Terrigal is a coastal village on the Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia.
Located only 90 minutes north of Sydney, this beach town is a popular holiday destination for Sydneysiders.
Terrigal offers many accommodation options, boutique shops, a vibrant nightlife and trendy cafes.
Enjoy swimming, surfing, kayaking, fishing, snorkelling or scuba diving.
The name 'Terrigal' either originates from the Aboriginal word Tarriga or Tarragal. Tarriga means 'where one can find wild figs', and Tarragal means a 'place of little birds'.
Find out more below about our favourite things to do in and near Terrigal.
Terrigal Beach is at the southern end of a nearly 4-kilometre long stretch of sand. Wamberal Beach lies in the middle and Spoon
Bay at the northern end.
Lifeguards patrol the beach from the beginning of the school holidays in September to the end of the school holidays in April.
Enjoy swimming and catching small waves near the shore.
Toddlers can also have a dip in the small rock pool at the southern end of the beach.
Swim at Terrigal Haven at Broken Bay. This small and sheltered cove is perfect for small children.
Or enjoy kayaking, fishing, stand up paddleboarding and snorkelling.
It's also a lovely spot for picnics.
Terrigal Haven is located a short walk from the main beach.
Surfing is popular here. Experienced surfers surf off the point or at Wamberal Beach. And beginners surf in the smaller waves near the shore.
If you want to take surfing lessons, check out Central Coast Surf Academy or Central Coast Surf School.
Or join a diving tour and dive the ex-HMAS Adelaide that was scuttled off the coast.
If you like fishing, go on an exciting fishing trip aboard one of the many fishing charters.
And if you'd like to hire a pedal boat on the beautiful lagoon, check out Terrigal Paddle Boats beside Clan Lakeside Lodge.
The Skillion is an iconic landmark in this town. It's a prominent cliff with a scenic lookout at the top.
Walk to the top of the Skillion and enjoy the spectacular views. There are stairs and a handrail.
Spot humpback whales during their migration between May and November.
Then follow the path around the Haven and take in the view at the other lookouts. You can also walk your dog in the designated area.
Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre is a great place to spend a couple of hours with the kids.
Children can see a display of sea animals, touch some creatures in one of the basins, and learn about the local marine life.
Located 11 Terrigal Drive, Terrigal.
Terrigal Beach Markets are held on the first Saturday of the month at the beachfront. You'll find clothes, candles, jewellery, soaps, relishes & chutneys and more.
Greedy Guts Markets are held on the second Friday of the month from 5.30 pm at Florida Beach Bar. Enjoy live music and taste plates from street food pop-ups.
Car Boot Sales are held on the first Sunday of the month at Lions Park.
Hire pedal-boats, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards at Aquafun on Avoca Lake.
Choose a specific amount of time you’d like to have the boats for and swap as many times as you like.
Older children can go on their own. It's great fun for kids.
Open Sept-May on weekends and school holidays.
Located on Ficus Ave in Avoca Beach.
The single-screen Avoca Beach Picture Theatre screens quality movies.
They show independent and foreign films.
They often hold special evenings such as French or Italian. And you can enjoy a glass of wine with a movie.
This movie theatre was nominated as one of the “ten most beautiful cinemas” in the world. And it has received several awards.
Located 69 Avoca Drive, Avoca Beach.
Ken Duncan is renowned worldwide for his stunning panoramic images. He has received many awards over the years.
You can visit his gallery for free and have lunch and coffee at the gallery’s cafe. You'll see photos of iconic locations on the Central Coast.
It’s a nice couple of hours to spare.
Located 414 The Entrance Road, Erina Heights.
Distillery Botanica is the best place to taste and buy gin.
Taste and buy award-winning liqueur made with plants, such as aniseed and lemon myrtle. They make gin with Australian natives.
Philip Moore has won many awards including the 'Herb Liqueur of the Year' in Germany and a silver for gin in London.
Located 25 Portsmouth Road, Erina.
Bouddi Coastal Walk is a stunning 8-km coastal walk that lies between Macmasters Beach and Putty Beach.
Take in the magnificent views, swim at secluded beaches along
the way and enjoy a vigorous workout.
Six String Brewery serves handcrafted beers. It's unpasteurised and free of additives and preservatives. The place is family-friendly and local musicians perform on weekends.
Located 4/330 The Entrance Road, Erina.
Block 'n Tackle Brewery serves handcrafted beer, and they offer tasting paddles and delicious food made by WTF. Block & Tackle is family-friendly.
Located Unit 1, 11-13 Cochrone Street, Kincumber.
Bamboo Buddha Cafe is a vegetarian cafe with a meditative vibe. It’s located in a peaceful and lush sanctuary at Holgate.
The cafe is dog-friendly, and kids love feeding the fish in the koi and goldfish pond. Have a coffee there if you’d like somewhere peaceful and different.
Located 221 Wattle Tree Road, Holgate.
The Australian Reptile Park makes for a fantastic day out with kids.
It's a top tourist attraction on the Central Coast.
You'll get to experience a hands-on zoo and see Australian animals and Australian and exotic reptiles.
Do not miss the Crocodile Show, the most captivating show.
Located in Somersby.
There are many excellent restaurants in Terrigal. It’s the place to go on the Central Coast for fine dining.
Below are some locals’ favourites.
Florida Beach Bar at Crowne Plaza Hotel is a popular beer garden just across the road from the beach. Weekend afternoons with live music are enjoyable.
Terrigal Beach Fish and Chip Co ($) serve the best fish & chips in town. They make everything from scratch. Even the salad dressing and tartar sauce. 108 Terrigal Esplanade.
Chop N Grind ($$) serves delicious and the best burgers in town. 3/98 Terrigal Esplanade.
Four Hands Pizza Bar & Grill ($$) serve excellent pizza & tapas. They also have tap beers from Six String Brewing Company. 6/17 Church Street.
The Grand Pavilion ($$), 9/17 Church Street, and Rajdhani Indian Restaurant ($$), 8 Ocean View Drive, are two fantastic Indian restaurants.
The Cowrie ($$$$) is a multi-award-winning seafood restaurant. It sits on top of a hill overlooking the beach – 109 Scenic Highway. It’s a bit tricky to park, but you can organise for their shuttle bus to pick you up.
L’isle de France ($$$$) is an excellent French restaurant. 1 Ena Street.
Reef Restaurant ($$$$) is an award-winning fine modern Australian restaurant. There are superb ocean views. Located at the Haven.
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Located 1 hr 30 min from Sydney and 1 hr 20 min from Newcastle via the M1.
Parking: there's a lot of traffic here, so better find parking straight away when you get here and walk the rest of the day (it's a small town).
Free parking is available at the multi-storey carpark on Wilson Road and at Terrigal Haven. And there's two-hour parking beside the Surf Life Saving Club.