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Published March 2nd 2020
Quiet coastal town famed for its lighthouse & coastal views
Avoca, Terrigal and The Entrance are the major Central Coast's coastal destinations, and Norah Head is the hidden gem between these towns. This rather sleepy town is home to a beautiful lighthouse, pleasant rock pool, cliff top walks and surrounding breathtaking coastal National Parks.
Known initially as Bungaree Noragh Point, Norah Head is a headland that is surrounded with spectacular scenic views, several Heritage-Listed sites, including Bush Street: Norah Head Lightstation Precinct, and WWII history- near the head, sea battles between the Japanese Navy and Merchant Navy ships took place in World War II and three ships sunk here.
There are several unique landforms around the head, and there is a rock platform which was formed in the Permian to Triassic periods around 180-200 million years ago. The platform is a volcanic intrusion and was created by waves quarrying softer basalt lava flow out of the surrounding granite. The lava came from an ancient volcano, believed to be Mount Warrawolong to the west.
Norah Head is located 113km north of Sydney via the Pacific Motorway and Sparks Road.
The list below features things to do and highlights in Norah Head:
1. Norah Head Lighthouse This lighthouse was the last significant colonial Lighthouse built on the New South Wales coast as well as being the last staffed lighthouse. It's a 27.5-metre high tower and was completed in 1903. Below the Lighthouse is a rock platform which anglers claim to be the ideal spot for catching salmon, drummer, tailor, jewfish, and snapper. Click here for the website.
2. Headland Nature Trail This pleasant walk starts at Bush Street Reserve to the Norah Head Lighthouse and is only 2.2km with a modest climb of 65 metres and takes approximately an hour. The walk offers sensational vistas of the coastline, views of clifftops, views over Norah Head Rock Pool and Cabbage Tree Harbour.
This untouched beach offers a relaxing day out being surrounded with pristine waters. The beach is popular for surfing and swimming. It is patrolled during the April and September/ October school holidays. Click here for the website.
4. Soldiers Point This headland south of Norah Head offers views over Pebbly Beach and Soldiers Beach, and on an unobstructed day views from the south of Soldiers Point is one of the best on the coast. In essence, you can see The Entrance, First Point south of Avoca Beach and Barrenjoey Headland at the northern end of Palm Beach.
Attractions near Norah Head:
1. Wyrrabalong National Park Nestled between Norah Head and The Entrance this National Park is home to 1,186 acres (480 hectares) of the headland, coastal dunes, beaches, walking tracks, and lookouts.
There is a diversity of fauna and flora, wildlife including lace monitor, flying fox, bandicoot, squirrel glider, diamond python, possums, New Holland Mouse, and many birds. Click here for the website.
2. Munmorah State Conservation Area
This State Conservation Area is one a hidden coastal delight which offers serenity, almost no crowds, natural beauty and lots of opportunities to explore unspoilt beaches, dramatic headlands and coastlines. There are two entry points: Birdie Beach Drive off Elizabeth Bay Drive and Blue Wren Drive off the Pacific Highway. Click here for the website.
3. The Entrance
Set between the calm waters of Tuggerah Lake and the Pacific Ocean, The Entrance is home to attractions, fun activities, watersports, fresh seafood, bike and walking trails, and, of course, the famous pelicans.
Pelican feeding is held daily at 3:30 pm at Memorial Park. Other attractions include Vera's Water Garden, The Entrance Beach, foreshore walk, ocean baths, Tuggerah Lakes Cycleway/walk, and more.