This charming 3 bedroom cottage with Avoca Beach views is just 300 metres easy walk from the surf club at the family friendly, southern end of Avoca beach. It's a classic Aussie beach house combining an arty touch of retro surf shack ambience with plenty of modern comforts and conveniences. It has lovely views from the huge entertainers deck. Perfect for families or groups of friends, we welcome a maximum group size of 6 adults or up to 9 guests if you include kids.
UPDATE! BRAND NEW FOR SUMMER 16/17 - We have just installed reverse cycle air conditioning. Please enjoy!
This is a family style beach house - used by our own family as well. It isn't 5 star resort accomodation, but as you'll see from the photos it is very comfortable, up to date and well maintained!
There are three queen bedrooms. Two bedrooms are upstairs. Bedroom one has a queen size bed. Bedroom two has a queen size bed with single on top. Main bathroom is upstairs, with adjoining laundry.
The downstairs bedroom has its own external access with a queen bed plus one set of bunks. With a large, north facing window, this lower bedroom is ideal for the older kids and teenagers or for an extra couple. There is a second bathroom downstairs as well with a basic shower and a loo, a few metres from the lower bedroom and also with external access making it perfect on your way up from the beach!
There is an expansive, north facing, entertainer's balcony with dress circle and beach views, outdoor dining table and chairs for 8, a gas BBQ and a pair of reclining sun lounges. The kitchen has all the usual appliances including a new ceramic cooktop, a dishwasher and microwave. The inside dining table and chairs will seat 8+.
A new fridge, dishwasher and clothes dryer were all installed about 2 years ago - we aim to keep everything right up to date! Furthermore the house underwent a makeover around the same time with many new furnishings and homewares. There is a flat screen TV, blu-ray/DVD player, plus a stereo. Unlike some properties, the house provides kitchen detergents etc plus complimentary guest toiletries on arrival.
The beach is an easy 3 minute walk through the park plus there's off street parking for two cars. The driveway is short but quite steep so some drivers may prefer not to use it.
*Important note about LINEN.....
You will need to bring your own top and bottom sheets and pillow cases along with towels, bath mat and kitchen tea towels. We provide each bed with a doona and doona cover, pillows without pillow cases, plus quality mattress protectors. There is also an extra blanket for each bed.
There is a high chair suitable for a baby or toddler, but no cot.
* Please note that we try hard to keep the info we put on Stayz up to date, however the house is managed by a local agent; so for precise details on price, availability and minimum stay periods, please make an enquiry. Cheers!
Surf, Sand, Rockpools, Snorkelling, Diving, Fishing, and Water Sports.
Avoca Beach is well known as one of the finest beaches in NSW for a number of reasons.
The southern end in front of the surf club is extremely popular with families who have small children because of it's safe and protected rock pool area. This is the end nearest the house. The southern end is also the patrolled area with a magnificent stretch of beach for long summer days ducking in and out of the waves.
Avoca Beach also offers some of the best surfing around - it's not unusual to spot big name Aussie surf pros enjoying the famous point break when the NE swell rolls in. If you're not a surfer, just grab your camera, sit on the rocks and watch the action!
Avoca's rock platform is massive and stretches for half a kilometre. A hugely popular fishing spot it's also home to some of the most delightful rockpools you'll ever find - children are fascinated by this area.
Snorkelling at Avoca is highly recommended especially in and around the edges of the surf club end rock pool. SCUBA divers will want to dive the HMAS Adelaide wreck off Avoca Beach plus other top dive sites. Local operators run daily trips.
The lake at Avoca is 700m further up the beach. Stand up paddle boards, canoes and paddleboats can be hired here. Birdlife abounds and it's a must to explore. When conditions are right the lake also turns on brilliant fishing with bream that reach the elusive 1 kilo mark plus flathead, whiting, tailor and school jewfish. Beach and rock fishing are also very popular at Avoca.
Rockpool Cottage also sits right on the route of the famous "5 Lands Walk"; a moderate 9km trek between McMasters Beach and Terrigal Beach. It's also only a 15 minute drive to Bouddi National Park which offers superb coastal bushwalks including the magnificent Maitland Bay Track.
Getting There, Eating, Drinking, Shopping, and Entertainment.
Avoca Beach is less than 90km drive north of the Sydney CBD via the F3 - even less from Parramatta or the north side. Public transport access is very easy by train then bus from Gosford station. The bus will stop directly outside the house on request.
The Avoca Beach shopping area offers restaurants, cafes, boutiques, surf shops with board hire, a bottle shop, small supermarket, chemist, hairdressers plus more. The Avoca Beach Hotel (pub) and the Avoca Beach Bowling Club are just out of town, 3 km from the house.
Avoca Beach Pizza is a must one night if you're away with kids - you may need to book. The licensed Point Cafe at the surf club is one step from the beach and a perfect spot for brekky or lunch with a glass or two while you watch the kids play on the sand.
Bombini Italian restaurant run by the former head chef for Bells at Killcare is set in an old farmhouse on the road into Avoca Beach. Well worth a visit if you're looking for something at the "fine dining" end of the spectrum. There are also Thai, Malay, Chinese, Indian, seafood and modern Australian restaurants and cafes in Avoca itself.
Avoca beach picture theatre is very close to the house. Built in 1951, It's totally unique - they cater to a discerning audience and have a licensed bar.
Terrigal beach is only ten minutes north of Avoca and has an even greater selection of restaurants, bars and shops. For a really special meal, consider Manfredi at Bells in Killcare, about 15 minutes drive away with a SMH Good Food Guide chef's hat plus SMH award for best regional wine list of the year.
Large scale shopping is only ten minutes away at Erina Fair which is a huge, modern shopping mall. You'll find Myer, Coles, K-Mart, Woolies, Harris Farm, Target, Big W, JB HiFi, Freedom Furniture, BBQ's Galore etc and 300 other specialty stores plus an 8 screen Hoyts cinema, ice skating and childrens playground.