Norah Head is located on the NSW Central Coast.
The town boasts one of the best lighthouses to visit near Sydney. And a pristine beach – Soldiers Beach – as well as a large rockpool for small children. It's laid-back and quiet and a great place to stop over for a few hours or have a holiday.
Below you’ll find out about what to see and do in this village...
The lighthouse was built in 1903 to prevent any further shipwrecks. Today the lighthouse is worth a visit. Walk beside it, enjoy the views and read the information boards. And take a tour of the lighthouse which I totally recommend…
During the tour of the lighthouse, volunteers walk you up the 96 stairs to the top. The 360 degrees views are stunning. You can even see Sydney’s skyscrapers when the sky is clear. Volunteers also tell you interesting stories about the history of the lighthouse. The stories will bring you back in time.
Tours cost only $6 per adult, take 30 minutes, and are held every day from 10.00 am - 1.30 pm. Just turn up. Anyone who is able to walk up the 96 stairs can do the tour, even kids.
From the lighthouse, walk down to the beach and stroll on the large rock platform. Kids love it. It's a popular spot with anglers as well.
If you like walking, walk a loop from the lighthouse along the beach and back through the Nature Walk (or vice versa). Stop at Ark Cafe for a coffee or food. Allow at least 20 min each way plus extra time at the cafe. It’s a nice and relaxing walk.
Soldiers Beach is a stunning beach. The water is clean. And the sand is whiter than other beaches on the Central Coast.
Surfing and swimming are popular activities at this beach.
Soldiers Beach is patrolled from the September school holidays through April school holidays. The beach is sheltered from the prevailing north-easterly winds. So it’s a comfortable beach to swim in summer.
There are great facilities such as toilets, cafes and bar.
You can get food and coffee from the kiosk beside the beach or Surfside Snax. Surfside Snax sits on top of the hill at the northern end of the beach. There’s a large parking area where you can enjoy the views of the beach. Take a chair and watch the surfers...
Finish your day with a nice drink and great views at Sunset Bar at the surf club.
If you have small children the rockpool is the place to swim.
The rockpool is in Cabbage Tree Harbour, which has calm water and a boat ramp...
The rockpool is large and sheltered so it’s popular with families. Toilets, a playground and Ark Cafe are beside the rockpool.
Ark Cafe is the place to go for coffee and food. The cafe is as laidback as the town. It’s decorated with art surfboards on the walls and red chandeliers. And there are bean bags in the garden in case you want to relax while sipping on your coffee.
Ark Cafe is located near the lighthouse, rockpool and Nature Walk. There’s a park with a playground just across the road.
Following are popular places to stay in this town...
Here you can experience living like a lighthouse keeper without the hard work. And in complete comfort. You can see the ocean from every window (the Head LightKeepers Quarters has the best views). These heritage-listed accommodations were revamped in 2014.
These cottages are one of only six lighthouse cottages in New South Wales where you can stay.
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Norah Head Holiday Park is 10 minutes’ walk to Soldiers Beach. They offer simple cabins and powered and unpowered sites. The pool and jumping pillow are a big hit with children.
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Located 1 hr 50 min from Sydney via the M1 or 1 hr 5 min from Newcastle via Pacific Highway. Click for directions on Google Map to:
Free parking is available at any of these spots.