It is almost impossible to mention Copacabana Beach on the Central Coast without the Barry Manilow song of the same name popping into your head. After all, it is a catchy tune.
Although the two share a name, that is where the similarity ends. Manilow’s song was not inspired by the famous NSW beach, but rather a popular beachside hotel in Rio de Janeiro.
There is far more to this fantastic little beach town than the words of that famous song. With everything centred around the seafront, there are plenty of things to do in Copacabana on the NSW Central Coast.
Catching some waves
We would be remiss if we did not recommend catching a wave or two whilst visiting the sandy beaches and crystal blue waters of Copacabana Beach.
Pro surfer Matt Wilkinson grew up surfing here, and the beach is popular for good reason. Located away from the noise and traffic of populated towns, it is considered one of the most relaxing holiday spots on the Central Coast. Some of the best swells are found at the northern point of the bay.
Burnt Honey Bakery
This trendy beachfront bakery, Burnt Honey Bakery, is so popular with locals and tourists that it is not uncommon to find queues out the door. Burnt Honey Bakery ethically sources and serves an amazing selection of coffees, pastries, and foods.
Owners Hayley Thorncraft and Joanna Fairall are committed to community, using local suppliers when possible and creating a laid-back atmosphere for gatherings with friends. From the café’s signature cassina bark and lemon zest custard tarts to some of the flakiest croissants outside of France, patrons will not be disappointed with the offerings.
Stop by to enjoy a café and snack whilst taking in some of the most spectacular coastal views.
Barry Manilow may not have had our Copacabana in mind when he penned his famous song, but that does not mean we are without VIP appeal. Country music fans will recognise Kasey Chambers has also been one of our local residents since 2018.
Originally from Mount Gambier, Kasey is yet another musician who’s chosen to allow the beauty of the NSW Central Coast to inspire her creatively. See her at the Byron Bay Bluesfest in the first week of April 2021.
Taking in a show
After a long day of hiking or surfing, relax and take in a quality film at the nearby Avoca Beach Picture Theatre. Family-owned and operated, the theatre brings a diverse range of top-notch entertainment to discerning viewers.
Fewer things are better in life than pairing up delectable food and coffee with amazing coastal views. That is exactly what locals and tourists experience when stopping by the brilliant Cabana Café and Bar.
The menu features a broad range of choices to please every palate, from cheeseburgers and fresh salads to Asian-inspired dishes. Serving sizes are ample, so guests will not go away hungry. The café is known for its corn fritters, which are simply to die for! Vegan options are aplenty, with patron favourites including the fresh smoothie bowls and tofu poke bowls.
Watching the whales
Another popular activity at Copacabana Beach is whale watching. Whales migrate along the NSW coastline between May and November, making it an ideal time to catch them in action. For those interested in seeing the whales and other coastal views, Captain Cook Lookout is one of the best places to do so. Located just 20 minutes from Gosford, the lookout affords breathtaking views that can extend from North Head to the Sydney CBD.