Avoca Beach Information
AVOCA BEACH INFORMATION
It takes only a one hour drive from Hornsby to deposit you at Avoca Beach. Just north of Copacabana, Avoca Beach is a popular town because of good swimming and surfing conditions. Here, the gently sloping nature and small sandbars caters for all grades of swimmers. In addition, when Copacabana is “blown out” surfers often find good conditions here. However, this beach is very popular and therefore overcrowding is sometimes a problem.
Avoca Beach is somewhere between Copacabana and Terrigal in terms of development. There should be no shortage of rentals with cottages and units lining the beachfront, occupying the surrounding hills, and situated over town shops. The population is 4,500 but increases hugely during the holiday season.
Avoca Beach Surf Club
A welcome fixture is the Avoca Beach Surf Club Saving Club which still looks new. Below the clubhouse is a large Rock Pool. This deserves special mention as it has been recently renewed. It is a special place where parents can safely play with their children.
Behind the Surf Club there is a magnificent children’s playground. Considering the parents it is great to have this and the Rock Pool in proximity.
As well as shops and restaurant,s Avoca Beach has Tennis Courts, Parks, the iconic Avoca Theatre and a Fire-Station. Other amenities include a Hotel, Caravan Park, Bowling Club, Motel, Butcher, Newsagent, Hairdresser, Hardware Store and Jeweler. The list is
completed with a Pharmacy, Medical Centre, Bottle Shop and Supermarket plus Surf shop and Real Estate agencies.
This large body of water separates North Avoca from Avoca Beach. It is sometimes open to the sea and therefore has an medium salinity. Watersports in this area are very popular and dominated by Aqaufun. Here you have access to paddleboats, canoes and kayaks, stand up paddle boards and more. There are also picnic grounds and wetland areas. A great spot for a family afternoon.
North Avoca Beach
North Avoca township occupies the northern aspect of Avoca Lake. This enclave is virtually all residential except for one restaurant (Boy and Rose Café). People can usually walk along the sandbar to North Avoca but the lake is sometimes open to the sea. Car access to North Avoca is from the north and therefore Terrigal is the closest point for supplies and dining.
Dining at Avoca
Near the Clubhouse
Point Café lies next to the Avoca Beach Surf Club and has inside and outside seating. It has a charming backdrop which extends over the rock poll and down the beach. This has to be the best position for breakfast or for lunch. Under the Surf Club clock you will find
A further nest of restaurant/cafes occupy the end of the carpark. These include an eat-in/take-away fish and chips shop (Avoca Beach Seafoods – 10am -8pm, music twice a week and no charge BYO) as well as Avoca Sands Café which is open for breakfast and lunch.
Uptown Avoca Beach
Travelling north along Avoca Drive we come to Becker and Co which is open from 6am for Breakfast and Brunch.
Next is the Mosaic Café Avoca which serves Coffee and traditional Lebanese food and is open 08:00 – 14:30 weekdays. Also open in the evening on Fridays and Saturday. Takeaways are available.
Around the corner we come to theAvoca Beach Pizza and Pasta Café which is open from 17:00 till 21:00. In this area we also have the Allmalay Avoca Beach (standard Malaysian cuisine – eat-in, eat-out or takeaway (excellent food). Chopstix is 1 level up and serves modern Chinese Fusion Cuisine from 17:30 -(takeaway available). Hi-Tide Café serves coffee , falafel, chips and other snacks until 5pm.
Across the road next to the newsagent is the Blue Salt Co Café which is open till 3.30.
Finally, we reach Bombini Restaurant and Bar situated at the large, out of town, roundabout. It is a fairly recent restaurant but has had good reviews.
We could not rank this number of restaurants so, where possible, we have left links for your own evaluation.
Away from Avoca Beach
Five out of town restaurants/shops deserve a mention. Firstly there is Bell’s at Killcare which is an upmarket restaurant ideal for special occasions. A recent addition to the area is the renovated Boathouse Hotel at Patonga. The Woy Woy Fisherman’s Wharf is long-standing and the restaurant has been renovated. You can also enjoy a sea food meal in the kiosk or have takeaway. Please take note of George’s Fruit Barn out of Terrigal. Amongst many items he has fresh fruit, vegetables and cheeses as well as other providores. Finally there is SeaCoast Fishing near Kincumber. This shop sells the freshest locally caught fish.
Why not take one of the scuba diving courses at at hand nearby? Pro-Dive has an exclusive licence to dive on the HMAS Adelaide off the Terrigal coast.
The Mousehole is a small but well stocked shop for giftware and women’s clothing. It has lots of nick nacks and is therefore great for that elusive present. Almost next door is the Three Points Surf Shop where you can obtain surf gear and boards. You can also hire surf and bodyboards from this shop.
You can have a rest from the beach using the local Avoca Beach tennis courts.
A selection of close public golf courses should be enough to satisfy withdrawal symptoms. Golf courses are available at Gosford and Woy Woy. A 9 hole course, is nearby atTerrigal/Wamberal.
The Magenta Shores course on the edge of the Tuggerah Lakes is testing. Nearby Kincumber has an superb driving range with grass tees-ups. Kooindah Waters is a first class course but does require some travel. Stopping at The Springs course (Calga) on the way to or from Sydney can also be handy.
Good get-fit exercises include walking the beaches or up Tudibaring Head to Captain Cook’s Lookout. There you can read extracts from Captain Cook’s logbook on his travels in the area. Whales migrate past this area in June/July. You are also close toNational Parks – stroll through trails to local beaches, view the ocean from high rock ledges. There is also the 10 Km 5 Lands Walk between Macmasters Beach to Terrigal.
A trip to Bensville Horse Riding is an absolute treat for children and families of all ages.
Treetops near Wyong provides an unforgettable but safe, climbing experience for children ( highly recommended).
The area is rich in walking tracks to Maitland Bay, and the Bouddi National Park.
Somersby Reptile Park as well as a Wildlife Sanctuary at Calga are not far driving from Copacabana.
The Arboretum at Pearl Beach is noteworthy.