Copacabana – Central Coast, New South Wales
Just the name Copacabana conjures images of sandy, white beaches and relaxation. The Central Coast of New South Wales has this to offer and much more. To take advantage of all this beautiful region has to offer, a holiday rental property at Australia’s Copacabana would make a great base for exploring the magnificent coastline and hinterland between Sydney and Newcastle.
Captain James Cook in 1770, was the first tourist travelling up the coastline to record the three bluff points of Bulbararing Point in the north, Mourawaring Point and Bombi Point in the south. He named the area ‘Cape Three Points’. In early European settlement days, Copacabana was known as Tudibaring (an Aboriginal word meaning “Where the waves pound like a beating heart”). And after a holiday in this area you may leave your heart behind. The name Copacabana was given to the first real estate development here in the 1950’s, and was named after its famous namesake Brazilian beach.
Copacabana sprawls over Tudibari point with McMaster’s beach sweeping majestically to the south. From Captain Cook Park at the point you may be lucky enough to see the humpback whales on their annual migration (best time June-July). The whales pass close to the points here and can often be seen breaching, blowing and frolicking as they slowly head north.
Things to do and see
The focus of this whole region is enjoying the beachside lifestyle and you can place yourself perfectly to enjoy by choosing from the large range of beachfront holiday rentals at Copacabana, with swimming and surfing practically on your doorstep. Imagine taking that early morning or evening walk along the beach with your special someone – there are many pet-friendly holiday rentals allowing this to be a possibility.
If you would like to learn how to surf, there are a number of surf schools providing all the equipment and quality instruction. The beaches are patrolled in summer to make for safe family fun and for the family fisherman the choices are many with beach, lake, river and even deep sea fishing on offer. In season there are whale-watching tours (but the fishermen aren’t allowed to try for these big ones).You can enjoy the tranquillity and stunning scenery of a Hawkesbury River Cruise or hire your own boat and explore the waterways.
If you’ve always wanted to cuddle a koala (and who hasn’t), there are unique opportunities to get close with some of Australia’s unique, lovable and dangerous wildlife at the Australian Reptile Park. You can spend a day here getting to know the animals, feeding the kangaroos and watching the crocodile feeding (from a safe distance).
Come and discover the beautiful, exotic and exciting world of Australian native plants and The Wildflower place, a nursery specialising in native plants with hundreds of different species. Give yourself a visual treat, visiting Cedar Park Lavender Farm, a working lavender farm with over 5500 plants creating a fragrant purple carpet, a feast for your eyes and nose. However, if you want to give your tastebuds a treat you must try the local ‘Firewater’, an award winning local fruit-wine made from oranges, chilli, lime and parsley. This tasty wine is possibly best enjoyed at sunset on the balcony of your Copacabana beach holiday accommodation at the end of a hard day relaxing in the sun.
Copacabana is ideally located to also explore more cosmopolitan experiences, with both Sydney approximately an hour away, it is easy to visit for a day trip by car or train to explore all this beautiful harbour city has to offer or even just for an evening out of fine dining or the theatre. Trains run regularly from Gosford with connecting public transport buses.
Best time to visit
The Central Coast of New South Wales has an ideal climate to make a visit pleasurable at all times of year, however Spring through Summer (September-February) provide the best beach weather with temperatures averaging 23° C, with a winter average of 15°C.
Getting To Copacobana
Air: Copacobana is just 90km north of Sydney. There is an airport shuttle bus from the International Airport.
Car: The Central Coast is easily accessible via the Sydney to Newcastle Freeway. From Sydney – approximately 60-90 minutes From Newcastle – around 60 minutes
Newcastle is also serviced by a domestic airport with flights arriving from many Australian destinations. Both airports can arrange car hire and rental holiday accommodation.
Train: Trains operate to the Central Coast from both Sydney and Newcastle with service departing every 30 minutes.
Newcastle to Gosford – 90 minutes Sydney to Gosford – 85 minutes Interstate Queensland trains also stop at Gosford.