Pearl Beach (including Umina, Ocean Beach and Mt Ettalong)
A very attractive, chic and rather ritzy holiday destination on the Central Coast
Over the past twenty years most of the New South Wales Central Coast has become a vast suburbia with people either commuting south to Sydney or working in the ever-growing local towns. Pearl Beach seems a delightful exception to this prevailing ambience. It is attractive, very expensive (famous playwrights, TV personalities and advertising executives have holiday homes here) and understated.
To reach Pearl Beach the visitor travels north from Sydney on the Sydney-Newcastle freeway, leaves the Freeway at the signs to Gosford and either takes the turnoff to Woy Woy at Kariong or West Gosford. From Woy Woy continue south through Ettalong and Umina. By either route it is approximately 93 km from the Sydney CBD.
Pearl Beach is true to its name. It is the best part of the western shoreline. Here the residences blend more effectively with the vegetation which has been left more fully intact and which is noticeable greener and lusher than elsewhere on the western shoreline. They are less obtrusive and in a finer balance with the environment so that the whole appears as bushland with houses rather than houses with a bit of bush. The fishing is said to be good off the rocks for jewfish and tailor.