Avoca Beach is a coastal suburb of the Central Coast region of NSW, about 95km north of Sydney and 95km south of Newcastle, an easy 1 hour drive to each. It is located within the City of Gosford local government area, about 17km east-southeast of the CBD.
Avoca Beach forms part of the predominantly holiday resort area stretching from The Entrance down to MacMasters Beach. The suburb is quiet and laid back, therefore a popular destination for Sydney’s more discerning holidaymakers.
The emphasis on Avoca Beach and surrounding areas is on relaxation and beach or surf activities. The town stretches between two dominating rocky headlands. Recreational fishing and swimming are also popular. Avoca Lake, situated behind the beach, is a peaceful recreational still-water retreat with pleasant walks and picnic areas.
Trains depart from Sydney Central Station to the Central Coast about every half hour and there are regular ferries from Sydney’s Darling Harbour to Ettalong. Access is also available by 20 minute seaplane ride from Sydney.
Various facilities include a community centre, picture theatre and various sporting groups. Nearby hospitals include The Entrance Long Jetty Hospital, Woy Woy Public Hospital and Wyong Public Hospital, with Gosford Hospital and North Gosford Private Hospital nearby.
The area is serviced by Avoca Beach Public School, with several high schools in nearby towns.