Beautiful Dee Why Beach, along with Curl Curl to the south and Long Reef to the north, are popular beaches for surfing and swimming. Unwind and relax on soft sand, and explore great ocean views on a section of the 10km Bicentennial Coastal Walk between Manly Beach and Narrabeen Beach.
Getting to Dee Why and surrounds in Sydney’s Northern Beaches is easy by public transport. A scenic ferry ride from Circular Quay to Manly for a connecting bus is a delightful way to get to Dee Why and nearby beaches. Or hire a bicycle in Manly and pedal north along the spectacular coastline.
At the southern end of Dee Why Beach is a rock pool and pretty parkland, with picnic tables and a playground. Along the Strand by the park and beach is an enticing row of cafes and restaurants, including Sandbar, SeaChange Cafe, Aubergine Sydney, On Shore Cafe Brasserie and the Wockbar.
At the northern end of the beach is Dee Why Lagoon, a wildlife sanctuary for birds since 1973. Long Reef Beach curves northeast from the lagoon to a golf course and Long Reef Point, taking in the oldest aquatic reserve in NSW. You can spot whales from the lookout between May and November.
You can learn to surf at Long Reef, too. South of Dee Why is Curl Curl Beach. Divided into North Curl Curl and South Curl Curl, there is a surf lifesaving club at both ends. As with all patrolled beaches, always swim between the red and yellow flags. An ocean pool and cafe are at the southern end.