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Avoca Beach

What's on at Avoca Beach?

The vibrant youth culture of the Central Coast is worth celebrating! At Copacabana each year, art and photography exhibitions of works by High School and Primary Schools from the 5 Lands area are featured as well as great live music featuring emerging artists alongside some seasoned performers in the Girrakool Blues Festival Band Challenge. Copa locals connect with the broader community to bring an exciting multicultural program as well, and as you journey northwards to Captain Cook lookout, echoing the migration of the whales, hear some expert storytelling about the habits of the humpbacks!

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History of Avoca

​Avoca Beach is named after the Irish village, Avoca, in County Wicklow, famous as the location for the filming of the TV series Ballykissangel. The name means "great estuary" or "where the river meets the sea". Interestingly, "Bulbararong", the Aboriginal name for this bay, has a similar meaning.

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, live at Terrigal.

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