Avoca Beach was originally settled by Irish army officer John Moore. Moore named the area 'Avoca' from the Irish word meaning "where the river meets the sea". Later the area was exploited for its timber which was transported by tram to a mill at Terrigal via what is now Tramway Road in North Avoca.
The sinking of the frigate HMAS Adelaide for recreational diving use has been a great boost to tourism in the region and along with a beautiful beach and lagoon it's no wonder that Avoca Beach has become a popular retreat for Sydney-siders.
Avoca Beach is currently where my family and I live which making it an extra special place for us on the coast.