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Couple dining on the balcony at Jonah's Restaurant and Boutique Hotel in Whale Beach

Northern Beaches

  • Surfer standing on North Narrabeen beach, Northern Beaches
  • Avalon Beach and ocean pool, Northern Beaches


Sydney by the sea: the Northern Beaches and Pittwater

Beautiful beaches, rolling waves and an enviable lifestyle have long 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.

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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.


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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

Stay safe at the beach

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