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Central CoastNew South Wales
The Skillion at sunrise
Population 10,614 (2011 census)
 • Density 1,166/km2 (3,020/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 2260
Area 9.1 km2 (3.5 sq mi)
LGA(s) Central Coast Council
Parish Kincumber
State electorate(s) Terrigal
Federal Division(s)
Suburbs around Terrigal:
Erina Heights Wamberal
Erina Terrigal Tasman Sea
Picketts Valley Avoca Beach North Avoca

Terrigal is a major coastal suburb of the Central Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, located 12 kilometres (7 mi) east of Gosford on the Pacific Ocean. It is part of the Central Coast Council local government area.

Terrigal was first settled in 1826 by European Settler John Gray, who called his property Tarrygal, after the indigenous Aboriginal place name, signifying 'place of little birds'.

The town's long beach is highly popular with tourists with a large Crowne Plaza hotel. Of geographical significance are the Terrigal lagoons. There are in fact two lagoons at Terrigal, one of which has been filled in to make way for a traffic oval. A local landmark is "The Skillion", a promontory which provides a view of all Terrigal. In recent years the Skillion has undergone rehabilitation by the local city council. Other popular attractions are the numerous nearby surf schools and trails.

The Haven – 2006

The Skillion is on a preserved area of land known as "The Haven". The Haven is centred by a popular public oval which is home of the "Terrigal Trojans", a Rugby Union club. Their new club house was provided by the former Gosford City Council. During the summer it is used by the Terrigal Matcham Cricket Club for both senior and junior fixtures. The Haven also has a popular boat ramp which is partnered by a diving club, and a small number of restaurants and cafes (due to tight development restrictions on the area).

Terrigal in the 1920s

Gosford City Council has invested Terrigal's CBD with a multi-level car park, esplanade walkway and stormwater drainage system. As a result of improved infrastructure and increased developer interest, Terrigal has become substantially more urban since the 1970s, when there was only one market, one medical centre and several orchards in the area.

Terrigal's growth as a tourist destination and investment opportunity for wealthy individuals, such as holiday homes and small businesses, has had both positive and negative effects on the area.


Just outside the CBD lie a number of amenities: a recently re-built hotel (2006), a primary school and high school (separate campuses), Catholic school, basketball stadium (used for training by Olympic athletes in the 2000 Sydney Olympics), and a large multi-purpose oval with 3 fields and year-round sporting activities. There have been calls for construction of a skate bowl park at the beach, similar to those at other surf beaches such as those at Bondi and Maroubra, to allow the many local skaters who currently use the esplanade and the space between the surf life saving club and the beach side car park. Recent development of high quality skate bowls at beach-side locations including nearby Copacabana Beach, Bar Beach at Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Cairns, and Cronulla (in advanced planning at the time of writing) have lent weight to the case for skate facilities at Terrigal.

In April 2013, HMAS Adelaide was scuttled off Terrigal as a dive wreck.


Not far from the town centre are large shopping centres and M1 freeway (19 kilometres (12 mi)) linked to Sydney (south) and Newcastle (north). The town itself is serviced by Terrigal Drive (to the west), Scenic Highway (to the south) and Ocean View Drive to the north.

Terrigal is served by Busways routes 67 and 68 to Gosford station.

In popular culture

A sub-faction of the New South Wales Australian Labor Party has been nicknamed The Terrigals, having had its first meeting at Eddie Obeid's beach house.


A panoramic view of Terrigal, with a storm out to sea, 2007
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