The Skillion

The Skillion is a well-known oddly-shaped narrow rocky cape on the south of the Terrigal beach that provides a wonderful photography sight. It also has a lookout on the top with¬†wonderful coastal views. It’s located in Terrigal, Central Coast, NSW, Australia, in about 1hr drive from Sydney.

Special Photographic Features or Notes

The Skillion

Main shooting location is on rocks in a small inlet just between the north side of the Skillion and the Broken Head. However the rock coast on the south side of the Skillion is also a nice place for taking pictures.


There are a few shallow rock pools available after high tides for photographing different kind of reflections.


If you want to photograph the coast with rocks and foamy water at sunrise then don’t forget to bring Grad ND filters.

Special Equipment

  • Sandals and towel – just to be ready to walk in water.
  • Headlamp or torch if you want to shoot in the dark or very early in pre-dawn.
  • Grad ND filters if you want to shoot rocks on the beach during sunrise.
  • Plenty of lens cleaning cloths – Salt spray can be problem on your lens element.

Best Time of The Day

Pre-dawn and sunrise of course. However sunset and night is also lovely.

Tidal Information

This place is affected by high tide. When the tide is low you can walk on rock or rock platforms but please be very careful when the tide is high as there is a risk of damaging equipment or getting washed out to sea.

Getting there

Use Sydney Newcastle Fwy (F3) then exit onto Central Coast Hwy (83), drive though Gosford, on the second (?) roundabout take third exit to Terrigal Dr, then continue on Terrigal Esplanade and after passing the Terrigal beach turn left into unnamed road around oval. Park there.

Click on the link to see the map

More Information

Terrigal, New South Wales on Wikipedia

Author Bio

Ilya Genkin

I am a freelance landscape, travel and stock photographer from Sydney, Australia. I started photography back in 1980 as hobby but later then landscape photography became my true passion during mountaineering in Northern Tien-Shan, Kazakhstan. I've been inspired by beauty of the high mountains and by numerous landscape and nature photographers, from great names such as Ansel Adams, Galen Rowell, Art Wolfe, John Fielder and many others. Landscape and travel photography for me is my very personal way to capture and to share the beauty of our world with the other people through unique images. I always try to get to know a place before shooting. Learn your subject, know your subject, return to the same place over and over again, at different times of day, during different seasons, and under variable weather conditions. This takes time and a lot of effort but the reward is high.   Fine Art Landscape, Travel and Stock Photography by Ilya Genkin


  1. Brent Pearson December 5, 2008

    Gorgeous Guide — Hey Ilya

    What a gorgeous guide. I’ve seen some lovely shots of the Skillion, but these definitely are up there with the best. Great job.;… Great guide. I love shooting the central coast, but I haven’t shot The Skillion before.


  2. Brent Pearson March 28, 2009

    Now I’ve shot the Skillion — Hey Ilya

    Well thanks to your guide I can now say that I have shot the Skillion…. and I loved it.

    I got some great shots and there are some very cool rocks around there.

    I enjoyed capturing this shot

    and plan to go back for more shooting (especially on the next King Tide


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