Home a few centuries before to coastal Guringai people and the Darkingung people, the Central Coast that you know today is a well-established and well developed part of New South Wales and is very famous for its wonderful surf.
Central Coast History
Explored by the first Europeans in March 1788, the Central Coast became home to the First Fleet which landed at Sydney Cove five weeks prior. The small party of officers and marines were led by Governor Arthur Phillip who realised that for the settlement to survive, they needed to discover adequate supplies of food and water. Sure enough after some thorough searching, they found the food and water sources that they needed, and the rest, as they say, was history.
It was in the 1820s that the settlement of the district grew in earnest, with timber and shipbuilding as the main industries. And as the timber-getters cleared the land, those areas which had suitable climate and soil quality became farms. However, since there were very few land routes going to Sydney, visitors to the area had a hard time travelling to and from the Central Coast. Travel was mainly done by ship.
When the railway, however, was completed in 1887, it opened the Central Coast to tourists by providing them with a means to travel easily to the Central Coast. Because of this, large numbers of tourists travelled to enjoy fishing, hunting and sightseeing. This was also the time when guests houses were built for those who were staying overnight or on their holiday vacations. The railway also promoted the growth of other industries.
As the years passed, roads and highways were built connecting Central Coast to the rest of Sydney, making it even easier for travellers to get to their favourite spots. This also led to the urbanisation in the area, thanks to the another surge of industry growth and careful State planning.
Avoca Beach History
The famous surfing and holiday resort area, Avoca Beach, is located along the coastline which stretches from The Entrance to MacMasters Beach. Named from the Celtic word meaning “Great Estuary”, the now residential coastline area, is very famous as the go-to place for Sydney’s more discerning travellers and holidaymakers.
Originally occupied by the Awabakel people, the area first saw its white settlers in 1830 when Irish Army Officer John Moore received the first European land grant. His lot, which was a total of 640 acres in all, was named Avoca. Now, its wooded hills and white sand beaches are a must-see when you’re visiting the Central Coast.
The Central Coast is indeed a great place to spend your vacation when you want to relax under the sun, enjoy some great surfing, meet the locals and other visitors, and just have a good time entirely.