Discover the delights of Ettalong Beach and surrounds, from golden beaches and waterfront restaurants to beautiful waterways, superb boating and fishing, and great cycling. There are splendid bushwalking experiences too, in the magnificent national parks on the Central Coast of NSW.
A lovely way to travel to Ettalong Beach is by ferry from Palm Beach in Sydney. The scenic trip is 30 minutes across the Hawkesbury River to Broken Bay and Brisbane Water, where Ettalong Beach curves along the tranquil waterway perfect for swimming, stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking.
Alternatively, the drive north from Sydney is only 75 minutes and south from Newcastle 95 minutes. You can also travel by train from Sydney to Woy Woy for a connecting bus to Ettalong Beach – the journey takes about 100 minutes, and the daily services run at regular intervals throughout the day.
On the pretty Ettalong Beach foreshore are barbecue facilities, a kids’ playground and a shared cycling and walking path. A short walk from the ferry wharf are markets, and southeast of Ettalong Beach, along Broken Bay, are more beaches - Ocean Beach Umina, Umina Beach and Pearl Beach.
You’ll find accommodation options from camping and caravanning to a holiday park and waterside resorts. The delightful events calendar includes the annual Opera in the Arboretum in March at Pearl Beach, about a 15 minutes’ drive from Ettalong Beach, via the Mount Ettalong lookout.
For outdoor adventure, the waterways are popular for boating and fishing. Ettalong Beach has excellent boating facilities and you can hire small boats, too. For kids, the gentle swell at Ocean Beach Umina is ideal for learning to surf and you can enrol them in the Central Coast Surf School.
Other exciting things to do include the Warrah Trig cycling loop, a 10km route through the Brisbane Water National Park with spectacular views from Warrah lookout. The Patonga to Pearl Beach walking track is wonderful as well. The moderately challenging trail winds through mighty red gums.