Relax on a golden beach and enjoy fun water sports at beautiful Avoca Beach, a popular seaside holiday destination on the charming Central Coast of NSW. You’ll find plenty of fun things to do and see, including kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, surfing, bushwalking, fishing and scuba diving.
You can also browse the bustling Avoca Beachside Markets, held on the fourth Sunday of the month at Heazlett Park by pretty Avoca Lake, a tranquil lagoon behind the lovely sandy beach. With more than 100 stalls, delicious food, live music and the waterside location, the markets are a drawcard.
There are picnic tables, barbecue facilities and a children’s playground in the idyllic park, with big fig trees providing shade. You can 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 lagoon.
Getting to Avoca Beach is easy. The drive north from Sydney is 90 minutes and south from Newcastle 80 minutes. 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.
The gorgeous beach curves 1.7km, with rocky headlands at each end and a rock pool at the southern end. You can learn to surf with the Central Coast Surf Academy. Next to the beach are cafes and restaurants, boutiques, accommodation and the Avoca Beach Picture Theatre, which began in 1948.
The delightful events calendar includes the Five Lands Walk, a walking and cultural festival in June that celebrates the passing of the winter solstice. The eponymous 9km trail includes Captain Cook Lookout, a vantage point for whale watching during the annual migration along the NSW coast.
For an underwater adventure, experienced divers can explore the artificial reef created from a scuttled warship, the Ex-HMAS Adelaide. About 1.8km off Avoca Beach, the ship rests 32 metres below the surface. There are diving tours to the ship, which was sunk in 2011 to form the reef.