|Population:||9,746 (2006 census)|
|Area:||9.1 km (3.5 sq mi)|
|Local Government Area:||City of Gosford|
|Federal Division:||Dobell, Robertson|
Terrigal is a major coastal suburb of the Central Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, located 12 kilometres east of Gosford on the Pacific Ocean. It is part of the City of Gosford local government area.
Terrigal was first settled in 1826 by European Settler John Gray, accompanied by his future wife Amelia Willis, and 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. 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.The Haven ? 2006
The Skillion is on a preserved area of land known as "The Haven". The Haven is centered by a popular public oval which is home of the "Terrigal Trojans", a Rugby Union club. Their new club house was provided by Gosford City Council. The Haven also has a popular boat ramp which is partnered by a diving club, and a small number of restaurants and cafes.Terrigal CBD ? 1920's
In recent years, Gosford City Council has spent approximately $3 million upgrading Terrigal's CBD with a new multi-level car park, esplanade walkway and new 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 1 market, 1 medical centre and orchards in the area.
Terrigals growth as a tourist destination and investment opportunity for wealthy individuals, such as holiday homes and small business, has had both positive and negative effects on the area such as the problem of traffic congestion and parking.
Just outside the CBD lie a number of amenities: a recently re-built hotel, a primary school and high school, Catholic School, basketball stadium, and a large multi-purpose oval with 3 fields and year-round sporting activities. Not far from the town centre are large shopping centres and freeway linked to Sydney and Newcastle. The town itself is serviced by Terrigal Drive, Scenic Highway and Ocean View Drive to the north.