What's on at Avoca Beach?
Stay Another Day
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
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 https://www.5landsartstudios.com/
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