on Beachview Esplanade, walk to the end of the road and follow the directions for the walk.

A much smaller and easier walk is Little Beach Trail:

Follow a cruisy 750-m trail through Bouddi National Park to a cove and camping ground. Children can walk there easily. And they like exploring the rocks and stream while adults can relax and have a picnic.

Little Beach Trail starts from Grahame Drive. Find out more about Little Beach here.

There are plenty of other nice walks worth exploring in Bouddi National Park. Learn about our top 10 day walks here.

Marie Byles Lookout is another worthwhile attraction nearby:

The views from the lookout are fantastic. You can see Barrenjoey Lighthouse in Palm Beach and even Sydney’s skyscrapers when the sky is clear. Located on the Scenic Road past Maitland Bay Information Centre.

If you like mountain biking here’s a map of the trails. The trails are quite good.

And if you’re here in June do not miss the 5 Lands Walk, a 10-km walk along beaches. Thousands of people take part every year. It’s truly a great day. The walk starts at Macmasters Beach and ends at Terrigal Beach. Learn more about the 5 Lands Walk here.  

Accommodation in Macmasters Beach

Most visitors in Macmasters Beach stay in holiday rentals. Search on Stayz or Airbnb.

How to Get Here

Located 1 hr 25 min north of Sydney via the M1. Follow the directions on Google Map here. Park for free at the surf lifesaving club.

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