A hotspot for weekend getaways, the Central Coast is a dreamy destination that is full of natural goodness. From surfing beaches to the lush hinterland, and everything in between; national parks, hidden bays, rambling countryside, and a burgeoning foodie scene that is sure to delight. From couples-only retreats to family-friendly eco-cabins to holiday homes with jaw-dropping views, we’ve rounded up the best accommodation on the Central Coast. And the best part? It’s all within a 90-minute drive of Sydney.
This is the kind of lush beachside getaway that you'll never want to leave! Anchor in Avoca Beach is the perfect group holiday spot boasting four bedrooms, a short stroll to the sand and a dining table for 12. Well equipped and well-appointed, make the most of your stay by spending ample time down at the beach while the sun is out, and then cosying up next to the firepit come sundown.
From $300 per night
The Round Drive, Avoca Beach
Set within a 200-acre private valley, Ravensdale Retreat is surrounded by a dramatic landscape of natural bushland. Entering the property via a private road, passing cow pastures and horse paddocks along the way, you’ll arrive at an architecturally designed house that will feel far removed from your everyday. The house and separate studio combined sleeps up to 15 people, and it has an entertainer’s kitchen, outdoor pool, internal spa, and a wood-burning fireplace.
From $1875 pn (min. two-night stay)
Overlooking Avoca Beach, this Hamptons style beach house is just begging for group getaways. Set over two levels, each with an entertaining deck that has uninterrupted views of the coastline. Although the beach is a short stroll away, you won’t be in a hurry to leave this beauty; five-bedrooms, a gourmet chef-style kitchen, spacious living areas with plush furnishings and an infinity pool with filtered views. Everything about this Central Coast accommodation brings a year-round holiday feel that you will never want to leave.
From $514 pn
60C Cape Three Points, Avoca Beach
Set amongst the trees, high on the southern headland overlooking Avoca Beach, this summery beach house is all about comfort and mesmerising ocean views. The outdoor deck and manicured garden is where you’ll be spending most of your time, soaking up the views. The house itself is two separate residences, connected by a landscaped garden pathway (you will have both spaces to yourself), it sleeps up to 14 people and has a Hamptons beach style vibe.
From $486 pn
14 Cliff Avenue, Avoca Beach
If a hinterland stay is more your style, then Glenworth Valley is the place for you. Surrounded by natural bushland, this Central Coast accommodation has it all, from wildlife to nature walks to the feeling of absolute serenity. And it’s all within 90 minutes of Sydney. Although they’re known for their camping, horse-riding and adventure activities, Glenworth Valley also has a collection of self-contained cabins, from the basic to the deluxe eco-cabin that have all the mod cons, including a deep-set bathtub with views of the valley.
69 Cooks Road, Glenworth Valley
This heritage cottage in a dreamy seaside town is the perfect escape for those craving a quiet haven on the Central Coast. Filled with vintage Australian furniture and art, and a curated collection of finds from around the world, this is a place where you will instantly feel at home. From a light-filled writing alcove to the extensive library to large entertaining decks with views of the bay. So, whether you choose to spend your day out on the water, or curled up with a good book on the couch, here, it’s all about slowing down and doing what makes you happy.
From $900 for a two-night stay
Overlooking Yarramalong Valley, Escala is one for the romantics. Two self-contained privates suites with lavish interiors where every little detail for a luxe getaway has been thought of, right down to the Royal Doulton Crystal Glasses. You have access to the whole property, pool, heated spa, a private garden, and an in-ground fire pit. Escala also provides local ingredients for you so that you can cook up a storm. When it comes to Central Coast accommodation, this really is luxe amongst the hills.
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38 Lauffs Lane, Wyong Creek
A seaside stay with a whole lot of beachy vibes, The Boathouse Hotel is an iconic part of Patonga village. A popular lunch destination (ocean-fresh fish n’ chips, anyone?), The Boathouse Hotel offers three, self-contained apartment-style accommodation above the hotel. Pick from the one-, two- or three-bedroom apartments, all light-filled and spacious with barefoot luxe interiors, plus a private balcony with views over Patonga Bay. When you’re after a quick, relaxing getaway in a beautiful seaside locale, this is it.
From $300 pn
6-8 Patonga Drive, Patonga
Perched on the fringe of Bouddi National Park, Pretty Beach House is made up of four glamorous guesthouses, plus a restaurant and spa. All meals are included in your stay, with dinner being quite the affair with tables laid out for a degustation which centres on seasonal produce. Book the Treetops guesthouse, and you’ll wake up to eucalyptus trees and ancient angophoras. Oh, and did we mention the view?
From $4,000 (two guests for two nights)
83 Highview Road, Pretty Beach
On the shores of Toowoon Bay, surrounded by bamboo rainforest, this adults-only, luxury resort was made for romantic getaways. Each lodging is private, from the timber bungalows to the upscale spa villas, and they all have views of the bay. With a restaurant, cocktail bar and pampering service, there is very little reason ever to leave this secluded Central Coast accommodation.
From $495pn (Includes dinner and breakfast for two adults)
16 Charlton Street, Toowoon Bay