The Basin at Pittwater in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
South Steyne end of Manly Beach, Manly
Narrabeen and Surrounds
One of Australia's most iconic beaches, Narrabeen Beach stretches over three kilometres of golden sands from Long Reef to Narrabeen Lagoon. There are three surf lifesaving clubs dotted along the beach, with the Narrabeen Beach Surf Life Saving Club located in the centre of the beach in a large park with picnic tables, bbq equipment, toilets, outdoor showers and a playground.
Narrabeen and Surrounds
Narrabeen and the nearby suburbs of Warriewood, Mona Vale and Newport are all known for spectacular beaches, boasting some of the best surf in Australia.
In 2009 the northern part of Narrabeen Beach was declared a National Surfing Reserve. Over 3km of sand stretch from Long Reef, in the south, to the entrance of the Narrabeen Lagoon in the north. Surf conditions are fantastic here, and a refreshing ocean swim makes for an ideal day in the warm sun. There’s also an ocean pool and an inlet for kids to paddle in.
Further north is Mona Vale Beach, made up of two smaller beaches separated by a generous rock platform which features a 25 metre ocean-fed lap pool. Mona Vale’s main beach is best for stronger swimmers, while ‘The Basin’ to the north of the platform has calmer waters. Beyond Mona Vale you will find Newport Beach, where you can have a paddle or a body surf in the mild currents of the south end, with the north end a favourite among surfers.
The Narrabeen Sands Hotel provides a great spot for a beer near the beach, with family friendly meals during the day and entertainment at night. Or relax at the popular Newport Arms Hotel, a landmark since 1880 with great food, views and enormous waterfront beer garden.
The two biggest events on the local calendar are the Narrabeen Lakes Festival, a weekend festival with rides, entertainment and food stalls held each November, and the Sydney Morning Herald Sun Run, a 7 km fun run that winds its way through the spectacular vistas of the Northern Beaches.
Narrabeen Lagoon is a popular and scenic location for bushwalking, with a broad walkway circling the peaceful waterways. Both the Narrabeen Lakes to Manly Lagoon Walk and Barrenjoey to Narrabeen Lakes are excellent walks that wind through the alluring nature and surrounding areas. The lakes and lagoon also support fishing and windsurfing.
As with all Sydney beaches, ensure you swim between the signed area or the yellow and red flags.
Enjoy Sydney's 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. It's also a good idea to always swim with a friend.
Pay attention to the advice of the lifesavers and safety signs. Visit SharkSmart to understand any potential risks in the area you are swimming. 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. You can also find patrolled beach by visiting beachsafe.org.au.