"Terrigal, our home town." Terrigal by colin_bramso

Terrigal Travel Guide: 46 reviews and 140 photos


This is our home, a small seaside town a little over an hours drive north from Sydney Harbour Bridge, half the way by freeway.

It's a weekend and holiday destination, especially for people who live in Sydney, which means we have many facilities to cater for them which are far more than you would normally find in a small town.

There are two five-star hotels, the Crowne Plaza hotel and the Star of the Sea Resort, plus several other motels, nearly forty restaurants and cafes in the town itself, plus many others in neighbouring towns.

There are two shopping malls, one huge, only a few minutes drive away plus the local shops.

And there are miles and miles of beautiful sandy beaches. The Central Coast is really a series of bays, one after the other, each a horseshoe shape with headlands and a sweeping golden beach. There's plenty of other water too, with lakes and lagoons all across the area.

A further hour or so north is the Hunter Valley, New South Wales' famous wine producing district.

There's plenty of holiday accommodation, from the 5 star through very nice motels to caravan parks. And many holiday apartments, houses and cottages plus B&B.

The beaches of the Central Coast are the main attraction for Sydneysiders, and visitors from many other parts of Australia. The surf is good at many of the beaches - regular radio updates keep surfers up-to-date with where the best waves are.

The beaches in the larger towns and suburbs are patrolled by Surf Lifesavers so they're safe for swimmers. Other beaches tend to be un-patrolled so swimming there isn't advised...there are drownings every year, many of them tourists.

Terrigal has the most facilities of any of the beaches. The main shopping street, The Esplanade, runs alongside the beach so cool drinks, food, ice creams are all available a few metres from the beach. And sunscreen, hats, umbrellas and the other things you need to avoid burning!

The Esplanade also has a whole string of cafes & restaurants with outside seating just across the road from the beach. The two streets leading back from The Esplanade and the parallel road they join, Church Street, also have a selection of cafes and restaurants. In that one block we have twenty-seven eateries.

Terrigal is a great place to relax over breakfast, lunch or dinner, or just a coffee and cake.

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  • Chinggis_n_Borte's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    I've been once to Terrigal, i like the eateries there but that time it was so windy to go to the beach and I saw lots of surfers. The food eatery areas is only a small square block, is so multiculture you name it they got it the foods. There's lots of new investement apartments too with beautiful sea views near the back packers hostel and lots of tourist. Lovely place

    • colin_bramso's Profile Photo
      Feb 20, 2016 at 9:38 PM

      Yes, just one square block but it has about 30 cafes & restaurants - Thai, Indian, Italian, seafood, Mediterranean, French, Japanese, Mexican...plenty of choice!

  • May 13, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Hi can some one help i am looking for a couple of artists that used have a unit in the skillion arcade shop 9, terrigal, names of alison and allan ashely, we bought some work from them in sydney when we were over a few years back now ,just wondered if they were still going, and if they have a website, ect.

  • IreneMcKay's Profile Photo
    Apr 1, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Looks like a pretty place. The fish and chips picture made me hungry. Irene

    • colin_bramso's Profile Photo
      Apr 2, 2013 at 10:10 PM

      Hi Irene, thanks for stopping by, and for the ratings. I don't often eat fish & chips but visitors wanted some where they could watch the ocean and this is the best fish & chips in town.

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2007 at 4:19 PM

    Hi Colin, Spent most school holidays at Terrigal late 50's early 60's, somewhat changed on the ladnd, but "beach & water as good as ever". Stayed overnight last September.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2005 at 5:46 AM

    Surprisingly, I still have your phone no. and plan to call you! I also mean to get on one of those fishing charters soon (if only I can get out of bed early enough!).

  • grahamNI's Profile Photo
    May 2, 2005 at 5:00 PM

    HI Colin, many thanks for your info. Im really looking forward to our holiday in Australia more and more each day. Great pages. Cheers. Graham.

  • ZanieOR's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2005 at 9:36 PM

    Enjoyed this glimpse of your hometown. The Thai dishes sounded wonderful, and while I probably won't go swimming with the sting rays, those beaches sound mighty inviting.

  • Kristina1701's Profile Photo
    Aug 21, 2004 at 1:43 PM

    beautiful intro pics! u MUST add some more pics! :-D

  • sue_stone's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2004 at 2:25 PM

    You live in a beautiful place!! Love the Crowne Plaza, and had some great fish & chips near the beach once : ))

  • dutch_anna's Profile Photo
    Jan 31, 2004 at 10:39 AM

    Very nice hometown! But so many miles away from here!

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