Summer vibes year-round, Sydney’s Northern Beaches is an easy-going coastal destination with a whole lot of urban cool. From Manly to Palm Beach, there is so much to explore, on and off the land. Surfing beaches and swimming holes galore, cycling and walking trails that lead to scenic lookouts and on-trend food and dining hotspots. It really doesn’t get much better than this.
Bounded by the Pacific Ocean and Pittwater, the Northern Beaches is a paradise for those who live by the tide. Over twenty surfing beaches line the peninsula, so pick up some essential skills at Manly Surf School and work your way up to Avalon Beach for some of Sydney’s best swells. Pittwater has water sports and national parklands in spades, with off-the-grid hangouts in the far reaches of Ku-ring-gai National Park. Coastal walks are also in abundance, from North Head in Manly to Barrenjoey Lookout in Palm Beach, there are jaw-dropping views at every turn.
The health food trend has hit the Northern beaches in a big way. On-trend cafés, eateries and waterfront dining with farm-to-plate ethos are a standout, while the local fish n’ chip shop with ocean-fresh seafood is a beachside staple. But when it comes to brunch (a favourite pastime), none other do it quite like the cafés of Newport, Avalon and Palm Beach. As for fashion and homeware boutiques, Newport and Avalon are at the top of their game.
There’s no denying that this stunning oceanfront locale is a peaceful escape that comes complete with every possible convenience.