About

“We acknowledge and respect the First Australians as the original caretakers of this Land – Copacabana”

In early European settlement days, Copacabana was known by residents as Tudibaring (an Aboriginal word meaning “where the waves pound like a beating heart”). It was also known as Judi Barn, Allagai (Aboriginal word meaning “a place of snakes”), Kincumber and Macs.

In 1954 Gosford Shire Council granted permission to create the subdivision and developers named it Copacabana after the world famous Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The locals call this vibrant community “Copa” and it’s centered around the Surf Club, nearby cafes and shops. With great surf, safe swimming in the northern rock pool and Cockrone Lagoon, it’s a great place to live and to visit.

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Aerial View (nearmap.com)

Early Copa (Early Copacabana)

About Copacabana, NSW:

Copacabana is a suburb located on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia, as part of the City of Gosford local government area. Copacabana is situated at the northern end of Macmasters Beach, the two beaches divided by Cochrone Lagoon. The northern headland of Copacabana beach is Tudibaring Point”
Source: Copacabana, New South Wales. Retrieved Sept. 15, 2008, from Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia

History

On 7th May 1770, Captain James Cook adventured along the eastern coastline of Australia and recorded in his journal ‘some pretty high land which projected out in three bluff points and occasioned my calling it “Cape Three Points”‘. These three points are indicated on most Central Coast maps being Bulbararing Point with Tudibaring Head at the north, Mourawaring Point at the southern end of McMasters Beach, and Bombi Point in the south in Bouddi National Park . In early European settlement days, Copacabana was known by residents as Tudibaring (an Aboriginal word meaning “where the waves pound like a beating heart”). It was also known as Judi Barn, Allagai (Aboriginal word meaning “a place of snakes”), Kincumber and Macs.

It wasn’t until 1954 when Gosford Shire Council granted North Coast Realty Pty Ltd permission to create the subdivision, that developers named Copacabana after the world famous Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro ‘s Brazil.
Source: “Central Coast Australia”. Retrieved July. 3, 2010, from Central Coast Australia Website

Attractions

Copacabana is a popular surfing and swimming beach on the Central Coast.

Captain Cook Lookout overlooks this pretty beach and provides magnificent views of the New South Wales coastline. With local shops, including excellent restaurants, cafes and bars, just across the road, Copacabana Beach is the ideal spot to enjoy a wonderful breakfast, lunch or dinner with the whole family. As far as swimming goes, this beach is well known for its persistent and often numerous rips, so bathers are cautioned to swim between the flags; however, there’s a rock pool that’s perfect for children. There is ample parking at the beach and a whole range of accommodation options.

Copacabana features a whale viewing platform. During the winter months between late May and early August, the Humpback Whale can sometimes be seen migrating to the warmer waters of the Central Coast region off the Three Points. The whales often come quite close to the coastline due to the northerly currents at this time of year.

5 Lands Walk
The winter solstice 5 lands ceremony is the remembrance of our connection to where we have chosen to land. That is, Copacabana or Tudiburing. The winter solstice is a period of transition, gathering, collecting and sharing. It is the shortest period for the sun to shine. Therefore, in all winter solstice ceremonies we come together to pay our respects to the elements. The earth mother gives us the grounding food and the fibres to keep us warm and thus nurtures us all. In initiating any ceremony then is to welcome back our friends the sea eagles and the dugong etc. The joy we share and the light we bring automatically opens the door to the dreamtime, and we can all celebrate in the magic of our mother’s co-creation.

About the Combined Community Groups of Copacabana:
“….Belonging to Gosford means living in an inclusive community that responds to the needs of all its people.” (Gosford Council’s Vision 2025)

Gosford Council’s Vision 2025 outlines the importance of community values such as “valuing community development by embracing new ways of working with communities”. The Combined Communities Group (CCG) of Copacabana will be the vehicle to align and prioritize the needs of the broader community, and present a single, unified voice representing the community to Gosford Council. As Gosford Council’s Vision 2025 states:

“Community Development is the process or effort of building community capacity on a local level with emphasis on forging and strengthening social ties” (Gosford Council’s Vision 2025)

The needs of the community are diverse, and are best represented through the combined voice of the various community groups. What is needed to take Copacabana forward is a ‘guiding coalition’ which represents the best interests of the community as a whole. We believe that the Combined Communities Group can deliver on this vision, and drive a new chapter of proactive community development for Copacabana.