Terrigal has been one of the most popular seaside getaways along the Central Coast of New South Wales for more than a century. The most famous landmark of this community which is conveniently situated about halfway between Newcastle and Sydney is the steep ocean-side cliff and lookout area known as the Skillion. Visitors can easily walk the path between the Skillion and the four-kilometre long unbroken Pacific Ocean coastline. Terrigal Beach lies at the south end of this stretch of beach, which extends as far as Wamberal Point.The four-star Crowne Plaza Terrigal may be the most upscale of the many hotels along the seaside Terrigal Esplanade. However, visitors seeking a more private place to stay, complete with kitchenette, may prefer the Terrigal Sails Serviced Apartments. Both options boast balconies with Pacific Ocean views in every room. A children's ocean rock pool stands at the south end of this scenic esplanade which is filled with cafés and restaurants. A bird and animal sanctuary surrounds the neighboring Wamberal Lagoon.
Although by car is the easiest way to travel to and from Terrigal, the only main road in and out of this seaside community can get clogged, especially at weekends. Two bus routes travel between Terrigal and the nearby community of Gosford, which is home to the nearest rail station.
- The SkillionTerrigal's most unusual landmark is this steep ocean-side cliff which is situated over the hill from the community's primary shopping district. The north side of Broken Hill, as this headland is called, is fairly flat and wide. The south side, on the other hand, is narrow and rises dramatically over Terrigal and its beach. The walk to the Skillion's highest point is steep but short, and worth it for the stunning view from the lookout.
Eating and drinking and shopping nearby
Most of Terrigal's eating, shopping, and drinking spots are situated along its oceanfront esplanade. Thai cuisine and seafood are the most frequently served meals at the community's sunny seaside cafés and upmarket restaurants, but many other international dishes are available. Most Terrigal shops are small and unique boutiques, some of which sell items from popular Australian designers. The nearest shopping centre is situated in nearby Erina.
By car is the easiest way to travel around Terrigal, especially for visitors who stay in hotels outside the town, such as the Five Star Avoca Palms Resort Apartments. Apart from taxis, Terrigal's only public transportation options are the two Busways bus routes which make the 12km journey to and from Gosford once per hour every day. Route 68 travels to Wamberal, while Route 67 travels to North Avoca. Gosford is the location of the nearest rail station to Terrigal.