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Whether you want to carve up a wave in the surf, take a swim in the sea or relax on the sand, the Northern Beaches is the place to be. Select an area below and explore our local beaches for your daily dose of vitamin sea.

Council Lifeguards

Professional Council lifeguards and volunteers patrol our surf beaches to help keep you safe. We patrol Manly all year round, Dee Why and Freshwater from September till the end of May. Most other surf beaches are patrolled from the end of September until the end of April, every day from 9am - 5pm and sometimes longer in the summer peak.

If you need to contact the Beach Safety team for general enquiries please call Customer Service on 1300 434 434

In case of an emergency call 000.

Please remember to swim between the flags and as much as we love our pets there are no dogs allowed on our beaches or rockpools.

Beachwatch

Beachwatch recommend you avoid swimming for three days after heavy rain. Check the Beachwatch reports.

Beachsafe

Brought to you by Surf Life Saving Australia, this site includes the location, facilities, weather, conditions and lifesaving services for Australian beaches. Check Beachsafe conditions.

Bookings

Hold a public, private or commercial event at one of our picturesque beaches. Find out more

Contact information

South Avalon Beach

Avalon Beach

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Barrenjoey Road , Avalon Beach
Avalon is a surf beach 500m long, facing south-east, and bordered by 60m high sandstone cliffs and the rock platforms of Bilgola Head and Hole in the Wall.
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Bilgola Beach

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The Serpentine , Bilgola Beach
Bilgola Beach is a surf beach that is 500m long, faces south east and is bordered by a high headland, Bilgola Head to the north and the lower, shaley Newport Head and rocks to the south.
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Bungan Beach

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Myola Road , Newport
Bungan Beach is a surf beach that is 600m long running south-south east between Bungan and Mona Vale Heads.
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Clareville Beach

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off Delecta Avenue , Clareville
Clareville Beach is located off Delecta Avenue at Clareville.
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Clontarf Beach

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Clontarf , Clontarf
Clontarf Beach is a large sandy foreland with a family friendly playground and swimming enclosure.
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Collaroy Beach

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Pittwater Rd , Collaroy
Collaroy Beach is a surf beach that adjoins Narrabeen Beach forming a long stretch of coast.
Dee Why beach

Dee Why Beach

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The Strand , Dee Why
One of our busiest beaches with a thriving cafe scene.
Fairlight Beach

Fairlight Beach

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Manly Scenic Walkway , Manly
To the west of Manly Cove is 1.5km of south-facing rocky shore containing three small beaches.
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Fishermans Beach

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Anzac Ave , Collaroy
500m long Fishermans Beach runs from Long Reef headland to the south and Collaroy Beach to the north.

Forty Baskets Beach

Forty Baskets

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Forty Baskets Beach , Balgowlah
The area offers scenic harbour views, beach with swimming enclosure and pier, picnic & BBQ facilities, and swings.
Freshwater Beach

Freshwater Beach

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Kooloora Ave , Freshwater
A world-famous surfing beach with a rich history.  It is where Duke Kahanamoku held his famous 1915 surfing demonstration that popularised surfing in Australia.
Great Mackerel Beach

Great Mackerel Beach

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Ross Smith Parade , Great Mackerel Beach
Great Mackerel Beach is located on the western foreshore of Pittwater.
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Long Reef Beach

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Pittwater Road , Collaroy
A special spot, nestled between nature reserves.
Manly Beach at sunset

Manly Beach

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N Steyne , Manly
Enjoy the wonderful delights of the iconic Manly Beach named Australia’s best beach in the TripAdvisor’s 2018 Traveller’s Choice awards. Manly Beach is a surf beach. The three main sections of Manly Beach are Queenscliff, North Steyne and South Steyne.
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Mona Vale Beach

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Surfview Rd , Mona Vale
Mona Vale Beach is a surf beach that runs south east for 1km between the rock platform that divides it from the Basin, to the foot of the 30 m high shale cliff that separates it from Warriewood.
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Narrabeen Beach

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Cnr Albert Street & Ocean Street , Narrabeen
An iconic surfing beach.
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Newport Beach

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394 Barrenjoey Road , Newport
Newport Beach is 1.3km long, running from Newport Head in a gentle arc to Little Reef, a 1km long sandstone reef.
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North Avalon Beach

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Cnr Marine Parade and Tasman RD , Avalon Beach
North Avalon breaks along the north headland and a nearby sandbank and attracts lots of longboarders.
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North Curl Curl Beach

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Griffin Road , North Curl Curl
The north end of Curl Curl at the entrance of Curl Curl Lagoon.
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North Narrabeen Beach

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North Narrabeen , North Narrabeen
A famous surfing location with a family reserve.

Beach safety

Be beach safe - top tips for safe dips.

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