One of the most popular beaches on the peninsula, picturesque Freshie Beach is especially loved by families. It’s great for surfing and swimming, with an ocean pool at the north end of the beach. It is here that ‘Duke’ Kahanamoku, the father of modern surfing, gave locals a surfing display: a life sized statue presides over the beach. 

North & South Curl Curl arguably have the best ocean pools and rock pools on the Northern Beaches. A local’s hangout, this long stretch of sand backed by cliffs is often chilled out and quiet. Be especially careful here to swim between the flags, as there are several well-known rips. 

A popular friendly beach with a grassy area behind, Dee Why is right next to the main cafe strip so you can easily pop over for food and drink. At the south end is an ocean pool for both serious swimmers, and kids wanting to have a splash around. The beach is particularly good for surfing and bodyboarding. 

Palm Beach is known for its starring role in Home & Away. About 30km from Manly, the south end has an ocean pool with a shallow end great for kids. Pittwater lies on the other side, so enjoy a day at Palm Beach and time on the sheltered harbourof Pittwater. Above Palm Beach is Barrenjoey Lighthouse, which you can walk up to, with spectacular views along the way. There’s a range of cafes for snacks, drinks, or a meal. 

Iconic Manly Beach is a surf beach that has three main sections South Steyne, North Steyne, in the centre, and Queenscliff (Queensie) at the northern end. In the summer months there are usually three sets of flags - one at each of these sections, where swimmers can swim with the added assurance that these areas are patrolled by lifeguards. Queenscliff also has a large ocean pool where you can simply splash around or do lengths. The perfect spot when bluebottles are around. There are also volleyball nets between North and South Steyne where you can grab a game or watch as others try their hand at this beachside sport.

While this unpatrolled beach is great for swimming, body surfing . and surfing, it can have some strong shore breaks and rips. Backed by twenty to thirty metre high shale bluffs, it is a little known beach only
about 350 metres long. 

This pretty beach is a little off the beaten track. It’s hiddenfrom view from above, accessible via a path from road level. It is home to a blowhole – but we wouldn’t suggest jumping in! A great surfing beach loved by locals and in-the-know tourists. 

Whale Beach is a great family destination with its 25 metre ocean pool, picnic area and playground. It draws surfing fans for its break known as the Wedge, which lies at the north end close to the rocks.