Let’s face it, the beautiful beaches of The Central Coast are what makes it the perfect holiday destination, and an even better place to live. The beaches attract hoards of sun bathers, playing children, boogy boarders and surfers each day. Although these beaches are what makes our home, home – sometimes weaving your way through families, giggling teens and crying babies isn’t how we want to spend our sunny Sundays. Never fear, we are here to solve your problem! Here is a list of the best secret beaches on the Central Coast (because we all love a bit of alone time every now and then).
Tuggerah beach? I know what you’re thinking..no, this is not a pop-up sand castle playground at the Westfields. Who knew that Tuggerah had its very own beach?! Although its coast stretches up to 6km, this little gem remains hidden thanks to the main entrance point being through the Pullman Resort. There is a gorgeous wooden walkway path leading to the beach which is surrounded by greenery until the end, over the dunes, the wonderful empty beach resides.
Lobster Beach can be found hidden behind the Bouddi bushland which overlooks Pretty Beach & Wagstaffe. Accessible only by stairs which cascade down through the greenery, Lobster Beach is definitely somewhere only the long term locals know about! A calm sea with no waves and gorgeous rock formations make this the perfect place to go snorkelling, have a relaxed picnic or to do some line fishing. It’s the perfect place for bird watching also so don’t forget the binoculars!
Another beauty nestled through Bouddi National Park, behind Box Head. This beach is found down hill an off-road sand path, so keep this in mind with the capabilities of your vehicle. Walking is about 1.2km’s however walking back up hill could be a challenge! There is a campsite which accommodates about 6 tents so you are bound to find some peace and quiet amongst nature. There’s plenty of bush walking tracks around as well to keep you occupied if the stunning scenery and empty beach isn’t enough!
Pelican ‘Pelos’ Beach
Pelican Beach or as known by the locals ‘Pelos’ Beach, is nestled in the bush of Wyrrabalong National Park. This gem is well known for its whale watching – so be sure to bring your binoculars if visiting in season! The beach is easy to access and a bushwalking/off road trail is not on the agenda here. It’s a short walk from the car park on Pelican Beach Road yet somehow seems to escape the crowds which flock to the neighbouring The Entrance beach and Soldiers beach. You can safely bet on having most of this beach to yourself during the busier summer months.
I’ve definitely saved the best fo last here. Ghosties beach is perfect for exploring and is tucked behind Moonee’s beach. There are caves for wandering and shallow turquoise waters for playing and crab-spotting. This one is by Lake Munmorah reserve, and the cave is a bit of a mission to get to, but anyone who has been will tell you it’s definitely worth it. Once you’re there, set up a picnic in the cave (save yourself bringing a beach umbrella), and marvel at the natural beauty which surrounds you. The cave is safe during low and high tide but please be cautious as it is not patrolled.
So there you have it! 5 of the coasts hidden gems for you to explore when you want to escape the bustle and welcome the calm. Is there a favourite of yours which we missed? Have you ever been to any of our picks? Let us know in the comments!
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