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PEARL BEACH - Incomparable !

About Pearl Beach

It is recorded that Pearl Beach (believed to have been officially named in 1921) was first visited on the 2nd March, 1792 when Governor Arthur Phillip made an expedition by water to inspect land in the large bay (so named Broken Bay after the broken appearance of the surrounding land) mentioned in the chronicles of Captain James Cook.  Landfall was not made by Capt. Phillip's expedition as although the natives appeared friendly, their numbers discouraged him and that night slept in their long boat. It is popularly believed that in 1928, a Mr Clive Staples , developed and subdivided the area and offered the land for sale as the "Pearl Beach Estate". Almost all of the village streets are named after a gem stone.

Getting to Pearl Beach

GPS co-ordinates -   33°32'31"S   151°18'29"E

Visitors to Pearl Beach can travel via various means of transport and routes...

By road from the Sydney (approx. 95 Kilometres - travel time approx. 60 to 90 minutes);

  • • Travel to Hornsby and then, via the Toll-free Sydney-Newcastle - M1 Pacific Motorway (formerly F3) towards Newcastle
  • • Crossing over the Hawkesbury Bridge and the Mooney Mooney Bridge. After crossing the Mooney Mooney Bridge and up the hill, travel in the left lane and take the next exit on the left – Kariong Interchange
  • • On entering the Kariong interchange exit, sign post indicates - "Gosford, Woy Woy, Terrigal, Pacific Hwy. and Route 83"
  • • Keep in the right lane; at the third set of traffic lights (just past the Shell service station) turn to the right into Woy Woy Road
  • • Follow Woy Woy Road for about 13-kilometres (mostly 80-kph) until you cross the main northern railway line at a boom-gate crossing
  • • Proceed straight ahead to the roundabout (there's a Shell and a BP service station at roundabout intersection), turn to the right onto Ocean Beach Road
  • • Follow Ocean Beach Road until the next roundabout; turn right (McDonald's on the left and there’s another Shell service station on right) and onto Sydney Avenue
  • The sign post reads - "Pearl Beach, Patonga"
  • • Follow Sydney Road (later, becomes Mt.Ettalong Road) as it winds around the back of Ocean Beach, bear left at another small roundabout and continue on towards the head land. Mt.Ettalong Road becomes Patonga Drive
  • There is a hair-pin bend; continue to the top of the hill past the water reservoir entrance on your left
  • • Take the next turning on the left. This is Pearl Beach Drive where the sign post (erected on the right side of the road, says "Pearl Beach"
  • Follow Pearl Beach Drive to the bottom of the hill; a give-way sign is at the intersection of Diamond Road

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By Rail from Sydney, take Inter-City rail services from Central or Strathfield Stations to Woy Woy.

Bus services operate from Woy Woy Station via Umina and Ettalong.

Taxis are also available from Woy Woy Station.

Speed Limit

50 Kilometres per hour in Pearl BeachWhilst holiday maker's and visitors to Pearl Beach are warmly welcomed, it should be remembered that the speed limit in the village is 50 kilometres per hour.

Unnecessary vehicle noise is not appreciated or legal and unmarked Police vehicles continually patrol the area, more especially during holiday periods.

Drivers should be alert at all times for pedestrians and bicycle riders using the by-ways of Pearl Beach, especially being on the look-out for small children and the elderly.

Pearl Beach Facilities

Beach Access YES

Easy access to beach at several locations

Dogs on Beach YES

Dogs are permitted on beach - see permitted ares below.

Dogs on Beach NO

Dogs are NOT permitted in the Crommelin Native Arboretum -
exception: visually impaired person/s with a guide dog.

Surf Beach YES

Safe swimming beach subject to sea conditions. Parental supervision advocated

Ocean Pool YES

Renovated Rock Pool at southern end of beach

Non-Patrolled Beach NO

Pearl Beach is NOT a Lifesaver patrolled beach

NO Medical Assistance NO

Medical facilities are not available

Boat Ramp NO

There is no Boat Ramp

Kite Flying YES

Kite flying permitted

Playground YES

Modern, safe children's play area

Public Toilets / Change Area YES

Public Toilets serve also as change area

Beach Showers YES

Beach showers provided - Central Coast Water restrictions apply

Picnic Tables YES

Benches and Picnic Tables provided

Picnic Barbeques NO

On-site Picnic Barbeques are not provided

Refuse Bins YES

Refuse Bins provided at most beach access points

Fires on Beach NO

Fires at any time are NOT PERMITTED

Parking YES

Parking spaces available on Pearl Parade

Camping NO

Camping facilities do not exist. Camping on the beach is prohibited

Motorhomes NO

Parking and/or on-site facilites are not provided or exist

Caravans NO

Parking and/or on-site facilites are not provided or exist

Bicycles NO

Bicycles NOT permitted in the Crommelin Native Arboretum.

Food Outlets YES

Restaurant and Café - see General / Where to Eat

Dogs on Pearl Beach

Pets in Pearl BeachYour pets are welcome to holiday in our part of paradise.
Obeying the Council posted signs for the exercising of dogs is appreciated as is the collection of your pets droppings for disposal in the Council provided orange-lidded bins located at the northern Coral Crescent beach entrance/exit, the Agate Avenue beach entrance/exit and at the Amenities pavillion at Pearl Parade opposite Amethyst Avenue.

These small considerations will ensure everyone enjoys the beauty of Pearl Beach.

Gosford City Council Rangers randomly patrol the beach and heavy fines may be issued for failure to comply with the posted dog exercising ordinance signs.

Dog exercise area map...    Pearl Beach Bush Fire Muster Point   Click image to enlarge

Pearl Beach Neighbourhood Watch

™ Neighbourhood Watch logo

New Co-ordinator for Pearl Beach - Cathy and Peter Talty.

Cathy and Peter Talty moved to the community of Pearl Beach as permanent residents in 2005.

The Neighbourhood Watch programme is to support the total community - residents, holiday house owners, and of course, holiday makers so that Pearl Beach is a safer place.

Pearl Beach residents and visitors alike are encouraged to continue their vigilance and report any observed or perceived threats to persons or property to the appropriate Emergency Service by phone to -Tel:   0 0 0   or   1 1 2   (from GSM Mobile phones)

For more information about Pearl Beach Neighborhood Watch, contact Pearl Beach co-ordinator -
Cathy TaltyTel:   02 4342 4578 or Email: Pearl Beach Neighbourhood Watch


Bush Fire
This information also appears on the ABOUT Pearl Beach page

Bush Fire AlertPearl Beach is surrounded by the Brisbane Waters National Park which is an ever present threat for bush fires. Although rare, Pearl Beach is not immune from such occurances. Being aware of this and what precautions to take to prevent and deal with bush fires is essentional knowledge for resident and visitor alike.

Please be aware of the following -


TEL: 0 0 0 to Report ALL Fires  OR Tel:    112    (GSM Mobile phones)



Pearl Beach Bush Fire Muster Point
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™ RFS logo

BUSH FIRE "What to do" CHECKLIST ...

Click here to view Checklist

Upon entering the village via Pearl Beach Drive, you will observe the local BUSH FIRE WARNING sign erected adjacent to the intersection of Pearl Beach Drive and Diamond Road. During the summer months this sign is updated daily or as required in response to any current bushfire threat.

This what the sign looks like... Bush Fire Danger Warning SignClick image to enlarge

This is what it means... Bush Fire Danger Warning Sign Click image to enlarge

Bush Fire Warning Advices

When a Bush Fire Alert is advised, bush fire warning advices will be transmitted on local radio stations. A wise precaution is to have a portable AM/FM radio (with fresh batteries installed) to listen to such bulletins.

ABC Central Coast 92.5 Mhz will broadcast Emergency bulletins, usually preceeded by the Standard Emergency Warning Signal.

Warning Siren
Click 'Play' button to hear siren.

See also - ABC Emergency and 92.5 ABC Central Coast for more information.


Act now! Take a Bush Fire Household Assessment NOW - click here

General Business only...

™ NSW Fire Brigade logoNSW Fire Brigade.  55 Trafalgar Street, Umina.    Tel:  4344 6293   

RFS Information Tel: 1800 679 737

Local Fire Control Centre. Kariong.   Tel:  02 4340 2911

Pearl Beach Volunteer Bush fire Brigade.    36 Emerald Avenue, Pearl Beach. NSW 2256

This selfless organisation keeps one and all safe at all times during the year but, more especially, during the summer bush fire season.

Donations are most welcome to assist this group maintain and update equipment thus ensuring  us, our loved one's and pets, and our property safety.

Monthly meeting is held at 1930 hrs (7:30pm) on the second Tuesday of each month at - 36 Emerald Avenue, Pearl Beach.

Volunteer Training - 1930 hrs (7:30pm) every Tuesday evening at -
36 Emerald Avenue, Pearl Beach.

Current contact - Secretary/Training Officer & Senior Deputy Captain -  Email
Postal Address - P.O. Box 3, Pearl Beach. NSW 2257


For further information about Pearl Beach - see General Information


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