The NSW Central Coast is home to pristine beaches, scenic bays and tranquil inlets. These waterways provide opportunities for swimming, surfing, fishing, kayaking and diving, among many other activities. Whether you prefer coastal walks or water sports, there is no shortage of surf and turf to explore.
Beaches on the Central Coast
With so many great beaches to explore, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to surf the Central Coast. There are several accredited surf schools dotted throughout the region, providing a safe environment in which amateur surfers can learn to carve waves with the best of them.
Some of the best surfing beaches are at Terrigal and a popular surf location can be found at Soldiers Beach, Norah Head. Avoca Beach is a relaxed 2km stretch that offers fantastic fishing, surfing, boat, kayak and surf ski hire, protected rock pools to explore and excellent conditions with a northeasterly swell. As always, make sure to keep between the flags when swimming.
The Central Coast is a leading holiday destination among families, thanks to its wide range of fun and free activities. The Entrance is full of great places to picnic, swim and play, with its ocean baths adding a unique feature to the coastline. You can also join in feeding the pelicans in Memorial Park each afternoon, or head south to learn all about underwater life at the Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre in Terrigal.
Try hiring a kayak or dinghy to explore the Central Coast’s many estuaries and waterways. Alternatively, hire a luxury fishing charter and spend the day trawling for marlin, mulloway, tuna and kingfish. Charters such as Central Coast Reef and Game Fishing Charters will even provide all the equipment you’ll need for a day out on the water. Those who prefer to sit back and relax can simply jump on a ferry to tour the Central Coast in comfort and style.
Those looking for a taste of adventure have the chance to deep-sea dive and explore the Ex-HMAS Adelaide Dive Site at Avoca Beach. The first dive site of its kind in NSW, this 138m former naval warship was purposely sunk to create an artificial dive site, and is now home to an array of fascinating marine life. Or head to Jetpack Adventures in Gosford, where you can fly through the air above the water propelled by water.