Umina Beach is a suburb within the Central Coast Council local government area on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia. By road, it is 85 kilometres (53 mi) north of the Sydney CBD and 111 kilometres (69 mi) south of the Newcastle CBD.
Umina Beach is locally known on the Central Coast as being on 'The Peninsula' (or ‘Woy Woy Peninsula'). A natural peninsula that includes the towns of Umina Beach, Woy Woy, Blackwall, Booker Bay and Ettalong Beach. The main street, West Street, is the retail centre of The Peninsula with key national brands represented through Coles, Woolworths, Aldi and Bunnings.
The suburb of Umina Beach officially begins where Woy Woy and Blackwall end - at Veron Road and Gallipoli Avenue.
Umina Beach is the most populated suburb on the Central Coast.
Umina Beach has one unbroken sand shoreline that has been divided in name only: Umina Beach (south western section) and Ocean Beach (north eastern section). Both beaches have their own Surf Life Saving Club (refer to Sports Clubs section). The only other type of shoreline is located at Umina Point (Mt Ettalong), a Hawkesbury Sandstone headland that adjoins the south western end of Umina Beach.
Umina Beach is geographically located on the north side of Broken Bay at the river mouth of Hawkesbury River. The formation of Umina Beach and 'The Peninsula' is due to sand deposition that has been influenced by (and not limited to) climatic conditions, soil-binding flora, Hawkesbury Sandstone formations (e.g.; Box Head, Barrenjoey and Umina Point), wave patterns and tidal amplitude from the Tasman Sea, Hawkesbury River and Brisbane Water.
The Woy Woy and Umina district was home to the Guringai Australian Aboriginal tribe. This tribe stretched from the north side of Port Jackson, north through Pittwater, Broken Bay and Brisbane Water, to the southern end of Lake Macquarie.
European entry to the region was first recorded in March 1788 when Governor Arthur Phillip landed with a party at Ettalong Beach. In June 1789, a more thorough investigation of Brisbane Water was conducted. A rest stop was made at Ettalong Beach before the group passed through 'The Rip' (a dangerous passage leading into Brisbane Water). On return, the party camped at Ettalong Beach before sailing to Dangar Island in the Hawkesbury River.
The first land subdivision occurred in 1914 which led to the current commercial and residential centre. Umina Beach celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014.
Opened on 3 February 1956, Umina Public School's population approximates 800 students and 50 staff. It currently has 29 classes from kindergarten to year 6.
Umina Beach town centre is represented by the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce which is affiliated with the NSW Business Chamber. The town centre is serviced by Woolworths, Coles, Bunnings Hardware, Aldi Supermarkets and McDonald's, along with a number of local shops, takeaway restaurants and cafes, including the multi-award winning Bremen Patisserie on West street. The town is also serviced by a number of medical and specialist practices, the Umina branch of the Central Coast Library, and two service stations.
Umina Beach is well serviced by regular bus services (Busways) with connections to Woy Woy Rail Station and Gosford. The town centre is easily accessed with an efficient grid system of connecting roads with primary access from Ocean Beach Road, West Street and Barrenjoey Road. Substantial car parking facilities adjacent to the town centre contribute to its success as a retail hub.
- Peninsula Community Access News, fortnightly free distribution within the 2256 and 2257 postcode areas.
- Central Coast Express Advocate, published by News Limited's Cumberland Courier Newspapers, is distributed free every Wednesday & Friday.
- Central Coast Sun Weekly was last published on 30 April 2009.
Commercial licences covering Umina Beach are:
|Call Sign||On-Air Identification||Frequency||Licensee||Parent Company||Notes|
|2CCC||2CCC||96.3||Central Coast Community FM Radio Association Inc.||-|
|2CFM||2CFM SEA FM||101.3||Central Coast Pty Ltd||Southern Cross Media|
|2GGO||2GGO||107.1||Central Coast Radio Pty Ltd||Southern Cross Media|
|2GOS||Star FM||104.5||Gorford FM Radio Pty Ltd||DMG Radio Australia|
|2SNR||Radio Five-O-Plus||93.3||Five-O-Plus Public Radio Association Inc.||-|
|2CCM||Today's Country 94one||94.1||Coast Community Broadcasters Inc.||-|
|2CCH||Hits N Country||94.1||Central Coast Broadcasters Ltd||-||Ceased operations 21 November 2007|
Analogue FM and AM signals can be received from Sydney and Newcastle. As a result, Umina Beach is located within the most saturated radio market in Australia.
- Club Umina RSL Bowls Club is located in Melbourne Avenue, Umina Beach, within the Club Umina complex. Membership is available to ex and existing Servicemen of the Australian Defence Force and its allies who are financial members of both Club Umina and either Full or Associate Members of Merrylands RSL Club Sub-Branch.
- Ocean Beach Malibu Club.
- Ocean Beach Surf Life Saving Club is located at the southern end of Trafalgar Avenue, Umina Beach.
- Ocean Beach Surfers Association.
- Umina Beach "Bunnies" Rugby League Football Club is based at Umina Oval and play on the Col Gooley Field. The club is affiliated with the Central Coast Division of Country Rugby League (refer also to Country Rugby League) within the New South Wales Rugby League. The Bunnies team sheet has included Australian Kangaroos experience: Mark Geyer in 1993 and Cliff Lyons as Captain-Coach in 2001.
- Umina Boardriders.
- Umina "Bunnies" Junior Rugby League Football Club is based at Umina Oval and play on the Col Gooley Field. The club is affiliated with the Central Coast Division Junior Rugby League which is part of the Central Coast Division of Country Rugby League (refer also to Country Rugby League) within the New South Wales Rugby League.
- Umina Beach "Bunnies" Netball Club are emotionally linked to Umina Junior Rugby League Football Club and do not have a physical presence in Umina Beach. The club conducts committee meetings at Woy Woy Leagues Club, Blackwall Road, Woy Woy, has a postal address in Ettalong Beach and plays in the Woy Woy Peninsula Netball Associations competition, located in Lagoon Street, Ettalong Beach.
- Umina Beach Surf Life Saving Club is located at the southern end of Ocean Beach Road, Umina Beach.
- Umina "Devils" Cricket Club is based at Umina Oval and has 2 cricket fields. The main cricket field, Field 1, is located on the eastern side of the oval, on Col Gooley Field, and has multiple grass pitches. Field 2 is located on the western side of the oval and has one artificial cricket pitch. The club caters for both senior and junior players from 5 years of age.
- The Umina cup annual is a fathers vs sons soccer game at Umina beach holiday park. This game has been played 3 times and has been won by the sons all 3 times.
- Umina United "Eagles" Soccer Club is based at Umina Oval. The club caters for both senior and junior players from 5 years of age. The club is affiliated with Central Coast Football.
- Woy Woy Peninsula Little Athletics Centre is based at McEvoy Oval. The club is affiliated with Central Coast Little Athletics. The club caters for junior athletes from 6 years of age.
Umina Beach is known as the home of "Upball"
- Umina Community Group The Umina Community Group is committed to improving Umina Beach by providing a unified voice to lobby the Central Coast Council and government bodies. Umina Beach is a growing community, along with its many visitors, this means improvements to local infrastructure and services in Umina Beach and Ocean Beach are essential to allow Umina Beach to thrive as a modern coastal community.
- Umina Beach Men's Shed The Men's Shed. This is a place where members of the community of all different life experiences come together at their own pace, share skills, swap ideas, solve problems and be involved in projects for the benefit of the community.
- Belinda Emmett (1974–2006), actress and singer, grew up in Umina Beach.
- Eric Worrell MBE (1924–1987), zoologist and writer.
- Dane Searls, (1988-2011) BMX rider.
- James_Harrison_(blood_donor), OAM Anti-D Vaccine blood donor.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Umina Beach (ocean beach)(State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
- "Umina Beach". Destination NSW. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
- Pratt, Eileen Placenames of the Central Coast: origins and meanings, B.W.H.S. (Gosford 1978)
- History of Woy Woy at Gosford City Council
- Umina Public School Official website
- Brisbane Water Secondary College Official website
- Peninsula News Official website
- Cumberland Courier Newspapers Archived 28 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine Official website
- List of newspapers in Australia Wikipedia
- ACMA Commercial & Community Radio Broadcasters Archived 22 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine Official website
- Coast FM 96.3 Official website
- Sea FM 101.3 Official website
- 2GO Official website
- Star FM 104.5 Official website
- Radio Five-O-Plus Official website
- Official website
- ACMA Media Release Official website
- Digital Radio Plus Official website
- Digital Radio in Australia Wikipedia
- Gosford City Council Grounds and Seasonal Activities Official website
- Gosford City Council Tennis Courts Official website
- Umina Beach Bowling Club Ltd Official website
- Ocean Beach Malibu Club Official website
- Ocean Beach Surf Life Saving Club Official website
- Ocean Beach Surfers Association Official website
- Umina Beach Rugby League Football Club Official website
- Gosford City Council Media Release "Col Gooley Field official opening" Official website
- Central Coast Division Rugby League Official website
- Umina Boardriders Official website
- Umina Junior Rugby League Football Club Official website
- Central Coast Division Junior Rugby League Official website
- Umina Beach Netball Club Official website
- Umina Beach "Bunnies" Netball Club Registration & Club Information Official website
- Woy Woy Peninsula Netball Associations Official website Netball NSW
- Umina Beach Surf Life Saving Club Official website
- Umina Cricket Club Official website
- Umina United Soccer Club Official website
- Central Coast Football Official website
- Central Coast Little Athletics Official website
- Woy Woy Peninsula Little Athletics Centre Official website
- Umina Community Group Official website
- Umina Beach Men's Shed Official website