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Terrigal Boardwalk and Rock Pool

Central Coast & Hunter - NSW

Central Coast


Distance (kms):

0.5 kms

Time (hrs):

Allow 30 mins

Elevation gain (m):

0 m

Max. elevation (m):

3 m

Difficulty (Grade):

Easy (Grade 1)

Route type:





2WD Sufficient

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A spectacular elevated ocean-side boardwalk alongside sandstone cliffs, with magnificent views to the ocean and up the coastline.

This heavily trafficked walk starts from the large car park at the eastern end of Terrigal Beach, off Terrigal Esplande/Scenic Highway in Terrigal.

From the car park, head to the beach and walk west along the concrete path to the start of the boardwalk.

Stroll along the iconic 227-metre-long boardwalk, built in 2021, as the waves lap the rocky shoreline below.  

The boardwalk is elevated above the water, below the sandstone cliffs of a small rocky headland. 

From the boardwalk, there are amazing ocean views, as well as views up the coastline along Terrigal Beach to Wamberal Point and Wyrrabalong Lookout.

At the western end of the boardwalk, an ocean rock pool is a great place to have a dip on a warm day, with the long, curved Terrigal Beach also an option.

There are public toilets nearby the carpark, as well as many cafes in the surrounding streets.

Those wishing to stretch their legs further can also walk across the dog park on the other side of the car park and visit The Skillion, a lookout with spectacular views of the rugged coastline.

The walk is a great addition to a day-trip to the area, visiting other popular sites such as Long Jetty, The Entrance Ocean Baths, and Norah Head Lighthouse further north up the coast.

Track: The track involves concrete paths and a wooden boardwalk, both of which are flat. The walk is well-signed and easy to follow. 

Difficulty: The walk is easy, suitable for all fitness levels, and wheelchair accessible. 

While the nearby beaches are often patrolled, it is still advised to swim with caution and to supervise young children at all times. Jumping and diving from the boardwalk and at the rockpools is prohibited.

Direction: This is an out-and-back track that returns the way it came. 

getting there

The walk starts from the large car park at the eastern end of Terrigal Beach, off Terrigal Esplande/Scenic Highway in Terrigal, 9 hours drive south of Brisbane, or 1.5 hours drive north of Sydney. 

Parking is ample at the car park, but the location can become extremely busy during weekends and holidays. There is also many off-street parking options on the surrounding streets.

best time to go

The walk can be completed year-round. 

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Remember, whenever venturing into the outdoors, practice the Leave No Trace principles and be considerate of others. This means: dispose of your waste properly, don't remove things or move things from their natural position and respect all wildlife. Also be sure to plan ahead and adequately prepare for any adventure. 

I respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which all activities listed on this website are found, as well as Elders past, present and emerging. I strive to not promote sites where requests have been made for people not to explore due to the cultural significance of the site to Indigenous peoples, or note how to respectfully visit a site. If I have a promoted a site with cultural significance, please send me a message and let me know.   

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