Terrigal Beach

Terrigal Beach

New South Wales, Central Coast

Kids and first time surfers will enjoy the fun waves for learning to surf that can be found at the popular beach town of Terrigal that is frequented by visiting day trippers and locals alike. This spot is best suited for catching small green waves at high tide around the southern end of the beach, as the waves do tend to close out and dump at low tide, especially towards the middle of the beach where the waves are normally bigger.

Wave Type
A very sheltered option from south winds and big south swells, even on big east swells the waves are normally small towards the southern corner of the beach. The shallow, flat sandbar drops off quickly into deep water reasonably close to shore which, combined with a lack of rips to break the sandbar up, is what causes the waves to close out at Terrigal.

Walk north up the beach for bigger waves (although they can be dangerous as they do dump on shallow sandbars with a lot of energy). If the surf is flat here, the south end of Avoca Beach to the south of here can be fun when the waves are small, or for what are often the best waves for beginner surfers and kids on the Central Coast, head to Umina Beach for some long, mellow rides and shelter from big north swells.
Good Wind Direction
Best on South to North West winds.

Good Swell Direction For Fun Beginner Waves
Small North East to moderate East to big South swells.

- Rocks, Rip Currents and Marine life.

Have fun surfing Terrigal Beach by practising surfing etiquette and surf safety.

The car park is located at the southern end of the beach next to the surf club.

Lifeguard Patrolled
Patrolled from September until the end of the Easter school holidays - always swim between the red and yellow flags.

Beginners & kids are best to surf at beaches when Lifeguards are on patrol or with a friend who has decades of surfing experience.

Located next to the surf club.

Closest Shops
Terrigal's popularity is partly due to the many great cafes, restaurants, boutiques and hotels located on the beachfront - it's all here.

Photos of Terrigal Beach

Terrigal Beach view north
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


A spilling peak.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Nice shaped east swell peak. Bigger waves can be found up the beach with north to east swells providing the best wave shape - south swells see close outs along the beach.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Close out set wave. Catching green waves is way easier at Terrigal on higher tides, as low tide equals dumping close out waves that will lead to plenty of nosedives.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


The southern corner of Terrigal Beach offers beginner surfers and kids excellent shelter from big swells and strong south east to west winds.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Surf lesson at Terrigal Beach in safe, fun surf conditions.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


On a day when a moderate sized south swell was running up the coast, the sheltered corner of Terrigal had much smaller and safer surf conditions.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


Take off on a high tide spilling wave at Terrigal.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


The southern corner of Avoca Beach, located to the south of Terrigal, also has fun green waves during very small swells and high tide. Beginners are best to avoid this spot when the strong rip current flows beside the rocks here, especially on lower tides or big surf days.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe


More on Surfing the Central Coast


Central NSW Surf & Weather Report

Central Coast Overview

Surf Lessons


Nearby Surf Spots for Beginners & Kids


Newcastle Beaches 95km

Toowoon Bay 13km

Umina - Ocean Beach 21km

South Palm Beach - Sydney 99km