Narrabeen and Surrounds

Highlights

Visit one of Australia’s most iconic surfing beaches, North Narrabeen. Enjoy a range of water sports on the tranquil Narrabeen Lagoon and learn to surf at nearby Collaroy Beach. There are delicious waterside cafes and restaurants, and the annual Narrabeen Lakes Festival is a fun summer weekend.

  • Enjoying the waters of Narrabeen Lagoon
  • North Narrabeen Beach

About Narrabeen and surrounds

The iconic North Narrabeen Beach is world famous for a consistent surf break and is just one of the many great attractions in Narrabeen and surrounds. You’ll find more beautiful sandy beaches and Narrabeen Lagoon is perfect for kayaking. There are delicious waterside places to eat and drink, too.

This gorgeous area of Sydney’s Northern Beaches is only an hour by bus from the city centre. Or you can hop on a ferry at Circular Quay and enjoy a scenic 30 minutes gliding across one of the most spectacular natural harbours in the world to Manly for a connecting bus to Narrabeen Beach.

Narrabeen Beach - Image; Warringah Council

More than 3km of soft sand curve north from Collaroy Beach to Narrabeen Beach and the lagoon. North of Narrabeen Head patrolled beaches include Warriewood, Mona ValeNewport and Avalon. A range of places to stay is available in the Northern Beaches, from YHA hostels to boutique hotels.

Manly Surf School offers lessons at Collaroy Beach, where at the southern end there is an ocean pool with eight lanes for lap swimming and a separate pool for young children. Adjacent to the beach is a playground and picnic area as well as restaurants, cafes and the Collaroy Hotel, a local institution.

Narrabeen Lagoon - Image; Warringah Council

The northern area of Narrabeen Beach is part of the National Surfing Reserves, a register of iconic surfing locations in Australia. The nation’s first two world surfing champions – Midget Farrelly and Nat Young – sharpened their boardriding on the North Narrabeen break before achieving fame.

Behind the beach is Narrabeen Lagoon, popular for fishing, boating and picnicking. A walkway circles the tranquil waterway. On the eastern side is the Boatshed Cafe and BarLimani restaurant and the annual Narrabeen Lakes Festival, a December weekend of music, carnival rides, food stalls and more.

Enjoy Sydney's beaches like a local by following these simple beach safety tips

Surf Life Saving

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.