Winter may be here, but that doesn’t mean you should stop travelling and sit at home. There’s always something to do in Terrigal, no matter what the weather is doing.
Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific is conveniently located just a 1.5 hr drive from Sydney CBD in the beautiful region of Central Coast. From here, you can explore the true beauty of the Australian east coast and enjoy plenty of family-friendly fun all-year round.
Be prepared for an unforgettable winter escape to Terrigal when booking directly with us. Keep reading to find out about some of the Central Coast’s winter wonders.
Art and Museums
A visit to a local museum is always a good idea, especially so if the weather is less than ideal. Terrigal and the wider Central Coast region are home to many unique art galleries museums that you can explore at your own pace during winter time.
Glen McKimmin Gallery
Located just minutes away from Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific, this modern gallery is filled with amazing perspectives on local scenes. The exhibits are colourful and the landscapes captivating. If you appreciate a good painting, then you wouldn’t want to miss this one!
Exhibitions in the Glen Mckimmin Gallery change often, so there’s always something new to admire and draw inspiration from here! Don’t worry if you fall in love with one of McKimmin’s paintings. You can buy exact replicas of most of the available exhibits from the on-site shop.
Campbell Crescent | Shop 1, Terrigal, New South Wales 2260
You’ll find the Kab Gallery within the premises of Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific. Kab takes a contemporary and practical approach to selling art. All exhibits are available to view and purchase during regular art fairs as well as in the flagship art gallery. Artwork can also be purchased online but we recommend you view the exhibits from up close before making a decision.
Art in the Kab Gallery is versatile. Here you’ll find original 2D artwork in mediums of oil, acrylic and watercolour as well as sculptures and 3D artwork in mediums of bronze, glass and resin. The Kab Gallery is a must for art connoisseurs, but its gates are open to the public. Art is all about expression, and you’ll definitely find something that expresses you here.
40 Terrigal Esp, Terrigal NSW 2260
Gosford Regional Gallery & Arts Centre
The Gosford Regional Gallery is one of the Central Coast’s leading tourist attractions. It’s an important cultural and educational resource as it houses some of the most unique and well-known exhibits in Australia.
The gallery is always changing as it hosts a diverse program of local, national and international exhibitions. A variety of different styles are showcased in photography, visual art, sculpture, and design. Here you’ll find works of art from established as well as emerging artists.
The beautiful Edogawa Commemorative Garden is also located in the Gosford Regional Gallery Precinct. The result of a Sister City agreement with Edogawa in 1988, this garden is designed in accordance with the original principles of the Japanese Heian period; a serene and relaxing place that will lift your spirits and rejuvenate your energy.
36 Webb St, East Gosford NSW 2250
Henry Kendall Cottage and Historical Museum
The Henry Kendall Cottage was built by Peter Fagan between 1836 to 1840. Poet Henry Kendall spent a bit more than a year here. The historical museum was opened in 1983 and it currently contains a wide variety of items and artefacts from the past.
The museum itself is run by enthusiastic volunteers, and new special exhibitions are on display each season. The various sheds contain industry and farm machinery dating back to the 19th century. You can enjoy a peaceful afternoon with your family as there’s plenty of space on the grounds, with picnic tables and an electric barbecue.
Exploring Central Coast’s Natural Wonders
The Central Coast’s beaches are beautiful but can get quite cold during winter time. Swimming may be out of the picture, but you can still enjoy coastal walks with picturesque views and lookouts. This would be a great time to explore new walks and discover Central Coast’s natural wonders.
Bouddi National Park
Bouddi National Park is a relatively small park, meaning you can walk from one side to the other in less than a day. Most walks are located near beachside towns such as Terrigal and Avoca.
The Coastal Walk is the most popular walk in Bouddi. It follows the coastline partly on a boardwalk and offers stunning coastal views along the way. You’ll be walking past some spectacular beaches, so make sure you bring your camera with you. Remember to dress well so as to enjoy the walk without having to worry about the ocean breeze.
You’ll walk through Bullimah Beach, then Gerrin Lookout and end up in Maitland Bay. You can shorten the walk by turning around at Gerrin Point Lookout since you can enjoy stunning views of Maitland Bay from the lookout itself.
If you’d rather avoid the ocean, you can give the short Maitland Bay track a go. It passes through the Bouddi Grand Deep rainforest and ends again in Maitland bay. You’ll have to climb some steps on your way back, but it’s all worth it.
The Bullimah Spur track will take you through a delightful forest full of Angophora trees and cycads. At times, you might be able to hear the sound of waves crashing to shore as you get filtered views of the ocean. A stunning view of the ocean and putty beach awaits at the end of this walk.
Brisbane Water National Park
Brisbane Water National Park covers a wide area of 12,000 hectares west of Terrigal and north of the Hawkesbury River. It’s best known for the rather long Great North Walk that runs through it. Thankfully, you don’t have to walk the whole 250 kilometres as there are other shorter tracks to choose from.
The Girrakool Loop Walking track starts from the Girrakool picnic area. The picnic area itself is a great place to spend some time with family as it contains picnic tables, barbecues and toilets. It’s a well-signposted track that leads to an Aboriginal engraving site and several lookouts overlooking small waterfalls. The sound of cascading water is bound to leave you speechless.
The popular Patonga to Pearl Beach walking track is rated hard but rewards you with one of the Central Coast’s most beautiful lookouts: the Warrah Lookout. The breathtaking view of the Hawkesbury River and the Northern Beaches is well worth the effort. You can even see sailing boats dotting the river far below.
If you want to reach Warrah Lookout with minimal effort, give the Warrah Trig walk a go. This is the shortest and easiest track to Warrah Lookout. From there, you can either walk towards Pearl Beach or Patonga.
The popular Somersby Falls walk will take you through dense rainforest, straight to two beautiful waterfalls. This walk is incredibly busy during the summer, but relatively quiet during the winter season. The walk is short but steep so make sure you’re properly equipped.
Wyrrabalong National Park
Wyrrabalong National Park is located to the north of Terrigal. It is a small park, but don’t let its size fool you. It offers an amazing coastal walk and stunning ocean views from the Crackneck Lookout. It’s great during the summer, but you only get a chance to watch whales migrate from June to August.
The Coast walking track follows the clifftop for nearly 3km, offering unobstructed views of the ocean along its path. The walk itself is relatively easy and well-liked by people of all ages. Visit between June and August and don’t forget to bring your binoculars—Whales are often spotted swimming along the coastline during winter!
Crackneck Lookout is the best spot for whale watching and it’s also a great place to have a picnic or just sit on the grass and enjoy the stunning view. You can start your walk at Wyrrabalong Lookout, where you can enjoy the spectacular view of Wamberal and Terrigal beaches at a distance.
The Lilly Pilly Loop and Red Gum trails will take you through dense vegetation made up of tuckeroos, cabbage tree palms and other beautiful trees. You’ll also get glimpses of Tuggerah Lake along the way. It only takes about twenty minutes to reach Tuggerah Lake. The Red Gum trail will take you to the lake through a little path filled with splendid Sydney red gums.
More Things to Do
The charming seaside village of Terrigal is always busy. Apart from the beaches and crystal clear waters, Terrigal is popular among travellers for a multitude of reasons:
• The Skillion – A bluff that rises to a lookout, offering stunning views of the coast and ocean. Climb to the top to get a glimpse of Avoca Beach to the south. You’ll also find a designated area where you can walk your dog.
• Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre – A great place to spend some time with the kids and learn more about marine life. Children can see and even touch some of the creatures on display.
• Markets – At Terrigal Beach Market that runs on the first Saturday of every month along the beachfront, you’ll find clothes, jewellery, soaps and more. Enjoy the Greedy Guts Market, which runs on the second Friday of the month and comes with live music and tasty street food!
• Avoca Picture Theatre – This special movie theatre screens independent and foreign films. Special evenings may feature movies from all around the world. It has received several awards and was nominated as one of the ten most beautiful cinemas in the world.
The warm season is great, but as it gets too warm, heat slows you down. Winter is a great opportunity to discover new destinations and go on exciting adventures. Do you value peace and quiet? Who says you can’t enjoy the coast during winter?
Plan your winter escape in Terrigal today! Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific is the perfect location for all your winter adventures.