region: Terrigal

Australia > New South Wales > Terrigal

Terrigal, taking its name from the Aboriginal word ‘Tarragal’, meaning ‘a place of little birds’, is a coastal village on the Central Coast of New South Wales, 90 minutes north of Sydney. It is known for its broad golden sand beach, tranquil lagoon, and seaside vibe. The glorious Terrigal beach, which stretches unbroken for four kilometres, is a popular surfing destination.

One of the main points of interest is ‘The Skillion’, a local landmark with amazing views of the coastline. Popular activities in Terrigal include trekking, swimming, water sports, diving, and fishing. In particular, the area is a major diving destination, with one of Australia’s oldest dive schools operating there. Just off the coast in 32m of water is the ‘Ex-HMAS Adelaide’, an old warship scuttled to create an artificial reef that’s popular with divers.

Thanks to its location, temperate climate and its waters teeming with fish, Terrigal attracts many fishermen, both recreational and commercial all year round.


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