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The Central Coast is home to some of our state's most beautiful beaches. Find information on beach patrol times water quality hiring beach wheelchairs for people with a disability and booking an event on a beach.

The Central Coast stretches across 80km of scenic coastline and fringed by 41 beaches that are popular with locals and attract millions of visitors each year. Of those 41 beaches together with Surf Life Saving Clubs across the coast we patrol 15 Beaches. 

Patrolled Beaches

If you have an emergency contact 000.

The 2023-24 beach patrol season came to an official close on Sunday 28 April 2024. From Monday 29 April, all beaches are unpatrolled by Council lifeguards or Surf Life Saving Central Coast lifesavers with the 2024-25 season set to commence on Saturday 28 September 2024.

Check out safe swimming options available throughout the cooler months at The Grant McBride Baths, Toukley Aquatic Centre, Gosford Pool and the Peninsula Leisure Centre.

View our beach safety page for our top five safety tips to keep in mind when out and about the Coast waterways. 

  • Visit our Beach Safety page before you hit the sand.

  • For daily beach pollution forecasts, go to the NSW Government’s Beachwatch webpage. Report pollution to 131 555. 

  • To see the open/close status of beaches on a weekend and public holidays, go to the BeachSafe website. This website also has beach condition information.

  • Council has a suite of serviced beach wheelchairs available for free hire by both the local community and visitors and has beach matting installed at several beaches. Find out more and book a beach wheelchair from our Accessibility and Inclusion section. 

  • Contact Surf Life Saving Central Coast on 4353 0299 for the contact details of each individual surf club or Central Coast Council on 02 4306 7900.

Beach status (Monday to Friday)
  • Visit the Dog parks and beaches webpage to find out which of our beaches are dog friendly.

  • Always read the signs displayed at the beach which will warn of any dangers and also you can ask the lifeguard or lifesaver in attendance.

  • Yes. It is much safer to swim at a patrolled beach.

  • The NSW Government's Shark Management Program includes SMART drumlines and listening stations, coupled with shark-spotting drones, piloted by Surf Life Saving NSW, as well as community awareness and education campaigns and research. For more information and to view SMART drumline and listening station locations on the Central Coast, please visit

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