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26 Things To Do In Dee Why

It’s early morning in Dee Why and you’ve got the whole day to spend as you wish! You want to do something fun, maybe even something a little adventurous. Here are our top picks for things to do in Dee Why.

#1 Dee Why Beach

If you’re looking to soak up some Vitamin D or love a good swim in the ocean then Dee Why beach is the perfect outing destination for you.

Not a fan of blustery breezes? The beach’s southern headland protects the beach from southerly winds making it the perfect destination for local surfers.  

#2 Dee Why Lagoon

Looking for any excuse to snap a great photo for your Instagram? Check out the Dee Why lagoon. Complete a five kilometer walk along the beach to Long Reef Headland. From the Headland, you can enjoy beautiful views of the ocean. If you’re lucky, you may even spot whales and dolphins from the headland.

#3 Long Reef Headland

For all the fitness lovers out there, you’ll love this coastal stroll. The walk begins at Dee Why’s Surf Club, goes through the Dee Why Lagoon, passes Long Reef Beach and finishes at the Long Reef headland.  

The 5 km walk requires a fair bit of sand/beach walking and takes about 60 minutes to complete, so make sure to bring a hat, sunscreen and sunnies to protect yourself from the rays.

#4 Stony Range Regional Botanic Garden

Does the thought of fresh flowers make you smile? If it does, then you’ll want to check out the Stony Range Botanic Gardens in Dee Why. The gardens are covered with native plants and floral displays – perfect for a picnic or a short stroll.

Walking around the main garden circuit only takes about 20 minutes to complete and also includes sensory tracking point to plants you can touch, taste, smell, and look at.

#5 Film And TV Tours

Have you ever been hooked on a bit of Home and Away?  Got the time to travel just outside of Dee Why? If you answered yes to both then we have the perfect suggestion for you. Not too far away from Dee Why, you can sign up for a tour of the TV show, Home and Away. Check out all the latest reviews on Trip Advisor for some Home and Away inspiration.

#6 Surf School

Want to jump on a board and hit the waves? One issue: you don’t know how to surf. Instead of burying your dream, embrace it. Dee Why’s Line Up Surf Schools have been operating since 1988 and is now Australia’s number one premier Surf School. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, Line Up Surf School can set you up for a fun day in the waves.

#7 Body Boudoir 

Looking for a day of pampering and relaxing? Body Boudoir offer a range of services from hair reduction treatments to facials that will leave your face feeling cleansed and toned. Heading out for the evening? Ask about their professional make-up studio. They’re sure to make you feel amazing before your night out.

#8 ZONE Bowling Dee Why

Ready to discover who is the true bowling champ? Take your crew to Dee Why RSL’s Zone Bowling for a few hours of fun.

Zone bowling features 18 bowling lanes, 38 arcades and yummy food and drinks so you can live the dream of combining bowling with hot chips!

#9 Laser Tag

It’s time to enter the battlefield. Grab your friends, put on a vest and enter the laser arena.

Will you hide in a dark spot where you can’t be seen? Or will you run around from place to place, trying to catch your enemies off guard?

Laser tag is a fun, energetic game located in Dee Why RSL’s Zone Bowling. A perfect way to spend the day with friends or family, especially if the weather is miserable outside.

#10 Volunteer

Love the warm fuzzy feeling you get when you help someone out and put a smile on their face? If you’ve got a couple hours to kill then why not help around the neighbourhood.

Dee Why provides helps of volunteering opportunities for:

  • Service Clubs
  • Retirees
  • Young People
  • Multicultural organisations
  • Arts Groups
  • Musicians

#11 Free Meditation Classes

Feel you need some zen added to your life? Meditation is a simple, practical and mindful way to calm your mind down and focus on being present in the moment and connecting with your inner being.

Every Saturday, Dee Why offers free meditation classes. The best part? No booking required.

#12 Table Tennis By The Beach

Challenge your friends to a game of ping pong or table tennis after a swim at the beach. The Warringah Council invested in the quirky sport option to give beach goers another reason to stay for a little longer (as if we need an excuse to go to the beach).

Just make sure to bring your paddles and a few ping-pong balls!

#13 Ready Steady Go Kids

This one is for the kids. If you’ve got a preschooler who loves sports (we’re talking soccer, tennis, basketball, hockey, golf, AFL, rugby, athletics, cricket and T-ball) then Ready Set Go Kids may be right for them.

Each term, the preschoolers are taught five sports in two weeks, giving them sufficient time to learn basic concepts.

Who knows, maybe you’ll find the next soccer superstar in your hometown!

#14 Ocean Swimming Pool

Love a dip in the ocean but not a fan of monster waves? You don’t have to feel left out in Dee Why. Next to Dee Why beach is a 50 metre pool.

Got a little one with you? Make a whole day outing by taking them to the toddler’s pool for some guaranteed fun and splashing around. Then when lunch time hits you can sit at the picnic tables for a nice lunch and finish the day at the enclosed playground.

#15 Learn To Swim

Swimming skills are pretty important for anyone living in Australia. We’re surrounded by water and Dee Why is no exception. Beautiful beaches, lagoons, waterparks and more. It’s vital you teach the kids to swim before letting them run loose.

Check out the Active Activities page for all the Dee Why swim schools to choose from.

#16 Inspire Yoga And Wellbeing

A few minutes of yoga a day can really improve your health and well being so it’s no surprise that Dee Why has a Yoga and Wellbeing Studio.

Inspire offers private and small group yoga classes and takes a holistic approach to each person and teach Yoga practices to help bring about wellness.

If you’re starting off, you could try a Therapeutic class which are designed around the people in the class on the day.

Feel like you need a challenge? Give the Hatha, Flow and Yoga for Core a go.

#17 Dee Why RSL

Eight restaurants and bars to choose from, a truck-load of the best local and international acts, complimentary live music seven nights a week, a long standing commitment to providing community support and a history rich in tradition, Dee Why RSL really does have something for everyone.

Here are some ideas to choose from:

Win: Weekly raffles and giveaways

Activities: Bingo and trivia

Ticketed shows: Book tickets online

Free live music: Yep, you heard that right

#18 Walter Gors Park

Want to know the definition of joy? Take your kids to a water park on a hot day.

Sit on the grass while enjoying a hearty picnic and let your kids run wild through the water gardens. The park is equipped with green space (perfect for picnics and a game of frisbee), outdoor cooking facilities, toilets, a large playground and plenty of room to sit and relax.

#19 Dee Why Park

Love outdoor sports? Dee Why park is the perfect, hang out spot anytime of the year.

Grab a soccer ball or cricket set, call your your mates and head over to Dee Why park. The park is equipped with a full soccer and cricket field as well as bike paths, with a bus stop only 100m from the park.

#20 Michaela Howie Playground

Have a little brother sister or just a young one you need to entertain for a few hours? We suggest taking them to Michaela Howie playground. It’s a must for all little ones.

The popular playground is fully fenced and has plenty of shade (but you’ll still need to slip, slop and slap). The play area is equipped with slides, climbing gear, swing-set and also has a little shop.

While the kids are being entertained, you can enjoy a relaxing picnic under the trees or at the picnic tables overlooking Dee Why beach.

#21 The Crescent Reserve

The Crescent Reserve is another kid-friendly park option. The park contains a small playground, enclosed park and small playground. Perfect for those wanting to keep a close eye on the little ones.

Don’t own a car? Not a problem, the park is also only 100 m away from a bus stop making it simple to get to. Saturday morning boredom – cured.

#22 James Meehan Reserve

If you’re planning a day to visit the Dee Why Lagoon with little ones then make sure to stop over at James Meehan Reserve. The park contains an enclosed playground, a picnic area and toilets. So why not pack the picnic basket and make a day outing? There are even barbeques available for use so take some snags and get cooking!

#23 Dee Why Library

Looking to escape to another world with minimal effort?

What if I said you can travel anywhere you wanted for free? No petrol and no effort needed. If this sounds like you then head over to Dee Why Library, situated in the heart of Dee Why. The library has free wifi and a huge collection of books, music and DVDs. Pick your fave tale, find a comfy spot to sink into and travel to another universe.

#24 Dee Why Running Trails

Do you love the feeling of fresh air on your face as your feet hit the pavements? If yes then head for Dee Why’s running trails. There are different runs to suit all ages and abilities. The runs range from 1.2 km (Long reef headland climb) to even 30 km (Dee Why Dash 30K).

Not a runner but still love the outdoors? Good news for you, there are no restrictions on whether you run or walk the track so grab your shoes and hit the tracks.

#25 Pilates And Barre

Embrace your inner dancer and join a pilates or barre fitness class. The 45-minute classes focus on posture, core and muscle strength.

Want to give it a go? Bookings are essential.

#26 Geocaching

Ever taken up Geocaching?

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, where participants use a GPS or mobile to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world.

A little birdie told us one of these ‘geocachings’ is located in Dee Why. Will you find it?

Dee Why today

So what’s new about Dee Why today? Some parts such as the beachfront are popular tourist destinations whereas other parts of Dee Why are awaiting redevelopments.

Apart from the modern luxury apartment blocks, the redeveloped beach front and busy, cosmopolitan area, Dee Why still draws in artists, tourists and locals to its shores. Dee Why is set to keep transforming into a premier and commercial residential district.

Looking for more entertainment in Dee Why? Favourite our Dee Why RSL What’s On page for all the latest entertainment happening at Dee Why.