Terrigal is the most popular and busiest beach on the Central Coast NSW.
The beach is metres away from great cafes, restaurants and boutiques. In fact, this place is like a micro-city on a beach. Think of a mini-Manly or mini-Bondi.
It’s also a great beach for families…
The surf is generally small. And the beach is patrolled from the start of the September school holidays to the end of the April school holidays.
Surfing is another favourite activity at this beach. Experienced surfers surf off the point and beginners near the shore. You can book a surfing lesson with Central Coast Surf Academy.
Also, a small rock pool for kids is located at the end of the beach.
The other beach at The Haven is completely calm. So this beach is popular with families with small children. It used to be one of our favourite beaches when the kids were little.
Since the water is calm at The Haven you can kayak, stand up paddleboard, dive and snorkel. If you like fishing, use the boat ramp or book one of the fishing charters.
The Skillion is a prominent landmark at The Haven. You can walk up the Skillion to the lookout. You get stunning views up and down the coast. You can see Avoca Beach on one side and Wamberal Beach on the other. When it’s time to walk down the Skillion, Kids like to run down the hill.
The lagoon is another popular spot for water activities. You can hire paddle boats and stand up paddle boards.
For coffee and food, there are heaps of cafes and restaurants near the beach…
Just across the road from the beach is Florida Beach Bar. You find a large beer garden with views of the ocean, a vibrant atmosphere and live music.
Or have fish & chips or salt and pepper squid at Terrigal Beach Fish and Chip Co. Everything there is made from scratch. Even the salad dressing and tartar sauce.
Or have dinner at the award-winning seafood restaurant The Cowrie. The Cowrie is located on top of a hill overlooking the beach. Book if you want a table with a view. You can organise for their shuttle bus to pick you up.
You’ll also find many other excellent cafes and restaurants in town.
Located 1 hr 30 min from Sydney and 1 hr 20 min from Newcastle via the M1.
Parking: because of the traffic jam in town, it’s better to find parking straight away when you get there and walk. Free parking is available at one of the following 3 carparks. Click on the link for directions on Google Map: