Ettalong Beach Information
Just south of Woy Woy facing Brisbane Water you will find Ettalong Beach which is the smallest of the three beaches in this area. These beaches are not really surf beaches like Copacabana but are more protected and ideal for young families. This is because the water at Ettalong Beach is very calm and quite shallow. Therefore swimming kayaking and stand-up paddling are all popular. Enjoy the upgraded Ettalong Beach foreshore because of the lovely play areas, barbeque facilities, and cafes. A cycle way connecting Ettalong Beach to Umina provides a good area to exercise and explore.
Box on the Water is a newish restaurant with stunning views and a varied menu. Prices tend to be on the high middle range. Reviews are mostly good. Particular mention has been made about the noise levels when the doors are closed because of bad weather.
There are a multiple accommodation options present in this area. These include the famous Ettalong Beach Resort, with excellent facilities and ocean views. Another upmarket restaurant providing accommodation is Bells at Killcare. Of course there are also other, more affordable accommodation options, for rent.
To the west of Ettalong Beach is Umina Beach. This is a long strip of sand facing Broken Bay. Consequently it has views extending from Box Head in the east to Lion Island and Barrenjoey Headland in the south. In this southern area is the Umina Surf Life Saving Club. The northern part of Umina Beach, called Ocean Beach, has its own surf life saving club. Observations confirm that it is a very popular holiday area for young families. This is probably because of the long, flat beach and gentle conditions. Consequently, this is an ideal area for your children to learn to surf.
To get to the next stop, Pearl Beach, follow Mount Ettalong Road past the Mount Ettalong Lookout. You will find that Pearl Beach is the most secluded beach of the three. The waters here are calm and therefore ideal for young children. There are impressive mansions located right behind the sand. Also there is a popular rock pool located at the southern end – very popular for swimming laps in the morning.
An iconic Central Coast restaurant awarded One Hat is Pearls on the Beach (down for maintenance Sept 2019). You could relax there with beach house glamour and great hospitality.
Located only moments away is Patonga Beach. To get there is an easy drive via Patonga Drive. A Ferry Service from Plam Beach is another option. The beach is a quiet oasis featuring a small fishing fleet. Gentle beach waters are ideal for young children. You could also enjoy a picnic in the park by the wharf or hire a canoe to explore the Patonga Creek. The renovated Boathouse Hotel Patonga is situated just across the road. It is an enjoyable outpost for local holidaymakers and is also worth an expedition from other areas. It does tend to be very busy and noisy. Takeaway packs are available for those who want to picnic on the beach.
The fishing fleet trawls off the Patonga Beach but the Patonga Creek is still good for fishing.