What's on at Copacabana?
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!
• At the southern end of the Copacabana Surf Club
• Upstairs in the Copacabana Surf Club
The History of Copacabana
In early European settlement days, Copacabana was known by residents as Tudibaring (an Aboriginal word meaning
"where the waves pound like a beating heart"). It was also known as Judi Barn,
Allagai (Aboriginal word meaning "a place of snakes"), Kincumber and Macs.
In 1954 Gosford Shire Council granted permission to create the subdivision and developers named it
Copacabana after the world famous Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It's also the location,
on Lake Titicaca, of the tomb of Bolivia's patron saint - Our Lady of Copacabana.
The locals call their vibrant community "Copa" and it's centered around the Surf Club, nearby cafes
and shops. With great surf, safe swimming in the northern rock pool and Cockrone Lagoon, it's a
great place to live and to visit.