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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 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

A special spot, nestled between nature reserves.

Facilities

pay and display parking, picnic area, public toilets, showers, viewing platform

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Manly Beach

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.

Facilities

bus stop within 100m, disabled toilets, dog waste bin, outdoor exercise equipment, parking, picnic area, picnic tables, playground, public toilets, showers, table tennis table, viewing platform, wi-fi access points

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Mona Vale Beach

Mona Vale Beach

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.

Facilities

barbecues, disabled toilets, picnic area, playground, public toilets, showers, viewing platform

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Narrabeen Beach

An iconic surfing beach.

Facilities

barbecues, boat ramp, disabled toilets, picnic area, picnic tables, playground, public toilets, showers, viewing platform

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Newport Beach

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

Facilities

barbecues, disabled toilets, parking, picnic area, picnic tables, playground, public toilets, showers

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North Avalon

North Avalon Beach

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

Facilities

disabled toilets, parking, public toilets, showers

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North Curl Curl

North Curl Curl Beach

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

Facilities

canteen, public toilets, showers

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North Narrabeen Beach and Narrabeen Lagoon

North Narrabeen Beach

A famous surfing location with a family reserve.

Facilities

barbecues, parking, pay and display parking, picnic area, picnic tables, playground, public toilets, rockpool, showers, surf lifesaving club, viewing platform

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North Palm Beach

North Palm Beach

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

Facilities

barbecues, disabled toilets, electric bbq, picnic area, playground, public toilets, rockpool, showers, surf lifesaving club