Many people living on the Northern Beaches are drawn here because of its proximity to the ocean. The beauty of the area is largely due to the fact the sea acts as a constant backdrop to life on the peninsula. 

Not only is it the focus of sporting and leisure activity, the water is a calming influence in otherwise busy lives.

Research has shown that looking at the ocean actually lowers stress levels – tell us something we don’t know, and this is exactly why many people choose to live here.

Oceans cover 71 per cent of the earth’s surface and around three-quarters of all plant life and 80 per cent of all animal life on the planet can be found in the ocean.

Bearing all this in mind, the ocean is the focus of environmental issues. On the Northern Beaches this centres on everything from water quality and beach erosion to protecting marine and plant life, as well swimmer safety and sun protection while at the beach.

Surf life saving is huge on the peninsula with the Northern Beaches branch consisting of the 21 surf clubs stretching from Manly to Barrenjoey Head on Palm Beach. Thousands of volunteers and nippers join up each season across the 21 clubs patrolling the beaches. They take part in the various ocean-centred events and carnivals that exist for almost every age group.

The ocean is a great draw card for the area for the area for residents and visitors alike pulled to the peninsula to bask in its ever changing mood and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere that ripples from its aqua-coloured surface over the Summer months.