Hidden at the southern tip of the Central Coast region is the picturesque beachside village of Patonga. A perfect place for an afternoon or morning exploring.
The drive in takes you through the bushland of the Brisbane Water National Park and as you descend down into the village you will immediately experience the appeal of this hidden secret of the Central Coast, NSW.
The beachfront here beckons you to kick off your shoes and stroll along the sand, exploring the beach, looking for treasures or contemplating your thoughts. You can bring your furry friend to Patonga for some beach play; the off-leash section starts just to the south of the swings on the beach.
Our Central Coast Weekender pre-schoolers enjoyed playing on the beach and walking along the wooden jetty to inspect the fishing boats and the curious pelicans!
For visitors with children, a great playground is located at the end Bay St, just inside the entrance to the camping ground. From here you can make your way down on to the beach.
A large oval at the northern end of the village invites a game of French cricket or soccer and a large pavilion could be the spot to enjoy your morning coffee or picnic.
There is an abundance of reasons to get active in the great outdoors in the beautiful village of Patonga.
Patonga Beach Hotel sits in a prime beachfront position, with amazing vistas across the water. This would be a top spot to enjoy a drink and a meal in the spacious front courtyard. Alternatively, takeaway fish and chips are available for purchase at the General Store next door.
Stay a while
Gosford City Council operates the Patonga Caravan and Camping Ground year round, with access through to the beach on one side and inlet on the other, you are set to enjoy a weekend of water based fun here!
Looking to stretch your legs? You will find the Warrah Trig Lookout, offering views across Patonga, the head of the Hawkesbury River and out to the Ocean. Read our profile of this great short walk here.
There are other bushwalks near here; read more about what’s available at the National Parks and Wildlife Service website.
Palm Beach River Cruises can take you across to Palm Beach or why not try the scenic cruise to Bobbin Head, with time to enjoy lunch and then return to Patonga at 3pm. Sounds like an interesting way to see more of this scenic area from the water.
You will find this hidden secret of the Central Coast at the end of Patonga Drive.