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