How to Explore the Central Coast with Your Furry Friend

The stunning NSW Central Coast, just a 90-minute drive north of Sydney, isn't just a paradise for humans—it's a haven for your furry companions too. With a coastline dotted with beautiful beaches, welcoming parks, and pet-friendly accommodations, this region offers endless opportunities for unforgettable adventures with your dogs. In this guide, we'll explore the best places to go, stay, eat, and enjoy quality time with your four-legged family members

Where to Go Walkies:

The Central Coast is known for its dog-friendly attitude, allowing your beach-loving hound to frolic on a long list of parks, reserves, and sandy shores. 

"As a dog lover, my personal favourite is the southern end of Umina Beach, where there's plenty of space for our four-legged friends to run, play, and splash in the waves." - Amanda Smith, Accom Holidays.

Start your journey at the southerly end with secluded Patonga, offering calm waters perfect for a dip. Continue to Pearl Beach, a charming village with pristine sands for your pups to leave their pawprints. Umina Beach and Ettalong Beach provide off-leash areas where your dogs can enjoy the sand and surf. For a more adventurous experience, head towards Hardys Bay, where Putty and Killcare beaches await with thrilling waves (please note that Putty Beach is near Bouddi National Park, where dogs are not allowed). Further north, North Avoca Beach near Terrigal offers another splendid dog-friendly destination.

If you prefer bushland to the beach, visit Strickland State Forest, a pet-friendly haven rich in wildflowers, eucalypts, and rainforest. Explore the Arboretum Track, cross a picturesque suspension bridge, and let your dogs enjoy a refreshing swim in the creeks.

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Raine & Horne Blog Headers - Instagram Credit: Barrington Coast

Where to Eat & Drink:

Central Coast boasts an array of pet-welcoming dining options. The Boathouse Patonga, with its coastal chic ambience and waterfront deck, welcomes dogs and offers a menu featuring seafood platters, delicious pizzas, and more. The Box on the Water in Ettalong Beach provides takeaway options, including seafood, burgers, and tacos, perfect for a quick meal on the go.

For music-loving dogs and their owners, Link and Pin Cafe in Woy Woy is a treat, offering live music in the rear courtyard. The cafe serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, along with an impressive range of drinks.

If you find yourself near Terrigal, don't miss Terrigal Beach House at the Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific. Enjoy the outdoor terrace with beach views, live music, and a menu filled with seaside delights. Finally, Impact Plants and Cafe at Empire Bay offers delicious fare and a plant nursery, with your well-behaved dog welcome to join you in the garden courtyard.

Where to Stay:

Accom Holidays offers a range of pet-friendly properties, ensuring both you and your furry companions have a delightful stay. From beachside escapes in Ettalong to stunning bush retreats in Pearl Beach, there's a perfect place for every pet-loving family.

The NSW Central Coast is more than just a beautiful destination; it's a pet-friendly paradise where your furry friends can share in the joy of your adventures. So, pack your bags, bring your pups, and embark on an unforgettable journey with Accom Holidays.

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