Exploring Sydney’s Northern Beaches

It’s always great to be back in Sydney – especially during the summer.  Having lived there for almost 20 years I never get tired of exploring this vast city and it’s enviable coastline. Sydney’s northern beaches are a particular favourite of mine. If you haven’t visited before I would highly recommend that you add it to your bucket list!

Exploring Sydney's Northern Beaches

Whether you are a surfer, beach lover, photographer, hiker, or foodie, you will be sure to find something you love from Balmoral Beach to Palm Beach.

Here are my top five picks:

1. Balmoral Beach

Balmoral Beach is a great place to swim, kayak, drink coffee, enjoy fine dining and watch the world go by. This beautiful harbour beach is popular for young and old due to its gentle currents and surrounding parklands. If you love coffee then you can’t go past The Boathouse – they also have locations up at Palm Beach and Shelly Beach, Manly.

2. Dee Why Beach

This is a great place to watch the sunrise and take photos. After you’ve snapped away, head to Bacino Bar for your coffee fix. The Strand has lots of great restaurants and cafés and there is a playground for the little ones too.

3. Manly Beach

Who doesn’t love Manly Beach? You can swim harbour side or beach side. There are numerous other beaches all within walking distance including Queenscliff, North Steyne, South Steyne and Shelly Beach. You have access to great cafés and restaurants including Papi Chulo, Hugo’s Manly, Market Lane Café and Barefoot Coffee Traders. It’s a motivating place to exercise, to watch the sunrise (beach side) and sunset (harbour side), and to indulge in a spot of shopping.

During New Years Eve, you can also watch the family-friendly 9pm fireworks illuminate the night sky.

Exploring Sydney's Northern Beaches

4. South Curl Curl Beach

This is another favourite place of mine (and others!) for capturing Sydney’s beautiful sunrises. Head on to the beachfront for some surf action, take shots using the reflection of the rock pool or meander onto the rocks for some added layers and textures to your landscape shots. Afterwards, you can grab a coffee at Belaroma’s Gusto on the Beach situated in the South Curl Curl Surf Lifesaving Club.

5. Turrimetta Beach

Turrimetta Beach is such a little hidden gem and definitely a hotspot for photographers! There are no facilities on this beach but if you want to capture some stunning sunrises then this is the place to go. I’ve yet to capture long exposures of this beauty but I hope to do so during my next visit.

There is definitely no shortage of places to visit on the northern beaches.  It’s beach culture and relaxed lifestyle is attractive to the locals and tourists alike.  It’s difficult to just isolate a few as all the beaches including Palm Beach, Whale Beach, Avalon, Collaroy, Long Reef, Freshwater and more have so much to see and explore.

What’s your favourite spot on Sydney’s Northern Beaches?  Leave me your top picks in the comments section below.

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