TERRIGAL At A Glance
Famous for its idyllic white sand beach, great surfing, swimming and snorkelling conditions, but when it comes to land-based activities, the Esplanade – Terrigal's social centre with shops, bars and a lively café culture, holds centre stage. Holidaymakers head here on weekends and in the summer, but it's the locals who are lucky enough to enjoy Terrigal's laid-back lifestyle year round.
The Esplanade, a buzzing strip of shops, cafés and restaurants that's lined with beautiful Norfolk Island pines.
The Skillion has great views of the coastline and Terrigal Lagoon has all the fun of the ocean but without the waves.
'Terrigal' is thought to come from the Aboriginal word, Tarragal, meaning the place of little birds.
Surrounded by natural beauty, Terrigal residents spend much of their time outdoors. On any given day, you can spot them swimming, surfing, fishing, snorkelling, boating and water skiing in the sparkling sea that's on their doorstep. Just behind the beach, Terrigal Lagoon is a peaceful spot to swim and relax, but if land-based activities are more your style, Terrigal has you covered there too.
The Esplanade is a pretty and practical hive of activity, home to a string of cafés, restaurants, bars and boutiques. There are many dining options, and the various pubs and cocktail bars buzz on evenings and weekends. The strip caters to most shopping needs, while larger complexes like Erina Fair are just a short drive away.
Many commute to work in Sydney or other Central Coast hubs via nearby Gosford station. Those who drive hop on the M1, which takes them to Sydney or Newcastle. For families, there are parks, playgrounds and sporting fields aplenty and an unbeatable lifestyle steps from the beach. Terrigal is an ideal place to raise a family and foster an active lifestyle from an early age.
Terrigal appeals to people who want to experience laidback coastal living without being too far from the action. Although home to couples and retirees, it's families that have laid down roots for the unbeatable, and still affordable, coastal lifestyle – many parents choose to commute to Sydney and other areas around the Central Coast.
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This stretch of golden sand is the suburb's pride and joy, and for good reason: it's patrolled during the warmer months, and known for its excellent surfing, swimming and fishing conditions. At the south end, there's an ocean rock pool and Terrigal Haven, a boat harbour with scuba diving, snorkelling, picnic and BBQ facilities.
The Esplanade is Terrigal's social hub, with a string of lively cafes, restaurants, boutiques and shops just steps from the beach. Lined with Norfolk Pines, it's beautiful and buzzing, especially on the weekends when Sydneysiders drive up to enjoy what the beachside town has to offer.
A well-known landmark, Skillion Lookout is a steep cliff that faces the ocean, offering panoramic views across the Central Coast. To reach the headland, locals walk up a flat, grassy reserve, and at the top there's a sporting oval and walking trails.
From apartments and gated communities to brick homes and mansions made for entertaining, Terrigal has something to suit everyone. Most properties are freestanding brick homes, and some have swimming pools and large backyards. Townhouses and apartments are also common and many retirees opt to live in the estates dotted around Terrigal, thanks to their mod cons, well-maintained amenities and strong sense of community. Some of the most sought-after streets are Riviera Avenue, Campbell Crescent, Hastings Roadd, Sotheby Avenue and Yeramba Crescent.