THINGS TO DO IN NARRABEEN
Narrabeen Lake has been drawing visitors for decades and is the perfect spot for fishing, swimming and walking along the foreshore. The beaches of the area including North Narrabeen, Narrabeen, Collaroy and Mona Vale are always a popular attraction and are perfect for the surfer, swimmer and angler. The majestic waters of Pittwater are close by and the surrounding National Parks are excellent for bushwalking and picnicking.
Berry Reserve Markets - 3rd SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH 9am - 4pm. The lakeside location provides a fun day for all the family, with lots to see and do.
FOR FAMILIES: There is so much for the kids to do and the best of it is free. Bring the camera to capture great family memories of your relaxing holiday.
BEACH FUN: North Narrabeen is a world class surf break, which continues along Narrabeen beach (refer surfing photos). Narrabeen has three lifesaver patrolled sections, so you can swim between the flags. In addition to this you can swim in the security of the beach baths and also the kids can spend hours exploring the rock platforms at Narrabeen and Collaroy.
NARRABEEN LAKE FUN: Narrabeen has a lovely flat walk/bike track around it so bring the bikes. Also you can hire kayaks and explore the Lake and its islands on the peaceful waters. Take the opportunity to feed the ducks, and or a little fishing on the lake side. Furthermore the sun setting over Narrabeen Lake provides a tranquil atmosphere, setting the stage for an early dinner at the quality lakeside restaurants, or to take advantage of the many free electric BBQs along the Lakes foreshores. There are numerous playgrounds for kids of all ages scattered around the Lake front. Finally other activities available are Narrabeen Mini Putt Putt golf, cinemas at Warriewood and Collaroy or even hire one of the tennis courts at Collaroy or Mona Vale.
FOR COUPLES: There are so many beautiful walks with ocean views. It is a must to take a picnic lunch or dinner along Long Reef or Warriewood Headland, not to mention watching the sun set over Narrabeen Lake with a glass of wine. There are many waterfront restaurants we can recommend with stunning views.
TRANSPORT IN NARRABEEN
Narrabeen is within easy reach of Manly, Mosman, North Sydney and Sydney's CBD. Frequent bus services travel between the centre of Sydney and Palm Beach stopping in Narrabeen. Buses also connect Narrabeen with Mosman, North Sydney and Manly, where ferries make the crossing of the harbour to the centre of Sydney.
Breakfast at Dee Why Beach, at one of the cafes on the beachside strip, is a great way to start the day. A promenade, grass picnic stretch and road separates the cafes from the soft sands but does not detract from the views of the glistening seas. Most cafes offer both alfresco and inside dining.
Dee Why Beach Corso has been stylishly designed with a mix of stainless steel street furniture, picnic tables, elegant looking lamp posts and shower units. There are ramps leading down to the beach itself which will be welcomed by families with push chairs and the disabled.
At the southern end of the Corso is a sheltered rock pool, with nearby changing facilities, if you want a swim but don't want to cope with the breaking waves.
Dee Why Beach has its Surf Patrol Pavilion at the northern end of the Corso and this is always the centre of much activity. Flags are usually set up on the beach in appropriate safe to swim places, selected by the life guards, and the patrolled areas are between the red and yellow flags.
Dee Why Beach Lagoon, located at the northern end of the beach near Long Reef is tidal and joins the sea at certain times thus making a divide in the sands.
If you are embarking on a long walk, taking in many of the other beaches, check with the Life Guards who will advise you when this occurs to ensure the safety of getting across. Make sure you are appropriately dressed and carry a towel.
Long Reef Walk
One of our favourite walks in Sydney is along Dee Why Beach to Long Reef and up to the headland, past the idyllically located golf course. At the top of the headland there are several sculptures, a reference map of the Northern Beaches and you can also watch hang glider pilots or model plane enthusiast’s play around in the up currents at the top of the headland.
Look north and take in the breath taking views of all the jagged cliff faces of the northern beaches right to the tip of Palm Beach. On a clear day, to the south, the round head of Centre Point Tower in Sydney pops up in the distance.
During some summer evenings there can be a sea mist which makes this walk even more magical.
Fisherman’s Beach leads to a stretch of flat rocks which are exposed at low tide. You can use the path above the beach when the tide is in but check with Life Guards when you can safely access the rocks.
The rock shelf leads to another sheltered public swimming 'rock pool' and then to Collaroy Beach. There is beach front dining.