August has always been one of our favourite months to visit Terrigal on the Central Coast of New South Wales. It’s nearing the end of the winter months and the weather is nice with lots of sunshine and cool sea breezes. At night though, the temperature drops, so a proper winter outfit is still advisable. We also find this time more relaxed and far less crowded as compared to the peak season.
Terrigal is just over an hours drive from Sydney via the M1 passing through the city of Gosford. For those who don’t drive, you can take the train from Sydney Central Station to Gosford then connect with Buseways routes 67 and 68 to Terrigal. The buses run on regular basis.
What to see and do!
The famous Terrigal Beach is open all year for swimming, accessible directly from the car park of the surf club or through Terrigal Esplanade. You’ll find a few coastal walking options, we tend to walk along the beach and head up to the Skillion and Haven for the best views of Terrigal and the Pacific Ocean.
The Terrigal Surf Cafe is in the middle of the Esplanade, grab a coffee and chat with the locals. Expect this place to be very busy on the weekends.
This coastal suburb offers water activities for all enthusiasts of the salty deep, from a paddle in the surf to a good ocean swim. If you’re into surfing, boogie boarding, diving, canoeing, stand-up paddle boards, boating, floating and fishing, this holiday destination has you covered.
Restaurants and cafes are plentiful, serving all manner of local favourites to modern Australian, Asian, European and Mediterranean cuisine, all within this handy beachside location.
Drink, food and views, three in one at the Florida Beach Bar and Terrace of the Crowne Plaza. This is a great place for the whole family, it’s very airy with large open spaces, and free live band every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Check out the menu for all the sumptuous offerings.
Further afield, you can also visit The Entrance, Avoca Beach, Copacabana, McMasters Beach and Boudi National Park.
Terrigal is truly a jewel on the Central Coast!