Terrigal Haven

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, great lookouts, an oval (home of the Terrigal Trojans), fishing charters, and a calm beach.  

From dawn to dusk, the place is filled with people exercising in the water or on land, or simply enjoying the place.

Terrigal Haven fishing

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.

diving in terrigal

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.

dog off leash area in terrigal

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.

Terrigal Haven 

I love the energy that fills Terrigal Haven…

Terrigal Haven - swimming at the beach at sunset

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.

picnic at Terrigal Haven

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.

The Skillion

Skillion face

From the beach, walk across the oval to the popular Skillion, which steeply rises. You can climb the Skillion to the lookout at the top. Stairs make the climb easy and quick.

Climbing the Skillion

From the lookout you get an amazing view of Avoca Beach to the south…

View of Avoca Beach from the Skillion

… and Wamberal to the north…

view of Terrigal and Wamberal from the top of the Skillion

The local’s secret way for children to descend the Skillion is to roll down on the grass ;-)

Favourite Cafes and Restaurants 

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

Fishing Charters

Terrigal Bluewater Fishing Charter – dolphin fishing, game fishing, reef fishing, kingfish jigging. 0418 293 886

Central Coast Reef and Game Fishing Charters – deep sea reef fishing, game fishing, kingfish charters, whale watching. 0427 665 544

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

Best Time to Visit

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. 

Accommodation 

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Here are top places to stay near Terrigal Haven…

  • Tiarri Terrigal is a 4-star boutique accommodation for couples. It's located in a quiet and secluded cul-de-sac, a 5-minute walk from Terrigal Haven. 
  • Crowne Plaza is a 4.5-star hotel across the road from the main beach. It’s a 2-minutes’ walk from here. The rooms have great views of the ocean. 
  • Star of the Sea is a 5-star apartment resort with heated pools, water slide, poolside cafe, spa, steam room, tennis court, squash court, gym and billiard room. This accommodation is a 5-minute walk from here. 

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