Embrace the power of the pause at these slow stays

Norah Head at Sunrise
Norah Head at Sunrise
Retreat, escape, slow down. Disconnect from life for a unique experience at these stays
Explore cabins, shacks, tiny homes, glamping tents, even a light house, they're all here...

This slow stays guide is a carefully curated collection of unique, slow, and sustainable accommodation from around the Central Coast that we're sure your friends haven't heard of. Stays that feel like you can retreat to, escape to, have a campfire under the stars, and really slow down and disconnect from life.

Tiny House
Deck & Spa Tiny House

The Deck & Spa Tiny House is located a short drive from Wamberal and Terrigal Beaches on beautiful acreage featuring a huge deck, outdoor spa bath and fire pit - you're invited to leave the world behind and enjoy the wilderness and privacy with all the comforts of home. There is even a 'home-made' grass tennis court for when you're finished with their board games.

Walking to Norah Head lighthouse
Norah Head Lighthouse Reserve

For a truly unique getaway, stay in two heritage listed Light Keeper’s Quarters on the Norah Head Lighthouse Reserve. During whale migration season, Norah Head offers a bird's eye view of these majestic animals. Savor the moment of fresh seaside air and be lulled by the ocean breeze under the stars where focus is shifted to enjoy harmony and tranquility. 

Hardys Bay Yacht Charters
Hardys Bay Yacht Charters

Staying on one of Hardys Bay Yacht charters is unlike anything you have considered before - accommodation on a luxury yacht moored in beautiful Hardy's Bay. With a 360-degree water view, this modern 38ft sailing yacht boasts 1 queen cabin, 2 double cabins, a fully working galley, a leather saloon area and a weather protected cockpit, all you need to do is enjoy the afternoon's ambiance in style.


A breathtaking blend of luxury and nature nestled in the Central Coast hinterland; Noonaweena overlooks Yengo National Park, boasting exquisite views of the valleys below. Noonaweena’s four elegant lodges; Biram Lodge, Gymea House, Boronia Cottage and Treetops; the Executive Suite, fuse seamlessly into the natural surrounds. Camping bell-tents are a new stay option for the more adventurous. 

Glamping at Glenworth Valley
Glenworth Valley

What began 50 years ago as a humble horse-riding facility, Glenworth Valley is now a multi-faceted, family run business spanning 3,000 acres of rugged wilderness. Accommodation options include general camping grounds, glamping and eco cabins. Beyond the centre, you can muster the team for an unforgettable adventure with horse riding, axe throwing, quad-biking, kayaking, glamping, and luxury eco-villas

Artisan Estate Glamping
Artisan Estate Glamping

An experience of a lifetime can be found at Artisan Estate under the beautiful pecan tree forest. Frolic among the natural landscape with a picnic lunch on the orchard. 400 exquisite Pecan Trees line the property and create a stunning backdrop for your stay. In the afternoon, listen to the birds sing, and watch the glorious sunset as you roast marshmellows by your own firepit. Stars sparkle above as night falls and your glorious tent awaits. Settle in for the night and awaken to the majesty of the orchard. The deluxe glamping tents are spacious and cosy, and can accommodate four people total.

Yarramalong Farmstay
Yarramalong Farmstay

Watch the kids faces as they collect the eggs for your breakfast, feed the ponies, alpacas and sheep, and have lots of fun playing in the paddocks at Yarramalong Valley Farmstay. Wake up to cows mooing. You could even try your luck yabbying in one of the property's huge dams. Great for bushwalking and at night have a BBQ under the stars or toast marshmallows on your own campfire.

NRMA Ocean Beach Glamtainers
NRMA Ocean Beach Glamtainers

The Glamtainers at Ocean Beach holiday park incorporate a trendy mix of innovation and modern camping. Featuring all the creature comforts you would expect from your usual apartment option, the Glamtainers are fully equipped for travellers with air-conditioning, a kitchenette, bathrooms, tv, outdoor BBQ and verandah only metres from the beautiful Umina Beach.

A shack stay at Killcare
Birdsong at Pretty Beach
Guesthouse at Blackwall
Scribbly Gum Retreat at Blackwall
Bateau Bay Guesthouse
The Collectors Studio at Bateau Bay
Norah Head Guesthouse
Beachside Retreat at Norah Head
Cottages, guesthouses, and cabins

There's nothing like a little Coastal abode and there are plenty of unique cottages, shacks, guesthouses and cabins to choose from all in close proximity to prestine surf beaches, spectacular walking trails and quality cafes and or restaurants designed to break away from the touristy bucket lists and help you be present in your moments on the Coast.

For more Central Coast goodness take a look at our slow travel guide.

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