Wamberal Beach is one of the locals’ favourite beaches on the NSW Central Coast.
It's located beside the popular Terrigal Beach.
Whereas Terrigal Beach attracts large summer crowds, Wamberal is quiet and spread out. It's a great beach to go to if you want to break away from the hustle and bustle of Terrigal.
So visit this beach if you’d like to escape to a gorgeous beach close to a town with a great cafe culture.
Wamberal lies on a 3.8 km uninterrupted stretch of sand. (That means veeery long walks on the sand!)
The beach is great for relaxing and enjoying different activities:
The northern section of the beach is different from the southern end:
The northern end of the beach lies within Wamberal Lagoon Nature Reserve. The southern end is developed with houses on the dunes and Terrigal foreshore.
Come for a tour…
Let’s walk on the beach from Spoon Bay at the northern end to Terrigal at the southern end…
Spoon Bay is almost hidden. Most tourists and even locals don’t even know it’s there. You can also access Spoon Bay through a bush track at the end of Spoon Bay Rd.
Here is Spoon Bay...
The section of the beach within Wamberal Lagoon Nature Reserve is the most beautiful. The dunes are densely vegetated. This reserve is one of the best preserved coastal lagoon and dune systems in the area. Its’ a great spot to lay down your towel and enjoy some seclusion.
The scenery is stunning as well:
The coastline curves from Terrigal Haven to Wamberal Point and the ocean is wide open.
A bit further south is Wamberal Lagoon – a great spot for small children to play...
A few metres south of the lagoon is the Surf Life Saving Club.
Lifeguards patrol from the Sept/Oct school holidays to the Apr School holidays. Swim between the flags to stay safe as there are rips along the beach.
If you want to drive directly to the swimming area, drive to the end of Wiles Ave.
Further south is the dog exercise area all the way to Pacific St.
This beach is also popular for surfing and fishing. Get there early to enjoy beautiful sunrises and colourful skies. Or a nice morning surf. If you want to learn to surf, check out Central Coast Surf Academy.
Eat at Wamberal Ocean View Cafe on the second floor of the Surf Life Saving Club. You'll get great views of the ocean and tasty breakfast and lunch.
Or head to Lotus Cafe near the Surf Life Saving Club for a great coffee in a beachy vibe (corner Ocean View Dr and Dover Rd)...
If you want to stay nearby, check out these well-rated hotels in Terrigal.
The best affordable place to stay is Clan Lakeside Lodge. This motel is right on the shore of Terrigal Lagoon. If you prefer an upscale room, Crowne Plaza Hotel is just across the road from Terrigal Beach.
Wamberal Beach is located 90 minutes north of Sydney or 90 minutes south of Newcastle via the M1. The best place to park is at the Surf Life Saving Club, 1 Dover Road, Wamberal. Follow the directions on Google Map here.