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Avoca Beach Information

July 11, 2018 by Central Coast Holiday Homes

 

Avoca Beach

View of Avoca Beach from the Rock-Pool.

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.

Development

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.

Children’s Playground

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.

Local Amenities

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 Avoca Beach Rock Pool has been renovaed

completed with a Pharmacy, Medical Centre, Bottle Shop and Supermarket plus Surf shop and Real Estate agencies.

Avoca Lake

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

The Point Avoca Beach

The Point

the Surf Club Kiosk which provides coffee, drinks and takeaway snacks. The Surf Club also has evening meals and a happy hour.

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.

Avoca Beach Seafoods and Avoca Sands

Avoca Beach Seafoods

Across the road next to the newsagent is the Blue Salt Co Café which is open till 3.30.

Near the roundabout is Avoca Thai which one can recommend for excellent Asian dishes (open approx. 4:30 till 9:00). The LikeMinds Café is just out of town and has good reviews.

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.

Watersports

One can surf, swim in the ocean or in the sheltered rock pool, paddle canoes or go fishing. A trip to Terrigal, or Copacabana offers other beach choices.

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.

There are also surfing lessons available at Avoca Beach and CopacabanaCanoeing on the Patonga Creek is also of note.

Shopping

Mousehole is the place to get those special gifts and clothing

Mousehole

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.

Fishing

Several firms offer charters for game fishing.Central Coast Reef and Game Fishing Charters has good reviews. Free options include fishing in the lakes, from local wharfs or on the beach.

Tennis

You can have a rest from the beach using the local Avoca Beach tennis courts.

Golf

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.

Walking

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.

Movies

The Avoca Theatre has been renovated and because of it’s iconic heritage is definitely worth a visit. More movies can be seen at the extensive Hoyts complex at Erina.

Art

Visit Gosford Regional Gallery at East Gosford features Japanese Gardens along with its gallery and gift shop.
Local artists periodically open their studios to the visitor.

Ferry Trips

The Ferry Trip from Wagstaff and Ettalong to Palm Beach is regular and along with the Hawksbury Riverboat Postman run, are relaxing, alternative trips.

Adventure

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).

Exploration

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.

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