Full disclosure, I grew up on the Central Coast (or Cenny Coast for the locals), about an hour and a half drive from Sydney. As a stroppy teen, all I wanted was to get into the city, and my weekends were spent on trains for day trips to the Inner West. Now that I’m an adult living in the Inner West, all I want is to be back on the Central Coast soaking up that relaxed beachy vibe.
Such is life.
The good news is, now is the PERFECT time for a cheeky weekender to… well to anywhere. But with it’s perfect mix of beach and hinterlands, the Central Coast should be right at the top of your list.
As they say, if you book the accommodation, the rest will come. So we’ve thrown a few ideas together for all travel styles.
For the luxe traveller
#1 Dunderave, Spoon Bay
Sleeping 12, this property is perched on the headland at the exclusive Spoon Bay. It’s nestled between Wamberal and Forresters beaches, so you avoid the crowds but are close to everything you need. Details here.
#2 Copacabana Beach House
Ah, my old ‘hood, although this rental home kicks my old family home’s butt. Fun fact, on a clear day in Copa you can see all the way to Sydney, and you can also spot whales from Captain Cook lookout. Details here.
#3 Pretty Beach House
Look, the people who named Pretty Beach weren’t lying. However, it’s also right next to the stunning Bouddi National Park so you can swap your ocean views for a walk through the bush. Details here.
For the lovers
#4 Bells at Killcare
If you ask locals where to go if you’re looking for something ‘special’, they’ll send you to Bells. This boutique five-star resort offers luxe rooms, a spa and restaurant against the backdrop of the Bouddi National Park. Details here.
#5 Hardy’s Bay The Writer’s Retreat
If you’re the creative couple, then nothing says romance like a weekend in a picturesque 1920s cottage. It’s right at the water’s edge at Hardys Bay and packed with books and cute artsy things. Details here.
#6 The Outlook Cabana, Terrigal
Take a small step back from the beach and live amongst the trees with a panoramic view over the valley and out to the ocean beyond. Details here.
For the pet owners
#7 Malolo at Macs
Get amongst this classic family-friendly, pet-friendly beach house at Macmasters Beach. It’s got a bunkhouse for the kids, a fireplace, and is walking distance to the beach. Details here.
#8 Hardysbaysideblue, Hardy’s Bay
If you’re looking for a place with plenty of character that’ll also accept your pooch, this cottage is your jam. There’s also a great dog-friendly nature trail by the water nearby. Details here.
For the families
#9 Anchor, Avoca Beach
Avoca beach has everything your family could want, all close by — and this 4-bedroom family-friendly holiday home is right in the heart of it. Details here.
#10 The Greenhouse Retreats
Two locations — Pearl Beach and Green Point — both perfect for the fam. In fact Green Point is right on Brisbane Water, making it perfect for and SUP boarding and kayaking. Details here.
#11 Glenworth Valley Eco Cabins & Glamping tents
For a totally different Cenny Coast outlook, Glenworth Valley is like a whole other world. If anyone in your family is a fan of horses, this is basically your paradise. Details here.
(Lead Image: Provided / Visit Central Coast)
Kassia is the Editor of AWOL, and a straight-up travel addict. She was born without a sense of direction, yet an intense desire to explore the world. As such, she's lost 90% of the time but she's learned to roll with it. You can catch her latest adventures on Instagram @probably_kassia.