Terrigal is the classic Central Coast beach village. Enjoy a swim at a beautiful sandy beach or tranquil lagoon, walk the buzzy Esplanade lined with stately Norfolk pines and cool cafes, then join the locals for a drink at a rooftop bar. It’s also a great spot for swimming, surfing, fishing and watersports.
Beaches and surfing
Terrigal Beach is at the southern end of a long stretch of idyllic white sand, which curls northwards past two lagoons. Trace the coast along lovely walking and cycling trails that loop around Terrigal. Find Wamberal Beach at the northern end and magnificent national parks just a short drive away.
Terrigal’s rolling waves are a major drawcard for surfers and you can learn to surf with the Central Coast Surf School or Central Coast Surf Academy. The rock pool at Terrigal Beach is popular with families, and children will love learning about sea creatures at the informative Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre.
Eat and drink
Start the day with coffee overlooking the ocean at one of the buzzy cafes or restaurants along the vibrant Esplanade strip. For small bars with good vibes, head to the rooftops at Mumbo Jumbo’s and Rhonda's. You can enjoy the thumping beats of live bands at the Florida Beach Bar at the Crowne Plaza Terrigal, too.
Enjoy panoramic views from The Skillion lookout, an easy walk southeast from Terrigal Beach to Broken Head. You might even spot humpback whales during their annual migration between May and November. Just off the coast in 32m of water is the Ex-HMAS Adelaide, an old warship scuttled to create an artificial reef that’s popular with divers.
The waters off Terrigal are teeming with fish, perfect for recreational fishing. Beach fishing is a favourite pastime, or you can join the Central Coast Reef and Game Fishing Charters for the thrilling experience of trying to hook a marlin.
Getting there and where to stay
Terrigal is in the middle Sydney and Newcastle, a 90min drive from each. You can also catch the train to Gosford and board a connecting bus to Terrigal. There’s a wide range of accommodation in Terrigal from luxury waterfront resorts and serviced apartments to holiday houses and campgrounds.