Norah Head

For natural beauty, heritage delights and water sports, Norah Head on the Central Coast of NSW is a wonderful destination. Enjoy a rainforest walk or cycling in a red gum forest, visit a heritage-listed lighthouse for breathtaking views and whale watching, and have fun swimming, surfing and fishing.

With so many things to do and charming places to stay, begin your discovery at the Norah Head Lighthouse. One of the last classical-designed lighthouses in NSW, it started operating in 1903 and still shines brightly. Tours are available, and the lovely location is popular for weddings and events.

Norah Head Lighthouse - Central Coast

You can even stay in the Lighthouse Keepers Quarters, waking up to gaze at a glorious sunrise and then enjoying a swim at a pretty beach. The pretty headland on which the lighthouse sits is a vantage point for spotting humpbacks on their annual migration between May and November.

The annual Whale Dreamers Festival in July celebrates the wonder of these majestic marine mammals. There are more vantage points to spot whales in the northern section of the splendid Wyrrabalong National Park, home to the largest remaining littoral rainforest on the Central Coast.

The coast walking track - Wyrrabalong National Park - Central Coast

On the Lillypilly loop trail, you’ll walk under the littoral rainforest canopy of cabbage tree palms, corkwoods and tuckeroos. The 3.5km loop includes vistas of sparkling Tuggerah Lake - a popular waterway for kayaking, sailing and waterskiing - and links up with the Red Gum trail, a 3.4km loop.

The Red Gum walking and cycling track winds past towering red gums, banksias that blossom yellow-green flowers in summer and flannel flowers, the floral emblem of NSW for the Centenary of Federation. For swimming and surfing, Soldiers Beach is nestled between the park and Norah Head.

The beach and rock fishing is great around Norah Head, with plenty of locations to cast a line along the stunning coastline just north of The Entrance. Please read these fishing safety tips, especially if you’re going rock fishing. Norah Head is 90 minutes’ drive from Sydney and an hour from Newcastle.


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  1. Chalk the Walk

    Thursday 04 October 2018 to Sunday 07 October 2018 , The Entrance

    The Chalk the Walk Festival during October School Holidays is a free four day pavement painting event. Waterfront Plaza will turn into a museum of chalk art and there are opportunities for everyone to get involved. Local artists can registe…

    04 Oct - 07 Oct
  2. NSW Gone Fishing Day - The Entrance

    Sunday 14 October 2018 , The Entrance

    DPI will be running a host of events to celebrate the love of fishing and encourage everyone to get out on the water. It doesn't matter if you haven't fished before or if you're the keenest of anglers, Gone Fishing Day is for everyone! Fre…

    14 Oct
  3. ChromeFest

    Friday 26 October 2018 to Sunday 28 October 2018 , The Entrance

    ChromeFest is a three day event and is a tribute to classic American autos, hot rods, rock n roll, and rockabilly. ChromeFest features three days of non-stop free entertainment and displays, over 70 market stalls, dance demonstrations, dan…

    26 Oct - 28 Oct