Woy Woy

Woy Woy Station, Explore Australia Publishing

Population 9985

Woy Woy is the largest of the numerous holiday villages clustered around Brisbane Water, a shallow but enormous inlet. Along with nearby Broken Bay, the Hawkesbury River and Pittwater, it draws visitors looking for aquatic holidays. The nearby national parks encompass breathtaking wilderness and lookouts.

Visitor Information

Shop 1, 18–22 The Boulevard; (02) 4341 2888 or 1300 130 708

www.visitcentralcoast.com.au

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In Town

Woy Woy Hotel: historic 1897 hotel offering meals and accommodation; The Boulevard.

Waterfront reserve: picnic facilities with Brisbane Water view.

Nearby

Brisbane Water National Park A beautiful park of rugged sandstone with spring wildflowers, bushwalks and birdlife. Staples Lookout has superb coastal views. Warrah Lookout enjoys a sea of colour in spring when the wildflowers bloom. A highlight is the Bulgandry Aboriginal engravings on Woy Woy Rd. 3 km SW.

Ettalong Beach: great swimming beach with seaside markets each Sat and Sun (Mon on long weekends); 3 km S.

Milson Island: recreation reserve once used as an asylum and then as a gaol.

HMAS Parramatta: a WW I ship, it ran aground off the northern shore and the wreck is still there today; 5 km S.

Mt Ettalong Lookout: stunning coastal views; 6 km S.

Pearl Beach: chic holiday spot favoured by the rich and famous, with magnificent sunsets; 12 km S.

Boating, fishing and swimming: excellent conditions on Brisbane Water, Broken Bay and Hawkesbury River.

Fishing spots near town

Hawkesbury-Nepean River 12 km

The Hawkesbury River is regarded as one of the most consistent waters for big mulloway, or jewfish as they are called. It was with mulloway in mind that I went to the river to fish with Colin Tannahill. The river flows... Find out more


Botany Bay 58 km

Recently I fished a hot-water outlet alongside the Kurnell refinery pier in Botany Bay, a few hundred metres from a monument dedicated to Captain James Cook’s landing in Australia in April 1770. A year before,... Find out more


Port Hacking 68 km

In my youth, bream was a species anglers sought to put food on the table. It was a ‘kill it and fillet’ favourite. Both yellowfin and black bream fought well, but the sedentary nature of bait fishing –... Find out more


Eco-friendly activities around town

Bushwalking in and around Sydney 22 km

Surprisingly, Sydney does offer some superb bushwalking through secluded bushland. Aboriginal engraving and art sites are quite common, and many are not publicised, simply leaving you to discover them, appreciate them,... Find out more


The Great North Walk 23 km

Although it links two of Australia’s most populated cities, Sydney and Newcastle, and passes through some beautiful bushland, the Great North Walk does not get the foot traffic you might expect. A 250-kilometre,... Find out more


Kayaking in Sydney 38 km

Surprisingly, this activity has only taken off in Sydney in the past few years. With a city centred on such great waterways, there is plenty to explore, whether just for an hour or two, or a whole week. Sydney Harbour... Find out more


Taronga Zoo 40 km

One of the world’s best zoos, Taronga is involved in a wide variety of threatened species recovery operations, wildlife rehabilitation and animal research work. As well as having a great day by Sydney Harbour,... Find out more


Birdwatching near Newcastle 75 km

A reclaimed 45-hectare wetland area just 10 minutes drive from the centre of Newcastle has been Ramsar-listed and is an excellent spot to see up to 213 bird species, including more than 2000 pairs of breeding egrets. The... Find out more


Golf courses around town

Monash Country Club 23 km

The first few years after World War II were boom years for golf course construction in Sydney, particularly north of the harbour. The founding members of Monash Country Club – which is today located high in the... Find out more


Terrey Hills Golf & Country Club 24 km

A golf course, by its very nature, is a living and constantly changing thing. A fine example of the way a course can grow and the effect this can have on its original design lies at Terrey Hills, about 40 minutes... Find out more


Kooindah Waters Golf & Spa Resort 24 km

Throughout his playing career, Craig Parry has won tournaments around the world thanks to a mix of sound strategy, good ball-striking and a first-class short game. He brought those same key elements – golfing... Find out more


Magenta Shores Golf & Country Club 26 km

There is something truly inspiring about a golf course – whatever the quality of its playing surfaces – that offers the smells and sounds of the ocean. This is perhaps what first persuaded the Scots to use... Find out more


Long Reef Golf Club 28 km

Occupying the Long Reef headland on Sydney’s northern beaches – ‘one of the best sites of any golf course in Sydney’, according to five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson – this... Find out more


Pymble Golf Club 32 km

Pymble Golf Club has a rich history of nurturing some of the finest ball-strikers Australia has seen. The great Kel Nagle was the club’s resident professional for five years, and it was on the Pymble practice... Find out more


Avondale GOLF CLUB 34 km

When 19th-hole conversation turns to discussing the best places to play golf in Sydney, one course often slips under the radar. Avondale Golf Club quite rightly ranks among the harbour city’s finest courses. Yet... Find out more


Castle Hill Country Club 43 km

Back in 1821, Irishman George Acres received a land grant and is understood to have planted Australia’s first citrus trees. He planted them on the land where the fairways of Castle Hill Country Club now weave... Find out more


Royal Sydney Golf Club 43 km

It’s interesting to sift through the historical records of the Royal Sydney Golf Club; only then do you realise that no single course designer can lay claim to creating it. The course, a smooth seven-iron hit... Find out more


Concord Golf Club 46 km

From the very first days that golf was played in New South Wales, the name Concord has been part of the landscape. Established in 1899, golf began on the current site – on a layout designed by Dan Soutar, who... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

Everglades Country Club Brasserie

Enjoy a round of golf at Everglades Country Club, then retire to the Agweil bistro for a hearty meal. You’ll find all the classics on this modern bistro’s extensive menu, from schnitzel to steak and rock... Find out more


Halftide Brasserie

This bustling brasserie in the Ettalong Beach Club caters to every taste, with a varied menu and fabulous ocean views from the huge terrace dining area. Choose from steak, pizza, a ‘wok section’, a daily... Find out more


Manfredi at Bells

Manfredi at Bells is a stylish boutique restaurant cleverly masquerading as a chilled-out beach house. Welcome to renowned chef Stefano Manfredi’s new venture. Manfredi’s style is evident throughout, right... Find out more


Lizotte’s

From his early days catering for visiting musicians such as the Rolling Stones and U2, Brian Lizotte has created a happy union of his two favourite passions: music and food. Everyone from Guns N’ Roses to Paul and... Find out more


Pearls on the Beach

At Pearls on the Beach, the contemporary seasonal menu features adventurous dishes such as salt cod croquettes with rocket and Spanish onion, smoked paprika aioli and Serrano ham. Asian and European influences round off... Find out more


Stillwaters

General store, butcher, petrol station and restaurant. The Stillwaters site has undergone many evolutions to arrive at its stunning current incarnation as a dining haven overlooking Brisbane Waters. The inviting... Find out more


Yum Yum Eatery

With its inviting, casual atmosphere, Yum Yum Eatery beguiles guests into slipping off their shoes and soaking up the spectacular views of Hardy Bay. Any formality here is saved for the food, with classic dishes such as... Find out more


Nearby eco-friendly places to eat

Billy Kwong 45 km

This up-market restaurant in Surry Hills claims to have been the first restaurant in New South Wales that chose to become carbon neutral. Owned and run by passionate advocate of sustainability and ethical eating Kylie... Find out more


Green Gourmet 47 km

These totally vegan restaurants have fascinating dishes including mock fish, made from taro, mushroom steaks and desserts such as green tea moon cake.... Find out more


Nearby breweries

4 Pines Brewing Company 35 km

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Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel 43 km

Sydney’s longest-running brew-pub is many things rolled into one fine watering hole – an institution for ale lovers, a tourist magnet and a haven for homesick Poms. The historic sandstone pub is as comfy as a... Find out more


Redoak Brewery 44 km

Redoak burst onto the craft-beer scene by winning a swag of medals at the 2004 Australian International Beer Awards before they had sold even a single drop. And they have continued to collect an impressive array of... Find out more


Schwartz Brewery 45 km

Tucked away in the basement of the heritage-listed Macquarie Hotel in Surry Hills, this 8-hectolitre microbrewery is the hub of a burgeoning craft-beer empire run by owner Dr Jerry Schwartz. Apart from supplying the pub,... Find out more


Malt Shovel Brewery 47 km

US-born Dr Charles ‘Chuck’ Hahn has enjoyed two separate craft-beer careers over two decades, operating out of the same Camperdown brewery. In the late ’80s he opened it as the independent Hahn Brewery,... Find out more


Paddy's Brewery 48 km

There may be more unlikely venues for a craft brewery but, offhand, I can’t think of one. The Markets Hotel is a 24-hour pub opposite Sydney’s Flemington fresh produce market, where you’re more likely... Find out more


Tooheys Brewery 48 km

Tooheys remains the last of Sydney’s long-running mainstream breweries still currently operating. Founders James and John Toohey were cattle farmers before they entered the beer game, buying the Darling Brewery (it... Find out more


St Peters Brewery 49 km

Matt Donelan is someone who marches to a different drum from most other craftbrewers. He doesn’t have a website or own a mobile phone and doesn’t believe in cardboard packaging. He matches his keg prices... Find out more


Campsites around town

Tallow Beach camping area (walk-in camping) 6 km

This campsite is only accessible via a fairly strenuous, steep 1.2 km track from the end of Hawke Head Dr in the south-western reaches of the park. It’s downhill to get there, which means a tough uphill walk back,... Find out more


Putty Beach camping area 6 km

The largest of the park’s 3 camping areas with 18 tent sites, this is close to the beach but only a short walk from the carpark at the end of Putty Beach Rd. The eastern end of the beach (unpatrolled) is good for... Find out more


Little Beach camping area 9 km

It’s a 750 m walk from the carpark at the end of Graham Dr off the Scenic Rd to this campsite, which has 6 tent sites, as well as toilets and gas/electric BBQs. Fires aren’t permitted and you’ll need to... Find out more


The Hawkesbury Track 12 km

The Hawkesbury Track takes you 78 km from Berowra Waters to Somersby, supplying 7 camping areas along the way. It’s centred around the beautiful Hawkesbury River and includes several magnificent vantage points of... Find out more


The Basin camping area 13 km

Camping for 400 visitors is permitted at this area only, near West Head. Vehicle parking is on West Head Rd; from there, it’s a 2.8 km walk or cycle to the campground. There is also access by water, via private... Find out more


Gentlemans Halt camping area (walk-in camping) 16 km

Perched on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, opposite Spencer, Gentlemans Halt is a 10 km walk from Canoelands Ridge Trail. Alternatively, you can paddle in by canoe as there are landing facilities here. Spare a few... Find out more


The Benowie Walking Track 22 km

This 25 km slice of the trail leads from Thornleigh to Berowra, through Berowra Valley Regional Park. Stop off for a tasty meal with a view in one of the Berowra Waters cafes. There are 8 camping sites on this track.... Find out more


Marramarra Creek camping area (walk-in camping) 23 km

It’s a 4 km walk from the locked gate at Canoelands Rd, off Old Northern Rd, to this basic bush site. As with Gentlemans Halt, you’ll need to carry your drinking water with you, and preferably a gas/fuel... Find out more


El Lago Waters Tourist Park 23 km

Enjoy views of Tuggerah Lakes at The Entrance on the picturesque Central Coast at this tourist park, which offers a range of accommodation options including camping. Don’t get it confused with the adjacent resort... Find out more


Crosslands Reserve camping area 26 km

Set amid some of Sydney’s best forests – peppermint, blackbutt, scribbly gum and blue gums – this family-friendly camping site is in Hornsby Shire in the city’s north. You can drive in on... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Park 5 km

Just 2 km from the centre of Umina and set in a fabulous beachfront position, this quality park is a favourite of ours. There is a wide range of facilities, and children’s activities are held most weekends and... Find out more


Blue Lagoon Beach Resort 19 km

Tucked away at the water’s edge, this beachfront park has a pool, spa and an entertainment complex. It is an ideal place for a quiet break, although it is busy at the height of the Christmas and Easter holidays,... Find out more


Toowoon Bay Holiday Park 21 km

This is a large council-operated park on the waterfront. Some of the attractions in the area include pelican feeding and fishing. Pets are allowed but are restricted to one per site.... Find out more


Dunleith Tourist Park 23 km

This park has a picture-postcard location on the waterfront where Tuggerah Lake meets the sea. It has good tourist facilities and is within walking distance of town. Pets are allowed but not in holidays. Bookings are... Find out more


BIG4 Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park 24 km

This is our pick of Sydney’s caravan parks. It is a large, grassy park on the banks of Narrabeen Lake and just a short stroll from the beach. It is located in a quiet area on the north shore, away from the city... Find out more


Two Shores Holiday Village 25 km

A small lakeside park is easily accessible from the main road and has relatively easy access for big rigs. A feature of the park is the coffee shop adjoining the office. Pets are allowed outside peak periods (small dogs... Find out more


Canton Beach Holiday Park 31 km

On the shores of Tuggerah Lake, this is a large council-operated park with good facilities. It is a great spot for a family holiday on the protected waterway and ideal for watersports enthusiasts. The park offers the... Find out more


Norah Head Holiday Park 32 km

This large, council-operated beachside park is a popular holiday destination. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more


Budgewoi Holiday Park 36 km

This large council-operated park has good facilities and is well suited for a beachside family holiday. Those wanting to fish can make use of the nearby boat ramp.... Find out more


Sydney Hills Holiday Park 36 km

This is a quality park in the north-western suburbs and can be easily accessed from the M7 through Sydney’s west. The well-designed park has a very good shop and is in a nice area. It is ideal for a holiday base in... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Glades Motor Inn

The inn offers peaceful country rooms with friendly efficiency. Play a round of golf at the excellent 18-hole golf course next door or relax over a barbecue after a swim in the pool. Cosy, and tastefully decorated, this... Find out more


Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Australia Walkabout Park, Calga 12 km

You can camp out with the 180 species of wild animal in this 32-hectare feral-proofed wildlife park that has a solid history of conservation and caring for injured and orphaned wildlife. The overnight camping experience... Find out more


Somewhere Unique, Wollombi 62 km

The two stand-alone, couples-only cottages here are stylish, contemporary and have passive solar design. They are eco-accredited, on an 8-hectare bushland reserve, and use only renewable energy and Greenfleet vehicles.... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Hawkesbury River rest area 13 km

49km N of Sydney (L)

Well off the highway on the banks of the river. For northbound only.


Ourimbah Exit rest area 16 km

80km N of Sydney (L) or 85km S of Raymond Terrace (R)

Well off the freeway via the exit.


Service Centre 26 km

93 km N of Sydney (L) or 74 km S of Raymond Terrace (R)

Highway Service Centre just off the highway.


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