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Terrigal Beach on the Central Coast NSW has it all:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
And Terrigal Beach…
The Haven is a great beach for families with young children because the water is calm. Kids enjoy swimming there at sunset...
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...
And climb the iconic landmark, 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.
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.
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.