The Basin at Pittwater in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
South Steyne end of Manly Beach, Manly
Dee Why Area
Surfing at Dee Why
The Dee Why area enjoys some of Sydney’s best surf beaches, ideal for both seasoned surfers as well as beginners. Nearby Collaroy and Curl Curl are also two of Sydney’s most celebrated surf beaches, where surfers of all levels mingle in the surf and sun. Dee Why Beach itself is also lined with great cafes and restaurants.
Dee Why and Surrounds
The beautiful Dee Why Beach, along with the surf beaches of North and South Curl Curl and the 7 km stretch that makes up nearby Collaroy and Narrabeen beaches, form a quintessential stretch of the Northern Beaches area.
Dee Why and Collaroy Beaches are both excellent for beginner surfers. There’s also a rockpool, picnic areas, and has a handy row of shops and cafes across the road. Just over a kilometre of sand makes up nearby North and South Curl Curl Beaches, with a surf lifesaving club for each. These beaches are popular for swimming, surfing and fishing. Remember to always swim between the flags.
And just north of Manly is Freshwater Beach, one of Australia's oldest surf beaches and also boasting a 50 metre saltwater pool.
The Dee Why area’s inland waterways are great for exploring. Visit the nearby Manly Dam, which offers some great bushwalks and mountain bike trails, and is an ideal spot for kayaking. Dee Why Lagoon, located between Dee Why and Long Reef beaches, is a haven for migratory birds. Proclaimed a wildlife refuge in 1973, it covers 30 hectares and is a great spot for bushwalking and birdwatching.
For a scenic walk pick up the trail of the stunning Bicentennial Coastal Walkway, along the cliffs of Dee Why Head and down to the southern end of Dee Why Beach. This trail is part of a bigger track which runs around the headlands all the way from Queenscliff to Palm Beach.
This area also has some good options for eating out. Seachange Cafe is famous for its breakfasts and coffee, and for excellent steaks head to Wildwater.