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Welcome to Copacabana.

In early European settlement days, Copacabana was originally named Tudibaring, an Aboriginal word meaning ‘place where the waves pound like a beating heart’. To add confusion, the seaside town was also known as Allagai, Judi Barn, Kincumber and Macs until 1954 when Gosford City Council granted permission to name the town Copacabana after the famous beach in Brazil. A popular surfing and swimming beach, Copacabana is situated at the northern end of Macmasters Beach, the two beaches divided by Cochrone Lagoon.

Copacabana is home to a Surf Life Saving Club and the beach is patrolled with people urged to swim between the flags. From late May to early August, humpback whales can be seen frolicking in the waters as they migrate to warmer water. Copacabana features a small shopping strip featuring cafes, bakery, newsagent and chemist. Situated only 90 minutes drive north of Sydney CBD.


Directory: Things to do in Copacabana

Allagai Bay Café (4/202 Del Monte Pl, Copacabana 2251) 4382 6120

Copacabana Newsagency (206 Del Monte Pl, Copacabana 2251) 4382 2442

Copacabana Surf Life Saving Club / Bar Copa (Del Monte Pl, Copacabana 2251)

Copaccino’s Café (216 Del Monte Pl, Copacabana 2251) 4382 6100

Luca’s Chemist (Shop 3/202 Del Monte Pl, Copacabana 2251) 4308 6600

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Featured Copacabana Accommodation


Oceanfront House


Perched high up on the cliff to catch the cool ocean breezes this sunbathed home has been designed with family holidays in mind.

Surf on Copa


Located directly opposite Copacabana beach entrance, and beside the shopping village, Surf on Copa is the quintessential holiday home for families to create wonderful memories.


Seaside Sanctuary @ Kopakawana

This is one of the Central Coast’s hidden gems, with 180-degree ocean views across to Sydney’s city skyline.

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