Surfing at Terrigal
With a well deserved reputation for its great surf beaches, Terrigal Beach is popular with beginners and those learning to surf with accredited surf schools such as Central Coast Surf School.
Terrigal Haven and Wamberal Beaches, just north of Terrigal, are equally popular with the more experienced surfers.
Striking for the row of stately Norfolk Island pines that define the beachfront esplanade, Terrigal is situated at the southern end of a stunning 4 km beach.
Its reputation as a top surfing spot, combined with its beautiful location on Broken Head, have made it a popular holiday spot since the late 1800s. Today the town is a blend of natural beauty, sophisticated dining, a lively cafe culture and plenty of good accommodation.
Terrigal also offers an assortment of holiday activities that include fishing, swimming, surfing, boating, diving and scenic walks. An easy walk up the Skillion Lookout on Broken Head provides panoramic coastal views while a fascinating dive site can be found 1.4 km offshore, where the wreck of the Ex-HMAS Adelaide rests in 32m of pristine ocean.
The local waters provide a varied bounty of fish and the surrounding area of Terrigal is a popular spot for throwing in a line. it's also a great vantage point to look out for the whales that migrate along the coast from May to October.
Other things to do around Terrigal include enjoying the tranquility of Wamberal Lagoon and its sanctuary for protected birds and animals, swimming in Terrigal lagoon and hang-gliding at nearby Forresters Beach.
Terrigal offers a great option as a place to stay, with the further undulation of nearby coastal towns both north and south, around MacMasters, North Avoca and Wamberal, offering a continuation of superb beach locations.
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Terrigal and its nearby beaches are popular swimming and surfing spots. Terrigal beach extends north to Wamberal Point, and at the south end of the beach is an ocean rock pool, with Terrigal and Wamberal Lagoons nearby. For a quieter beach, head to the scenic Forresters Beach to the north.
The outcrops of the Terrigal headland area are a great spot to throw a line in. It’s also worth checking out Forresters and Wamberal Beaches, just 10 minutes drive from Terrigal Beach. Or enjoy a day on the water with a reef fishing trip on a chartered boat such as the Central Coast Reef and Game Charters.
For relaxed beachside cafe fare, try Bellyfish Cafe, right in the middle of the Terrigal Esplanade. Those looking for an upmarket feed should move inland a little and try the famed Cowrie Restaurant for delicious seafood, or try the local oysters at to the stunning beachside Reef.
Boutique shopping at Terrigal. Image Central Coast Tourism
Terrigal Haven. Image Central Coast Tourism
The Skillion headland at Terrigal, Central Coast. Image Grenville Turner