Sydney by the sea: the Northern Beaches and Pittwater
Stunning sand, waves and an enviable lifestyle attract visitors to the beaches north of Sydney Harbour. Stop at Avalon for shopping and good cafes, charter a yacht on Pittwater, or hit the surf at Queenscliff, Collaroy, Long Reef or Narrabeen.
About the Northern Beaches
North of the city, the beautiful stretch of coastline from Manly to Palm Beach has a relaxed beachside ambience and plenty of things to see and do. With the Pacific Ocean on one side and Pittwater on the other, the peninsula covers about 18 km of open coastline and has excellent dining, surf beaches, waterways and parklands.
Bordering Pittwater to the west is Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, which has pockets of rainforest with creeks, waterfalls, Aboriginal rock art and campsites.
Outdoor ocean pools along the northern beaches are at Collaroy, Dee Why, North Narrabeen, Newport and Palm Beach.
Sunday 12 July 2015 to Sunday 10 January 2016
Frenchs Forest Organic Markets Every Sunday morning the Parkway Ho
Enjoy Sydneys beaches like a local by following these simple beach safety tips.
Always swim between the red and yellow flags surf lifesavers have identified this area as the safest spot to swim in the water. Its also a good idea to always swim with a friend.
Make sure you read any safety signs at the beach and you are always welcome to ask lifeguards for more safety advice. If you find yourself needing help in the water, stay calm and attract attention.
Check conditions before you go and find a patrolled beach by visiting beachsafe.org.au.
Surfer standing on North Narrabeen beach. Image Hamilton Lund
View of North Curl Curl beach and ocean bath, Northern Beaches. Image Susan Wright, Tourism NSW
Swimmers at Avalon Rock Pool at sunset, Sydney. Image Susan Wright, Tourism NSW
Cafe dining, Avalon, Northern Beaches, Sydney. Image Hamilton Lund, Tourism NSW
Palm Beach ferry wharf (woman wading in foreground), Northern Beaches - Pittwater, Sydney. Image Hamilton Lund, Tourism NSW
Surf Life Saving Carnival (Avalon Beach Club squad), Dee Why, Northern Beach, Sydney. Image Hamilton Lund, Tourism NSW
Two canoes in Narrabeen Lagoon behind sand dunes, Narrabeen Lake, Northern Beaches, Sydney. Image Hamilton Lund, Tourism NSW
Father and daughter walking along rock platform, Newport, Northern Beaches, Sydney. Image Hamilton Lund, Tourism NSW
Mona Vale beach, Northern Beaches, Sydney. Image Hamilton Lund, Tourism NSW
Aerial view of Great Mackerel Beach at Ku-Ring-Gai National Park, Barranjoey headland in background. Image Hamilton Lund, Tourism NSW
Family walking at Barranjoey Headland, Palm Beach. Image Hamilton Lund
Aerial view of Looking Glass Bay, Pittwater. Image Hamilton Lund