A NSW Top Tourism Town Finalist

Welcome to Toukley

Category: population under 5,000 residents.
Voting open from 09:00 Friday 7 May 2021 till 17:00 Friday 14 May 2021 AEST.
Members of the public may only lodge one vote for one town in each category.
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It’s a special feeling reserved for seasoned travellers to discover a hidden gem before the crowds do

Cool cafes, warm smiles, water sports, bushwalks, national park beaches, rockpools, a lighthouse to rival Byron Bay and an incredible new waterfront wining and dining venue. It’s time you took a weekend to tour Toukley.

The growing coastal community of Toukley is just 90 minutes’ drive north of Sydney, or one hour south of Newcastle. With a superbly convenient location, staycation potential is high. Framed by two lakes, unspoiled ocean shores like hidden Hargraves Beach, The Rockpool at Norah Head, and the protected red gum forest of North Wyrrabalong National Park – Toukley is your springboard for enjoying a slice of everything the Central Coast can offer. 

Meander through Toukley’s easily navigable town centre and play connect the dots with unique local shops including modern cafés, craft barbers, coastal homewares boutiques, garden centre, plus bicycle and surfboard outlets. 

Fancy a day on the green before exploring the big blue? Tee up at Toukley Golf Club, an 18-hole championship course perched on the picturesque bushland of Budgewoi Lake. It’s also home to breeding sites for the magnificent eagle (naturally the Club’s logo), so expect birdies all round.





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For water sports venture toward the foreshores of Tuggerah Lake and Budgewoi Lake for fishing, water-skiing, wind-surfing, SUPing, canoeing and kayaking, with local operators on hand for your hiring needs. Anglers can hook everything from whiting to snapper, jewfish to flounder and the foreshore’s free public BBQs provide one of the best locations for a sunset seafood feast. Witness peach, coral, pink and violet hues – you won’t be disappointed by the magic of Tuggerah Lakes at dusk.

The name ‘Toukley’ originates from the local Indigenous language phrase 'toukley ouckley', meaning 'rough on one side, smooth on the other', describing its neighbouring lakes. This town has a talent for word play, with several of its popular cafés named purely to make you smile. 

Morning coffee at Rise Mofo? This peek-a-boo roadside café delivers a fresh, simple menu plus a Gram-worthy mandala wall mural by local artist Ange Elder, happily stating ‘You’re always the best part of my day’. Where Pandora Parade meets Main Road you’ll also find I’m Running Latte for a friendly laugh and lunch, next door to Toukley’s beautiful greenhouse for the indoor jungle enthusiast, Noraville Green. 

Perhaps one of the finest spots to sample the rising eat, drink, stay and play potential of Toukley is its newest addition, The Beachie, a sophisticated waterfront venue revitalised into a seaside Hamptons hangout. Reserve a sunset cabana overlooking the lake to enjoy live music, woodfired pizza and try their signature ‘Beachie Le Sands’ cocktail. Book a boutique guestroom to awake revived for the next day’s adventures, whether they involve beach, bush or even a historic lighthouse, all minutes from your doorstep.

Voting open from 9:00 AEST, Friday 7 May 2021
to 17:00, Friday 14 May 2021. 

Members of the public may only lodge one vote for one town in each category. Subsequent votes by the same voter will be excluded from consideration.  See full Terms & Conditions


Three days in Toukley

Too much fun in Toukley 

Thanks to Toukley's waterfront position, there's rafts of things to do here, especially along the foreshore and out on the lake.

Dot your day with delicious foodie stops, including ultimate brunch hubs, cantinas and a local craft beer bar. By basing your day around the Main Road of Toukley, you won't need to travel far to have a good time. 



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