One of the most amazing features of the Central Coast for weddings is its huge coastline. There are 87 kilometres of beautiful sandy beaches, stretching in-between Sydney and Newcastle. There are 41 beaches and each of these beaches are better than any Sydney beach.
Many of these beaches are secluded and most of the time, you can have the beach to yourselves. The beaches and the outdoor lifestyle is why most Sydneysiders head up to the Coast every long weekend and holidays period. The only time I would avoid an outdoor beach wedding is during these periods. Avoid popular beaches during school holidays or summer weekends. If you do choose to do it at during these times, try to do it at sunrise or sunset. That way you avoid the heat of the day and most people will have left the beach. By doing it towards sunrise or sunset, you will also get much better and more flattering light for your wedding photos.
Booking one of these beaches is a relatively easy process. And yes, it is possible to have a wedding at any one of these beaches, but you will need a permit. To book a beach wedding on the Central Coast, you just need to contact the proper authority to get a permit and permission. This could be either:
- The Central Coast Council
- The National Park rangers office
- Or through the local surf club, depending where on the beach you are wanting to do it.
Booking a Central Coast beach wedding is a very affordable wedding ceremony option. The fee is not that much, when you consider the beautiful location that you could have.
One tip we’d like to share with you…. often the rocky areas at either end of the beaches are more secluded and can offer a more dramatic backdrop than the sandy beach itself. Depending on the area, the rocks can also be easier for you and your guests to stand on.
Avoca Beach Weddings
Avoca Beach is a hugely popular holiday location on the Central Coast and an equally perfect location for a wedding. The beach itself is beautiful with golden sand and there are also a number of local parks in the area including Heazlett Park, The Pines or North Avoca Parade Park.
Bateau Bay Beach Weddings
Bateau Bay is a gorgeous little Central Coast suburb and the beach itself is one of the most scenic locations for a wedding. It is located in Wyrrabalong National Park and is a fairly sheltered beach with great rock platforms, rock pools and plenty of photo locations. There are also a number of spaces in Bateau Bay for your party to continue.
Budgewoi Beach Weddings
Budgewoi Beach is located on the northern end of the coast and has one of the longest stretches of beach around. You can have a ceremony on the beach without a soul in sight and with a beach that goes for as far as your eyes can see. A real hidden gem.
Copacabana Beach Weddings
Copacabana Beach is a stunning location for a wedding that is extremely popular during Summer holiday periods. ‘Copa’ as it’s known to the locals has beautiful rocky areas and also has a Surf Club which can be hired for weddings.
Ettalong Beach Weddings
Ettalong Beach is located in a unique location, where Brisbane Water and Broken Bay meet and it is an awesome location for a wedding. It is sheltered from the weather and has a beautiful backdrop. There are also a number of places in Ettalong Beach where you can have a reception, so there is no need to travel anywhere else.
Forresters Beach Wedding
Forresters beach is a gorgeous location for a wedding. A really long uncrowded beach with beautiful headlands and some lovely rocky areas. There are also some good properties and restaurants which would be perfect for an awesome party afterwards.
Frazer Beach is part of the Munmorah State Conservation Area in Lake Munmorah. It is a bush beach setting and a lovely location for a wedding. The whole Munmorah State Conservation Area is a real hidden gem of scenic Australian coastal beauty.
Killcare Beach Weddings
Killcare Beach is absolutely stunning for weddings and would have to be very high on your list of locations to check out. Killcare Beach is a big beautiful beach with some great rocky headlands to the south. There are also a number of amazing properties in the area for accommodation and function dinner spaces.
Little Beach Wedding
Little Beach is a stunning secluded and majestic location for a wedding.
It is located in Bouddi National Park is a real hidden gem. It is quite a small area and there is a campground, so I would avoid having a ceremony during peak holiday periods. The whole area of Bouddi National Park is a beautiful area for weddings and for wedding photos.
Lobster Beach Weddings
Lobster Beach is another wonderful, secluded beach wedding location in Bouddi National Park. It is a the small stretch of beach with lots of bushlands and would be lovely for a more intimate wedding on the Central Coast.
Macmasters Beach Weddings
Macmasters Beach is a picturesque beach and popular area particularly on weekends and holiday periods in Summer. It has a lovely ocean pool and the whole area is beautiful for a wedding.
Maitland Bay Wedding
Maitland Bay is located down a steep but short walk through the bushland of Bouddi National Park. It is secluded and a real hidden gem and perfect for a beautiful intimate wedding. The location is stunning and totally worth the walk down to the beach.
Patonga Beach Weddings
Patonga Beach is located between the Hawkesbury River and Brisbane Water National Park and it is a lovely location for a wedding. It is a quiet and quite secluded seaside village with this beautiful beach and parklands.
Pearl Beach Weddings
Pearl Beach is an idyllic seaside village on the Central Coast. It is located at Broken Bay near the edge of Brisbane Water National Park and is a beautiful location for a wedding. The northern end has a beautiful rocky headland and there is a lookout at the top of that headland which looks down over the beach, which might make another beautiful location for a wedding ceremony.
Pelican Beach Wedding
For a long stretch of beach, as far as the eye can see, with no one in sight, you can’t go past Pelican Beach. It is located in the bushland Wyrrabalong National Park and is an awesome location for a wedding.
Putty Beach Weddings
Putty Beach is part of Bouddi National Park and is a really large beach that links to Killcare Beach in the south. The water is calm and beautiful and it is a popular location for families and locals. The headland and rocky area to the north is a beautiful location for a sunset wedding ceremony. It is easy to access and you get some lovely views high up on the rocks.
Shelly Beach Weddings
Shelly Beach is another stunning location for a beach wedding. It is a popular surfing beach and is away from the more touristy areas of the entrance. It has some picturesque sand dunes and there are also many reception spaces nearby.
Soldiers Beach Wedding
Soldiers Beach is one of the best beaches on the Central Coast. It is big, beautiful and absolutely stunning. It’s also a great swimming beach and will get packed with people during the Summer and school holidays. Soldiers Beach Surf Club is also located right on the beach and their function space can be hired which has stunning views out over the ocean and beach.
Spoon Bay Weddings
Spoon Bay is a real hidden gem of the Central Coast for weddings. It is a large beach and bay with lovely rocky areas and away from the crowds of some of the other suburbs. With no real car park, you just park at the end of Spoon Bay Rd and walk down through the bush onto the beach.
Tallow Beach Weddings
Another stunning beach where you can have the entire beach to yourselves in a stunning location. It is located at Box Head and it is part of Bouddi National Park. It is tricky to access but well worth the trip. You walk down a 1.5 km bush trail that leads to Tallow Beach and you will reach this stunning location. There is also a campground just above the beach.
Terrigal is one of the most popular, beautiful and busiest seaside villages on the Central Coast. It is a really popular location for weddings with many weddings taking place all over Terrigal every weekend. There is plenty of accommodation, restaurants, cafe and bars. And this place gets absolutely packed during peak holiday seasons. The Haven at Terrigal is another awesome and popular location for weddings. The beach, the rocks and parks and the towers cliffs make it a scenic and epic place for weddings.
Toowoon Bay Weddings
Toowoon Bay is a beautiful and scenic beach that is located south from The Entrance and is a lovely location for a beach wedding. The water is calm and the beach is very popular with families. It is a great long stretch of sandy beach with some great rocky areas that is great for wedding photography.
Umina Beach Weddings
Umina Beach is a long sandy beach and is one of the most scenic and popular beaches on the Central Coast. To the south, there are some awesome rock formations and a headland where there are some spectacular views over the beach.
Umina Surf Lifesaving Club is also available for hire and is a great location with some beautiful coastal views.
Wamberal Beach Wedding
Wamberal Beach is located right beside the popular Terrigal Beach and is a great option to avoid the crowds of Terrigal. Terrigal is more compact and busy, while Wamberal Beach is huge and spread out. It is a really long stretch of beach and coastline and is beautiful for a beach wedding. There is also a lagoon, rocks and sand dunes.