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Central CoastNew South Wales
Terrigal is located in New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Population 11,349 (2016 census)
 • Density 1,247/km2 (3,230/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 coastal town in the Central Coast 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.


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 served 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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