Freelance journalist writing about nature, different people & places - currently rediscovering travel through my children's eyes.
Published October 21st 2010
From the top of Terrigal's landmark headland, the Skillion, it feels as if you can see the whole world. At the very least you can see the Central Coast, stretching north as far as the eye can see - and to the south, you can almost see all the way to Sydney.
This seaside town is a , beach, diving and fishing haven, with ritzy cafes and a relaxed feel, well worth the hour and a half trip from Sydney – to spend a day or the weekend.
Climbing the Skillion is a great way to start. Although its crumbling rock face looks formidable at ground level, a gentle grassy slope leads you in an easy five minute walk to the summit.
As a reward on your descent, you can treat yourself to fish and chips at the Haven which is the bay area of Terrigal, famous for its diving . You can also eat at the Reef Restaurant which has stunning water views.
Terrigal's other high rise landmark is the Crowne Plaza Hotel where you can stay in style or simply enjoy a drink or meal at its al fresco Florida Beach Bar. There are plenty of other accommodation options, including a backpackers' hostel, motels and rental properties.
Follow the beach promenade, browse the boutiques or walk along the cosmopolitan cafe strip which wraps itself around two streets. The most picturesque is Terrigal Surf Cafe which is underneath the Surf Club, right on the beach.
The beach is great for families, with small waves and a rock pool at the southern end. If you're a die-hard surfer, I have been told there is a point break off the Haven.
Another traditional Terrigal activity is to take a rainbow-coloured paddleboat or kayak ride on the lagoon. Fishing is also popular – off the rocks, beach or by boat – there's a ramp at the Haven.
To get there, take the F3 Freeway north, turn off at Gosford, follow the Central Coast Highway through to Erina, then turn right at Terrigal Drive which will take you to the coast.
There is one-way traffic through the centre of town and congestion and parking can be a problem. However, there is a multi-storey car park next to the Bowling Club in Wilson Rd that is worth a try.