Best Things to do in Budgewoi
Discover the best local attractions and things to do in Budgewoi. Situated on the Northern end of the NSW Central Coast with stunning lakes and beaches at your disposal. Budgewoi is an aboriginal name meaning “Meeting of Two Waters”, as it’s where Budgewoi Lake and Lake Munmorah adjoins. This beachside suburb is an ideal location for families and retirees wanting the best of both. Providing a coastal lifestyle but still within easy access to the M1.
The lakeside suburb of Budgewoi offers many attractions for both locals and tourists alike. Ride your bike along Budgewoi lake walking track, go fishing at Jewfish point, head down to the beach for a swim or simply eat and drink your way through Budgewoi’s hospitality venues. Discover the best things to do in Budgewoi this weekend!
Budgewoi Things to Do
There are plenty of things to do in Budgewoi, especially if you’re on a budget. Some of the best things to discover in the area are actually free! Explore your own backyard, plan a day trip or stay for the entire weekend. This holiday hotspot attracts the likes of tourists, especially during the summer months. Head down to Makenzie’s Reserve for a picnic in the sun with play equipment to keep the kids entertained. Take a stroll over the Budgewoi Footbridge to Dunkey Island, known as one of the most romantic places in Budgewoi. The footbridge is iconic for the area, especially during Summer with kids jumping off into the water below.
Budgewoi Dog Beach
If getting salty and sandy is your thing, there are so many great beaches nearby. Budgewoi dog beach is popular among locals and their furry friends. The entirety of Budgewoi beach is off-leash with stunning views from the south end of Norah Head lighthouse and northeast views of Bird Island. Over the years, the beachfront has washed away with king tides. It’s now a steep walk down to the ocean however this doesn’t deter the fisherman or dogs. It can be tricky to swim here unless you are confident in the water. For a safer option, head a kilometre north to enjoy the patrolled Lakes Beach.
If you’re wanting to swim, keep in mind that Budgewoi Beach is only patrolled by lifeguards during the summer school holidays. Lakes Beach is a great swimming beach and is patrolled by the local surf lifesavers. There is also an incredible cafe here with delicious milkshakes, hot chips with chicken salt and amazing coffee. The best part about Lakes Beach Budgewoi is its accessibility and inclusion for all. Beach wheelchairs are available, with ramps and wheelchair friendly facilities.
Fishermen and watersport enthusiasts love the area, as they have two lakes and a beach to choose from. Access both Lake Munmorah or Budgewoi Lake from the boat ramp on either side of the bridge in Budgewoi. Enjoy the newly built jetty along Budgewoi Creek, here you can moor your boat, grab a bite to eat or simply grab some fishing supplies from Budgewoi Marine Sports. For more serious fishing, cast a line from the beachfront at Jewfish point or along the Budgewoi channel. If you’re wanting to deepsea fish, the closest beachfront boat ramp is in Norah Head, right next to the rockpool.
The folk of Budgewoi are lucky enough to have the most amazing bike path on the Central Coast. Starting at Noraville roundabout this bike/walking path goes along the foreshore of Budgewoi Lake all the way to Charmhaven Bridge. Discover parks and playgrounds for the kids, long jetty’s, places to picnic and homemade swings along the way.
Budgewoi comes alive in the summer months as it’s a popular holiday destination, especially for Sydneysiders. Halekulani Bowling Club and the Coast Hotel Budgewoi often have live music and entertainment every Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer. See the upcoming Budgewoi events happening over Summer below.
Pub, Clubs & Restaurants
Discover the best local venues in Budgewoi this weekend. For a small town, you have a great variety of choices. Such as Kazza’s Cafe to La Bocca Pizzeria, there is something to suit every palate. Eat and drink your way through the best Budgewoi Pubs and restaurants this summer.
The Coast Hotel or Budgie Pub to locals is an iconic Budgewoi fixture. Boasting a massive rubber tree that was planted years ago, it now shades the entire beer garden and street surrounds. Enjoy live music playing every weekend, pool tables, TAB, beer garden, bottle shop and your classic pub grub. The fireplace is a welcome addition during the colder months, providing relief from the weather.
The Olive Tree Brassiere is located above the Budgewoi Pub. It’s a great restaurant overlooking the streets and lake below with wide-open windows in summer catching the ocean breeze. Featuring Tapas, woodfire pizza and modern Mediterranean cuisine, the Olive Tree has a great atmosphere and accommodates large groups.
Halekulani Bowling Club
Halekulani Bowling Club offers all the essentials, including Barefoot bowls, from just $12 per person. This is extremely popular during the summer months as many businesses have their work Christmas Party. Ohana Restaurant is located inside Budgewoi Pub, serving your favourite Aussie pub classics for lunch or dinner. Enjoy delicious burgers, slow-cooked ribs, chicken schnitty, or a juicy steak, cooked to order with your choice of side.
Budgewoi Soccer Club
Budgewoi Soccer Club is actually located in the next suburb over which is Buff Point. This is a licenced venue with a great sports bar, great Malaysian food and fantastic playing fields. Grab a schooner and watch the soccer from the outdoor entertaining area and courtesy bus it home.
If it’s Pizza you’re after then Budgewoi has a few to choose from. La Bocca Woodfire Pizzeria in Budgewoi Circle, serves fantastic pizza right on the water of Budgewoi Creek. Watch the pelicans wander past and enjoy the whole alfresco experience. Budgewoi Pizza Pit is a family run business, originally located in Lane Cove until 1972 before moving to its current location in 1980. A giant fish tank welcomes you upon entry, with their famous half-price pizza nights on Tuesday and Thursday.
This little town is also lucky enough to have two great Thai restaurants. Ocean Thai is really authentic and has the best chicken cashew nut stir fry this side of Sydney. A super busy little takeaway, phone ahead and put your order in and it will be ready in 20 minutes.
Cafes & Take Away Food
Kazza’s Kebabs offers delicious takeaway food and has been in business for over 25 years. It’s still in the same spot as today, you can’t go wrong. No beachside suburb is complete without the fish and chips shop and there are a few around. Munchies has been around for about 35 years and once was the spot of pinball machines and 20 bikes and surfboard out the front while locals waited for their hot chips and pumpkin scallops. Today the pinball machines have gone but the chips are thick and the calamari fresh.
Riverside Seafood and Ocean Blues, both in Budgewoi Circle have the freshest fish and the old ticket system and a great place to the side on the jetty nearby, shooing away the seagulls and watching the boats go by. Health Spot Cafe located right next to the Gym is where you go for fabulous smoothies, juices, healthy buddha bowls and gluten-free slices.
Accommodation in Budgewoi
Looking for a place to rest your head at night? Accommodation in Budgewoi is limited, with only two places to stay; Budgewoi Caravan Park or the Hibiscus Hotel. If you’re searching for a budget option, the Hibiscus Lakeside Motel has rooms from $120 per night. There are plenty of local AirBnB’s in the area too, especially spotted along the Budgewoi and Lake Munmorah foreshore.
Budgewoi Caravan Park
Your best family-friendly option is Budgewoi Caravan Park on Lake Munmorah. This popular holiday hotspot is located next to Mackenzie Reserve, situated between Budgewoi Beach and beautiful Lake Munmorah. Located within walking distance to cafes, pubs, beaches & more, with an onsite pool and jumping pillow to keep the kids entertained. Stay in a self-contained cabin, pitch a tent or bring the caravan to your powered, unpowered and ensuite site.
Hair & Beauty
Hair and beauty are essential for any local suburb. Am I right or am I right ladies? The options in Budgewoi have increased over the years, catering to everything from nails to lashes, massages to beauty and everything in between. In total there are six hairdressers, from old school barbers to chic salons like Peachies, who’ve been operating locally for the past 10 years. You don’t need to visit Lake Haven to get your nails done, just visit Nails by Belle located in Budgwoi Circle next to Dominos.
Health & Fitness
Budgewoi caters to fitness and health fanatics, with local gyms, performance and nutrition stores and health food cafes. New Body Fitness is the only gym in Budgewoi, run by locals Kelly and Mick. It’s open 24/7, with dedicated cardio, weights and group fitness rooms, plus a creche to look after the little ones while you workout. Pinnacle Performance owned by local, Tyson Mah offers advice in sports nutrition, protein powders, clothing, vitamins and general health. Body Balance Physiotherapy and Pilates caters to both disciplines for over 20 years, with amazing reformer Pilates classes daily.
It’s the small local shops that keep Budgewoi alive, especially during the colder months. Dave at Stockade Meats has been in business for over 30 years, even with Coles located just a few hundred metres away. Discover the local bakery, post office, petrol station, newsagents, ATMs and dress shop. We always encourage visits to buy and support locals, to keep this special part of the NSW Central Coast alive.