Northern Beaches

This beautiful coastline curves from Manly to Palm Beach, a popular destination for fans of TV soap Home and Away. You’ll discover some of Australia’s best surf in the Northern Beaches, charming places to eat and outdoor adventure, including swimming, sailing, kayaking, fishing and camping.

You can even learn to surf at Manly Beach, where the first world surfing contest was held in 1964. As well as the gorgeous white sandy beaches and ocean pools, the pristine waterways of Narrabeen Lagoon and Pittwater, which is adjacent Kur-ring-gai Chase National Park, are ideal for water sports.

Surfer riding a wave at Manly Beach in Sydney's north

The Newport is a beautifully renovated historic pub on Pittwater’s foreshore. For stunning aerial views of Sydney Harbour and the Northern Beaches, fly from Rose Bay with Sydney Seaplanes or Sydney by Seaplane to Pittwater and dine at the acclaimed Jonah’s at Whale Beach, near Palm Beach.

Jonahs Boutique Hotel - Whale Beach - Northern Beaches

Other things to do and see include clifftop walks for whale watching. There are fun tours too, such as Flamin’ Galah’s Home and Away adventure and EcoTreasures’ wildlife discovery. The vibrant events calendar of markets, sports and festivals includes Avalon Market Day and Narrabeen Lakes Festival.

Sydney Beach safety


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


  1. Hunter Valley Uncorked Avalon

    Sunday 22 April 2018 , Northern Beaches

    The Village Green at Dunbar Park will come alive with the renowned pleasures of Australia’s oldest wine region when the tastes, sights and sounds of the Hunter Valley merge with the breezy coastal lifestyle of Avalon at the Uncorked Avalon …

    22 Apr