Terrigal is one of the most popular residential, holiday resort and retirement centres on the Central Coast.
You can get there via the Newcastle Freeway. Locals come here for fishing, swimming, surfing etc...
Lots of people come here to fish snapper, flathead and jewfish offshore and bream, flathead and blackfish in the surf.
The first European settler was John Gray who arrived in 1826 and called his property Tarrygal, after the indigenous place name, signifying 'place of little birds'.
Beside the beach there is a nice rather quite park along the The Esplanade lined with Norfolk pine trees
A pathway beneath the trees leads alongside the beach and out to Broken Head where, the oddly-shaped headland known as 'The Skillion', stands.
it is rather a gentle slope - and you should climb the Skillion - which marks the most prominent natural feature of Terrigal.
The Skillion is called Kurawyba by the Awabakal or Guringgai Aborigines - they are the original inhabitants. They are also known as the tribe who wore possum hair belts.
The surface of the Skillion is well-grassed so it makes a good and short walk to the top.
Favorite thing: There are lots of small shops parraleled to the beach. Also there is a row behind it. There is a beautiful pink Crowne Resort as well. We looked around the nick nacks; some selling candles - nice, and some selling tiles and lots with sea motifs on it....I bought some door knobs for the bathrooms...they were in the shaped of flowers....some flowers I grew up seeing - not sure what they are called.
Favorite thing: There are lots of cafes around Terrigalm but we did not get going. I however recommend buying some fish and chips, some calamari rings, etc and buy some drinks and go to the park and sit down for a picnic. There were several Italian families - huge group having a good time there.
Favorite thing: At the lookout, the south is to First Point beyond Avoca Beach and north to Yumbool Point in Wyrrabalong National Point just south of The Entrance.
Favorite thing: Just 1 hour drive north of Sydney are the small towns Avoca, Terrigal and the Entrance. They all have nice, calm beaches which I highly recommend if you want to escape from the busy life in Sydney!
Favorite thing: The Entrance is called 'the pelican capital of Australia' - so if you want to feed the Pelicans, this is the place to go! :)