The Central Coast has 15 patrolled coastal beaches and one patrolled ocean pool complex being The Grant McBride Baths at The Entrance. To increase patron safety, lifeguards and volunteers patrol the beaches during the warmer months.

The beach season for 2021-22 starts on Saturday 18 September 2021.

Central Coast Council lifeguards and Surf Life Saving volunteers provide search and rescue services for our coastal beaches as well as emergency medical care when required. They also play an important role in educating swimmers and visitors on beach and water safety.

Find out more about our beaches including which ones are currently open and beach safety, as well as our frequently asked questions below.

For further information about weekend beach conditions, visit

To provide access to many of the Coast’s beaches for people living with a disability or limited mobility, Council has a suite of serviced beach wheelchairs available for free hire by both the local community and visitors and has beach matting installed at several beaches. Find out more and book a beach wheelchair from our Accesibility and Inclusion section. 

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The Entrance Beach

The Entrance, The Entrance NSW 2261
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The Entrance North Beach

Hutton Road, The Entrance North NSW 2261
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The Grant McBride Baths

88 Ocean Parade, The Entrance NSW 2261

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The Baths have a 50 metre outdoor pool, 22 metre lap pool, a children’s wading pool and amenities.

Please note that due to these Baths being a tidal ocean baths, they are often required to be closed for cleaning and maintenance during low tide and following major storm events. Please check the adjacent open/close status and click for more information.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, rules are currently in place as follows:

  • You may swim/exercise in numbers no more than 2 people
  • No organised swim groups or coaching are permitted
  • There is no sitting in grandstand or sunbaking on pool deck
  • Swim and leave as soon as possible
  • Please check in using QR codes when entering complex
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Toowoon Bay

View Street, Toowoon Bay NSW 2261
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Umina Beach

The Esplanade, Umina Beach NSW 2257
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Wamberal Beach

Dover Road, Wamberal NSW 2260

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Dog friendly area south of Surfers Lane and north of Terrigal Lagoon only.

Beach safety

Covid-19 safety

Rock fishing safety


Each year, in the swimming season from October to April, Central Coast Council monitors water quality for swim-safety once a week and reports on the water quality of 32 local swimming areas. This includes 15 ocean beaches, four lagoon sites and 13 tidal baths and rock pools. Outside of the swimming season from May to September sites are sampled monthly.

Results of our Beachwatch monitoring are updated on our Beachwatch Program page, as well as the Office of Environment and Heritage Beachwatch website.

Venue hire

To book a Surf Club or to book an event on a beach, contact Surf Life Saving Central Coast on 4353 0299 for the contact details of each individual surf club or Central Coast Council on 1300 463 954.

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Last updated : Tue 18 Jan 2022