Sydney’s Northern Beaches Key Event Holiday Guide

There’s always an event happening in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. From family-friendly events such as New Year’s Eve fireworks and Australia Day celebrations to Two-Up tournaments on ANZAC Day.

We’re fortunate to have several public holidays and key events over the year. Our team at Dee Why RSL Club are strong supporters of our fun, coastal, event-filled suburban district.

Here’s a list of reasons to celebrate throughout the year:


  • New Year’s Day
  • Australia Day
  • World Food Markets (Every friday night from Jan – March)


  • Valentines Day


  • International Women’s Day


  • Easter
  • Youth Week
  • Seniors Festival
  • ANZAC Day


  • Mothers Day
  • Taste of Manly


  • Queens Birthday Long Weekend


  • Plastic Free July


  • Vietnam Veterans Day
  • Taste of the Beaches


  • Fathers Day
  • Manly Arts Festival
  • NRL / AFL Grand Finals
  • Manly Jazz


  • Oktoberfest
  • October Long Weekend


  • Remembrance Day
  • Bathurst 1000


  • Christmas Carol Concert
  • Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day
  • New Year’s Eve

We want to show our love of the Northern Beaches by covering three special events you’ll want to celebrate:

  • New Years Eve
  • Australia Day
  • ANZAC Day

Let’s kick things off with an itinerary for Australia Day.

Australia Day events in the Northern Beaches

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What better way to start Australia Day than grabbing the family and heading over to the beach for a fun-filled day of sand and surfing?

For brekkie, check out Warringah Council’s annual Big Breakfast. It’s the biggest event on the Northern Beaches! The event is filled with car and bike shows, thong throwing competitions (how Aussie of us), rides, entertainment and the flag raising ceremony.

If you prefer the pool over sand, then head to the Australia Day pool party at the Warringah Aquatic Centre. With just a gold coin donation, you and your kids can celebrate the day, minus the waves.

When 11 am hits, make your way down to a citizenship ceremony to celebrate the new Aussies who will be joining our great nation. Keep an eye out for ceremonies happening in Glen Street Theatre, Blackbutts Road and Belrose.

After the ceremony you may feel your tummy rumbling.

Time for lunch!

Celebrate the diversity of Aussie cuisine with a touch of Thai, Italian from one of our restaurants.

Fast forward a few months and we made it to ANZAC Day. Here’s what’s on our agenda.

ANZAC Day tribute in the Northern Beaches


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Head to bed early on April, 24th. An early morning awaits.

Rise and shine! Set your alarm for pre-sunrise and head to a service to pay your respects. Listen to ANZAC stories, sing the national anthem and acknowledge all the men and women who served in the wars, conflicts and peacekeeping missions. Dee Why RSL hosts the Dee Why ANZAC Dawn Service at Ted Jackson Reserve Dee Why Beach at 5:30am. See the full list of dawn services in the Northern Beaches here.

Once you’ve paid your respects and soaked up the Autumn rays, walk to your local RSL club for a friendly game of Two-Up. If you’re a newbie to the game read this helpful guide to the rules and you’ll look like you’ve been playing for years.

Participating in Two-Up is for 18+ only so if you’ve got youngsters, consider spending the rest of the afternoon cooking delicious Australia treats like ANZAC biscuits.

ANZAC biscuits are a traditional, simple, tasty recipe your kids will love. Here’s a quick and simple recipe if you’re a little rusty on the process.

And now. Let’s celebrate the end to an eventful year. We’re talking about…


New Year’s Eve in Sydney’s Northern Beaches


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What a year it’s been. What did you tick off your bucket list? Did you climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge? Land the job you wanted? Maybe you learned to change a car tire.

Time to celebrate all your accomplishments and get ready for new beginnings. You have a clean slate.

Enjoy in the festivities at Dee Why RSL Club. Enjoy a pre-dinner glass of sparkling before dining on a mouth-watering three-course dinner.

Dance until your feet hurt to a mix of classic pop, rock and disco music. When the sun goes down, watch all the Sydney action live on our screens as we begin the countdown to midnight.

Did someone say, fireworks?

There’s no better way to wave off the year then with fireworks.

Fireworks bring people together. Grab your family, lover or your friends and find your closest firework location.

Dee Why Beach, Bayview and Manly Cove are regular hotspots. Check the Northern Beaches council website for an updated year-on-year list.

And there you have it. Our itinerary for some of the best social events in the calendar.

Join the next social event at Dee Why RSL

We’ve covered several events happening in Sydney’s Northern Beaches throughout the year.

We’ve shared Northern Beaches:

  • Best spots to celebrate Australia Day
  • Venues to commemorate the ANZAC’s
  • Places to ring in the New Year

Can’t find any events happening on the night you’re free? Visit Dee Why RSL Club’s ‘Whats On’ page for all the latest activities and games.

Like Dee Why RSL Club’s Facebook page for regular updates about the events happening in the Northern Beaches