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Avoca Beach
Travel Guide

Avoca Beach showing waves, a bay or harbour and a beach

Check the surf, peruse waterfront markets and art galleries or explore pretty lagoons, lakes and hinterland wilderness at this popular beachside retreat.

Hugging the shores of Avoca Lake and the Central Coast, Avoca Beach is a town with plenty of waterfront appeal. Enjoy a relaxing getaway or an exciting family vacation with Avoca Beach’s ideal golden sands, surf breaks, wooded hillsides and cozy village. Stretching south to Macmasters Beach, the Avoca Beach coastline features hiking trails and scenic headlands.

Visit the town’s namesake, Avoca Beach, for a day of seaside fun. The beach stretches over 1 mile (2 kilometers) between two rocky bluffs studded with tall Norfolk Island pines. Its surf break ranges from gentle waves for novices to powerful barrels for more experienced surfers. Swim and play in the waves under the watch of the surf lifeguards who patrol the southern section of the beach. Near the rocky southern platform, explore tide pools overlooked by the historic surf lifesaving club. Check out the different sea critters living amid swirling seaweed and hollowed rocks. You can also rent kayaks, aquabikes and other watercraft at the beach.

Stroll along the esplanade and stop at waterfront cafés, restaurants, galleries and boutiques. The Beachside Market is held here on the fourth Sunday of the month. Take a break from the beach and see a film at the historic Avoca Beach Picture Theatre.

Behind the beach, find the still waters of Avoca Lake and the Aquafun water park. This pretty expanse is great for bird-watching walks and picnics. Follow other scenic walking trails on the rocky headlands at the southern end of the beach. Investigate Captain Cook Lookout and breathtaking bush trails along the Mount Bouddi Walking Track.

Avoca Beach is a popular Central Coast getaway, about a 1.5-hour drive north from Sydney or south from Newcastle. It has a wide selection of accommodations, including relaxing retreats. Reach the town via train arriving at Gosford station, 10 miles (16 kilometers) away. Be charmed by Avoca Beach’s laid-back atmosphere at any time of year.

Avoca Beach Hotel
Avoca Beach Hotel
3 out of 5
360 Avoca Drive, Avoca Beach, NSW
The price is AU$135 per night from 16 Jun. to 16 Jun.
Situated near the beach, this motel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Avoca Beach, North Avoca Beach and Walder Crescent Bush Reserve. Kincumba Mountain Reserve and ...
3.8/5Good! (318 reviews)
"Great location beautiful area"

Reviewed on 21 May 2021

Avoca Beach Hotel
The Palms At Avoca
The Palms At Avoca
3 out of 5
160 The Round Drive, Avoca Beach, NSW
This family-friendly Avoca Beach holiday park is located near the beach, within 1 mi (2 km) of Walder Crescent Bush Reserve, North Avoca Beach and Avoca Beach. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (80 reviews)
"Loved being close to the pool and the relaxed atmosphere."

Reviewed on 27 Jan. 2021

The Palms At Avoca
Avoca Palms Resort Apartments
Avoca Palms Resort Apartments
3.5 out of 5
194 Avoca Drive, Avoca Beach, NSW
The price is AU$440 per night from 28 Jun. to 28 Jun.
Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Avoca Beach and North Avoca Beach. Walder Crescent Bush Reserve and Kincumba Mountain ...
4.3/5Excellent! (142 reviews)
"Great spot. Wish there was more bars opened later where we stayed at"

Reviewed on 21 Dec. 2020

Avoca Palms Resort Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Avoca Palms Resort Apartments
Avoca Palms Resort Apartments
3.5 out of 5
194 Avoca Drive, Avoca Beach, NSW
The price is AU$440 per night from 28 Jun. to 28 Jun.
Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Avoca Beach and North Avoca Beach. Walder Crescent Bush Reserve and Kincumba Mountain ...
4.3/5Excellent! (142 reviews)
"Great spot. Wish there was more bars opened later where we stayed at"

Reviewed on 21 Dec. 2020

Avoca Palms Resort Apartments
The Avenue - Beach and Bush Cabin
The Avenue - Beach and Bush Cabin
234 Hillside Road, Avoca Beach, NSW
This family-friendly Avoca Beach cabin is within a 5-minute walk of North Avoca Beach and Avoca Beach. Walder Crescent Bush Reserve and Kincumba Mountain Reserve ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
Superb cabin!
"This was an amazing experience! Cute private studio/cabin in a superb location. It was super clean and tidy and extremely peaceful. Did not want to leave!"

Reviewed on 10 May 2021

The Avenue - Beach and Bush Cabin
Beachside Bungalow #4 - 4/139 Avoca Drive
Beachside Bungalow #4 - 4/139 Avoca Drive
4/139 Avoca Drive, Avoca Beach, NSW
Situated on the beach, this villa is steps away from North Avoca Beach and Avoca Beach. Walder Crescent Bush Reserve and Copacabana Beach are also within 3 miles ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (10 reviews)
living the beachside dream
"Fantastic place to escape for the weekend and enjoy watching the surf. Really well set up for a family getaway and kids can play straight out front on the beach. Property super clean with everything you need for your stay. Easy walking distance to cafes and shops in Avoca Beach and you can enjoy ..."

Reviewed on 31 May 2021

Beachside Bungalow #4 - 4/139 Avoca Drive
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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