Friday, 28 June 2019

Your relatives are coming over for a long weekend. You've boasted about the area and happily put your hand up to be their personal tour guide. After all, you've lived here your whole life, how hard can it be?

It starts to set in. It's a big area. There's a lot to see and do.

Don’t panic, here's your game plan for the next three days.

1. Manly Beach

Manly Beach was voted TripAdvisor Australia's best Aussie beach for a reason- there's a lot to see and do in Manly alone.

Active bunch? You're sorted with snorkelling, surfing, swimming and hiking. Enjoy a stroll up to North Head or do the Queenscliff to Shelly and back loop.

Not-so-active bunch? Sit and people watch while listening to local buskers. Quench their thirst and delight taste buds with some of the Northern Beaches’ hottest bars, cafés and restaurants.

2. Pittwater’s waterways​​​​​

Pittwater’s waterways are like nowhere else.

Kayak or stand up paddleboard in the tranquil waters of Sandy Point or Station Beach. Jump on the ferry and escape city life to Currawong, Great Mackerel Beach or The Basin. Dive in for a swim or pull on your walking shoes and explore one of the many trails.

3. Barrenjoey Lighthouse

If Instagram has shown us anything, it’s that people love taking photos at the top of Barrenjoey Lighthouse, and it's no mystery why. Wow your crowd with the panoramic views of Pittwater, Broken Bay and Palm Beach. #SummerBay

4. Manly Dam

Just 15 minutes drive from the centre of Manly lies Manly Dam.

It’s an ideal spot for lazy days spent swimming, fishing, paddling and even water-skiing. You might be lucky enough to meet some of the dam’s native wildlife with echidnas, wallabies and water dragons regularly spotted here.

For mountain bike enthusiasts, Manly Dam is home to one of Sydney's best tracks, and is enjoyed by both beginners and advanced riders.

What do you want tourism to look like on the Northern Beaches?

We’re proud of this extraordinary place we call home. It’s no wonder millions come to see it for themselves each year.

Help build our Destination Management Plan (DMP) to make sure tourism supports and protects our extraordinary environment, community and local businesses. Have your say.

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