Terrigal Beach - a Vibrant Beach for Everyone

Terrigal Beach

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Terrigal Beach on the Central Coast NSW has it all:

  • Boutiques, cafes & restaurants
  • Swimming & surfing
  • Kayaking & SUP
  • Fishing & fishing charters
  • Snorkelling & diving
  • Sightseeing

Only 90 minutes north of Sydney, Terrigal Beach has a wide range of accommodation options as well as great restaurants and cafes.

It’s the place to go on the Central Coast for fine dining.

This town is also lively and energetic. People are out from sunrise running, walking, kayaking, swimming, fishing. 

If you'd like a beach that has a vibrant atmosphere but is more relaxed than Sydney, Terrigal is a great pick. 

Terrigal Beach is located at the southern end of a 2.8 km long stretch of sand. At the northern end is Wamberal Beach.  

My favourite part of town is Broken Head. There's a calm beach and the iconic landmark, The Skillion. You'll find out more about it later. 

This place is fantastic for everyone, from couples to families to business travellers.

Terrigal Beach 

Lifeguards patrol the water from the beginning of the school holidays in September to the end of the school holidays in April.

The waves here are generally small which is ideal for children. It’s protected from the big swell by Broken Head. There’s also a small rock pool for toddlers.

Terrigal Beach
Swimming between the flags
Swimming at Terrigal Beach
Terrigal Beach

If you’d like to take surfing lessons, check out Central Coast Surf Academy. Experienced surfers surf at the point or at Wamberal.

Right beside the beach are toilets, a paved walkway, a grassy area and Terrigal Surf Café. And just across the road are more cafes, restaurants and boutiques.

Terrigal shopsShops and restaurants are right beside the beach.
View of Terrigal Beach from the pathway.You can walk on the paved pathway from the beach to Broken Head.
Terrigal Surf Cafe

What makes this town so fabulous, apart from the great views, is that everything is close to the water.      

A few metres north is the lagoon.

Terrigal Lagoon

Enjoy SUP and pedal-boats on the lagoon. You can hire these boats beside Clan Lakeside Lodge with Terrigal Paddle Boats. You can also take stand up paddle board lessons. 

Many families swim in the lagoon. But keep in mind the lagoon is not particularly clean, so it’s not advisable to swim there.

As I said, Broken Head is my favourite part of town. You can walk there along the walkway. There are beautiful views along the way.

You can see Terrigal Haven from the walking path...

View of Terrigal Haven from the walkway

And Terrigal Beach…

View of Terrigal Beach from the walkway

The Haven is a great beach for families with young children because the water is calm. Kids enjoy swimming there at sunset...

The beach at Terrigal HavenChildren like to swim in the calm water at the Haven.

You can also kayak, stand up paddle board, snorkel, and fish. And you can join a diving tour or one of the fishing charters.   

Enjoy relaxing picnics on the waterfront...

Picnic at Terrigal Haven

And climb the iconic landmark, The Skillion...

View of Terrigal from the top of The SkillionThere are great views of the beach and Terrigal Haven from the top of The Skillion.

The Skillion is a steeply rising outcrop with a fabulous lookout on top. Walk the stairs to the top. As you can see, the views are fabulous.

View of Avoca Beach from The SkillionYou can see Avoca Beach from the top of The Skillion.

Continue walking along the pathway on Broken Head – you'll come across other lookouts. The photo you saw at top of this post was taken from one of the lookouts. 

Find out more about Broken Head, the Haven, and The Skillion.

Where to Stay 

  • If you're looking for an outstanding hotel, check out Crowne Plaza Hotel. There are great facilities like a swimming pool and a gym. Plus the location couldn't get any better – beside the beach and restaurants. Many of the rooms have amazing ocean views. Check photos & reviews

Getting There

Located 90 minutes north of Sydney.

Follow the M1 Sydney - Newcastle Motorway and exit toward Gosford / Woy Woy / Terrigal. 

There's a free multi-storey car park on Wilson Road and another car park at the Haven. 

The best time to visit this town, in my opinion, is outside school holidays and long weekends because it's quieter. This place is extremely busy during the peak holiday period. 

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Hi! I'm Christine.

When we moved to the Central Coast from Sydney 15 years ago, we struggled to find thorough information about the beaches, bushwalks and hidden gems, so we set out to explore as best we could. Now that we have visited every town, beach and secret spot, I'll help you discover this stunning region! 


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