Pearl Beach is a pretty beachside village that sits in the bush on the Central Coast, New South Wales.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
is open from Thursday through to Sunday lunch.
Most visitors in Pearl Beach stay in a holiday rental. You can search on a website such as Airbnb.
Located 90 minutes north of Sydney via the M1. Follow the directions on Google Map.