Terrigal Haven is a dynamic, magical place and my favourite spot in Terrigal.
The iconic Skillion, which you can climb to the top for panoramic views, is located there.
If you want a beach with calm water, salty air, panoramic views, and a sense of infinite space, this is a perfect place to spend a few hours or more.
It's located on Broken Head, the parcel of land that sticks out into the sea.
Terrigal Haven has no residential houses…
…but you’ll find restaurants and cafes (overlooking the
ocean of course!), the Skillion (read below), great lookouts, an oval (home of
the Terrigal Trojans), a dive centre, fishing charters, and a family-friendly beach.
From dawn to dusk, the place is filled with people exercising in the water or on land, or simply enjoying the place.
In the water you can kayak, stand up paddle board, dive, snorkel, fish, and swim. If you’re skilled you can surf off at the point when the surf is big.
On land you can run around the oval, walk, exercise in boot camps, walk the dog (there’s an off-leash area), and sightsee along the elevated parts of the headland and lookouts.
On the oval you can chase the ball or catch a game of rugby on a Saturday afternoon in a family friendly atmosphere with a sausage sizzle.
I love the energy that fills Terrigal Haven…
But what keeps bringing me back to this parcel of land is the relaxing beach, and the beautiful vista of boats moored in the bay and pelicans hanging around the boat ramp, seemingly waiting for anglers to come back with their day’s catch.
Since the waves are tiny, the beach is popular with families with small children. We have often come to this beach and ended the day eating fish and chips outdoors while our kids walked on the rocks and sand.
From the beach, walk across the oval to the popular Skillion – the part of the Broken Head that steeply rises uphill and hangs over the ocean. You can climb the Skillion to the lookout at the top. Stairs make the climb easy and quick.
From the lookout you get an amazing view of Avoca Beach to the south…
… and Wamberal to the north…
The local’s secret way for children to descend the Skillion is to roll down on the grass ;-)
Reef Restaurant – Lunch & dinner; Seafood, vegan & vegetarian; Picturesque view, located on the beach; Receives great reviews from customers. 02 4385 3222
Cove Cafe – Breakfast & lunch; Modern Australian; Picturesque view, located on the beach. 02 4384 5083
Splash Café & Restaurant – Breakfast, lunch & dinner (depending on the day of the week); Modern Australian, nice breakfasts; Fine view. 02 4385 9482
Terrigal Dive Centre – diving courses and dives; daily dives to the Ex-HMAS (the ship that was scuttled off Avoca Beach). 02 4384 1219 (now closed)
Terrigal Bluewater Fishing Charter – dolphin fishing, game fishing, reef fishing, kingfish jigging. 0418 293 886
Haven Sport Fishing Charters – marlin fishing, game fishing, sport Fishing, kingfish Jigging, reef fishing. 0419 440 869
Carters Coastal Fishing Charters – feef fishing, kingfish fishing, dolphin fishing, night fishing, dolphin & whale encounters, game fishing. 0427 683 068
It's a beautiful spot, but it gets very crowded during summer holidays and long weekends. Broken Head is less magical when you have to search a long time for a parking. So arrive early in the morning or outside summers and long weekends.
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