Norah Head on the NSW Central Coast is set against a backdrop of great natural beauty. Enjoy a rainforest walk or mountain biking adventure through a forest of red gums, visit a heritage-listed lighthouse for breathtaking views and whale watching, or simply have some fun swimming, surfing and fishing.
Norah Head Lighthouse
Begin your day of discovery at the Norah Head Lighthouse, one of the last classical-style lighthouses in NSW. The lighthouse began operating in 1903 and still shines brightly over the metallic gleam of the sea. Tours are available, and the lovely location is a popular spot for weddings and events.
You can even stay in the Lighthouse Keepers Quarters, waking up to lavender skies and a glorious sunrise followed by a swim on the pretty beach below. The craggy headland on which the lighthouse sits is also 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.
Coastal walks and fishing
On the Lillypilly loop trail, you’ll walk under the lovely 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 burst forth with yellow-green blossoms in summer. You will also find flannel flowers, the floral emblem of NSW for the Centenary of Federation. Soldiers Beach is nestled between the park and Norah Head and a top spot for swimming and surfing.
Norah Head juts out from the Central Coast and is great for rock fishing. Opportunities also abound off the beaches with plenty of locations to cast a line in along the stunning coastline just north of The Entrance. Please read these fishing safety tips, especially if you’re going rock fishing.
Getting there and where to stay
Norah Head is around 90min drive north of Sydney and an hour from Newcastle. There are many places to stay in and around Norah Head including holiday parks, hotels, health retreats, the heritage-listed lighthouse cottages and the nearby Pullman Magenta Shores Resort.