Be a Tourist at home go to Pearl Beach

Be a tourist at home goes to Pearl Beach…..we have recently been reacquainted with the tranquility and beauty of Pearl Beach. Our friends Lesley and John have invited us for weekends at their beach house, this is not only delightful … because of the house – stumbling distance from the beach – but they happen to be incredibly great and generous hosts… but there’s more …. John cooks like a professional chef. I know, lucky us.

Pearl Beach is still incredibly popular during the summer and holidays, but during the week in the winter you have the place to yourself. There is one restaurant called Pearls on the Beach which is opened for Lunch and Dinner Thursday to Sunday. John has strongly recommended it, so the food will be very good. For a completely different experience there is The boathouse Hotel over the hill in Patonga ( 10 minute drive)

There are fantastic walks through the Crommelin Native Arboretum, you’ll walk past a courtesy shop selling organic plants and a Chille sauce ….a must buy…head up to the Mount Ettalong lookout, at low tide you can walk over the rocks to Patonga.

Oh and then theres the beach, pretty gentle in the south, where you will also find a small rock lap pool. If you are looking for a womp the north end of the beach has some very good waves.


Over the past twenty years most of the New South Wales Central Coast has become a vast suburbia with people either commuting south to Sydney or working in the ever-growing local towns. Pearl Beach seems a delightful exception to this prevailing ambience. It is attractive, very expensive (famous playwrights, TV personalities and advertising executives have holiday homes here) and understated.

To reach Pearl Beach the visitor travels north from Sydney on the Sydney-Newcastle freeway, leaves the Freeway at the signs to Gosford and either takes the turnoff to Woy Woy at Kariong or West Gosford. From Woy Woy continue south through Ettalong and Umina. By either route it is approximately 93 km from the Sydney CBD.

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