Narrabeen to Avalon

Narrabeen is famous among surfers for its consistent breaks. In 2021 it hosted the World Surf League Championships, attracting the best surfers all over the globe. The surounding beaches are just fantastic, but the area isn't just for board riders. Narrabeen Lagoon is popular with kayakers, stand-up paddleboarders and cyclists, and there are a number of delicious eateries to choose from.



Things to do 

Narrabeen Beach joins Collaroy Beach and together they create a long stretch of sand that's about 3km long. North of Narrabeen Head you'll find more patrolled beaches including the sheltered Warriewood which joins Mona Vale when the tide is low, plus the secluded Bilgola and the more popular Newport and Avalon beaches.

Most of the beaches along this stretch of coastline also offer glorious ocean rock pools. These are great for kids who don't want to play among big surf waves or those who want to do laps in the refreshing salt water rather than chlorine. The beach is accessible with the use of a FreeWheeler, a wheelchair with soft balloon tires that provides access to the sand and surf for less mobile users.

Surfer's arriving early to catch a wave at North Narrabeen Beach, North Narrabeen

North Narrabeen Beach, North Narrabeen

The area is also fantastic for those who want to enjoy the great outdoors. Manly Surf School offers lessons at Collaroy Beach, and Narrabeen Lagoon has something for everyone including a bushwalking and off-road cycling track, plus you can hire kayaks and stand-up paddleboards to make the most of the still, calm waters.

Eat & drink

There are delicious waterside places to eat and drink dotted along the coast. At Narrabeen, have a coffee at Oceans, go for a steak at Barbuto or tacos at Mexicano. There’s excellent Japanese fare at Cafe Monaka in Mona Vale, The Newport does Neapolitan-style pizzas and locals travel to Sunset Diner in Avalon for burgers.

The Newport in Sydney North, Sydney

The Newport, Newport

Getting there & where to stay

This gorgeous area of Sydney’s Northern Beaches is only an hour by bus from the city centre. Or hop on a scenic ferry ride at Circular Quay for a 30-minute ride to Manly then catch a connecting bus. There are a range of places to stay along the Northern Beaches, from YHA hostels to boutique hotels, which suit all budgets.


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