A visit to beautiful Avoca Beach isn't complete until you've immersed yourself in the ocean. You’ll find plenty of things to do at this popular seaside holiday destination on the charming Central Coast of NSW. Visit the markets, eat in the buzzy restaurants and even catch a movie by the water.
The sandy stretch of Avoca Beach curves 1.7km, abutted by craggy headlands and featuring a jewel-like rock pool at the southern end. Bask on the beach or learn to surf with the Central Coast Surf Academy. Experienced divers can embark on a diving tour to the artificial reef created from the scuttled warship, the Ex-HMAS Adelaide.
The ship, which was sunk in 2011 to form the reef, rests 32m below the surface about 1.8km off the coast. Avoca Lake backs on to the beach. Hire kayaks, pedal boats and stand-up paddleboards from Aquafun Avoca Lake and splash about the sparkling waterway or paddle to the large island in the middle of the tranquil lagoon.
Food and events
The village of Avoca is lined with cafes, restaurants and boutiques. Feel part of the close-knit community at The Point Café, a casual beachside hangout; the design-driven Avoca Surf House; and much raved-about restaurant Bombini, which includes a more casual pizza bar. The rustic Avoca Beach Picture Theatre, which began in 1948, also beckons.
Plan ahead and check the events calendar. The bustling Avoca Beachside Markets, held on the fourth Sunday of the month, is a must on any foodie itinerary. The Five Lands Walk is a walking and cultural festival that celebrates the passing of the winter solstice in June. The 9km trail includes Captain Cook Lookout, a top vantage point for whale watching.
Getting there and where to stay
Getting to Avoca Beach is easy. It's a 90min drive north of Sydney and an 80min drive south from Newcastle. You can travel on public transport, too. Take a train from Central Station in Sydney to Gosford and alight for a bus to Avoca Beach – the travelling time is a little over two hours.
You will find a range of accommodation options in and around Avoca Beach from secluded cabanas at The Palms at Avoca to luxury serviced apartments at Avoca Palms Resort and luxury glampsites hidden in the surrounding hillside. Avoca Beach Hotel is located less than 2km from the beautiful Avoca Beach.