A Long Weekend in Terrigal on the NSW Central Coast

Terrigal on the NSW Central Coast

A Long Weekend in Terrigal on the NSW Central Coast

The New South Wales Central Coast is a hidden gem just a stone’s throw away from Sydney, Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. Terrigal in particular offers everything you could want for a memorable long weekend getaway – a stunning beach, delectable dining options, picturesque walks and relaxation. As Central Coast experts, we can’t help but share our passion for this beautiful region and how it can become your perfect holiday or family home destination.

Day 1: Arrival and Exploration

Upon your arrival at your chosen accommodation (such as Crowne Plaza Terrigal, The Star of the Sea Apartments or one of the many Airbnb properties available in the area), start your long weekend adventure by exploring the local boutique scene in Terrigal.

Take a stroll through the charming streets of Terrigal, where you can indulge in some boutique shopping. Zarlak Kids  Antigua Collective and Sukisu offer unique clothing, accessories and homeware that reflect the coastal charm of the Central Coast.

For lunch, check out Chop N Grind, known for serving the best burgers on the Central Coast. Their extensive menu allows you to either choose from their creative options or craft your own burger masterpiece.

Relax on the beach for the afternoon as Terrigal is known for calm waters. The beach is also surrounded by some grassy areas and Norfolk Island pine trees, providing plenty of shaded spots to relax. If you’re not in the mood for the beach, consider strolling along the boardwalk leading to Terrigal Haven and take on the stairs to the top of the skillion. From there, you’ll be treated to magnificent vistas that stretch all the way to Avoca and farther.

In the evening, enjoy dinner at Arc Terrigal , known for its contemporary Australian cuisine. Afterward, unwind with drinks at Pocket Bar in Terrigal, sipping craft cocktails and soaking in the vibrant atmosphere.

Day 2: Beach Bliss and Scenic Walks

After a restful night’s sleep, fuel up with breakfast at Freestate Cafe, known for its artisanal coffee and hearty morning fare. With energy replenished, it’s time to explore the region’s natural beauty.

Consider a visit to the hidden gem known as Spoon Bay. An unpatrolled beach known for its stunning natural beauty and tranquil atmosphere, this spot is a well-kept local secret, which makes it even more appealing to those looking for a quieter and less crowded beach experience. Additionally, it’s a popular spot for rock fishing, so if you’re an angler, you might want to bring your fishing gear.

Afterward, you can embark on the stunning coastal hike from Forresters Beach to Crackneck. It offers breath-taking views of the coastline, pristine beaches and the surrounding natural beauty. You can start at either end, and don’t forget to take your time, breathe in the fresh sea air and appreciate the beauty that surrounds you on this memorable coastal hike.

After a full day of activities, you might find yourself yearning for something delicious like fish and chips. Look no further than The Haven Beach Kiosk. Their hand-cut chips are an absolute must-try! What makes the dining experience even more enjoyable at The Haven Beach Kiosk is its location. Situated in Terrigal Haven, you can savour your fish and chips while overlooking the serene waters.

Day 3: Coastal Exploration Beyond Terrigal

Start your day with a scrumptious breakfast at Bellyfish , a cafe known for its delectable menu and oceanfront views. After breakfast, embark on a coastal adventure to explore some of the Central Coast’s most beautiful beaches.

When it comes to beaches on the Central Coast we are spoilt for choice, however head to the northern end of the Central Coast, and you’ll discover the serene charms of Toowoon Bay and Blue Bay. Nestled side by side, these idyllic beaches are renowned for their calm waters, making them a perfect choice for families seeking a relaxed day of swimming, snorkelling, or stand-up paddleboarding. If you’re an aspiring surfer or simply want to catch some waves, make your way to the southern stretches of North Avoca or Avoca Beach, where the waves beckon enthusiasts of all skill levels. Moreover, these beaches offer excellent rock pools for young explorers to delve into. For those in search of ocean baths or a beach where your furry friends are welcome, a journey south to MacMasters Beach awaits, providing a diverse range of coastal experiences to suit your preferences.

If you’re looking for an alternative to the beach scene or simply want to add a unique and delightful experience to your Central Coast itinerary, a visit to Distillery Botanica  in Erina is an excellent choice. This artisanal distillery is a hidden gem that offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of craft spirits, making it a must-visit destination for anyone interested in local flavours and craftsmanship. They meticulously source botanicals from the region’s lush landscapes, including native and exotic herbs, spices, and fruits.

After a day of exploration or spirit tasting, dinner will be calling. Visit the upstairs venue Maew Maew  for delightful Thai cuisine and cocktails. This hidden new venue in Terrigal promises an authentic culinary experience.

Day 4: Morning Activity and Farewell

Before bidding farewell to this coastal paradise, start your final day with a Pilates session at the popular Fusion Pilates . Classes run each and every morning, including weekends. Be sure to book your spot in advance to secure your place in these popular sessions.

After your Pilates session, you’ll find Sonoma Bakery  conveniently located just across the road. This artisanal bakery is a must-visit for picking up some delectable treats to savour on your journey back. With an array of freshly baked bread, pastries, and mouth-watering goodies, you’ll have the perfect snacks to enjoy during your travels and reminisce about the wonderful time you’ve had in Terrigal.


As you wrap up your long weekend, consider your options for making Terrigal or the Central Coast your permanent getaway. Whether it’s a holiday home or a family residence, as Central Coast specialists and buyers agents, we’re here to assist you in navigating the real estate market and guide you on your relocation journey. This coastal paradise has something for everyone. Let us help you find your dream home in this idyllic region? Contact our team today.

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