Northern Beaches

Where laidback surfing culture meets urban cool, this is paradise in Sydney’s north.

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.

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Palm Beach
Aussie beach life that those from far-flung places can only dream about
A beachside town with a laidback attitude, Palm Beach is the northernmost point of the peninsula. But why waste time driving here when you can just as easily hop into a seaplane (or a Northern Beaches airport shuttle). Waterfront cafés, beaches, the iconic Barrenjoey Lighthouse, and ferries to remote islands are just some of the drawcards.
Barrenjoey Headland
The jewel of the Northern Beaches
Sitting at the tip of the Northern Beaches peninsula, Barrenjoey Headland is a must-do. Even if you have to crawl your way up the steep incline, this unmissable walk to the iconic Barrenjoey Lighthouse will forever be a highlight of your Northern Beaches adventure. Thanks to uninterrupted, 360-degree views of the coastline, Pittwater and Ku-ring-gai National Park.
Pittwater
A natural wonderland, on and off the land
Take a break from the waves and explore the many bays, coves and inlets of Pittwater. A popular sailing and kayaking spot, there are many opportunities to get away from it all. Our advice? Take a day trip to one of the many outposts in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Coasters Retreat, Great Mackerel Beach or Ettalong can be reached by ferry or private vessel. Patonga is also a great day-trip at the southernmost point of the Central Coast.
Newport
From the beach to the bay, this is one coastal chic hangout
Newport’s village alone is enough to draw you here, with its roster of cool cafés, fashion and homeware stores. But this locale is known for so much more, surfing beaches, rockpools, and the highly revered Northern Beaches dining and drinking hotspot, The Newport.
Avalon
Giving urban cool a whole new meaning.
Quite the achiever, Avalon packs a whole lot in. From beachside hangouts and on-trend cafés to fashionable boutiques and homeware stores. Plus, it has direct access to Pittwater, coastal walks and a surfing beach with rock pools.
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