Central Coast Activities

Local Beaches and things to do.

The easy and welcoming atmosphere of the Peninsula is what has drawn generations of holidaymakers to the area year after year. Encompassing the seaside suburbs of Woy Woy, Umina, Ettalong Beach, Patonga and exclusive Pearl Beach, the Peninsula is packed full of activities to while away the day.

Mount Ettalong Lookout

Ettalong Beach

Ettalong Beach's appeal lies in its beaches, lagoons, waterways and safe swimming for children.

It's a renowned fishing beach, with excellent boating facilities. Ferries and charter vessels run regular tours around the majestic Brisbane Water National Park, providing scenic, fishing and whale-watching experiences.

Ettalong Beach is situated in the peninsula area of the Central Coast with picnic, barbecue and toilet facilities available. It is within walking distance to Ettalong Village.

For a unique experience, don't miss the Ettalong Seaside Village Market every weekend. Stroll through the stalls and explore the food, clothes and vintage goods on offer.

The area hosts its own shopping centre, small supermarket, post office, newsagency, chemist, various restaurants and cafes, fresh bread and cake shops, butchers, fresh fruit and vegetable, local church, primary school, antiques and curios and much, much, more.

There are so many family-friendly things to do within close reach.

Another popular attraction for Ettalong locals and visitors alike is Cinema Paradiso.

Take some time out of the sun and lounge in front of the big screen. In the heart of Ettalong this theatre screens the latest movie blockbusters which has been keeping holiday makers entertained for years.

There’s also a wharf with ferries travelling to and from Palm Beach, if you fancy a day trip over to the other side.

Bouddi National Park

Ocean Beach Umina

Visit Ocean Beach, Umina for more than 2 km of sandy beaches and an inland waterway that's great for younger children to splash around in.

Ocean Beach provides the beauty of an ocean beach with the safety of an inland waterway, offering a perfect location for families.

Picnic tables with seating are available, along with barbeque's and a children's playground.

The beach is patrolled every day from October long weekend until the end of the April school holiday break.

Public facilities are available as well as lovely grassed and undercover picnic areas.

Parking is available at the public beachside car park and street side parking.

If it's bush scenery you're after, visit Brisbane Water National Park for bushwalking, birdwatching, or Aboriginal art.

Also, close by is the Bouddi National Park, offering pristine beaches and stunning coastal cliff views.

Take a picnic, enjoy a barbeque, or walk to a sandy beach for a lazy afternoon.

Avoca Beach

Avoca Beach

A popular surf beach lined with towering Norfolk Island Pines, Avoca Beach has a relaxed atmosphere which is sought after by locals and visitors alike.

The beach area, which stretches almost two kilometres, incorporates both Avoca Beach and North Avoca Beach and is renowned as a fisherman's paradise.

A large rock platform at the southern end of the beach invites exploration and a protected rock pool provides a playground for young children.

Aquafun leisure boat hire provides opportunities for the hire of aqua bikes, pedal cats, kayaks and surf skis.

Undercover barbeques and tables, grassed picnic areas, a children's playground, casual cafes, fine dining restaurants and the historic Avoca Beach Theatre are just some of the other attractions available at Avoca Beach.

The beach is patrolled every day from October long weekend until the end of the April school holiday break.

There is a public beachside car park and on street parking.