Aquatic reserves

The Northern Beaches has five aquatic reserves that protect our marine animals and their habitats.

Coastal erosion

Our beaches are constantly changing, affected by short and long term natural environmental processes. As a result they need careful management.

Coastal Zone Management Plans

The development of best practice Coastline Management Plans (CMPs) is essential for both legislative and community reasons.


Northern Beaches’ Headlands rise spectacularly above the ocean. They are perfect vantage points for enjoying coastline and ocean views.

Rock platforms

When the tide retreats a secret world of marine ecosystems opens up with clusters of mini aquariums, seething with tiny creatures.


A constant source of beauty and recreation, coastal lagoons’ fragile ecosystems are also home to a variety of native plants and animals.


Creeks, interlinked with estuaries, wetlands and lagoons, contain a high native species richness and diversity.

Middle Harbour

Come and explore first hand, one of Sydney's last natural harbour-side rainforests.

Pittwater waterway

Iconic and beautiful, Pittwater Waterway’s varied marine biodiversity and delicate estuarine habitats contribute to its local and regional ...

Water quality management

We’re working hard to promote and support water saving measures, incorporating education, urban design and recycling.


Once considered wastelands to be drained, filled and developed, our Northern Beaches wetlands are now valued conservation areas.