Your guide to planning a Northern Beaches holiday

Planning a holiday can either be fun or super stressful. On the one hand, there are hundreds of new and exciting opportunities in a new location, plus the chance to relax on the beach or by the pool!

On the other hand, you have to spend countless hours planning accommodation, transport and activities for you, your friends and/or your family. It can be daunting booking a holiday, but luckily, we’re here to help.

If you’re thinking about visiting the majestic Northern Beaches of Sydney, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve put together the ultimate guide to planning a holiday on the Northern Beaches, so planning your trip is quick, easy, and mapped out so you can relax.


No matter where you’re going, the first thing you need to think about is accommodation. Before booking a hotel room there are a few important things to consider: 

  • How close is your accommodation to public transport?
  • How close is your accommodation to the activities you want to do on your holiday?
  • How close is your accommodation to restaurant and dining venues?
  • How many people are coming with you on holidays? How many rooms will you need to book, and what’s your budget?

Luckily, there are plenty of comfortable and affordable places to stay on the Northern Beaches close to public transport, fun activities and restaurants – check out for more info!

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a homier feeling, you can always find a house or apartment close to the beach on Air B & B. Lots of Northern Beaches homeowners are renting their homes and apartments right now, so you can have a quiet, private holiday experience in Sydney.

Restaurants & Dining

One of the best parts about going on holiday is exploring all the food and dining experiences available in the area. On the Northern Beaches, we’ve got tonnes of wonderful dining opportunities for everyone – multicultural cuisines, beachfront restaurants, cafes and bars, plus pubs and RSL clubs when you’re looking for a chicken schnitty away from home!

Dee Why RSL Club is home to multiple different bars and restaurants, so you can drop in each night and experience a different flavour or dining experience.

For oriental spices and flavours, drop into The Asian for authentic Asian dishes from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan. From classic, crunchy spring rolls to dumplings, laksa and noodle-based stir-fries, you’re sure to find something for everyone in the family.

Alternatively, you can visit The Bistro where you’ll find affordable cafe and pub inspired dishes like fish and chips, chicken schnitzels, cook-to-order steaks, salads and seafood.

Family Friendly Activities 


Looking for fitness and fun on the Northern Beaches? Kayaking is a common past-time for locals and tourists alike, combining an upper-body workout with super fun watersports. 

Pittwater Kayak Tours in Collaroy are perfect for small families looking for a day out on the water. Tours leave depart from Iluka Park and from there, you’ll explore the natural beauty and bushland of the Northern Beaches.

Manly Ocean Adventures

This one is especially fun for families and individuals who don’t get to see the ocean often. Departing from Manly Wharf and Circular Quay, the team from Manly Ocean Adventures will take you out on the water to experience Sydney Harbour, tour the Northern Beaches, and even head a few kilometres out to sea to experience the swells.

Make sure to visit during whale watching season to see one of the world’s biggest mammals up close and personal!

Zone Bowling & Laser Tag

Create some fun and flashy memories with Dee Why RSL Club – we have tonnes of family friendly activities right here under one roof! At Zone Bowling, we offer action-packed entertainment like bowling, laser tag and classic arcade games to keep the whole family entertained for hours on end. 

Our laser tag arena is a popular attraction – designed like an apocalyptic urban city, our laser tag arena has mazes, dark tunnels, and ramps, so you can use walls and ramps to attack friends from multiple vantage points.

Nightlife Experiences

Whether you’re looking for a quick breather from the kids or searching for a fun, boozy night out on the town with your friends, there are tonnes of opportunities to experience the nightlife on the Northern Beaches!

Q Station

Want to get spooked? You might want to check out Q Station, where history meets the city. 

Sydney’s Quarantine Station on North Head is one of Australia’s most haunted sites. There have been stories of ghosts and paranormal occurrences throughout the location’s history, and there have been ghost tours running for families and kids since the 1990s.

Explore the chilling location or take a tour of the historical buildings. Either way, you’re sure to get a shiver down your spine.

If you’re keen to spend more time at Q Station, there’s also accommodation available. Choose from panoramic views of Sydney Harbour, the grounds, or the historic buildings of Q Station. 

Manly Spirits Co. Distillery

Manly Spirits Co. Distillery is the Northern Beaches first distillery, producing premium gins, vodkas, whiskies and liqueur using local native botanicals for a unique, Australian flavour.

If you love copper, whiskey, and a steampunk vibe, stop into the Manly Spirits Co. Distillery for a cocktail, or book a tour of the distillery and learn how the spirits are made using local botanicals.

Aqua Bar & Dining

Hidden within the walls of Dee Why RSL Club is our Aqua Bar & Dining experience. Celebrating the heart of Italian culture, we serve authentic pizza and pasta in a relaxed environment. Plus, we make a pretty good espresso cake and a cocktail, so dessert is always on the cards!

Historical Tourist Attractions

The Northern Beaches is also home to tonnes of historical tourist attractions, heritage walks, and exciting learning opportunities for you, your friends and your family. If you love learning about new things and exploring a new environment, check out our top three recommendations below.

Barrenjoey Lighthouse

Barrenjoey Lighthouse has been sitting at the northern tip of the Northern Beaches since 1881. In an annexe of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, there are two options to reach the historical sandstone lighthouse – you can take a short set of stairs or a winding, convict-built track. 

Taking the track can be a bit of a hike, so make sure to bring lots of water and a hat! The trek is worth it, though, because the views across Pittwater and the peninsula are incredible.

Palm Beach and the set of Home & Away

While you’re visiting Barrenjoey Lighthouse… you might as well take a stroll along Palm Beach, one of the Northern Beaches’ most famous locations because it’s the setting of Australia’s top soap opera, Home & Away! 

It’s a glorious spot and the waves are calm – good for kids and swimming all day long. If you’re a fan of the show, you can even book a tour of the set of Home & Away for $135 per person. 

Dee Why Heritage Walk

The history of the Northern Beaches is tied to our beach lifestyle and amazing coastal views. When you visit the Northern Beaches, you simply can’t miss out on our inspiring heritage walks.

The Dee Why Heritage Walk is one of the best we have to offer – complete with white sand, beach views, art and architecture, memorials and even garden areas. For a longer walk, detour to Stony Range Regional Botanic Garden and explore the sensory track and bush food garden. 

The track ranges for 3.5 kilometres and is an easy, relaxing walk for you and the kids, or even just with a friend. 

Your Northern Beaches holiday is sorted with Dee Why RSL Club!

Now your accommodation, transport and activities are sorted for your holiday, you can kick back, relax and start dreaming about lazing on the beach with a fresh, fruity cocktail. It’s almost time to soak up the sun on the Northern Beaches! 

When you visit the Northern Beaches, make sure to drop into Dee Why RSL Club for a fun, family friendly dining experience, or have a giggle in our laser arena at Zone Bowling. Dee Why RSL Club is a long-time staple for Northern Beaches entertainment – a venue that cannot be missed!

Pop into Dee Why RSL Club for a high quality meal, a delicious cocktail and some family friendly fun on your Northern Beaches Holiday!