History

The Entrance has seen many name changes over the years. Originally known as Toowoon, Tuggerah Beach, Tuggerah Entrance, Terilba, then Karagi (aboriginal name meaning “the way in", “the door" or “the entrance”). The name The Entrance was officially adopted in 1935. The point on the south side of the channel is known as Karagi Point.

The first known report of The Entrance area was when a search party was sent north to look for escaped convict Mary Morgan (known as Molly Morgan). Their search included a lagoon between Broken Bay and Cape Three Points which was “within the sea beach of about twenty miles in length, parallel with the sea coast”. This lagoon was Tuggerah Lakes.

Brisbane Water Magistrate Willoughby Bean bought a property, which took in The Entrance and Long Jetty (an area of three square miles), from the Crown in the 1820s. The property changed hands several times, after many owners suffered financial difficulties, until Jane Taylor bought it in 1854.

The area was used for many purposes, including a stock and cattle property, dairy, wheat and corn farm, fishing spot, guest houses, ferry service and was the site where several families settled and grew.

A very generous family throughout several generations, the Taylors, donated land for schools, churches, halls and other community amenities to be built. The area, known as Tuggerah Beach in the early 1900s, was a popular tourism destination – and still is.

The first subdivision of the Taylor’s land was released for sale on March 3, 1920, when 200 blocks were sold for 60-80 pounds ($120-$160). “Very special choice” blocks sold for 200 pounds ($400). The Commonwealth Land and Agency Company of Sydney undertook a second subdivision in 1923.

Make sure on your visit to The Entrance you take a stroll along The Heritage Walk and learn more about the history of our beautiful area.