Are you looking for a way to entertain the family? Or, perhaps, you need to escape the daily grind. Whatever tickles your fancy, we have you COVERED. for activities in the Northern Beaches and beyond. Our days out are designed to be mixed and matched – try as many or as few as you like.
If you have a car…
Follow Pittwater Road all the way up the peninsula, until the road stops. From Manly this should take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes.
There, you will find Palm Beach, a secluded ocean oasis. There are a few small cafes and shops, but we suggest bringing your own picnic to avoid any surprises.
For those who can’t sit still, the lighthouse walk is the perfect alternative to relaxing on Palm Beach. It’s a steep walk which can take anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes, ending in a 360 degree panorama of the surrounding ocean and bush.
Red Hands Caves Walking Track:
Head to Resolute Park in Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, and follow the track for an easy bush walk. You’ll see rock art from the Aboriginal people of the Guringai Nation. Remember – never touch the rock art.
Horse Riding in Terrey Hills:
What better way to experience the Australian bush than a guided, horseback tour? Make your way up to the Terrey Hills and Duffys Forest area and take your pick from the many riding schools.
If you’re getting the bus…
Freshwater - Curl Curl Route:
The 139 weaves through a couple of beach suburbs on the way to Warringah Mall, so is perfect for a cheap day out. Alight in Freshwater Village and meander through the quaint shops and cafes, before making your way down to Freshwater Beach.
Either hop back on the bus, or follow the headland around to Curl Curl.
Stop at the Harbord Diggers for a cheeky cocktail or a delicious meal, all while admiring the ocean views.
Follow the path down to South Curl Curl, and frolic (safely!) in the rockpools. Take a dip in the ocean or the saltwater pool while you’re there.
Northern Beaches B1 Line:
The B-Line stops at all major depots in the Northern Beaches and terminates in the city centre. Enjoy a round of mini golf in Warriewood, or check out Warringah Mall.
Feel like escaping the Beaches for a day? Stay on the B-Line and get off in Wynyard. Sydney City is always an adventure!
Church Point - McCarrs Creek Road:
Obviously, the beaches are always in the spotlight in the Northern Beaches. But on the other side of the peninsula, there are luscious bush and beautiful creeks just waiting to be explored.
Hop on the 156 and make your way McCarrs Creek Reserve. There are lots of BBQ and picnic areas, so come prepared.
Avalon - Collaroy Route:
The 188 and E88 will take you along the top half of the Northern Beaches.
This route is the best one for Stand-Up Paddle Boarding on Avalon Beach, which can be hired throughout the summer season. Alternately, stay on the bus until Collaroy, where you can take a surf lesson from the pros at Manly Surf School.
If you’re on a ferry…
Pack your bags for a day trip and hop on a Palm Beach ferry to the Basin, a family-friendly camping and relaxation spot.
If you want to spend the night, make a reservation in advance.
Get your coffee, ice cream and sandwiches from the convenience-store boat that regularly visits the jetty
Jump on a Manly Ferry or Fast Ferry and be in the heart of Sydney within half an hour. You’ll be greeted by the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
Spend the day meandering through settler history in The Rocks, or spend some time at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Finish the day off with a drink at one of the many bars overlooking Sydney Harbour.
Long Reef Headland:
Nestled between Dee Why and Collaroy is the picturesque Long Reef, a 3km walk that is loved by dog walkers and pram-laden parents alike.
At the top of the headland, if you’re lucky, and there in May or November, you might even spot a whale breaching.
Manly to Shelly Beach coastal Walk:
This walk is less than 2km return. You can also ride from Seaforth almost entirely off road, for an 8km grand-tour of stunning scenery and end up at Shelly Beach.
Stroll along the footpath, enjoying the ocean on one side and interesting sculptures, plaques and picnic areas on the other.
Snorkel at Shelly Beach, in the Cabbage Tree Bay reserve - it’s been described as a “snorkelling nirvana”, as the area is a protected zone for its diverse range of aquatic species.
Treat yourself to a coffee at Shelly Beach before making your way back to the hustle and bustle of Manly.
If you’re riding…
Narrabeen Lagoon Trail:
You can hire a bike from one of the nearby bike shops.
Take a journey through beautiful ecosystems with an abundance of wildlife, cultural heritage and historical sites.
The Narrabeen Lagoon trail is an easy 8.4km loop.
Manly Dam Loop:
You can hire a bike from one of the nearby bike shops. Manly Dam’s 8.8km mountain bike track is a favourite with locals for picnics and fishing and has all the necessary facilities. •