DAY 1. Town 1: The first of my destinations will not take long to reach as it is my home town of Terrigal. I feel as though I’ve won the lottery. Out of all the places I could live in Australia I am based in one of the 93 places mentioned in the “I’ve been everywhere” song so I do not need my car to get there, just my two feet.
Terrigal is located on the NSW Central Coast – the ‘Central’ Coast as it is half way between Sydney and Newcastle. It takes around an hour and a half to get here from Sydney or Newcastle either by car or train, although the nearest train station is at Gosford. This coastal town was first settled in 1826 and the name is thought to be derived from the Aboriginal word “Tarragul”, meaning ‘a place of little birds’ – somewhat ironic given the present quantity of rather large pelicans who have decide to make Terrigal home.
Terrigal is a quiet, almost sleepy town during the week, but come good weather and a Friday or Saturday the population of the town increases considerably as ‘Sydneysiders’ descend on the town for a weekend getaway (and the locals visit Sydney!). A modest town centre lines the seafront. In addition to the real estate agencies, banks, chemist, surf wear shops and newsagent a number of eateries that can accommodate all budgets may be found. The Crown Plaza hotel stands majestically at the southern end of the beach and appears popular – whether through the quality of its accommodation or because its the only major hotel in town I do not know.
It’s easy to relax in Terrigal on the beach or at any of the cafes but anyone feeling a little more energetic a hike up The Skillion is a must do attraction. Sadly no words can do the rocky outcrop justice as it provides for wonderful views of the area from its peak. The fish and chip shop nearby is well worth a visit as its the friendliest and most consistent provider of cooked seafood in town.
If you plan on visiting the area check the local Express Advocate Events Guide to see whats on.
Anyway, enough of Terrigal. As great as it is, it’s time to hit the road and let the real adventure begin.
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