Terrigal Beach

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Terrigal showing a bay or harbor, a coastal town and a sandy beach

From great surf to gorgeous views it’s no wonder this is one of the best-loved oceanfront spots on New South Wales’ Central Coast. 

Terrigal Beach is a gorgeous stretch of sand attached to the relaxed town of Terrigal, itself sometimes known as Terrigal Beach. That might sound confusing, but all you really need to know is that this beach is famed for its great surfing opportunities, stress-free atmosphere and access to a wide range of watersports. Come to Terrigal Beach and see for yourself why this is such a beloved place for locals, as well as a big lure for tourists from farther afield.

Explore the pretty, peaceful little inlet that is Terrigal Beach and expect to meet quite a few surfers along the way. Many novice surfers are drawn to this stretch of coast to improve their skills or even to take to the waves for the first time. Terrigal Beach is known for having wonderfully safe surfing conditions. Wander the array of surf stores and schools scattered throughout the town, testament to the high demand for this thrilling sport.

The shore also offers a god mix of characterful cafés and bars. Take a break from the sun and enjoy some shade and a cold drink at one of these easygoing establishments. Or, order some takeout fish and chips to eat near the beach.

Follow the boardwalk to Terrigal Lagoon for some paddleboarding. This calm activity offers a change of pace from surfing. Alternately, ditch the equipment and just go for a swim in the lagoon’s tranquil waters.

Wamberal Beach, next to the lagoon, is another lovely spot to set up for the day. Come here to surf some bigger waves than those at Terrigal Beach. Or, head back along the boardwalk to end up in Terrigal Haven, another thrilling surf spot that is also home to a picturesque harbor, pretty fishing boats, and a good range of snorkeling and diving facilities.

Drive from Sydney and get to Terrigal Beach in around 90 minutes. Don’t forget to bring the only three things you need to have an amazing time at this gorgeous spot: sunscreen, a swimsuit and a seriously laid-back attitude.

Top Hotels Close to Terrigal Beach

Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Pine Tree Lane, Terrigal, NSW
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The price is ¥19,006 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
This Terrigal hotel is on the beach, 0.2 mi (0.2 km) from Terrigal Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Ken Duncan Gallery and Erina Fair. Copacabana Beach and ...
4.4/5Excellent! (996 reviews)
"Complete satisfaction with everything during stay . Could not fault any part of it. Only regret was it was not long enough . Can't wait to return ."

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2021

Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific, an IHG Hotel
Sunrise - 3/99 Oceanview Drive
Sunrise - 3/99 Oceanview Drive
Wamberal, NSW
Situated on the beach, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Terrigal Beach and Wamberal Lagoon Nature Reserve. Terrigal Lagoon and Breakers Country ...
3.8/5Good! (4 reviews)
Great experience
"All in all, a beautiful experience here. Only thing at fault was some of the cleanliness of some of the kitchen utensils. Other than that, it was a good break for my family and I. Would highly recommend."

Reviewed on Apr 9, 2021

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Sunrise - 3/99 Oceanview Drive
Horizons - 1/99 Ocean View Drive
Horizons - 1/99 Ocean View Drive
Wamberal, NSW
Situated on the beach, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Terrigal Beach and Wamberal Lagoon Nature Reserve. Terrigal Lagoon and Breakers Country ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Great weekend break
"Lovely spot, beautiful view, very convenient to cafes, restaurants and beach. A very enjoyable weekend."

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2021

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Horizons - 1/99 Ocean View Drive
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Best Lodging Options Near Terrigal Beach

Terrigal Sails Serviced Apartments
Terrigal Sails Serviced Apartments
4 out of 5
6 Maroomba Road, Terrigal, NSW
The price is ¥12,974 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Terrigal Sails Serviced Apartments
Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Pine Tree Lane, Terrigal, NSW
The price is ¥19,006 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific, an IHG Hotel
Sunrise - 3/99 Oceanview Drive
Sunrise - 3/99 Oceanview Drive
Wamberal, NSW
Sunrise - 3/99 Oceanview Drive
Horizons - 1/99 Ocean View Drive
Horizons - 1/99 Ocean View Drive
Wamberal, NSW
Horizons - 1/99 Ocean View Drive
DoVilla-Sleeps 14 - Luxury Style Accommodation WINTER SPECIAL
DoVilla-Sleeps 14 - Luxury Style Accommodation WINTER SPECIAL
Wamberal, NSW
DoVilla-Sleeps 14 - Luxury Style Accommodation WINTER SPECIAL
Terrigal Pacific Coastal Retreat
Terrigal Pacific Coastal Retreat
4 out of 5
224 Terrigal Drive, Terrigal, NSW
Terrigal Pacific Coastal Retreat
The Clan Terrigal
The Clan Terrigal
4 out of 5
1 Oceanview Drive, Wamberal, NSW
The price is ¥13,659 per night from Oct 13 to Oct 13
The Clan Terrigal
Waves at Wamberal - A real beachfront beauty
Waves at Wamberal - A real beachfront beauty
Wamberal, NSW
Waves at Wamberal - A real beachfront beauty
Sun Sea Surf @ Terrigal Beach
Sun Sea Surf @ Terrigal Beach
Wamberal, NSW
The price is ¥63,596 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Sun Sea Surf @ Terrigal Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.