A NSW Top Tourism Town Finalist

Welcome to Terrigal

Category: population over 5,000 residents.
Voting open from 09:00 Friday 7 May 2021 till 17:00 Friday 14 May 2021 AEST.
Members of the public may only lodge one vote for one town in each category.
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the hardest part of your visit will be choosing what to do! 

Time spent at Terrigal can involve brunching, swimming, shopping, lunching, fishing, fine dining, paddling, surfing and socialising... the hardest part of your visit will be choosing what to do! To guide you through the best bits of this bustling seaside town, start by exploring three things unique to this stylish pocket of the NSW Central Coast.

Arguably the Central Coast’s most famous seaside town, Terrigal has evolvied since the sixties into a favoured holiday destination for stylish travellers seeking sun, surf and fun. It’s little wonder this vibrant village is still such a gem, with its family-friendly patrolled beach and ocean rockpool, paradisiacal cove The Haven, and panoramic views from The Skillion. Not to mention the plethora of places to admire that million-dollar view. 

Divide your time between the golden sands of Terrigal beach, Esplanade boutiques and lively bars. Explore coastal fashion, rooftop hangout Mumbo Jumbo’s, Florida-esque Terrigal Beach House, streetside Italian at Il Toscano, Milky Lane’s super shakes, deliciously niche bakeries and doughnut shops. Don’t miss Bouffant for delicious baked goods and The Gourmet Dog Barkery for four-legged friends. 

Explore The Boardwalk to The Haven
A new architectural walkway connects Terrigal’s Norfolk pine-lined promenade with protected scenic cove The Haven – perfect for a stroll above crashing waves at dusk. Here children build their best sandcastles, fur babies play in the dog park, and snorkellers dip below to search for stingrays. 





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Conquer the steep path to The Skillion, Terrigal’s iconic headland, for incredible views of migrating whales or dolphins from Avoca Beach in the south to Forresters Beach in the north (once you’ve caught your breath, of course!).

Dive into a world-class marine wonderland 
The Central Coast has 87km of stunning coastline, with sections of this marine paradise magnificently equipped for snorkelling or scuba diving. Just off the coast of Terrigal, 32 metres below the waves, sits shipwreck ex-HMAS Adelaide. Transformed into an artificial reef and world-class dive attraction, it’s home to a healthy community of rays, fish and octopus you can tour with Pro-Dive Central Coast.

Families can head to newly revamped Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre to explore more about the Coast’s underwater wonderland. While the kids paint a sea horse or build a model whale, grab a cuppa from Parklife Coffee next door.

Five-star fine dining on the fly
No trip to Terrigal is complete without indulging in a gourmet dining experience. Reserve the best seat in the house at The Cowrie, Yellowtail, Seasalt or Arc Est, each with transformative menu of tantalising modern Australian cuisine. Inspired by a paddock to plate philosophy with local produce, head chefs gracefully mix influences from the Middle East, Mediterranean and Asia. Seaside dining has never felt so fine.

Voting open from 9:00 AEST, Friday 7 May 2021
to 17:00, Friday 14 May 2021. 

Members of the public may only lodge one vote for one town in each category. Subsequent votes by the same voter will be excluded from consideration.  See full Terms & Conditions


Three days in Terrigal

Beach-side perfection in Terrigal

Spend your day by the seaside exploring Terrigal's golden shoreswith the sun on your cheeks, the sand between your toes, and acold drink in hand.

With every stop within a few minutes' stroll ofthe central hub of this town, it's easy to plan the perfect CentralCoast beach day.

The name 'Terrigal' originates from the Indigenous word ‘Tarragal’, meaning ‘place of little birds’.

Whether flying the nest for a weekend or longer, your Terrigal staycation promises to deliver the attractive seaside lifestyle in a big way.



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