Avoca Beach is a proper little gem right near Sydney. Just a 1h30m drive away, this slice of paradise has all of the laid back vibes and beach town feels similar to Byron Bay, with fantastic cafes and restaurants as well as loads to see and do.
Here you’ll find everything you need to know for having the best time in Acova, from where to stay, where to eat, best beaches and best activities in the area.
Top things to do in Avoca Beach
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Avoca Beach Accommodation
Our Avoca Beach airbnb
As we went to Avoca Beach on a whim, I booked a gorgeous airbnb complete with our own swimming pool just minutes from the beach. Our own apartment complete with a pool!
If you are looking for a super quiet, chilled out place to stay in, I’ve found the best place to stay in Avoca Beach! They have a strict policy on no parties and drinking alcohol in the pool, so if everything I’ve mentioned is up your street, I strongly recommend booking this airbnb.
If you’re looking for something else, check out the below deals.
Avoca Beach restaurants and cafes
Vegan breakfast x2 at Wise Foods, Avoca
Best Avoca Beach Cafes
Best healthy vegan cafe: Wise Foods
After a bit of research, I found a good healthy vegan cafe in Avoca Beach called Wise Foods, serving a great selection of good wholesome, healthy food and raw desserts.
We had the acai smoothie and vegan breakfast (pictured above) which were so good, we went back later and ordered a cup of tea and a selection of their raw cakes below!
Raw desserts at Wise Foods
Best coffee in Avoca: Becker & Co
If you’re looking for a decent coffee, Becker & Co deliver the goods. They also have a classic all day menu consisting of avo on sourdough, soft boiled eggs, fantastic sandwiches and more.
Best burgers in Acova Beach: Oomph Cafe & Food Store
Expect an extensive menu including a selection of four burgers to choose from for lunch; the classic cheese burger, pulled pork, Chicken BLAAT and not forgetting the big beef burger. The big beef burger consists of the following; grass fed beef, German Butchery maple smoked bacon, free range egg, caramelized onion, Maffra cheddar cheese, house made tomato ketchup, beetroot, fresh tomato & mixed leaves on a Markus’ Brioche burger bun.
Best view: Point Cafe
Located underneath the Avoca Beach Surf Life Saving Club, expect breakfast items like Bruschetta, eggs benny and brekkie bowls consisting of two poached eggs, rocket, potato, toasted pepitas, quinoa, tomato, feta, smoked salmon and dukkah. Lunch items are heavily fish based but make sure you order the fish & chips. There are also other items on the menu like the moroccan chicken and lamb wrap.
Best Avoca Beach restaurants
Best restaurant in Avoca Beach: Bombini
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.I have to admit, the pizza was one of the best I’ve ever tried! 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!!
For Tacos: Rojo Rocket
For fantastic Mexican food on Wednesday and Thursday nights, go to Rojo Rocket. They serve up a full a la carte menu on the weekends.
For that somewhere special: Manfredi at Bells
To impress or for somewhere special, you can’t go wrong at Manfredi at Bells which is located 15KM (17 minute drive) South of Avoca.
Chef and owner Stefano Manfredi is known as the godfather of modern Italian cuisine and has won various awards over the years. A five course degustation menu will set you back $120 pp / with wine $190 pp.
Top tip, book well ahead!
Cheap and cheerful option in Avoca Beach: All Malay Malaysian Restaurant
Get a takeaway from All Malay Malaysian Restaurant and enjoy the sunset views
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If you’re looking to have a cheap dins, then All Malay Malaysian Restaurant is one of the top places to eat in Avoca and is consistently busy. If you want to dine in then its BYO or why not grab a take out and go and sit by the beach to enjoy the sunset!
It would be wrong not to mention the below gem in Terrigal!
The best cafe in Terrigal: Bella Natural Food Co
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, Stevo 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
15 Things to do in Avoca Beach
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1. The beaches
Avoca is famous for its 1km long beach. Some of our favourite beaches nearby include MacMasters (which is great for families) and the quieter 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.
Mcmasters Beach is a great family spot
2. Learn to surf at Central Coast Surf School
If you’ve ever wanted to learn to surf or need an activity to do in Avoca, check out the Central Coast Surf School. 1 hour lessons start at $50 per person.
3. Dive at Ex-HMAS Adelaide dive site in Avoca
Did you know Avoca beach has one of the only military dive sites in NSW called HMAS Adelaide? After serving in the Gulf War, this war vessel is now 32 metres deep just 1.8km off the beach. This ship was actually deliberately placed here for diving purposes. You must be an advanced diver and show your certificate to participate in this excursion. It costs from $110 with Pro Dive.
4. Visit the plankton in Terrigal
It might be a surfing beach by day known as The Ruins in Terrigal, but it really comes alive at night time when the plankton appear. Who knew there were even plankton in NSW? What a sight this would be to be seen in a star filled sky!
5. Captain Cook Lookout
Make sure you make the effort to go to this stunning lookout point unsurprisingly named by Captain Cook himself. It’s a 9 minute drive from Avoca over to Copacabana beach which is where to find this view point. If you’re visiting between June/July or Oct/Nov, you might have a chance of spotting the whale migration!
6. Aquafun at Avoca Lake
You’ll find Australia’s largest selection of pedal boats, kayaks and stand up paddle boards at Aquafun, based at Avoca Lake. You can even try them all in the extra fun option if you can’t decide which one to choose!
7. Avoca Beach Picture Theatre
The Avoca Beach Picture Theatre is not only an awesome cinema but it was voted at the BBC’s Top 20 Cinemas of the World in 2014! Make sure you make the effort to visit this family run cinema when you’re in town!
8. Twilight markets and Sunday markets
We loved the Twilight markets in Avoca, which are held on Saturdays from 4pm (I think they could only be once a month). If you miss them you might be in luck to find the daytime markets held 4th Sunday of each month from 9am-2pm. Expect Byron vibes and great live music and delicious food.
If you’re heading to Terrigal, check out the Greedy Guts Market on the second friday of every month.
9. Avoca Beach Antiques
For a bit of shopping, check out Avoca Beach Antiques on Avoca Drive. This long lasting store showcases the Central Coast’s largest collection of antique jewellery.
10. 5 Lands Winter Walk
The 5 Lands Winter Walk is a spectacular 10km walk from MacMasters Beach to Terrigal which occurs shortly after the winter solstice. You can start and end the walk whenever you like but expect incredible coastal views as well as possible sightings of the humpback whale migration. You’ll also find various fun events near the surf clubs at every beach along the way!
This event takes place on Saturday 22 June 2019.
Things to do near Avoca Beach
11. Classic Car Museum
A twenty minute drive out of Avoca will bring you to the Classic Car Museum, located in Gosford. Expect a showcase of a huge variety 420 classic cars. Whether you love cars or not, this is a great place to learn about the history of the automobile and is a great day out for the family.
12. Gosford Regional Gallery & Arts Centre
The Gosford Regional Gallery & Arts Centre might not have a permanent collection but they showcase local, national and international art from all over the world. The main draw card is the beautiful Japanese Garden pictured above.
Distillery Botanica is one of those proper little gems. Open from Wednesday – Sunday from 10am-5pm, visitors are allowed to wonder the beautiful 3 acres of gardens and can pop into the cellar door to taste the onsite award winning Moore’s Dry Gin, Distillery Botanica Gin and Mr Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur. It’s located just a 12 minute drive out of Avoca at Erina.
14. Microlight Adventures
Ever wanted to fly in a microlight over the ocean? Well here’s your chance with Microlight Adventures! It costs $190 for a 40 minute flight and and extra $50 for a dvd of your experience. See below for what to expect! It’s a 32 minute drive from Avoca out near Somersby.
15. Australian Reptile Park
The Australian Reptile Park is home to exotic reptiles from around the world where you can enjoy behind the scenes tours, live shows and themed exhibitions. This great family day out is located just 30 minutes from Avoca in Somersby and costs $105 for 2 adults and 2 kids.
Hope you enjoyed my ultimate guide to visiting Avoca Beach!
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