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By Order of the Federal Government, our beaches are open for exercise only - surfing, swimming, running and walking.  Beaches will be closed due to unsafe conditions and or mass gatherings.

If people are sunbaking or gathering on the beach, they will be asked to move along by our lifeguards, rangers or the police.

Due to the risk of Coronavirus and acting on direction of NSW and Federal Governments, Council has closed many public areas. View the latest updates on the evolving situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19).

In addition, it is against the law to gather with more than two people in public, except:

  • for members of the same household
  • where the gathering is essential for work or education
  • If you go out, stay 1.5 metres away from other people at all times.

The rules are also now enforceable and Police are issuing fines of $1000 for individuals and $5000 for companies. These are difficult circumstances and we appreciate your patience and understanding.

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

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

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Great Mackeral Beach

Great Mackerel Beach

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

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Long Reef Beach

Status:
open
Message: Beach open patrolled by Council Lifeguards

A special spot, nestled between nature reserves.

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Manly Beach

Status:
closed
Message: Beaches Closed by the Police due to crowd numbers exceeding stipulated limits

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

Mona Vale Beach

Status:
closed
Message: Beach Closed by the Police due to crowd numbers exceeding stipulated limits.

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 its southern neighbour Warriewood to which it is periodically joined. Basin Beach is a 300m semi circular beach in the lee of the northern Mona Vale Head.

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Narrabeen Beach

Status:
open
Message: Beach open patrolled by Council Lifeguards

An iconic surfing beach.

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Newport Beach

Status:
open
Message: Beach open patrolled by Council Lifeguards

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

North Avalon Beach

Status:
open
Message: Beach open patrolled by Council Lifeguards

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

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North Curl Curl

North Curl Curl Beach

Status:
closed
Message: Beaches Closed due to crowd numbers exceeding stipulated limits

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

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North Narrabeen Beach and Narrabeen Lagoon

North Narrabeen Beach

Status:
open
Message: Beach open patrolled by Council Lifeguards

A famous surfing location with a family reserve.

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North Palm Beach

North Palm Beach

Status:
closed
Message: Beaches Closed by the Police due to crowd numbers exceeding stipulated limits

The northern end of Palm Beach consists of a 600m stretch of coastland in a relatively natural state and faces east.