7.6 out of 10

Terrigal

Ranked 303rd best suburb in Sydney (Greater)
-33.4402424776089 151.431284284489
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Resale or Rental Value
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
  • Cost of Living
  • Medical Facilities
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Beach Lovers

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Sep 18, 2012

"A great beach town"

Terrigal Is a really nice beachside town that really offers outdoor living.

The advantages:
1. Its beautiful Beaches and Parks
2. Many shops and Cafes (Close to Erina also)
3. Clean and Neat
4. Pleanty of "outdoorsy" things to do like climbing the skillion, water activities (boating, skiing), running and walking (parks and oval), loads of swimming etc.
5. Nice homes, n=most are renovated and modern
6. Happy atmosphere

Could be better qualities:
1. The road in and out (there is only one) and its congested at peak times
2. It can be expensive
3. Its very "Yuppie" (as in people come to the cafes for a latte just to be seen there) - the community spirit lacks a little.
4. Its a major holiday destination (and that a good thing for business) but if you live there it can become crowded in holidays and summer time.
5. If it is holiday and summer time (esp weekends) say goodbye to easy parking.

All that aside, i think it a beautiful place to live. I cannot afford it myself, but i go there often and i love it. Id move there with no hesitation.
Pros
  • beach
  • sea breeze
  • Cafes
  • Restaurants
Cons
  • One lane road to get in
  • crowded
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Jul 06, 2012

"Its great"

Read above line
Pros
  • beach
  • sea breeze
  • Cafes
  • Esplanade
  • Restaurants
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Mar 23, 2012

"Big city population without the infrastructure and services"

I will try and be as factual as I can as each and everyone of us will have a different perspective and requirement of where they live.
I have lived around here for 38 years with an interlude on the Gold Coast in between. Came back to Terrigal in 2004 for family reasons.
Looking back I was impressed with the dual lane (Wyong Shire) road from Tuggerah to The Entrance road, as of when I left, this was a future plan. This and other under construction improvements around the Gosford Shire lead me to beleive that finally they where progessing, but 7 years on this has been a mirage.
If thinking of moving to Terrigal, take a good hard look at the Central Coast, as with any holiday area, it always looks good when on holiday, but in reality your problems will come with you.
If you live in Sydney's west, you will think is it heaven, If you are used to infrastructure, you will find it hell. The Central Coast is the forgotten land by all levels of Govt and it's not looking good for at least another 7 years according to Sky News Property Guide.
Sure the beach life is cheap compared to Sydney, but beach culture is rife as well. Lets face it, if you or I were on the dole, would'nt it be better to be beside the beach?
The ABS stats show a high % of tradespeople for the CC, so if you fall under this, look elsewhere as most have to travel to Sydney for work. On this point, get up early, head up to Terrigal and leave the beach for Sydney at 5.30am. This will give you a good indication of how much work is around here and don't forget to do the trip back in the PM to experience the traffic jam from Kariong through to Terrigal/Avoca. Oh and also do the train thing, better get there early or you will miss a seat.
Transport options are irregular if non existant and are frustrated more by roads from the1800's.
Basically one way in and out for 150,000 pop (Gosford Shire) to move around, especially for Terrigal/Avoca/ Copacabana residents.
Again depending on where you are coming from will determine you priorities, but remember to set the bar low.
Eating out in Terrigal will be your first disappointment compared to Sydney as the choice is Thai/Thai/Thai. Tongue in cheek, yes, but you will get what I mean when you sample.
Beach access in winter is excellent, but so is Bondi. In summer or weekend/holiday periods forget it, Terrigal is just to small to accomodate all who come.
Finally, Terrigal is the jewel of the Central Coast's, well, crown? and has some fantastic beaches and bush areas and if you can overlook the failing of Local Govt to provide basic services, then it's the place for you!
Pros
  • beach
Cons
  • One lane road to get in
  • crowded
  • grubby
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 1/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Mar 22, 2012

"Big city population without the infrastructure and services"

Pros
  • beach
Cons
  • One lane road to get in
  • crowded
  • grubby
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Dec 08, 2011

"Central Coasts Manly without the big city rat race"

My wife and I love Terrigal. We both grew up on Sydney's Northern Beaches but when we were ready to buy a house, we realised all we could afford was a shoebox! So we looked North, and discovered Terrigal was a great place to start a family and we purchased a beautiful home on a big block of land for the same price for a hole in the wall on Sydney's northern beaches. Terrigal reminds me of Manly where I spent a lot of time growing up, but without the hustle and bustle of the big city. It shares similarities like a great cafe scene, beachside pub's, restaurants, beautiful beaches but without the crowds and has a great community feel. Its close to Erina fair which is fantastic for shopping. The thing I like most about living here after living in Sydney, is at night all we can hear are the waves crashing, not traffic and sirens, its just so quiet like you are a million miles away. We love it and we cant wait to enjoy the rest of our lives here. There are great surf spots scattered north and south of Terrigal too which for me was a major tick. Awesome little town.
Pros
  • beach
  • sea breeze
  • Cafes
  • Esplanade
  • Restaurants
  • surf
  • community
  • walking and bike riding
Cons
  • One lane road to get in
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Sep 20, 2011
Pros
  • beach
  • sea breeze
  • Cafes
  • Esplanade
  • Restaurants
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Jun 29, 2011

"Enjoyable and Convenient"

Terrigal truely is the heart of the Central Coast.

If you need to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, there any many places to stay to relax and enjoy your holiday. If your a permanent resident, you already know how easy life is in Terrigal.
Pros
  • Community
  • beach
  • sea breeze
  • Cafes
  • Esplanade
  • Restaurants
  • Activities
  • Fishing
  • Nightlife
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Jun 20, 2011

"The Double Bay of the Central Coast without the hustle and bustle."

We have lived in Terrigal for 10 years and love the area. The best high school on the Central Coast
by far, fabulous amenities, including Basketball Stadium, Parks and Recreation.
It is like being on a permanent holiday. We are just 800 m from the water....the perfect distance
and we go to sleep by the sound of the surf. Great fishing, kayaks and lagoons for the kids.
Weather is very mild all year round. Fabulous life style for any age group. There is something for everyone and we haven't even mentioned the kilometres of pristine beaches.
Can't type more, off for a walk to the beach and stop at my favourite cafe.
Highly recommended.
Pros
  • Fishing
  • Activities
  • Nightlife
  • beach
  • sea breeze
  • Cafes
  • Esplanade
  • Restaurants
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
Apr 23, 2011

"The best place on the central coast"

This is the best place on the central coast, it has beautiful beaches, good restaurants and cafes. It could get busy on holidays and weekends, but it's never too busy and you can always find parking close to the beach and restaurants.

Terrigal's esplanade is the excellent with shops, restaurants, cafes and crowne plaza hotel, which often has life music playing, from one side and beautiful beach from another. There is a good mix of people living in Terrigal with a lot of families, beach lovers and retirees.
Pros
  • Esplanade
  • Cafes
  • Restaurants
  • beach
  • sea breeze
Cons
  • One lane road to get in
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Beach Lovers
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Apr 10, 2011

"overrated"

dirty,busy and full of wannabes
Pros
  • beach
  • sea breeze
Cons
  • crowded
  • grubby
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Students
  • Beach Lovers
CCLocal
CCLocal You obviously dont know what your talking about.

enjoy your pitiful sad life, champ
Jun 29, 2011
kman82
kman82 ha ha ha
Dec 08, 2011
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
May 21, 2010

"relaxing, great coffee culture amazing holiday feel!"

Not too quiet, yet still relaxing and perfect for families!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
Aug 11, 2009

"Nice beach town"

I think this little beach town is an excellent getaway from the urban jungle that Sydney is, without getting too far from Sydney. It has restaurants, fish and chip shops, pie shops and cafes along the main street with enough variety to keep you interested for the weekend.

The beach is really nice and large enough so that you can find a nice spot away from the crowds. It can get busy here but never as busy as Bondi or Coogee. Somehow there does not seem to be all that much parking along the street, but there is enough to ensure that you will find something eventually.

With Terrigal an hour away from Sydney, it is easy to get there, but you have to watch out for the Sunday jam back to Sydney. A one hour trip always seems like two to three hours with all of the Sydney siders trying to get back before dinner.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
seabreak
seabreak Your right about the Sydney jam, but I usually find that the average time back to sydney can be
more like 1: 20 minutes and more (not on Sunday's of course), and the time to get from Five Dock, NSW to Terrigal can usually be 1.20 minutes and more both ways Monday to Saturday.
I am a sydney-sider who is now lucky enough to have a seachange to Terrigal, my family, my 4 going on 5 year old son are really really happy to moving here in the next month or so-lucky us!!
May 06, 2010
jastan
jastan My family are looking to relocate from Vic to Terrigal, wondering if you have researched the schools and could make any recommendations. Kind regards, Tania Lilly
Oct 07, 2011
thelorax
thelorax Tania, I too am moving from Melbourne to Central Coast. Going to rent for a year, but finding it extremely difficult to get any approval. Did you have much luck (if renting that is)? I will be teaching in Tumbi Umbi (about 10 min from Terrigal), but Star of the Sea is meant to be a good primary school (in Terrigal). Hope you've had luck finding a school.
Dec 31, 2011
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4/5
Mar 08, 2009

"Terrigal is a very popular beach holiday area north of Sydney."

Terrigal is a major coastal suburb of the Central Coast of NSW, very popular as a holiday destination for Sydneysiders and also for rural holiday makers. There has always been a strong attraction to this area for holidays. The beaches are superb and the town is very laid back and a very relaxed lifestyle for those living here.

It used to be a smallish area but has grown into quite a large fairly densly populated area, mostly along the coastal strip. As Sydney has grown so too has this area attracted more permanent living.

The beach and coastal lifestyle is the main reason for people coming here. Only 12km away is the city of Gosford which has all the conveniences that are needed.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees

Unranked Streets in Terrigal

"Nice street, with lovely ocean views"
-33.44803 151.43545

Campbell Crs

4.5/5
"Extremely convenient to everything in Terrigal."
-33.4462923089 151.4439266552

Bradleys Rd

4.5/5
""Beautiful, beautiful North Avoca""
-33.4483960071 151.4308263524
"Great views and proximity to the beach"
-33.4511075922 151.4412492211

Hastings Rd

4.5/5
"Hastings Rd - Terrigal's haven from The Haven"
-33.4366617421 151.4391045417

Yeramba Crs

4.5/5
-33.4362792515 151.4241464274
"nsw central coast - sleep city"
-33.4427679313 151.4088741244