Explore Umina Beach
Situated on the southern end of the spectacular Central Coast, Umina Beach offers white sands with a beautiful bush backdrop. Coupled with one of the East Coasts most infamous and long waves, Box Head, this beach is a must visit for all surfers. Umina is a vibrant and buzzing beachfront suburb with bars, restaurants, cafes, boutique shops and bakeries there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained. Just a short 90 minute drive from Sydney you’ll have everything you need on your doorstep for a fun filled beachside family holiday.
THINGS TO DO
BEACH AND BUSH
With pumping surf breaks, sheltered waterways and stunning national park, all in your back yard, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it’s comes to choosing an activity. Here are our top pick’s to get you started.
BROKEN BAY PEARL FARM
Situated on the edge of the stunning Lower Hawkesbury River is the Shellar Door at Broken Bay Pearl Farm. Visitors are welcome to come in and browse the selection of locally grown pearls, shells and jewellery, or enjoy some fresh local oysters at their outdoor seating alongside the river. While you are there, why not join in on one of their guided tour experiences.
LEARN TO SURF
Learn to catch some waves with Central Coast Surf School or Sals Surf School at Umina– from adults to groms, private or group classes.
STAND UP PADDLE BOARD
Get lessons or hire a Stand up paddle Board from Bombora and explore the calm waterways around Daleys Point, Ettalong and Booker Bay
Based in Booker Bay, just a short drive north of Sydney, Haven Sportfishing Charters is your expert deep water sport and game fishing crew on the NSW Central Coast.
Catch the ferry from Ettalong to Palm Beach – Palm Beach Ferries – enjoy a fabulous lunch at Barrenjoey House or a walk up to the lighthouse. Palm beach Ferries also operate seasonal whale watching tours.
There are so many to choose from in the immediate area, but here are a few of our faves: Mt Ettalong Lookout for an easy walk with great views, Umina to Pearl Beach for a longer adventure, Woy Woy Waterfall for the hidden secret trough waterfall.
EAT & DRINK
Umina is a buzzing hub and has it all from cool cafes, vibrant cocktail bars, trending burger joints and of course, the old faithful beach town boozer.
For fun and funky check out Bouffant Cafe on the main drag. Bouffant is a Central Coast collection of bakeries, dedicated to creating delicious, fluffy goodness for all washed down with an an epic coffee.
For cool cocktails, tacos and beachfront views head over to Margarita Daze.
For a best Sushi in town check out Miori.
For burgers, arcade games, thick shakes and cocktails stop in at BMX Burgers.
WINE, BEER AND SPIRIT TASTINGS
If you’re partial to a tasting, be it wine, craft beer or top shelf spirits, then the team at Upstairs Wines Bottle Shop in Ettalong have you covered. Book in for one of their master classes in store OR book a private tasting hosted at your holiday home. Tasting are accompanied by grazing boards and last approximately 2 hours.
CULTURE, WELLNESS & SHOPPING
If you can peel yourself off the beach maybe it’s time for a touch of pampering and a spot of retail therapy.
Floating at CryoPlus is a unique opportunity to completely relax your body and mind. You are invited to relax and recover in our purpose-built private Float Therapy Pod room located on the Central Coast. We are excited to welcome you to this new level of relaxation and discovery.POTTERY CLASSES
Centered Ceramics holds pottery classes and workshops in Umina Beach on the Central Coast of NSW. Whether you’re learning to “throw” on the wheel, or improving your hand building techniques, we give you a place to enjoy the magic of clay. Center yourself and surrender to the joyful mess of pottery!
UMINA BEACH MARKETS
Held every 3rd Sunday of the month you find an array of locally made arts, craft and jewellery as well as international food.
For an eclectic array for boutique shops, vintage cinema and market style stores head over to the Galleria at Ettalong.
If you’re travelling with the kids then the Central Coast has much more than beaches and bushwalks to keep the littles ones entertained. Here are a few activities that will win you some brownie points!
- Umina Beach Playground – including a fenced area for the little ones, flying fox, large climbing net plus skateboard park and BMX track. Plus Jasmine Greens Cafe serving you food and coffee.
- Australian Reptile Park – If you’re not one for tramping the tracks then get your guaranteed wildlife fix at The Australian Reptile park where you can cuddle a Koala, pat a python or even book a private tour.
- Glenworth Valley – If you’re little ones need a bit more adrenaline in their day then head out to Glenworth Valley for Quad Biking, Laser Skirmish, Horse Riding and Abseiling.
- Treetops Adventure Park – If you have a bunch of little monkeys in your tribe then you definitely need to head over to Tree Tops Adventure park where they can swing, leap and bounce the day away.
- The Chocolate Factory – Explore an immersive world of chocolate, nougat and much, much more. Have a sneak peak of your beloved treats coming to life through the porthole windows, or take part in a guided tour of the factory floor, and learn how our products are made. You can even get hands on with a Junior Chocolatier Workshop!
DONT FORGET THE DOG
If you’re travelling with your four-legged friend then the Central Coast will be as fun for your fur babies and it is for the family.
The Central Coast has to be one of the most dog friendly places in NSW with heaps of pet friendly accommodation. With an long list of dog friendly beaches where Rover can and run and rumble with his buddies your fury friends won’t want to go home! After a long run at the beach, both doggo and owner will be hungry/thirsty so here’s a great list of Dog friendly watering holes.
For Umina we suggest:
- Umina Beach for Walkies
- The Box on The Water for food and drinks
WHERE TO STAY
Beach Retreats Central Coast have carefully selected a portfolio of beach abode accommodation either on the beach or within a stones throw to the beach.
We have self contained holiday properties for singles, couples or extended families. On the beachfront or in the trees, with pools, hot tubs, fireplaces or pet friendly properties. We are always happy to curate the perfect holiday for you so please reach out to us to arrange your next Beach Retreat. Yes our properties are also listed on AIRBNB and STAYZ but we will be able to provide the best deal when booking direct.