Terrigal Travel Guide

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Terrigal Things to Do

  • Views from The Skillion

    Terrigal's best-known landmark is The Skillion, a tall rocky outcrop jutting out into the ocean. It's a high point and there are great views into Terrigal, across the bay to Wamberal and Forresters beaches and, in the other direction, into Avoca beach.There's now a footpath with steps every so often to make the climb to the top easier and there's a...

  • Beach Fishing

    Should you be in the town for several days I suggest you try beach fishing, you never know your luck and there is always someone casting a line.

  • Rock Pool At Terrigal Beach

    At the southern end of the beach there is a very nice rock pool with its own small sandy beach. The pool is continually refreshed with seawater as the waves lap over during high tide and larger swells. It is a safe pool for children, however normal safety conditions are required when children are using the pool.An ideal place for adults and...

  • Watch The Pelicans Get Fed

    Take a 20 minute drive to Woy Woy and watch the Pelicans being fed at the jetty next to the Fishermans Co-Operative around 3:30 to 4:00pm each afternoon. It is a sight to see with 50 or so pelicans gathering for their daily handout. You will be amazed at how large some of these seabirds are. It is a great photo opportunity.The Fishermans Co-Op feed...

  • The Beach, A Late Spring Afternoon

    We had an overnight stay on our way to Sydney and got down onto the beach just after5pm. I was amazed to see people in the surf thinking it would be too cold. I was informed that due to unusual weather conditions the ocean water temperature was 3 C warmer than normal and had been like that for several months. Perhaps this is linked to why Australia...

  • Ducks On The Lagoon

    This is one activity which will get your kids smiling and should bring a smile to yourself. Well it made me smile and I have not been a kid for decades. I am certain you will find all sorts of wildlife around the lagoon, a nice place to take a relaxing walk.


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Terrigal Restaurants

  • Cantonese food & daily yum cha

    Just ouside Terrigal in the major mall Erina Fair is Dragon's Door, a good size restaurant with a typical Cantonese menu and which at lunchtime is very popular for Yum Cha. Many restaurants which feature Yum Cha only offer it at weekends but Dragon's Door has it every day. At weekends you'll need to book as it gets completely full.It's the usual...

  • Italian ristorante

    Very casual, relaxed, warm & friendly and very popular. Specialising in pasta, seafood and veal dishes, but as the Italian owner/operator, Dominic, owns the adjoining pizza restaurant he's combined the two. Now there's one seating area and a combined menu. Fully licensed but also a BYO restaurant, with a small charge of $2 per person if you bring...

  • Award winning French restaurant

    Probably the largest restaurant in town, and one of the most up-market. Family owned and run - a French restaurant with a French owner/chef so the food and style is genuine. Good atmosphere as it's very popular and there's always a buzz about the place.Food and service are excellent, staff are knowlegeable, the food is served reasonably quickly.The...

  • The best coffee - great food too.

    Almost all of Terrigal's coffee shops now offer trendy 'boutique' coffees - and I much prefer the originals such as Illy, Lavazza, Segafredo. Vanilla has Segafredo, so it's my choice for morning coffee. I have Long Black, which is $3.30 and if you're a regular customer you get a card which gives you a free coffee after buying five.The owner is a...

  • Fish & chips

    There are three fish & chip shops on The Esplanade in Terrigal (and another round the beach at The Haven).Just across the road from the beach they're ideal for ordering a takeaway and going across to sit on the beach or the sea wall to enjoy your meal. All also have tables if you prefer to sit in the shop to eat.All are good but the general view...

  • Genuine Indian flavours

    A large restaurant by Terrigal standards, with both indoor and terrace dining on the first floor one block back from the beach.A good choice of dishes from different areas of India, including chicken, beef, lamb, seafood and vegetarian and excellent fresh naan bread.Relaxed and friendly, fast service and good value for money. Winter Tuesdays the...

  • Authentic Thai

    There are many Thai restaurants on the Central Coast, five in one block just in Terrigal itself, but this is the best. Family owned and run, it's a casual style with genuine Thai food, great service and atmosphere. It's a BYO restaurant with a $2 charge if you bring your own wine. Pavement tables outside across the road from the beach plus seating...

  • Good food, service & setting.

    A large and very popular restaurant on the first floor with a good atmosphere, comfortable padded chairs, modern decor and a large covered terrace & balcony for outdoor dining. It recently changed owners and the menu changed radically, now there's a lot of seafood and only a few of the more traditional Thai dishes.BYO, with a small charge per...

  • Great seafood & stunning view.

    A well established restaurant on the hilltop overlooking Terrigal, just round the corner from our house, with stunning ocean views. Comfortable indoor or terrace seating. Winner of many awards, the menu mainly features seafood, but there are also meat and chicken dishes.Service is friendly and efficient, atmosphere is not too formal, the wine list...

  • Vietnamese in Terrigal

    A slightly different choice with some of the dishes from the standard Asian fare...Asian food isn't all that different from country to country, with the possible exception of Thai.Sapa has meat and seafood with somewhat unusual flavours such as tamarind and tumeric, they have sugar cane prawns, and a sauce called Me-Kong, which we haven't tried so...

  • Authentic Indian cuisine

    A small restaurant with two rooms between Terrigal & Wamberal. Indian owned and staff, and the food is genuine. Very popular and in busy holiday periods and weekends it's adviseable to book well in advance.Excellent service from the knowlegeable waiters.BYO and non-smoking. One of my favourite Indian dishes is rogan josh and it's excellent at...

  • Seafront cafe

    On the open air section of Crowne Plaza hotel across the road from the beach, a stunning location. They sell Lavazza coffee, my favourite, have an excellent breakfast and lunch menu and are open for dinner on Friday & Saturday evenings. I go for the coffee in the morning and sometimes have thick toast with it.


Terrigal Shopping

  • Local supermarket

    Terrigal has a lot of self-catering accommodation, apartments and houses, and for at least some of the time holidaymakers in them will want to make their own meals.A good local stop to buy the essentials is right in the heart of Terrigal, in the centre of The Esplanade which runs along the beachfront.It's a large supermarket for a small town with a...

  • Quality shopping for men

    An unusual shop for a small seaside town but one well worth calling on. It's only a small shop but has a surprisingly wide range of carefully selected men's designer clothing. The interior is tastefully decorated and even if you don't plan to buy it's a pleasure to browse. Greg the owner personally attends to customers and apart from his...

  • The Coast's major mall

    Just a short drive or bus ride from Terrigal is the Central Coast's major shopping mall, Erina Fair.It has over 300 shops, food courts, restaurants, ice rink, cinema complex, children's play area and a regular programme of entertainmant. There's parking for thousands of cars and the local buses run via the mall.There are three major supermarkets,...


Terrigal Off The Beaten Path

  • Admire The Limestone Cliffs

    At the southern end of Terrigal Beach above the rockpool are beautiful limestone cliffs weathered into a beautiful pattern by the surf and wind over many centuries. It is a relaxing walk around the rockface , on one side the beautiful blue of the sea complimented by the beauty of the rockface.

  • Climb The Skillion For Spectacular Views

    At the southern end of Terrigal behind The Haven you will see the very steep hill within the parkland which towers over the district. Decades ago I used to easily climb it , sometimes running but facing the challenge again after 40 years put some doubt in my mind. This time it was a slow walk with several stops and I soon made it to the top and was...

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Terrigal Sports & Outdoors

  • Diving with sharks.

    Scuba Diving lessons for beginners are available through the Terrigal Dive Centre run by one of the coast's most experience scuba divers.Apart from providing lessons, the company also arranges trips for experienced divers to dive with grey nurse sharks. It's a deep dive, so experienced divers only. Cost, including gear, is A$85 and from March...

  • Swim with Stingrays

    In the bay alongside Terrigal beach called The Haven, giant stingrays up to six feet across the wings are present most of the year. If you're a basic qualified diver, Terrigal Dive Centre will hire the gear and point you in the right direction, and off you go for a do-it-yourself adventure. The stingrays are 'tame' enough to let you stroke...

  • Deep Sea Fishing

    The waters off Terrigal are teeming with fish. For those of you who are into Deep Sea Fishing, I suggest it's another reason to visit Terrigal. Two companies operate from The Haven, Central Coast Charters and Haven Charters. All equipment is provided by the companies.


Terrigal Favorites

  • Seafood - and lots of cafes

    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.

  • Shopping in terrigal

    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...

  • View from the Skillion

    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.


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