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Avoca Beach

What's on at Avoca Beach?

Avoca Beach celebrates the 5 Lands Walk each year with art and music. The Connections art exhibition in the Surf Club, live music on the Bulbararing Stage in Hunter Park and the Ephemera exhibition of sculptural installations on the beach are regular fixtures. Stroll around the Community Fair, sit and enjoy the music or get up and dance! Or you can venture to the sand and watch surfers dance with the waves and enjoy the artworks. If you love fine art, you’ll be happy upstairs at the Surf Club with beautiful live music setting the atmosphere as you wander in wonder through the exhibition.

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Stay Another Day

Why go home on Saturday night after the 5 Lands Walk? There’s plenty to do on the Sunday, so stay another day!

5 Lands Words

The Central Coast is home to artists of all kinds, and the 5 Lands Walk is proud to promote the literary arts with 5 Lands Words. Writers present their works to an audience with an opportunity to meet the authors and discuss their works.

5 Lands Walk Art Studios

An art trail held from 10am until 2pm on the Sunday following the 5 Lands Walk. Visit artists in their studios! Details available on

And check out the 5 Lands Art Trail website, which features some of the experienced artists who participate annually in the 5 Lands Walk exhibitions. These artists open their studios several times a year so you can meet them in their own space and find out how they make art!


• Across the road on the Eastern end of the Avoca Beach Surf Club
• Upstairs in the Avoca Beach Surf Club

History of Avoca

​The Aboriginal people of this area named Avoca Beach “Bulbararong”, which means where the waters meet the sea. The British settlers called it “Avoca Beach”, named after the Irish village, Avoca, in County Wicklow, famous as the location for the filming of the TV series Ballykissangel. Interestingly, the name means "great estuary" or "where the river meets the sea".

Bulbararong was a popular gathering place for the Aboriginal people before white settlement. In the place now known as Hunter Park, is the site of a midden, which provides evidence of a feasting place. So perhaps it's no surprise that today this ancient gathering place hosts both the Picture Theatre and the Surf Club, twin hubs of community life at Avoca Beach.

In 1830, 640 acres were granted to Irish army officer John Moore. who built a house opposite Avoca Lake and planted vines, cereals and fruit trees. Timber was later felled from the area and was transported by tram to a mill at Terrigal via what is now Tramway Road in North Avoca. Citrus and banana crops were also grown.

Avoca Beach today is a busy coastal resort village with cafés and restaurants, safe swimming and surfing. It's especially notable for its active artistic community, many of whom will be exhibiting in the Connections exhibition upstairs in the Surf Club, showing their sculptures in the Ephemera exhibition on the beach or painting outdoors, for Art in the Open.

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