Avoca Beach (including Copacabana)
Popular holiday resort and surfing destination on the
Located 95 km north of Sydney via the Newcastle Freeway,
Avoca Beach is a popular holiday resort and surfing area
towards the southern end of a continuous stretch of
residential coastline from MacMasters Beach in the south to
The Entrance in the north. In recent times the Avoca Beach
area has become a popular holiday retreat for the wealthy
residents of Sydney's North Shore. Its wooded hills and
quietness (it is on a road which does not go anywhere) is
seen as ideal for family holidays and outings where the
emphasis is on beach activities.
Once occupied by the Awabakal Aborigines the first
European land grant in the vicinity was that of Irish army
officer John Moore, who had left his homeland under a cloud.
He received a 640-acre grant in 1830 which he called Avoca
and he built a house on a ridge overlooking Avoca Lake, just
to the west of the beach. He planted cereals, fruit and
grapes. In 1836 he was charged with cattle theft but was
acquitted. He journeyed to the goldfields in the 1850s and,
while he was away, his house burned down.
Tom Davis leased the whole of Avoca in the late 19th
century in order to exploit the timber. He transported the
logs via tram to the mill at Terrigal. Tramway Rd in North
Avoca follows part of the old route.
Things to see:
Koolewong Coastal Ecotours
If you want to experience the local area accompanied by an
expert local guide and are interested in the ecology, fauna
and flora of the district then double click here and check
Coastal Ecotours. Details of their tours are provided.
Koolewong Coastal Ecotours are conducted within the
Brisbane Water and Bouddi National Parks on the NSW Central
Coast. The trained Ecotour Guides have extensive local
knowledge of the flora and fauna of the native bushland.
Travellers are picked up from their Hotel from 8.30am and
and are returned by around 5.30pm. Optional starting and
return times can be booked where required.
|Avoca Beach from North
Avoca Beach is a lengthy, pleasant and popular beach
enclosed at either end by rocky headlands. It is considered
a major surfing beach though the surf at the northern end is
considered to be for the more experienced. There is a surf
lifesaving club. The beach is also ideal for fishing and its
length makes it good for beach walking and exercise.
Just behind the beach is Avoca Lake, which is quite large
and essentially in two sections, separated by the Avoca
Drive bridge. A narrow arm extends south of the bridge
while, on the northern side it spreads out to the west, the
north and east to the beach. Bareena Island sits in the
middle. North Avoca lies to the north and east of this
northern section of the lake. On the eastern side of the
bridge is J.F. Hazlett Park which is a pleasant spot for a
picnic or barbecue.
Aquamuse Aquatic Hire at the lake have aqua bikes, pedal
cats, canoes, sailboards and surf skis for hire. They are
open weekends and school holidays from 10.00 a.m. - 5.00
p.m., September to April, contact (02) 4382 1936.
Turn off Avoca Drive into Cape Three Points Rd and follow it
south until it winds into Copacabana Drive. As it bends to
the right turn left into Pampas St then left into Simone
Place which runs along the length of Copacabana Beach,
another popular surfing and holiday beach which is
Captain Cook Lookout
Follow Simone Place north along the beachfront then take the
road to the right (Del Monte Place) which leads up the steep
headland known as First Point. A signposted side road leads
to the carpark for the Captain Cook Lookout which lies at
the end of a short path. A cairn bears a plaque which
explains that, when offshore in 1770, Cook, looking south
along the coastline, found it distinguished by three
prominent headlands which he named, imaginatively, First
Point, Second Point (Mourawaring Point at the southern end
of MacMasters Beach) and Third Point (Bombi Point south of
Little Beach). The three are readily discernible from the
lookout which is one of the best on the coast. Not only are
the views to the south excellent but it is possible to look
north beyond Avoca Beach to the oddly shaped headland known
as The Skillion at Terrigal.
|Looking across Cockrane
Lagoon towards Copacobana from MacMaster's Beach
Cockrone Lagoon and MacMasters Beach
Cockrone Lagoon lies just behind the beach. A pleasant
family spot for a swim or paddle its eastern neck almost
reaches to the beach and then expands westwards effectively
dividing the hinterland in two. Thus while it is possible to
walk all the way along the beach, to circumvent the lagoon
and access the southern residential section it is necessary
to return to the top of Copacabana Drive, turn left into
Cullens Rd, follow it west for over 4 km into Kincumber and
then turn into The Scenic Rd, heading south-east for 4 km.
Hence the southern section has been given a separate title -
MacMasters Beach .
2 km south-west of the Avoca Lake Bridge via Avoca Drive is
a roundabout. If you turn right into The Scenic Highway then
take the left into Picketts Valley Rd you will find
Blue-Bead Arabian who offer trail riding in Picketts Valley,
contact, (02) 4382 2346.
Avoca Art Gallery
If you are heading towards Kincumber you may wish to stop in
at Avoca Art Gallery. It is just over a kilometre west of
the roundabout, along Avoca Drive, to the right. They are
open from Thursdays to Sundays, 11-6 and every day in the
school holidays, contact (02) 4368 2017.
Tours, Cruises and Other Services
A number of operators will pick up clients from their homes,
though this may depend upon whether there are sufficient
numbers. Central Coast Kayak Tours will pick people up from
most Central Coast train stations (there is also a daily
coach service from Sydney), contact (02) 4381 0342. Meals
are provided and no experience is necessary. Central Coast
Bushworks offer guided bushwalks in the area as well as
abseiling, all equipment supplied, contact (02) 4363 2028.
Alcheringa Tours at 20 Sierra Crescent, East Gosford,
offer tours for small groups of varying duration into the
local caves and national parks, contact (02) 4325 5966. It's
Easy Tours organise luxury coach holidays with day tours of
the Central Coast and out to Wisemans Ferry, contact (02)
4340 1037. Fresh Tracks Safaris specialise in 4WD tours of
the Central Coast, the Hunter Vineyards and Aboriginal
sites, contact (02) 4385 3024. Blunsdon Day Tours and
Charters run mini-coach day tours around the Central Coast
and other areas. They will pick you up by arrangement,
contact (02) 4328 1317. Aeroflite offer scenic flights over
the Central Coast for up to seven passengers, as well as
charter flights. They depart from Warnervale aerodrome, just
north of Wyong, contact (02) 4392 4199.
Each summer (just before Christmas) the Pines Charity
Surf Classic is held on Avoca Beach.
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