Norah Head - Central Coast
Norah Head, probably most famous for its lighthouse which stands majestically guarding the Central Coast’s eastern coastline and townships. Norah Head is located between The Entrance and Budgewoi, with Toukley only 10 minutes inland. Norah Head has much to offer from fun-filled visits to relaxing summer holidays.
Norah Head Lighthouse, officially opened in 1903, boasts some of the most original and historic accommodation you are likely find. The heritage listed Lighthouse Keeper's Quarters, a self contained 3 bedroom cottage. Lighthouse tours operate on weekends, every half hour from 10am until 1.30pm. During school holidays, tours are also available on Tuesdays an Fridays. You must be over the age of 5 years with a maximum 10 people per tour. Awaiting you above the 96 stairs of the Lighthouse are panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the amazing rock shelf below. When in season, watch the whales migrate to the north and south.
Soldiers Beach, just south of the lighthouse is patrolled throughout the summer months and offers children, adults, surfers and fishermen alike clear waters and rock pools in which to explore and play.
Cabbage Tree Harbour, north of the lighthouse, is renowned for its gorgeous tidal rock pool and is an ideal place for young children and the young at heart to swim. Scuba diving, beach fishing and bathers just to the left of the rock pool makes Cabbage Tree Bay a very popular spot during the summer months. The boat ramp is very popular as it gives direct access to the ocean for seagoing vessels.
For those of you who enjoy bush walking the Wyrrabalong National Park, covering 597 ha, offers everything from sand dunes, walking tracks, to red gum forest all of which contains a vast array of Australia's beautiful flora and fauna. Enjoy the fantastic coastal views from several lookouts along the way.
Norah Head has alfresco dining, cafes and Sporties - Norah Head Bowling and Sports Club. Norah Head accommodation will suite most budgets and makes this place a must to see and do on your list for your next trip to the Central Coast.
Norah Head Accommodation
There are now two cottages at the lighthouse which are available for booking. The cottages are the former quarters of the Lighthouse Keepers and have been restored in keeping with their heritage listing to retain the original atmosphere. The cottages are self-contained with three bedrooms and sweeping verandahs. There are two queen-sized beds, two single beds and two roll-away beds to sleep a maximum of 8 people. Guests can supply their own linen or it can be provided at a cost. All rooms are comfortably furnished with modern furniture. There is a full kitchen and laundry facilities, indoor bath and shower and toilet. Cottage No. 3 has the original outdoor toilet. The lounge rooms have gas log fires, TV/DVD and video player. A charming white picket fence surrounds a grassed yard where children can play.
Belt on your wakeboard and get ready to kick up some spray! Norah Head is a haven of water sports that are great fun for young and old. A brisk walk through the quiet scrub is all that's between you and the sun, surf and sand. Its prime location gives visitors unfettered access to two beaches. Go for a swim in the sparkling waters of either the Lakes or Soldiers Point beaches in the shadow of the historic Norah Head Lighthouse. The beaches are a drawcard for families and surf aficionados. Soldiers Beach is just a walk away and offers surfing opportunities famous throughout Australia, as it regularly hosts the Hot Tuna Central Coast Pro surf competition. The Lakes Beach is also popular and is patrolled throughout the holiday season and beyond. The beach is generally calm and therefore is great for families. The attractiveness of this beautiful beach is compounded by the many rock pools you'll find there, which are great for the children to go exploring in. If its something a little more relaxing you're after, cast a line into the ocean and just wait for the fish to bite. Chances are you won't be waiting long, either! For the accomplished fisherman, Lakes Beach is the ideal spot for you to launch your next deep sea fishing adventure. Norah Head offers visitors numerous accommodation options. Caravan sites are available throughout the year. They are available in powered or unpowered varieties and provide easy access to amenities. Comfort seekers are amply provided for, with seven different types of cabins to choose from, all of them just a short walk from the beaches that make Norah Head famous.