Terrigal is a seaside village found in the geographical heart of the Central Coast. Boasting spectacular coastal views and an array of water sports combined with a cosmopolitan feel, Terrigal is the perfect getaway or place to raise a family.
Terrigal is renowned for many of its beautiful natural features and 4kms of unbroken beach but its best known landmark is the Skillion. The Skillion is an interestingly shaped headland, accessed by a pathway leading along the beach out to Broken Head. Here you’ll find a steep cliff facing the ocean, rising from a look out spot easily accessible from a flat grassy area leading up from the reserve.
Terrigal’s main shopping strip is The Esplanade, the street running parallel to Terrigal beach. Here are found an array of boutiques, specialty and general stores, along with services including real estates, banks and salons. For a wider variety of retail, food and services Erina Fair shopping centre is located only five minutes away. Every second Saturday the Terrigal Gourmet Food and Art Market is held. Sold here are a range of handmade jewellery and gifts, fresh produce, original artwork and much more.
Distance from Sydney & transportation
Terrigal is located 85kms from central Sydney via the Sydney Newcastle F3 freeway. Gosford is the nearest rail station and is located 10kms and approximately 30 minutes away by bus. Newcastle is located 96kms north and is accessible using the Gosford train line or via the Sydney Newcastle F3 freeway. Local buses run along Terrigal Beach and connect to Gosford, Erina and other Central Coast locations.
Schools, Education & Institutes
Terrigal High School is one the largest co-education and comprehensive schools on the Central Coast. With a broad academic curriculum and a positive community profile it is a fine educational foundation where young adults can flourish. Terrigal Primary School looks after the younger members of the community, ensuring a good start and a solid foundation. Terrigal is also home to The Terrigal School for Children with Autism, one of the few schools of its kind on the Central Coast.
The name Terrigal originates from the aboriginal word ‘Tarriga’ meaning ‘place of birds’. The first person to use this name was John Gray, in 1826. Terrigal thrived through means of a sawmill established in the 1870s by Thomas Davis and a tramway that ran timber to a jetty where it was shipped to Sydney. Later, dairy became vital to the growing economy. Tourism began to boom in the late 19th century with a focus on a culture health and leisure. The development of roads and completion of the railway line from Sydney to Newcastle in 1889 aided growth in the area.
Real estate & design
Terrigal has experienced vast growth is recent years resulting in an abundance of new developments and properties. Quality homes, apartments and villas are dotted into the hillside surrounded by a protective ring of trees. Tree lined streets boasting coastal outlooks lead down to the town centre allowing an easy stroll from home into the village and onto the beach.
Sports, Fitness & Recreation
Terrigal offers a wide variety of outdoor sports and recreational activities. Popular activities off the coast include surfing, swimming, boating, waterskiing and fishing. Terrigal is the perfect spot for a coastal walk or jog along the sand to neighbouring beaches. Located on Terrigal Beach is the Terrigal Surf Club, a popular hangout for local surfers of all experience levels.
Restaurants & cafés
Terrigal offers a huge array of stylish restaurants and cafés offering a variety of international cuisine for patrons looking to dine with a view of the water. Some of Terrigal’s best dining spots include The Letterbox, Terrigal’s refurbished post office now serving modern Australian cuisine. Crave Café is the perfect destination for lunch or a coffee and Seasalt Restaurant and Onda Ristaronte are two local favourites for either a seafood or Italian dining experience.