Central Coast Beaches

Before heading to the beach this summer, check Beachsafe for the latest updates.

You’ll find water at every turn on the NSW Central Coast with its beautiful beaches, scenic bays and tranquil lakes. It's these glittering waterways that make it a popular destination for day trips, beach holidays and water sports. There are chilled beachside picnic areas, as well as fantastic cafes and restaurants, too.

Surfing and swimming

Some of the best surf on the Central Coast can be found at Tallow Beach in Bouddi National Park in the southern Gosford area near Killcare, Avoca Beach and Terrigal. Great waves can also be found at Shelly Beach near Bateau Bay in the northern Wyong area or at reef breaks at Toowoon Bay and Soldiers Beach in Norah Head.

There are beaches to suit every mood along the coastline. Learn the thrill of surfing at accredited surf schools, such as the Central Coast Surf Academy and Central Coast Surf School. There are plenty more aquatic adventures and tours, too, including kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, waterskiing and sailing.

Friends enjoying a day at Avoca Beach on the Central Coast

Coastal paths

You can hire a bike and pedal along the pretty foreshore on shared cycleways such as the Tuggerah Lakes Cycleway at The Entrance or the waterfront reserve at Ettalong Beach, which curves around the sparkling Brisbane Water. There are shared paths at Avoca Beach and Terrigal, too, where you can stop for a swim along way.

Charming waterside reserves and parks with barbecue facilities include:

Surfer ready for an early morning surf at Shelly Beach on the Central Coast

Fishing and cruises

The recreational fishing scene on the Central Coast is world-class. You can hire small boats for fishing around the Tuggerah Lakes, Brisbane Water and Broken Bay waterways. Sit on the beach, by night or day, to catch whiting and bream from one of the national parks or Munmorah State Conservation Area.

Another great way to enjoy the waterways is via ferry. The commute from Sydney to the Central Coast doubles as a delightful day trip: take a train to Woy Woy for Central Coast Ferries scenic round trip, or hop on a Palm Beach ferry in Sydney’s north for the half-hour journey to Ettalong Beach or Wagstaffe on the Bouddi Peninsula.


NSW Beach Safety

Enjoy NSW beaches by following these safety tips

Always swim between the red and yellow flags; surf lifesavers have identified this area as the safest spot to swim in the water. It's also a good idea to always swim with a friend.

Pay attention to the advice of the lifesavers and safety signs. Visit SharkSmart to understand any potential risks in the area you are swimming. You are always welcome to ask lifeguards for more safety advice. If you find yourself needing help in the water, stay calm and attract attention. Check conditions before you go. You can also find patrolled beach by visiting beachsafe.org.au.

Great Central Coast Beach Experiences