Freshwater Beach

A stunning family beach wedged between two headlands, Freshwater is a short walk north from Manly. A coastal walk further north will take you to Curl Curl.

The north headland provides excellent protection from the summer nor'easter, and waves are fairly consistent right along the beach thanks to reliable sandbanks.

An eight lane, 50 metre saltwater pool at the north end is a favourite with lap swimmers.

Freshwater's unique claim to fame is that this is where surfboard riding was popularised in Australia by Hawaiian 'Duke' Kahanamoku. Duke famously carved a board from a piece of local timber and demonstrated surfing for an enthralled crowd on 15 January 1915. A life-size statue of Duke Kahanamoku on the northern headland commemorates the historic day.

Freshwater is part of the Manly-Freshwater National and World Surfing Reserve that recognises the historical, cultural, and environmental values of famous surfing beaches.

Nearby events

  1. Purely Picnics

    Sunday 20 January 2019 to Sunday 30 June 2019 , Manly

    Purely Picnics specialise in creating unique and memorable pop up picnics for all occasions. We pair beautiful locations in Sydney with exquisite styling and delicious platters to create an unforgettable picnic experience. Whether you're…

    20 Jan - 30 Jun
  2. Kids Glamping Accommodation Special

    Sunday 20 January 2019 to Saturday 22 June 2019 , Manly

    Bring the whole family to Q Station for a special treat! The Kids Glamping adventure is ideal for school holidays or a weekend getaway. The kids will love hanging out in their indoor tepee with unlimited movies, board games and popcorn…

    20 Jan - 22 Jun