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Terrigal Shops and Dining

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by Dora Bona (subscribe)
A freelance writer, and amateur photographer Dora also teaches creative writing classes. Check out her website at www.creativejuicy.com
Published March 14th 2011
The Central Coast has been popular for many years, as a short break to escape the city. A maximum of 90 minutes drive on a 4 lane freeway will see you arrive at some great little seaside towns with names like Chittaway Bay, Forrester's Beach, The Entrance and Bateau Bay.

One of my favourites is Terrigal. Recently I revisited the town for the first time in many years and I was hooked. Terrigal really does have everything you could wish for in a holiday town. As you arrive in the town you get the sense that everyone is on holidays. Even the locals.



The town has an airy beauty and an up-market feel, with an exceptionally pretty esplanade, lined with huge Norfolk Pines. You can dine at sunny street cafes and enjoy relaxed outdoor eating during the day, and every evening there's a a huge array of stylish restaurants serving an eclectic range of international menus.



On arrival, I had a hankering for some seafood. The only problem was the amount of places to choose from, so after wandering the length of the street, I was attracted to the pleasant strummings of an acoustic guitarist in the Crowne Plaza Hotel beer garden. And once I spotted the gigantic 3-tier seafood platter, the choice was made.

Delicious food, great music, perfect afternoon


The main street of Terrigal has loads of great little boutique shops, not too expensive, and a refreshing change from mall shopping.

Terrigal is a place where you can enjoy just about any activity. Surfing, swimming boating, waterskiing and of course fishing. You can even go scuba, diving at the popular headland in Terrigal, called The Skillion. After lunch, I thought it would be a good idea to climb the almost vertical hill at The Skillion to the peak for some photos. It looked a bit ominous at first but definitely worth the climb for the incredible views.



There's plenty to do in Terrigal, and the town has an inviting, relaxing atmosphere that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.
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Why? Terrigal is the jewel in the crown of the Central Coast
When: all day every day
Where: Central Coast
Cost: A quarter of a tank of petrol
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