Central Coast Beaches

With beautiful beaches, scenic bays and tranquil lakes, the Central Coast of NSW is a fun destination for day trips, beach holidays and all kinds of water sports. Along the sublime coastline are golden and white sandy beaches. There are beachside picnic areas, as well as enticing cafes and restaurants.

Bring your bicycle and pedal on the shared cycling paths along the pretty foreshore, such as the Tuggerah Lakes Cycleway at The Entrance or on the waterfront reserve at Ettalong Beach, which sweeps around sparkling Brisbane Water. There are shared paths at Avoca Beach and Terrigal too.

Charming waterside reserves and parks with barbecue facilities include:

  • Reserves at Pearl Beach, Umina Beach and Ettalong Beach
  • Ross Park and Heazlett Park at Avoca Beach
  • Terrigal Haven at Terrigal Beach's southern end
  • Swadling Park at Toowoon Bay Beach
  • Picnic Point, Long Jetty and Memorial Park at The Entrance
Family flying a kite - Avoca Beach - Gosford

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

You can learn the thrill of carving up waves on a surfboard at accredited surf schools, such as the Central Coast Surf Academy and the Central Coast Surf School. There are plenty more aquatic adventures and tours, including kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, waterskiing and sailing.

The recreational fishing on the Central Coast is excellent. You can hire small boats for fishing around the Tuggerah Lakes, Brisbane Water and Broken Bay waterways. Or cast a line for whiting and bream from one of the beaches in the magnificent national parks or Munmorah State Conservation Area.

Another great way to enjoy the waterways is on a ferry. For a delightful day trip from Sydney, take either 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

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