A popular beach holiday destination, Terrigal will charm you with beautiful sandy beaches, tranquil lagoons and stately Norfolk pines along the Esplanade, a vibrant strip of delicious places to eat. You’ll find plenty of things to do, including swimming, surfing, fishing and other fun water sports.
Terrigal Beach is at the southern end of a long stretch of idyllic white sand, which curves northwards past two lagoons. Wamberal Beach is at the northern end. On top of lovely walking and cycling trails around Terrigal, the magnificent national parks of the NSW Central Coast are a short drive away.
Terrigal’s rolling waves are drawcard for surfers. You can learn to surf with the Central Coast Surf School and the Central Coast Surf Academy. The rock pool at Terrigal Beach is popular with families, and the kids will love learning about sea creatures at the Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre.
Getting to Terrigal is easy. The drive is only 90 minutes from Sydney or Newcastle. There is public transport, too. From Sydney, daily train services depart Central Station at regular intervals for Gosford, where you hop on a connecting bus service to Terrigal – the journey is about two hours.
If you’re planning a weekend escape or longer sojourn, a range of accommodation options is available. On the pretty Esplanade are buzzy cafes and restaurants with fabulous ocean views - you might spot dolphins or humpback whales on their annual migration between May and November.
Another vantage point is the Skillion lookout on Broken Head, an easy walk southeast from Terrigal Beach. The panorama from the Skillion is spectacular, with sweeping ocean vistas. Just off the coast, in 32 metres of water, is the Ex-HMAS Adelaide, an old warship scuttled to create an artificial reef.
Diving tours leave Terrigal for the sunken warship. The waters off Terrigal are teeming with fish too, perfect for various types of recreational fishing. Beach fishing is a favourite pastime, and you can join the Central Coast Reef and Game Fishing Charters for thrilling experience of trying to hook a marlin.