The Best Hotels and Places to Stay in the Entrance, New South Wales

Catch a wave or fish at the Entrance and discover a stunning place to stay like this
Catch a wave or fish at the Entrance and discover a stunning place to stay like this | © Oaks the Entrance Waterfront Suites / Expedia
Nannette Holliday

Settled by Europeans in 1828, the Entrance today is a peaceful yet highly charismatic Central Coast town, an hour north of Sydney, New South Wales. It’s surrounded by golden sands, crystal waters and Wyrrabalong National Park and a narrow channel divide the mainland – connecting Tuggerah Lake to the ocean – making it a popular holiday destination. Surf, water-ski, fish, catch your own sweet prawns or discover an array of fantastic places to eat and accommodation choices along its picturesque foreshore. Check out the best hotels and places to stay at the Entrance right here – bookable on Culture Trip.

1. Oaks The Entrance Waterfront Suites

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The pool area at the Oaks The Entrance Waterfront Suites
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You’ll get unparalleled views of Tuggerah Lakes or Pacific Ocean surf and sunrises from balconies as a guest in these perfectly positioned, contemporary styled apartment-hotel resort suites. Choose from crisp coastal-toned studios or consider a two-bedroom luxury apartment. A spa beckons with relaxing treatments, as does the expansive heated pool, hot tub and kids’ wading pool. An on-site gym draws the keep-fit set – but you might prefer to hike and bike ride one of the many nearby trails. Take an easy few steps along the foreshore and discover the town, with its quirky history, boutique shops, markets and international dining spots. Oh and there’s world-renowned pelican-feeding – yep, fun for all the family.

2. Lakeside Waterfront Apartment

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An aerial view of Lakeside Waterfront Apartment
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Fancy immersing yourself in ocean-whispered tranquillity, A-grade comfort and unrestricted aquatic views as well as magical, sparkling sunrises or sunsets? Book yourself into one of these elegant, well-appointed, spacious apartments. They’re even shaded in tasteful seaside tones to make you feel right at home by the sea. Barbecue facilities beckon you to your balcony, before crashing by the refreshing outdoor pool. All the while there are gentle sea breezes and flocks of birds wheeling by – it’s no wonder twitchers with binoculars like it here. All the expected mod-cons are present and correct, so you’ll not sacrifice downtime for slaving away. And when you want to step out for a change of scenery, the busy, buzzy town is just a leisurely stroll away.

3. Lavender House by the Sea Bed & Breakfast

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A balcony overlooking the ocean at the Lavender House by the Sea Bed and Breakfast
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A matter of steps from the patrolled beach and scenic ocean walks, this place ensures rest and relaxation for body and mind – after all, it’s a luxurious bed and breakfast in an old-fashioned build. The warmth, charm, friendliness and homeliness is immediately enveloping. Start your day with a wholesome full English breakfast – let it digest as you take in the awe-inspiring views from the top-deck outdoor spa, which is also a perfect spot to end your day. If you’re here with the family, consider booking the self-contained two-bedroom apartment – complete with a large spa and fantastic aquatic views from the lounge.

5. Sandy Cove Apartments

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The dining area at the Sandy Cove Apartments
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This modern eight-storey building – with its utter-godsend lift – is tucked neatly behind the main beach and foreshore. Choose luxurious and spacious one, two- or three-bedroom apartments. They’ve got wide balconies and enviable views – the perfect setting for a takeaway dinner. These are spaces for lazing in – just like the bathroom with a spa device to massage away your woes. If exertion is what you need, complete a few laps at the historic ocean baths. If you’re with friends, show off your culinary skills in the fully-equipped kitchen – unless the bunch of you would rather be waited on, so step out for local pub grub and delicious fresh seafood.

6. Ocean Front Motel at the Entrance

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A wooden balcony overlooking the ocean at Ocean Front at The Entrance
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High on a cliff face overlooking pristine rock pools, ocean baths and golden sandy beaches, these 30-odd modern motel rooms have outstanding panoramic private balconies with molten sunrise and sunset views over the ocean at Blue Bay. The on-site Ocean Front Restaurant has winning ways with pan-roasted Tasman sea trout and Empire Bay oysters – you might even see whales and dolphins rippling by as you dine alfresco. The town centre – home to other restaurants and cafes – is an effortless 15-minute stroll away along the scenic ocean boardwalk.

7. El Lago Waters Motel

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The pool area at the El Lago Waters Motel
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Smack in the beating heart of the Entrance – on the promenade – is this cool check-in. Choose between 40 motel rooms, 20 private villas and 70 van spots, all with striking lake views and their own private wharf. Along with this idyllic waterside location, El Lago Waters scores points for value for money and plain-enviable day-to-day living. Splash around in the saltwater pool, have a bash-around on the tennis court or get pampered head to toe in the spa. Not sure what to do in the area? Consult the well-versed tour experts at reception.

8. Two Shores Holiday Village

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The wooden balcony overlooking the ocean at Two Shores Holiday Village
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On the shores of Tuggerah Lake, this attractive find is surrounded by pristine stretches of surf beach and coastal national park. As far as holiday villages go, it’s got an impressive choice of accommodation – everything from simple-but-comfortable self-contained ensuite villas to atmospheric cabins, caravans and camping opportunities. For us, it’s a toss-up between beach lazing and walks among river red gum trees in Wyrrabalong National Park. Back at the ranch, relax in the on-site pool and witness soul-soothing sunrises and sunsets. The resort is also fur-family friendly, so your furry pal doesn’t miss out on the fun. Missing town life? Everything you need is a mere five-minute drive away.

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