Beautiful new places to stay on the Central Coast seaside
New local lodgings on the Central Coast
Stay in a beachside belle tent, glamp in a stylishly converted shipping container, or watch sunrise from a lighthouse cottage. This summer there's a few special, new places to book by the sea...
For an idyllic coastal couples escape, The Nest at Blue Bay provides luxury accommodation located between two of the Central Coast’s spectacular bays – Blue Bay and Toowoon Bay. Both bays have calm, inviting waters and a handful of modern local cafes and boutique restaurants are just a few minutes’ stroll away in the village. The Entrance is also just around the corner for daytime water sports, and Long Jetty’s vibrant strip offers a refurbished cinema for evening drinks. With retro-cool interiors, hand-picked artworks and decorative details, plus an overall Australian coastal style, this holiday property is a beautiful new retreat for a summertime trip to the Central Coast.
Ever dreamt of living in a lighthouse as a child? The twist is you can now stay overnight in historic seaside lighthouse accommodation on the Central Coast. Book a night at the freshly refurbished Norah Head Lighthouse Keepers’ Quarters right on the iconic headland. There are two options to choose from, both with three bedrooms, kitchens and lounge rooms – and all rooms offer sweeping views of the ocean.
Spend your summer days here beachcombing, rockpool scouting, swimming and surfing at the surrounding shores of Soldiers Beach, The Rockpools and Jenny Dixon Beach. When you’re feeling peckish, Norah Head has some brilliant local eateries including The General Store for brunch in the park, and Johnny Tapas on hand for sunset cocktails.
A unique ‘Glamtainer’ experience recently joined the accommodation options at the NRMA beachfront holiday resort in Umina Beach... but it’s only on the Coast until moving to Jindabyne for the 2021 ski season. Sleeping up to four people inside an industrial-cool converted shipping container, with an open plan fit out including stylish brands like Pony Rider to complete the look, and a ‘King Coil’ mattress for a good night’s sleep.
Glamtainers are perfect for couples and young families seeking a beachside spot where you can hear the waves and see the sunrise, walk to the shops, carry the esky easily to the sand, but with a modest dash of luxury. Just a few minutes from the main shops of Umina Beach, cafes and pubs, be quick to book this place, before they move to the Snowy Mountains for winter.
The Boathouse Hotel Patonga is a secluded yet popular seaside venue looking across the shores to Palm Beach. In addition to their regular accommodation options, they’ve now launched their anticipated ‘Patonga Cottage’ right next door to the charming onsite restaurant.
Taking a look at pictures of the Cottage is enough to tempt your finger toward the book button, with a beautifully blue above ground swimming pool, fire pit and garden deck with sea views all part of the package. Patonga Cottage is perfect for accommodating groups and families, sleeping up to 10 guests.
A new small-scale but high-end glamping option has popped up on the Central Coast, and its focus is creating personalised getaway spaces in beautiful locations across the region. Gillyweed Glamping was launched by local Cassandra in late 2020, with the aim of sharing the ambience and magic of a lotus belle tent by the beach with others, while taking care of all the finer details, including supplying furnishings and set up, so guests can simply enjoy being immersed in nature.
All furnishings are curated second hand items, and the package options range from DIY décor to setting up the ultimate gypsy boho getaway package! All location options are available on the Gillyweed website, including popular Shelly Beach Holiday Park and Blue Lagoon at Bateau Bay.
Want to stay just 100 metres from the beach? No problem, thanks to local professional renovating couple Kyal and Kara (of The Block fame) opening up their recent project to the public. Toowoon Beach house is newly bookable seaside accommodation on the Central Coast, located in the heart of the friendly village of Toowoon Bay. Built and designed with their signature style, this family friendly property is within easy walking distance to local beaches and modern cafes, plus it offers some amazing outdoor entertainment areas to take advantage of during your stay.
The place sleeps up to 16 guests, with five bedrooms in the main house, plus another two bedrooms in the garden’s self contained studio. These guys have thought of everything when creating this space, as there’s even an outdoor heated shower, surfboard rack and kayak for guests to use and store their own equipment.
Feel like a millionaire staying at this new luxury beachfront property peering out across the ocean, with a price tag that instantly becomes reasonable when split with a group of family or friends. With ceiling-to-floor windows offering stunning views of one of the Coast’s lesser-known beaches, this four-bedroom house offers everything you need for a luxury escape to the seaside – even private beach access. Recently hosting Australian ‘IT’ girl, Elyse Knowles, the Water’s Edge at Forresters is a drawcard for those who want to enjoy a holiday fit for a celebrity on the Central Coast.
New accommodation coming soon…
The Beachcomber Hotel, fondly known by locals as ‘The Beachie’, is currently undergoing a makeover, which promises a Hamptons-esque new look. So not only will this venue offer the Coast’s biggest beer garden, it will also offer boutique waterside accommodation this summer… Keep an eye on their social media for the launch.