A couple of months ago, I joined some lovely ladies for a girls weekend at Avoca Beach on the NSW Central Coast. I was super busy with work and personal matters at the time, so I only joined the girls for about 24 hours… I drove very early on the Saturday morning and returned very early on the Sunday morning to give me some time at home for the remainder of the weekend. But 24 hours was the perfect amount of time to rest with good food, beach time, reading and chatting. I was surprisingly refreshed and recharged when I returned home.
GETTING THERE: The drive to Avoca Beach only took about an hour and 15 mins in the early hours of Saturday and Sunday. But it could take a bit longer – up to two hours – during the peak times, especially Friday and Sunday afternoons/evenings.
STAY: We stayed at a lovely Air BnB in North Avoca which had a large deck with a great view over leafy treetops to the ocean. It was clean, comfortable, spacious and close to the town centre and beach. This is a picture I took of the view from the deck with my friend’s glass of wine (as I am trying not to drink at all at the moment!).
EAT: The first thing we did upon my arrival on Saturday morning was fuel up with a healthy breakfast at a funky little cafe called The Boy and The Rose. Some of us ordered avocado, beetroot relish and poached eggs on sourdough while others enjoyed a delicious looking Big Breakfast, all washed down with super healthy juices.
For lunch we chowed down on fish and chips with salad at Avoca Beach Seafoods right on the beach.
At dinnertime we dressed up and ventured into Terrigal -a bigger town about 15 minutes away – and enjoyed a delightful French dinner at Le Chat Noir. I had their French onion soup (which I haven’t seen on a menu in Sydney for years!) and a chicken casserole which was filling, worth the dollars and delicious. By that stage I had hit a wall after my early morning drive so I didn’t take any photos to share…sorry!
DO: I didn’t swim because the waves were too big for a scaredy-cat beginner swimmer like me. So I walked into the water and stayed very close to the shore. But the other girls swam further into the ocean and ducked in and out of the big waves.
This beach is renowned for its big waves and is definitely well suited to surfers and the like, as evidenced by this early am shot I took of all the surfers waiting to catch a wave.
More pics of the beautiful beach….
We spent a lot of time chatting, lying on beach towels on the sand and reading books and magazines. I’m sure there are plenty of other things you can get up to, but I recommend hanging out at the beach if you’re there a for a short stay. It’s not nearly as busy as the beaches in Sydney and you can find a free parking spot nearby.
It was a lovely 24 hours away and I am thankful to the girls who invited me on this trip.
I highly recommend Avoca Beach as a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of Sydney.