10 Top Things to Do in Pearl Beach 

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Pearl Beach is a pretty beachside village that sits in the bush on the Central Coast, New South Wales. 

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This place is a gem in both senses of the word. 

The streets were named after precious stones like Diamond, Amethyst, Crystal and Emerald.

There's also a beautiful beach. 

It's one of those places where all you can hear is the waves pounding, the birds chirping and the leaves rustling.

This beach is close to Sydney but you feel miles away. 

The village sits between the ocean and the bush of Brisbane Water National Park.

Besides swimming, there are pleasant walks you can do and stunning lookouts to visit.

Discover top attractions in this town below. 

Things to Do in Pearl Beach

1. Swim and Relax at the Beach

Families enjoy swimming near the southern end of the beach. There's no lifeguard patrol, but the water is generally calm. 

It's a short stroll to picnic spots, toilets, cafe, shop and playground.

This is an ideal beach for young children. Take boogie boards and inflatable toys. 

The northern section of the beach is unsafe for swimming because of the rough waves and dumpers. 

2. Swim in the Ocean Pool

The rock pool is at the southern end of the beach. 

There are stunning views from the rock pool. 

It's a great spot to take kids when the seas are a little rougher. Older children will enjoy the waves crashing into the pool. 

3. Take the Kids to the Playground

Kids like playing in the little playground beside the beach.

There are swings, a spider web and climbing equipment. 

It's located metres from the swimming spot and cafe. 

4. Stroll Along the Paths at Crommelin Native Arboretum

Crommelin Native Arboretum

Stroll around the pathways at Crommelin Native Arboretum. It's a relaxing walk. 

You'll see different vegetation like a wetland area, ancient grass trees and rainforest species.

There are interpretive boards with information about the vegetation and habitat. It's a nice place to chill out and have a picnic with the family.

Located beside the small carpark near the end of Crystal Avenue, about 1 kilometre from the shops. Set about 20 minutes aside. Free to visit.

5. Walk to Patonga Beach Via Warrah Lookout

If you'd like a workout, hike to Patonga over the hill via Warrah Lookout. 

The first section is a steady ascent along a trail, and the last is a steep descent along a track. 

You'll pass Warrah Lookout at the top of the hill. Warrah Lookout alone is worth the walk. The view is impressive.

The walk starts at Crystal Avenue.

Click here to read our full article on Pearl Beach to Patonga Walk. 

 6. Marvel at the Views From Ettalong Lookout

Pearl Beach view from Ettalong Lookout

Ettalong Lookout is a stunning lookout to visit. 

The views of Pearl Beach and Umina Beach are spectacular. 

To get there, drive along Patonga Drive toward Umina. Before the road winds down, watch for this sign on the right side of the road: "Mt Ettalong Lookout".

There's a carpark beside a water tower. The walk to get to the lookout takes 10 minutes.

7. Experience Opera in The Arboretum 

Enjoy an open-air festival with great opera singers. Opera in The Arboretum is a popular event for opera lovers.

Some past year performers were David Hobson, Sally-Anne Russell, Michaele Archer, Sally Maer and Andrew Jones.

It's held in March on the grounds of Crommelin Native Arboretum. 

Take your food and drink, a picnic rug and chairs.

Find out more about Opera in the Arboretum.

8. Walk Your Dog on the Beach

Pearl Beach is one of the most picturesque dog beaches on the Central Coast. 

Dogs can run off the leash along the northern section of the beach on the opposite side of the swimming area and shops.

9. Chill at Paul Landa Reserve

Paul Landa Reserve is a pleasant stroll down to a rock ledge with beautiful ocean views. 

Sit on the rock platform and take in the view of the ocean and Lion Island.

It's situated at the end of Green Point Road, 10 minutes' walk from the shops. 

10. Savour Modern Australian Cuisine at Pearl on the Beach

One of the finest restaurants on the Central Coast is right here on the beach.

Savour delicious contemporary Australian cuisine and a seasonal menu at Pearls on the Beach. Enjoy the magnificent views of the ocean from your table.

The restaurant is open from Thursday through to Sunday lunch.

Find out more about Pearls on the Beach. 

Where to Stay in Pearl Beach

Most visitors in Pearl Beach stay in a holiday rental. You can search on a website such as Stayz or Airbnb.

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Fabulous Airbnbs in Pearl Beach:

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  • Beach House on Pearl is a stylish house a few metres from the beach. It’s perfect for sharing with families and friends and great for kids. You’ll enjoy the outdoor firepit and the indoor and outdoor spaces. 
  • New Pearl Beach Escape is a top-notch house a short stroll to the beach. It’s super well-appointed and has comfortable and high-quality furniture. The large fenced backyard is great, and you’ll also enjoy the spa. 

Getting to Pearl Beach NSW

Located 90 minutes north of Sydney via the M1. Follow the directions on Google Map

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