Sometimes we all need a break away from Sydney, so last weekend I took my partner away to Avoca beach. We had been there once before during winter and had always planned to visit this summer so I made a spontaneous decision on Friday. I booked us into an airbnb for the night and drove up the next morning. It’s less than a 2 hour drive from Sydney and has a sort of similar laid back vibe like Byron Bay (our favourite place!).
For any of you planning a weekend away from Sydney, here’s my weekend guide to Avoca beach.
1. Where to stay in Avoca
Our airbnb, just a few minutes drive from Avoca Beach
I picked an airbnb. Originally we were going to go for 2 nights but my partner couldn’t get the Monday off work and by that point I had found us a great little gem, complete with our own swimming pool just minutes from the beach. As this place has a policy on a 2 night stay minimum (and because it was last minute), they were able to offer us a deal for one night. We were really lucky because since they opened their doors to airbnb six months ago, they are generally booked up every weekend. If you are looking for a super quiet, chilled out place to stay in, this is the place to go to. They have a strict policy on parties and drinking alcohol in the pool, so if everything I’ve mentioned is up your street, I strongly recommend booking this airbnb.
2. Where to eat in Avoca
Vegan breakfast x2 at Wise Foods, Avoca
Obviously when staying in a beach side town you don’t know well at all, it’s almost pot luck on finding decent cafes and restaurants. After a bit of researching, I found Wise Foods to be our go to cafe, serving a great selection of good wholesome, healthy food and raw desserts. We had the acai smoothie and vegan breakfast which were so good, we went back later and ordered a cup of tea and a selection of their raw cakes!
Raw desserts at Wise Foods
For dinner, I found Bombini on Trip Advisor as the Number 1 restaurant and it’s easy to see why. You’ll either have to drive or catch a cab as it’s just on the outskirts of town but the super trendy restaurant did not disappoint. We had to go veggie that night (a one off) instead of our usual vegan as the restaurant was booked up but we managed to get into the pizzeria. I haven’t had normal pizza in quite a while but this was more than likely the best pizza I have ever had. The dough was absolutely spot on, not too sluggish and it all tasted so fresh. They even grow at a lot of their veggies on site which is what attracted me to the restaurant. This is a must visit!!
After we checked out of our airbnb, we went over to Terrigal (a town that’s more built up and has a holiday vibe to it) for breakfast. We had been to Bella Natural Food Co before as it was named one of the Top 50 healthiest cafes in Australia. This time round, my partner ordered the vegan burger and I got the green smoothie bowl. Both were so good, it was no wonder the cafe had earned its title.
Green Smoothie Bowl at Bella Natural Food Co, Terrigal
3. Things to do in Avoca Beach
We obviously came to Avoca for the beach although we didn’t actually step foot onto it. Instead, we drove around to find a few quieter beaches. Our favourites were McMasters and Little Beach. Little Beach is just a 10 minute walk from the car pack through the bush, but it was so beautiful and almost deserted that we stayed there for the day.
Finding warm bath like rock pools at Little Beach
In the evening we went to the famous Avoca Picture Theatre which was just beautiful. I really love a gorgeous little cinema and thoroughly enjoyed it. They tend to play decent movies and more on the art house side rather than your typical blockbuster. We were also lucky to go to the Twilight markets which were on and there was an awesome vibe with musicians out on the street, people selling great Christmas gifts to tasty food stands serving up some great food.
4. On the way back to Sydney
After a lovely time in Avoca, we spent the Sunday at Bouddi National Park. After looking on the satellite version of Google Maps, we found a beach that we wanted to explore. We parked our car and after a 15 minute hike down through the bush, we came to Maitland Bay. Now, this is an absolute gem and I have to say it is hands down the best beach I have been to in NSW. It was an absolute paradise of a beach because there were barely any people there, the water was flat and crystal clear and finally it had the most beautiful, calming energy. There were also little caves you could sit near to get some shade as well. I will be going back there time and time again!!
Paradise at Maitland Bay
Just my partner walking along a near to deserted paradise of a beach – Maitland Bay
After exploring Maitland bay, we then drove on through the park and came to Patonga Beach. We wanted to check it out before and to our amazement, we came across an awesome pub, right on the water. Now this pub could have easily been brought over from England, it reminded me so much of it, from the set up of the bar with the glass hanging down over it, to the menu serving potato wedges with sweet chilli and sour cream to the outdoor layout over looking the water and the locals standing outside of the pub drinking. You’ll rarely ever seeing people standing outside of a pub in Sydney due to the millions of laws around it so this pub for me was an absolute gem! We had the vegan burger there which was actually pretty good too! You can see why it’s been crowned as the best country pub in NSW!
What’s your favourite thing to do in Avoca?
Thanks for reading,