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To improve public safety, alcohol-free zones (AFZs) and alcohol prohibited areas (APAs) are designed to prevent street drinking. This reduces disruptive and anti-social behaviour as well as alcohol-related crime on our streets. 

Our alcohol-free zones are part of a wider City of Sydney and NSW Police program tackling irresponsible drinking.

Special events

Temporary APAs are put in place during large special events such as Australia Day. These supercede areas identified below where timed restrictions apply.

New Year’s Eve, 31 December 2022

A temporary 24 hour Alcohol Prohibited Area has been declared for Rowland Reserve, Bayview from 6am, Saturday 31 December 2022 to 6am, Sunday 1 January 2023.

Australia Day 26 January 2023

A temporary 24-hour Alcohol Prohibited Area has been declared on the sand area of all beaches and all parks and reserves within the Northern Beaches Council Local Government Area from 6am, Thursday 26 January 2023 to 6am, Friday 27 January 2023.

We appreciate your cooperation and support of these community events and look forward to seeing you there. Enquiries: Customer Service, 1300 434 434.

Place activations

  • A partial suspension of the Alcohol Free Zone will be in place at Market Lane, Manly for the Market Lane Live Pop up Wine Garden designated area until 30 June 2022.

Alcohol Free Zones - 24 hours

AFZs cover many public roads, footpaths, car parks and laneways. 

Police and our rangers can confiscate and dispose of alcohol in these places. Anyone refusing to co-operate, can be charged with obstruction, carrying penalties up to $2,200.

Drinking alcohol in these areas is prohibited 24 hours per day:

  • Avalon -Extends across the main shopping centre bounded in the north by Central Avenue, on the east by Barrenjoey Road and adjacent carparks. Surfside Avenue, in the south by Dress Circle Road and Bellevue Road at the south, and all public carparks, streets and pathways contained within this area. PDF map
  • Belrose - A: Bounded by Blackbutts Road to the south, Glen Street and the newly constructed shopping precinct to the north, Glen Street to the west and Pringle Avenue to the east. B: Pindrie Place, Wingara Grove through Haigh Street down Coora Avenue, Marina Place and Lowanna Street. PDF map
  • Brookvale - Warringah Mall Bus Stops. PDF map
  • Church Point - From the cargo wharf in McCarrs Creek Road to the eastern end of the Church Point carpark ; and includes all public carparks, footpaths and streets bounded by this area. PDF map
  • Collaroy - Pittwater Road between Brissenden Avenue to the south and Jenkins Street to the north. PDF map
  • Cromer - Fisher Rd North at Cromer Community Centre. PDF map
  • Dee Why - Pittwater Road in the west, and extends down Pacific Parade, Oaks Avenue and Howard Avenue to Avon Road and bounded by Richmond Road in the north, on the east by The Strand, extending to the Surf Life Saving Club and by Pacific Parade at the south. PDF map
  • Forestville - Shopping Precinct bounded by Starkey St, Violet Lane, Melrose and Warringah Road. PDF map
  • Freshwater - A: Lawrence Street from Oliver Street in the West, Oceanview Road in the north, down to Undercliff Road in the south, including the public carpark adjacent to Freshwater Beach and next to the Freshwater Surf Life Saving Club, and all public carparks, streets and pathways contained within this area. B: Charles Street through to Evans Street down to the junction of Lumsdaine Drive. PDF map
  • Manly - North Steyne and South Steyne, Ashburner Street, East and West Esplanade, Eustace Street, Pittwater Road and Steinton Street.  Bounded by and including Raglan Street, Park Avenue and Sydney Road to Birkley Road. PDF map
  • Mona Vale - A: Bounded by the junction of Darley Street and Pittwater Road to the north, along Surfview Road to the East, through to close to the junction of Mona Vale Road and Pittwater Road; and all public carparks, footpaths and streets contained within this area. B: Barrenjoey Road from Darley Street to Seabeach Avenue, down Seabeach Avenue to Terrol Crescent, and along Terrol Crescent adjacent to Seabeach Gardens Retirement Village. PDF map
  • Narrabeen - A: Pittwater Road between Ocean Street to the south and the bridge over Narrabeen Lake to the north. B: Wellington Street carpark. PDF map
  • Newport Beach - Extends through the main shopping centre and is bounded by the carparks parallel to Barrenjoey Road, Foamcrest Avenue, Seaview Avenue and Neptune Street to the North; and includes all public carparks, footpaths and streets bounded by this area. PDF map
  • Newport Residential - From Barrenjoey Road in the east, bounded by Gladstone Street in the North; Beaconsfield Street in the South; Pittwater in the West; and includes all public carparks, footpaths and streets bounded by this area. PDF map
  • Palm Beach - Ocean Road from the rock pool end, through to the junction with Palm Beach Road; and all public carparks, streets and pathways contained within this area. PDF map

Alcohol Prohibited Areas

APAs cover, public parks, beaches and reserves and restriction times can vary.

While AFZs are periodically reviewed, these Alcohol Prohibited Areas have no end date.

Having opened containers of alcohol in the following areas is banned (24 hours): 

  • All rockpools in the LGA
  • Berry Reserve (between Wellington St and Loftus St), Narrabeen
  • Gilbert Park, Manly
  • Ivanhoe Park, Manly
  • Kangaroo Park, Manly
  • Keirle Park, Manly
  • Lagoon Park, Manly
  • Lagoon Street Reserve, Narrabeen
  • Little Manly Reserve, Manly
  • Manly Beach, Manly
  • Marine Parade, Manly
  • Queenscliff Headland, Queenscliff
  • Shelly Beach Reserve, Manly
  • Thomas Stephens Reserve, Church Point (except Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays between 3pm to 9pm)
  • Walter Gors Park, Dee Why
  • West Esplanade Reserve, Manly

Having opened containers of alcohol in the following areas is banned between 8pm to 8am.

  • All parks in former Warringah LGA (except those listed as 24 hours above).
  • Apex Park, Mona Vale 
  • Avalon Beach Reserve, Avalon
  • Bert Payne Reserve, Avalon
  • Boondah Reserve, Warriewood 
  • Clareville Beach, Clareville
  • Clontarf Reserve, Clontarf
  • Des Creagh Reserve, Avalon
  • Dunbar Park, Avalon 
  • East Esplanade Reserve, Manly
  • Fairlight and Delwood Beaches, Fairlight
  • Hitchcock Park, Avalon
  • Kitchener Park, Mona Vale
  • North Narrabeen Reserve (excluding Pittwater Rugby Park) 
  • Porter Reserve, Newport 
  • Spurway Park, Newport 
  • Village Park, Mona Vale
  • Warriewood Valley Sports Field, Warriewood
  • Winnererremy Bay, Mona Vale