Turimetta Beach – This is a tiny beach located below the steep cliffs, the beach is not patrolled and has been known to have numerous rips and strong currents, but it is used mainly the locals as their secret spot.
Warriewood Beach – Is a superb protected and sheltered beach, as it has two headlands on either side. It also is known for the “blowhole: which many youngsters love to be adventurous and jump from the cliff into the hole. It is extremely dangerous and it has over the years, caused many serious accidents.
There is a great walking track located on the southern headland and leads to North Narrabeen Beach. A surf club with facilities and a car park is also available on the beachfront.
Catch the 157 bus from Wynyard.
This beach is divided up to three beaches, South Narrabeen Beach, Narrabeen Beach and North Narrabeen beach. It also is blessed with Narrabeen Lakes, which is a very popular spot for families and water sports, such as rowing, fishing, boating, windsurfing, canoeing, sailing, waterskiing, and kayaking. The Lakes are situated around numerous reserves, which also contain Narrabeen Caravan Park which is an Sydney icon.
There are some excellent walking tracks around the lagoon and lakes. South Narrabeen Beach is located at the end of Clarke Street; it has a surf club with facilities. Narrabeen Beach also has a surf club with plenty of cafes and restaurants available. North Narrabeen is famous for being one of the best surf breaks in the world, many world championship competitions are held here regularly. The reason the surf is so good is because of “Shark Alley” a deep channel and with the lagoon emptying into the sea creates a sandbar, which then produces extraordinary waves.
Let’s Sleep: http://www.sydneylakeside.com.au/
Let’s Eat: Sand Bistro Narrabeen Sands Hotel www.narrabeensandshotel.com.au
By transport catch the 182 or L90 from Wynyard or the bus 155 or 157 from Manly.
Collaroy Beach – is now very popular with backpackers, as Sydney Beachouse Backpackers (YHA) is located here. There are plenty of shops, cafes, and restaurants along Pittwater Road.
This beach is popular for picnics as it has a charming grassy area with table and chairs, and a playground for children. There is a surf club, changing rooms and a delightful rock pool.
Lets Eat: The Surf Rock Hotel www.surfrockhotel.com.au
Let’s Sleep: YHA www.yha.com.au www.outdoorshack.com.au - sports hire equipment
If traveling by Public Transport catch the 182 or the L90 bus from Wynyard or the 155, 157 from Manly Wharf.
Long Reef and Fisherman’s Beach – This amazing beach is favoured by fisherman, windsurfers, surfers, abseiling, and kite surfers. The beach is also well known for its famous golf course, which sits proudly on the headland with the most amazing views. This beach can also be very dangerous with its constant rips and currents, so only swim between the flags.
There is a surf club on the northern end with toilets and change rooms. Next door to Long Reef is a small beach called Fisherman’s Beach, which is apart of Long Reef Aquatic Reserve. It’s a great place for a picnic or just relaxing on the grassy area. It is also used mostly by boaties, divers and fisherman to launch their boats.
Dee Why beachfront has now been upgraded with many trendy restaurants and cafes. It is very popular for breakfast and lunch. The beachfront is lined with large Norfolk pine trees similar to Manly Beach , and there are excellent facilities for having picnics with disabled access paths. The beach is approx 2km long, and has a fabulous rock pool overlooking the ocean, with an excellent walk along the headland to North Curl Curl Beach .
Dee Why lagoon is situated at the northern end of the beach and is a wildlife refuge, it sometimes opens up to the sea.It 's a favourite beach walk done by most Sydneysiders Dee Why to Long Reef and up to Long Reef golf course. Do not attempt to swim outside the flags, as this beach can be extremely dangerous for rips and currents.
If visiting by public transport catch the Bus 136 or 157 from Manly Wharf or the 177 from Wynyard. If walking from Nth Curl Curl follow the path along the headland.
Lets Eat : The Sand Bar on the Strand or any of the other fine cafe on the Strand.
Curl Curl Beach – is divided up into three beaches, South Curl Curl, Curl Curl and North Curl Curl Beachand is approx 1.5kilometers long. South Curl Curl can be very exposed to the weather and can get some very strong rips and currents. There is a rock pool, surf club and a café on the beachfront for light refreshments. Curl Curl has no surf club and is more suited for surf boarding.
North Curl Curl is very sheltered and protected and is loved by families; there is a surf club, rock pool, shop and plenty of parking available.
If walking then Curl Curl Beach can be reached from Freshwater Beach along the headland, or by catching the Bus 139 from Manly Wharf .
Freshwater Beach is in the suburb of Harbord, it is tucked away between Queenscliff and Curl Curl Beach . It’s a lovely beach, which is well known for its excellent safe patrolled surf. There is a large rock swimming pool situated at the northern end of the beach. The famous restaurant now called Pilu is housed in a beautiful sandstone building overlooking the beach. Bookings are essential Tel: 9938 3331.
Lets Eat :The famous restaurant now called Pilu is housed in a beautiful sandstone building overlooking the beach.
Just a few doors down, is the Harbord Hotel (known by locals as the Harbord Hilton) which is excellent for having a few beers or lunch at. Freshwater has a surf club with toilets and changing rooms. A lovely park behind the surf club is fabulous for a picnic. The surf Club has a small shop for buying light refreshments. If not driving then Freshwater can be reached by catching the bus 139 from Manly Wharf . You can also walk either through the chisel tunnel at Queenscliff or up the stairs leading from Queenscliff bridge over the lagoon.
Queenscliff beach is apart of Manly Beach its about one mile long with a large foreshore and golden sands. The northern end is called Queenscliff Beach which has a lagoon estuary that empties into the ocean. It is quieter than Manly and is used mainly by the locals. There is an ocean pool and a tunnel, which was once chiseled out by local fishermen as a short cut to Freshwater Beach, the next beach along the Northern Peninsula.
Manly is everything Australian, it is our culture. A lively Sydney beach resort with excellent accommodation, restaurants, cafes and pubs.
Its alive with screeching seagulls, long sandy beaches, small coves , inlets, swaying Norfolk Pines, bikinis, cold icy beer, surfboards, festivals, music, flip flops, pink zinc, fish and chips, yachts, boats, divers, fishermen, lifeguards, and an National Trust Oceanfront Promenade.
Manly is easily accessible by ferry or jetcat operating from Circular Quay(city)to Manly Wharf, the short walk up the Corso leads to the ocean beach.
Surrounded by the ocean and harbour on three sides, Manly is unique with its 18 small cove harbour and ocean beaches it lays peacefully as a peninsula with stunning and breathtaking views.
Manly Beach is about one mile long with a large foreshore and golden sands. The northern end is called Queenscliff Beach which has a lagoon estuary that empties into the ocean. It is quieter than Manly and is used mainly by the locals. There is an ocean pool and a tunnel, which was once chiseled out by local fishermen as a short cut to Freshwater Beach. The Centre is called North Steyne Beach and the southern corner South Steyne. Next to Manly Beach is Cabbage Tree Bay and Shelley Beach.
Cabbage Tree Bay was named after the Cabbage Tree Palm and Shelley Beach is the only west-facing beach on Australians east coast and is filled with unique marine life such as the Eastern Blue Groper, the Weedy Sea dragon, Gloomy Octopus, and Little Penguin. The bay is an ideal spot for scuba diving and snorkeling because of its clear and shallow waters.
The Harbour beaches include Manly Cove, Little Manly, Stores, Collins, Fairlight, Forty Basket, Reef and Clontarf beaches.There are numerous sea and harbour pools in Manly. The Bower Pool which is located half way to Shelley Beach along the walkway from Manly Life Saving Club.Little Manly Cove which is located next to Manly Wharf and is excellent for children and families.
Discover the beautiful deep waters of the Hawkesbury River and the elongated graceful waterway of Pittwater, running from Newport to Palm Beach. Broken Bay is dominated by Lion Island with plenty of small inlets and coves to cruise your yacht, cruiser or house boat through. Set amongst four National Parks, Kur-ring-gai Chase, Marramarra, Dharug, Brisbane Water and Bouddi, there are gorgeous beaches, historic villages, mangroves, with abundance of flora and fauna. This area is similar in scenery to the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland but is only one hour drive from Sydney. It offers beautiful scenery set amongst National Parks and sandstone headlands.
Take a cruise on the Hawkesbury River Cruises and spend a day enjoying the beautiful waterways, stopping off for lunch at Bobbin Head.
Another suggestion is to get off at Cottage Point Inn and have lunch overlooking Coal and Candle Creek, they also have overnight luxury accommodation available but you need to book (612 9456 1011).The cruise leaves Palm Beach Wharf at 11.00am daily.
A great way to see the river is to catch the Riverboat Postman, this is a service that delivers mail to isolated houses it takes approx 3 hours and runs Monday to Friday. Catch a train from Central Railway Station in the city at 8.16am to Hawkesbury River Railway Station in time to catch the mailman. (02 9985 7566) for more details.
Palm Beach ferries also offers a unique way to see Pittwater which operates from Palm Beach Wharf (02 99182747) you can catch a ferry to Ettalong, The Basin, Patagona, Pearl Beach and Woy Woy.
For the budget traveller you can take the ferry to The Basin and camp in the National Park perched on the waterfront. You must ring and book a site, showers and toilets are available and a shop to buy essentials(opened only in summer)02 9974 1011.Another budget accommodation is Pittwater YHA (9999 5748) catch the 156 bus from Manly Wharf to Church Point and then a ferry to Halls Wharf.
Brighton-Le-Sands is on the western shore of Botany Bay just minutes south of Sydney's international airport.
There are three swimming baths on a very long stretch of beach. A handful of good restaurants lie along the foreshore of Botany Bay for a fine dining experience right on the water.
Botany Bay is quite shallow and quickly gets rough in windy conditions so the beach is suitable for swimming only in good weather. I did see a number of wind surfers taking advantage of a strong breeze at the time.
I can't compare it to more famous Sydney beaches such as Bondi or Manly because I didn't visit these. But Brighton looks good enough for a swim on a sunny Sydney day.
To reach this beach, you have to catch the ferry to Ettalong, and then hop into a taxi to Pearl Beach or you can drive from Sydney which takes approx 90 minutes. It's well worth the effort, as the beach is gorgeous with million dollar waterfront beach houses hidden amongst tall Norfolk Pine trees.
The beach is long and slender, with a lovely rock pool on the southern end.There are two cafes and one excellent restaurant called "Pearls on the beach" this is highly recommended as the views and food are absolutely stunning.
www.pearlsonthebeach.com.au - 4342 4400
Opened Thursday to Friday for lunch and dinner - bookings essential.
Lets Sleep :
Ettalong is located at the ocean entrance leading into Brisbane waters. The Aboriginal word Ettalong means “Place for Drinking”. It is a desired beach for many Sydneysiders. A new ferry service operates daily scheduled departures from Palm Beach Wharf to Wagstaff and on to Ettalong. The 30 minute ferry ride offers stunning views of Lion Island and Broken Bay.
The beach is long and protected with a small village with plenty of cafes available for light refreshments. Take a stroll along the beach and take in the stunning views of Lion Island, Broken Bay and the Hawkesbury River. Weekend markets are held near the beach with over 200 stalls.
Let’s Eat: Outrigger Hotel.
Let’s Sleep: www.outrigger.com.au the Outrigger Hotel.
Great Mackeral Beach -
The Palm Beach ferry stops off at Mackeral Beach. It’s a cute little beach to stroll along, and well worth the effort to stop and explore this quaint beach, until the next ferry arrives to take you back to Palm Beach.
This little treasure of a beach is neatly tucked away in the National Park. The best way to reach it is by catching the ferry from Palm beach Wharf. Patonga has some great walks, especially the wonderful "Tony Doyle Walking Trail" which leads to a stunning lookout over Broken Bay.
At the southern end of the beach, there is a caravan Park with great facilities, with the ocean in front and a tidal inlet with mangroves and mudflats behind.
A ferry service to Brooklyn which is a fabulous way to see the Hawkesbury River departs at Patonga Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays at 2.15pm. Saturdays- 11.45am, 2.15pm. Sundays - 11.45am.
There are limited restaurants in Patonga, but there is a general store which sells fab fish and chips.
Let’s Sleep: Patonga Beach Caravan and Camping Area - Bay Street Patonga Tel: 02 4379 1287
Catch the L90 Bus from Wynyard and the Palm Beach Ferry to Patonga from Palm Beach Wharf.
We decided to do another day trip, this time to Manly Beach. We took the ferry across and spent most of the afternoon exploring the beach and just enjoying the beautiful weather. There were people on the beach, but the waves were huge and the wind was strong. We walked along the beach and decided to stop and have some lunch. After lunch we explored a bit around the town and walked to an area called "Kangaroo Park". I must say, I really thought I would see kangaroos, but we didn't.
The name of the beach is quite interesting, "Manly was named by Captain Arthur Phillip after his encounter with the confident and manly Aboriginal people"