Avoca Beach

Home to a long strip of golden sand that’s book-ended by two spectacular headlands, it’s easy to see why Avoca Beach is a paradise for lovers of sand, sun and surf. You’ll find plenty of adventure in this beachside town on the Central Coast of NSW, as well as colourful markets, a charming cinema and thriving cafe culture.

Woman heading out for a morning surf at Avoca Beach on the Central Coast

Water adventures

Explore the pretty rock pool at the southern end of the 1.7km Avoca Beach or learn to surf with the Central Coast Surf Academy. Experienced divers can take a diving tour to the artificial reef created by Ex-HMAS Adelaide. The scuttled warship was sunk in 2011 and rests 32m below the surface, 1.8km from shore.

Visitors enjoying a day at Avoca Beach on the Central Coast

Adjacent to the beach is Avoca Lake. Hire a kayak, pedal boat or stand up paddle board from Aquafun Avoca Lake and explore the coastal wetlands or paddle to the large island in the middle of the tranquil lagoon. This sparkling waterway is also great for swimming and fishing, with catches including bream and whiting.

Friends enjoying food and drink at Avoca Surf House, Avoca Beach in Gosford, Central Coast

Food & events

The village of Avoca is full of cafes, restaurants and boutiques. Enjoy a meal at The Point Café, a casual beachside eatery; or Shady Palms, an eclectic surf shack serving woodfired pizzas in Kincumber. Try a beer tasting paddle at nearby Block ‘n Tackle Brewery. Then catch a movie at the beachside Avoca Beach Theatre, which opened in 1948.

Avoca Beach Theatre at Avoca Beach in Gosford Area, Central Coast

The bustling Avoca Beachside Markets, held on the fourth Sunday of the month, is a must for any foodie. Another great local event is the Five Lands Walk, a walking and cultural festival that celebrates the passing of the winter solstice in June. The 10km track includes Captain Cook lookout, a top vantage point for whale watching.

Aerial of surfers on North Avoca beach, Central Coast

Getting there & where to stay

Avoca Beach is a 90min drive north from Sydney or an 80min drive south from Newcastle. Alternatively, you can 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 in total.

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, holiday homes and glampsites hidden in the surrounding hillside. Avoca Beach Hotel is another popular option, located less than 2km from the beautiful Avoca Beach.

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.

Avoca Beach Highlights


Things to Do and Places to Stay