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Exploring Ettalong Beach

Set north of Sydney by some 80 kilometres, Ettalong Beach lies in the Central Coast region just outside Gosford City. The beach itself backs Brisbane Water inlet at its confluence with Broken Bay and is home to the luxury Mantra Ettalong Beach Resort. The closeness of the Central Coast beaches to the alpha world city of Sydney has made them popular for decades as destinations for weekend getaways and longer stays. Here, you’ll find national parks, state forests, waterways, and Ettalong’s ever-popular resort attractions, including a locally-famous street market.

Ettalong is a peaceful beachside village set close by the little town of Woy Woy and is considered a far-flung suburb filled with Five Star Hotels in Gosford. The resort itself is charmingly designed in the style of a Mediterranean fishing village. Alfresco eateries as well as fine dining venues, beachside cafés, a Roman bath and spa, and a cinema back the brilliant blue of the ocean and the soft white sands of the beach. The ambience here is laid-back and sleepy, the market enlivens the action every weekend of the year as well as on public holidays, and April’s annual Italian Festival is a rare cultural treat.

Sights nearby

Ettalong Beach’s natural loveliness and its unspoiled surrounding countryside makes it simple to forget you’re just an hour’s drive from cosmopolitan, crowded Sydney. Peaceful pursuits such as fishing, boating, and just relaxing are the highlights here, and eco-tourists will love Brisbane Water National Park and Bouddi National Park, both comfortable drives from Ettalong.

- Umina Beach

If surfing rather than just swimming is a must during your beachside holiday, head to Umina Beach for its excellent wave breaks, which are choppy when the strong southerly winds blow. Backed by sand dunes and set on a curving bay with a narrow mouth, the beach has a history as host to the New South Wales State Surfing Championship. Members of the local life-saving club patrol the beach on weekends and public holidays throughout the season, ensuring safe surfing, and the Ocean Beach Resort offers children’s and adults’ swimming pools.

- Cinema Paradiso

One of the highlights of Ettalong Beach is its Cinema Paradiso, a quaint, stylish Art Deco building independently owned by cinema buffs. As a result, the movies shown here are at the discretion of the management and include films you’d struggle to see elsewhere.

- Woy Woy Fisherman’s Wharf

Located close to Ettalong Beach on the same peninsula, the village of Woy Woy lies along Woy Woy Inlet, and its Fisherman’s Wharf is a favorite for fishing fans. Whiting, bream, crabs, jewfish, and large prawns can all be caught here, and there’s a waterfront preserve with a playground, tidal baths, boat ramps, and a pretty formal garden. Consider The Bayview Hotel, Woy Woy if you want to be closer to the bay.

- Whale watching

If you’re holidaying in or near Ettalong Beach any time from June through October, a whale-watching and swimming-with dolphins cruise is a must. These friendly giants of the sea pass through the waters of the Central Coast during their annual migration and are an unforgettable sight as they play and dive. Swimming with the dolphins who regularly visit the region is as much fun as it gets.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

Ettalong Beach boasts around a dozen stand-alone cafés and eateries offering a great choice of local, ultra-fresh seafood dishes and modern Australian cuisine as well as Turkish, Indian, and Spanish food. Ocean View Road is the main location, and most of the restaurants and cafés source their ingredients from local growers and breeders. In addition, Ettalong hotels such as the romantic Killcare Boutique Hotel offer fine dining.

Public transport

Getting to Ettalong Beach from Sydney by public transport is straightforward, with a train service taking you as far as Woy Woy. Self-drive via the F3 is more reliable than the hit-and-miss bus services but, if you don’t want to drive, Busways and the Red Bus Company will get you there eventually.