Northern Beaches, Sydney
Sydneys Northern Beaches has changed so much in the last 40 years. Places like Warriewood were once known for vegetable farms, nursery's and the old drive in. Today they have all disappeared and been replaced by housing estates. Dee Why has also changed, once the streets were lined with interesting shops and banks however today you will find apartment blocks and shopping centres.
One thing that has not changed is the beautiful coastline that stretches 40km starting from Manly and stretching all the way to beautiful Palm Beach.
Things to do see and do.
You will not get board here as there is so much to see and do.
- Make jewellery with Tommy from the Fifth Lane workshop. This would have to be one of my favourite things to do here on the northern beaches. Picture yourself with a glass of wine while hammering out one of your very own special creations.
- Manly of course is famous for its Surfing competitions however you will find people have their own favourite surfing spots.
- Manly Surf School has lessons for all levels.
Markets in Manly
- Every weekend you will find an amazing vibe at the Manly Arts and Craft markets. The stall stretch across Sydney Rd and feature an amazing array of handcrafted produces.
- It's lots of fun riding around the beaches but if you are visiting and don't have your own bike you can hire one from Manly Bike Tours. To find out more just click on the link. https://www.manlybiketours.com.au
- Manly to Spit Bridge Walk is a beautiful. It is a 10km walk and takes about 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
- Narrabeen Lake Walk - This walk is 6.8km and takes about 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
- Walk up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse from Palm Beach, the walk is about 1 km and there is a track to the top.
- Beach Walks.
- One thing I like is the village feel of street shopping so head to beautiful Avalon for a wonder around the streets and enjoy the beautiful cafes.
- Dee Why Beach has an amazing array of restaurants that line the shore so I would put this place on my bucket list.
- There is such a variety of places to stay on the Northern Beaches that I would recommend making a short list of things you are after, location and budget.
My hotel recommendation.
- I love small boutique hotels that are reasonably priced and close to restaurants and the Metro Mirage at Newport is all that and more. It is in the middle of beautiful Pittwater and has beautiful views. It's the perfect place if you don't want to stay in the middle of the hassle and bustle of the Northern Beaches and is directly across the road from "The Newport" which has a variety of menus. If you don't have a car there is a bus stop that is only 200 meters away.
- I known this park as Narrabeen Caravan Park however it's now called NRMA Sydney Lakes Holiday Park. It is in an ideal location with Narrabeen Lake on one side and the beach across the road. The park is always heavily booked during holiday periods so if you are planning on staying at the park I highly recommend you book early.
- If you are going into the ocean for a swim please remember to swim between the flags so life guards can help you if you get into trouble.
- Life Guards: Manly has life guards patrolling all year round.
All other beaches only have life guards between September to May, everyday between 9am to 5pm.
For more information on "Whats on" in the Northern Beaches click on the council website https://www.northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/whats-on