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.

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.

Norah Head Lighthouse - Central Coast

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.

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.

Lillypilly loop trail - Norah Head

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. The Entrance Market

    Saturday 28 April 2018 to Saturday 14 July 2018 , The Entrance

    The Entrance Market, is a weekly market for the Central Coast providing a socially orientated shopping experience for all to enjoy from 9am till 2pm. Come and browse for fresh food, hot food and supporting stalls in a family friendly loc…

    28 Apr - 14 Jul
  2. Whale Dreamers Festival

    Event dates to be confirmed: July 2018 , Norah Head

    Created by a passionate group of locals this festival at Norah Head Lighthouse brings the community together to raise awareness of the plight of whales, to hear about their wonder, to raise funds for conservation and research projects abo…

    01 Jul
  3. The Entrance Winter Blues and Jazz Festival

    Saturday 14 July 2018 to Sunday 15 July 2018 , The Entrance

    Grab a chair or blanket and sit back and enjoy free live Blues and Jazz entertainment from some of Australia's best known artists as well as stalls and amusements rides, all in Memorial Park along the water's edge at The Entrance on the Cen…

    14 Jul - 15 Jul