Fine views at Tuscany on the Beach.

Fine views at Tuscany on the Beach.

Central Coast, NSW

108-110 The Esplanade, Ettalong Beach

Phone: 0414 803 888

Web: tuscanyonthebeach.com

The Location The quaint seaside community of Ettalong Beach will stir up happy memories of childhood holidays. Nestled at the meeting point of Broken Bay and Brisbane Water on the Central Coast, it's a 90-minute drive north of Sydney. If you want to leave the car behind and take the scenic route, the ferry from Palm Beach is a picturesque alternative.

The place Positioned opposite Ettalong Beach, Tuscany on the Beach affords an undisturbed view of Lion Island, Pittwater and beyond. Inspired by its Italian namesake, the stylish apartments feature sun-drenched private balconies and a generous living space, making them an ideal choice for couples, families and small groups.

The experience The beauty of Ettalong Beach lies in its simplicity. It has no traffic and zero pretence making it an irresistible location in which to recharge spent batteries. With the serene water just across the road, spend your days fishing from the water's edge, swimming or taking a relaxing walk along the shoreline.

Don't miss For an olde worlde vibe visit Ettalong Markets (every weekend at 189 Ocean View Road) and see the community transformed from quiet village to bustling bazaar. Its cobbled walkways become the busiest thoroughfare in town and just try leaving that market empty handed!

Need to know

Cost: from $300 per night.

Where: 85km (1.5 hours' drive) north of Sydney.

Children: Yes.

Pets: No.

Wheelchair access: Limited.