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 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 Lifeguard Radio Base (September-May) call 9942 2120.

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


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.


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

Freshwater Beach

Message: Patrolled by Council Lifeguards 7 days a week
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 Mackeral Beach

Great Mackerel Beach

Ross Smith Parade, Great Mackerel Beach

Great Mackerel Beach is located on the western foreshore of Pittwater.

Long Reef Beach

Pittwater Road, Collaroy

A special spot, nestled between nature reserves.

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.

Mona Vale Beach

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.

Narrabeen Beach

Cnr Albert Street & Ocean Street, Narrabeen

An iconic surfing beach.

Newport Beach

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.

North Avalon

North Avalon Beach

Cnr Marine Parade and Tasman RD, Avalon Beach

North Avalon breaks along the north headland and a nearby sandbank and attracts lots of longboarders.

North Curl Curl

North Curl Curl Beach

Griffin Road, North Curl Curl

The north end of Curl Curl at the entrance of Curl Curl Lagoon.