Central Coast Beaches and Waterways


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.

  • Bateau Bay, Central Coast
  • Pelican Beach, Central Coast

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.

Terrigal Beach, Central Coast

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.

Person looking out from Hickson Road viewpoint. Image credit: Shaun Sursok

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.

  • Fishing, Central Coast


    The Central Coast boasts a fisherman's bounty of bays, lakes and coastline. Book a charter from Central Coast Reef and Game Charter or Big Fish to test the deep. Or head to Munmorah River for bream, tailor and flathead or Budgewoi Lake for bream. Tailor and tuna also thrive below Norah Head lighthouse.

  • Kayaking in Glenworth Valley


    Explore the beautiful waters of the Central Coast in leisure or adventure mode. Sign up for a full-day kayak tour of Brisbane Water and explore the alluring Central Coast waterways. You can also take a chartered tour of the area’s hidden beaches, or hire a kayak and explore at your own pace.

  • North Avoca, Central Coast


    The Central Coast is famous for its surf beaches. Take a lesson with Central Coast Surf School or Sandra English Surf Coaching, with the option of group lessons, individual lessons and two-day surf camps. Some of the best surfing can be found at North Avoca and Soldiers Beach, while Terrigal and Umina's calm waters are good for beginners.

Enjoy NSW beaches by following these safety tips

Surf Life Saving

Always swim between the red and yellow flag; 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 beaches by visiting beachsafe.org.au.

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