Beachside oasis with dramatic views, local flavour and popular with holiday makers looking to escape the hustle and bustle.

Getting To Pearl Beach, Gosford

Where Is It?

Pearl Beach is a secluded cove between Umina Beach and Patonga in Broken Bay at the mouth of the Hawkesbury River. It is accessible by taking Woy Woy Road from the Central Coast Highway through Umina to Pearl Beach Drive. The Central Coast Highway joins the Pacific Highway near Brisbane Waters National Park.

Buses & Trains

The 54 bus runs to and from Pearl Beach to Woy Woy. The train line from Woy Woy Train Station runs to Central in Sydney or north towards Gosford.


Pearl Beach is located on the corner of Pearl Beach Drive and Coral Crescent, NSW 2256.


There’s usually plenty of on street parking around, but it can get busy on sunny weekends. There’s also some parking bays on Pearl Parade near the cafe and restaurant.


Google Maps Link – Pearl Beach

Things To Do

Slip Into The Pearl Beach Rockpool

Located at the south end of the beach the man made ocean pool is the perfect antidote to the rough swells that tend to dominate Pearl Beach’s northern end. Slip in and cool off, swim a few laps or just relax on the rocks and enjoy the sunrise (or sunset).

Pearl Beach Rockpool

Discover The Walking Tracks Around The Coast (Or Just Wander The Beach)

North along the headland there is a short but scenic walking trail to Umina Beach, where you’ll often see huge waves smashing against the rocks as you go.  This path passes below the Mount Ettalong Lookout which can be accessed from a short walking track off Patonga Drive. Keen walkers will also find a walking track off Crystal Avenue that leads to Patonga, though you should allow at least an hour each way for the walk.

Pearl Beach Sunset Beach Walk

Enjoy A Bite To Eat

After a nice walk along the sand stop in at the Pearl Beach Cafe for a bite to eat, or if your feeling a little upmarket (or just want to impress that special someone) check out Pearls On The Beach, with fine dining focused on seafood, and great views of the beach.

Peal Beach Cafe Interior

The eclectic interior of the Pearl Beach Cafe.

Let The Kids Loose On The Playground

Located close to the cafe and parking area, the Pearl Parade Playground is a shady spot perfect for kids who want to play around on the ropes climb, slides and swings. Parents can grab as coffee nearby, pull up on the picnic bench and enjoy the serenity.
Pearl Parade Playground Pearl Beach

Grab Some Dramatic Photos Of The Coastline

Be it the sweeping views of the coast all the way to Barrenjoey Head and Palm Beach, or the sight of massive waves breaking on the sand against a backdrop of dramatic cliffs dotted with bungalows, the beauty of Pearl Beach reveals itself through the lens, with plenty to offer the budding photographer, from sunrise to sunset.

Pearl Beach Headland Rocks Fishing

Or Spend The Afternoon Fishing

While the northern headland is probably a little rough, the southern rocks beyond the Rockpool are a popular afternoon fishing spot. Keen anglers can also fish off the sand at dawn, but once the holiday makers are up, it’s probably time to move on. Tailor, beam, salmon, flathead and jewfish can all be found beneath the waves.


  • Food

    There is a cafe and restaurant right on the beach. Perfect.

  • Rubbish Bins

    There’s bins in the picnic areas near the park.

  • Toilets

    There’s an amenities block near the Pearl Parade entrance to the beach.

  • Can I take my dog?

    Dogs are are allowed off leash on the north end of the beach from Agate Avenue. No dogs on the south end of the beach.

  • Can I lock my bike up?

    Bike lockups are near the playground opposite the cafe.



Umina Beach

Bustling Umina Beach is the heart of activity south of Gosford, a long stretch of sand with some great breaks for surfers and flagged swimming areas patrolled by Umina SLSC. The south end of Umina Beach can be reached via a short walking track around the northern headland.


Patonga Beach

Calmer waters with dog friendly areas, a bevy of eateries and a ferry connection to Palm Beach make Patonga a popular weekend getaway for locals and Sydneysiders. Patonga can also be reached by walking track from Pearl Beach, though you should allow at least an hour for the walk.

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