This section is to help those seeking Terrigal Information.
One of the best known Central Coast beaches south of The Entrance is modern Terrigal. Only a small village in the 1970’s it was transformed by a high rise hotel owned by Crown Plaza. The area is a popular residential, retiree and tourist centre with a thriving holiday influx. Although Erina is the main retail outlet for the area Terrigal is the dining Mecca for the lower Central Coast. Due to traffic density the town centre is now enclosed by a one-way circuit within which there are a multitude of restaurants.
Driving from Hornsby usually takes no more than 60 minutes. Regular train services from Sydney or Newcastle to Gosford are available for those without a car. From there buses can be caught for a connecting service to Terrigal. The trip from Sydney is only about 2 hours.
Planning a weekend escape or a longer sojourn? You will find a range of accommodation options are available from hotel to rental houses, apartments and B&Bs.
On the pretty Esplanade you can enjoy busy cafes and restaurants with fabulous ocean views. Between May and November you may be lucky to see dolphins and humpback whales.
Separating North Avoca from Terrigal is a ridgeline approximately 80M height extending eastward from the 180M Kincumber Mountain to the ocean. The Scenic Highway follows this ridgeline and then turns northward slowly descending into Terrigal township.
Approaching Terrigal Township one views a depression on the right which rises again to form Broken Head. The most dramatic aspect of Broken Head is the south facing rocky 17M Skillion with a vertical cliff facing the ocean. Between Broken Head and Terrigal is a beautiful northward facing, protected bay – aptly called The Haven. It is a glorious place to enjoy breakfast, have a BBQ, enjoy games on the flat area, rock fish from the headland, swim in the shallow water or relax in a Restaurant or Café.
West from The Haven is a low rocky headland which, before joining the main Terrigal Beach, contains a charming rock pool . Thereafter a sandy beach extends for 4KM past majestic Norfolk Pines lining the Terrigal Prominade to morph into Wamberal Beach. Along the way Terrigal and Wamberal Lagoons intermittently open onto this glorious stretch of sand.
Terrigal Information on Activities
Swimming and Surfing
Most people come to Terrigal to enjoy swimming, surfing and playing on the long, clean and sandy beach. The Surf Life Saving Club and associated beach patrols are situated on the northern end of the pine lined promenade. Coastal Watch provides real-time surf cam reports and weather forecasts. If you are a novice why not have surf lessons to help make your holiday even more enjoyable? Your young children will also love playing in the excellent ocean pool.
Walking along the beach or up the steep Skillion is a favourite pastime. Good views of migrating whales can be had from the top of the Skillion but take care to avoid the edge since part of this collapsed in 2018. Just 1.4 Km out to sea from this spot is the sunken HMAS Adelaide which was specially prepared to form an artificial reef and diving attraction.
Many other walks and hikes are available nearby such as in the Bouddi National Park coastal walk to the south, or through the Wyrrabalong National Park to the north (near Forresters Beach and Crackneck Lookout). The 5 lands Walk extends for 15Km through magnificent and varied scenery from Terrigal, through Avoca and Copacabana, to the Macmasters Surf Club.
Cycling tracks such as the Garden Ride and other more strenuous off-road treks await the enthusiast.
Erina Fair is the local mega shopping complex and only a few minutes away from Terrigal. If you are interested in odds-and-ends, clothes or home decor visit Moochinside at Hardys Bay and the Mousehole at Avoca.
Terrigal Information about Dining
The centre of Terrigal is the huge Terrigal Plaza Hotel with its restaurants, bars, swimming pool and accommodation.
Around the central town block there are a multitude of other restaurants with varied ethnic specialties. There are too many for a complete list but below is a compilation of those proven places which have earned an average rating of 4 out of 5 or above. Please note that most have had some discontented customers, cafes were excluded and we can’t be responsible for your experience on any particular night. Links are provided for you to make your own assessment.
Four Hands Pizza and Grill “We love this restaurant. Fabulous gluten free options, great cocktails and wonderful staff” – 4.5/5 (>400 reviews).
Rhonda’s “Lovely relaxed atmosphere, great food and super friendly staff”. – 4.5/5 >200.
Spice Noodle Bay “This little place has the best food on the Central Coast” (also one of our own favourites) – 4.5/5 >50.
Becs Kitchen “Excellent menu with varied dishes but particularly good Asian selection”. – 4.5 >20.
Thaiger Temple “I have been here several times and I have never been disappointed!” – 4.0/5 >200.
999 “Top little Thai spot, byo – always very flavoursome & fresh” – 4.0/5 >100.
Hoi An Terrigal “Awesome food. Had a banquet with not one bad dish”. – 4/5 >40 reviews.
Golden City Restaurant “This was outstanding! Every dish we ordered was perfect!” – 4/5 >70 reviews.
Ben and Sum Co Cafe and Nepalese Restaurant– “Looking for some lunch, Try our tandoori chicken burger”. – 4/5 >20 reviews.
Yellowtail Restaurant “Tonight we dined at Yellowtail and the food was sublime”. – 4.5/5 >140.
The Cowrie “Wonderful Lunch Great service. Great Views”. – 4.5/5 >400.
Reef Restaurant “Great service great location and amazing food”. – 4.5/5 >500.
Maccoa Terrigal “Tasty food, fine service and a good outlook”. -4.5/5 >80.
The Pocket Bar “little spot. Cocktails were terrific. Food was good” – 4.4/5 >200.
Splash Restaurant “Great food excellent service. Sensational location” – 4/5 > 50.
Terrigal Beach Fish and Chip Co “Great food・Hip atmosphere・Creative cuisine”. – 4.5/5 >150.
Terrace Restaurant and Bar “Great place to eat out..food scrumptious”. – 4/5 > 150.
The Grand Pavilion “Lovely meal and fantastic service”.- 4.5/5 >300.
Rajdhani Indian Restaurant “Best kathiyawadi food with homemade taste.”. – 4.5/5 >200.
L’isle de France Terrigal Amazing lunch deal. “Beautiful restaurant with fantastic food”. – 4.5/5 >400.
Notable Restaurants outside the area.
Bells at Killcare always deserves a special mention for that special night (also has accommodation). “This dinner was off the charts amazing”. – 4.6/5 >200
Lady Pizza Pizzeria e birra providing Pizzas and craft beer at Copacabana. “The pizza is wonderful, very Italian with no pineapple in sight”. – 4.8/5 >50 is also worthy of a special mention.
Terrigal Information on Boating an fishing
If you are interested in deep-sea fishing go to The Haven where fishing boats are available. Several firms offer charters for game fishing including Central Coast Reef and Game Fishing Charters (which has good reviews). A further firm is Terrigal Bluewater Fishing Charters. Alternatively a 30 minute drive can take you to the Killcare Marina at Hardys Bay. There you can hire a 4 place “tinny” for about $14/hr. Great for fishing or exploring the Brisbane Waters (recommended). They also hire fishing gear and sell bait.
The young members of the family can try fishing in the Lagoons while the older members can try beach or rock fishing – something for everyone.
Drives and exploration
You will enjoy any of the scenic drives around the Central Coast. Take in the scenic views from Crackneck Lookout north of Forresters, the Skillion at Terrigal, Captain Cook’s Lookout at Copacabana or walk along the Maitland Trail in the Bouddi National Park. Stop off for coffee or lunch at any of the iconic villages on the way – breakfast with pancakes at Hardys Bay, a fish meal on the grass at Patonga or Pizza at Copacabana.
The Reptile Park at Somersby is a special attraction for the Central Coast. It has reptiles from around the world besides having native Australian animals, themed exhibits and scenic tours.
Wildlife Sanctuary at Calga is also not far from Terrigal. You can spend a pleasing and enjoyable day in the Australian bush with friendly animals. At the same time learn about breeding and saving endangered creatures.
The Arboretum at Pearl Beach is well known for the 5 hectares of native bushland with established pathways which have been opened to the public.
Canoeing on the Patonga Creek is very peaceful, and besides has charming scenery and bird-life. A half day tour, with a guide, takes you 8-10Km up the creek. Morning tea is included.
Tree-Tops Central Coast, near Wyong, is a safe climbing experience for young people (we can highly recommend the site).
Visit the historic Avoca Picture Theatre housed in a rambling wooden cottage (seating 280). The sixty-year-old cinema won Australia’s Best Regional Cinema award. In summer it features an outdoor performance.
Terrigal Information on Golf
Try the Public courses available at Gosford and Woy Woy. Enjoy the pleasant nine hole course available locally at Wamberal. The Magenta Shores course on the edge of the Tuggerah Lakes is particularly challenging. Shelley Beach, running along the coastline, has to be one of the most picturesque courses on the Central Coast (book early). A little further inland is the championship Kooindah Waters course. Near Kincumber is an excellent driving range with grass tees-ups and an on-site professional for lessons. One could also stop at The Springs (Calga) on the way up or back from Sydney.
Gosford Regional Gallery at East Gosford has great Japanese Gardens, coffee shop and of course, gallery and gift shop.
Meet local artists in their studios. Details are on 5 Lands Art Studios.
Ferry Trips and Canoeing
A Ferry Trip from Wagstaff and Ettalong to Palm Beach is a pleasant distraction for a rainy day. An interesting trip can also be had on the River Postman. A half day Kayak up the Patonga Creek is a beautiful thing to do. Morning tea is provided.
Skateboard park and Tennis Courts
These are always great entertainment for the children and Banjo’s Park is conveniently located close-by.
You can also enjoy a game of tennis at the Terrigal Tennis Club.
We hope that this section on Terrigal Information will help you get the best enjoyment out of your holiday.