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Top 10 things to do in Sydney’s Northern Beaches

Whether you’re looking to book a beach trip or just thinking of rediscovering your hometown, the Northern Beaches is the place to be.

Filled with stunning beaches, swimming holes, bush walks and outdoor activities, there’s 101 things to do on the Northern Beaches… but in this blog, we’re just going to cover off our top ten!

From cheesy, sun-drenched Home and Away tours to beers and burgers at the local club, we’ve come up with ten unmissable activities to check-off the Northern Beaches list.

Read on!

#1. Take the kids down to the Mona Vale rock pool for a swim and a BBQ 

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The Northern Beaches has an abundance of natural swimming holes, perfect for swimmers of all levels.

Mona Vale rock pool is a popular attraction for tourists and locals alike – situated on the tip of a sand spit at Mona Vale Beach, the rockpool has a 30 metre swimming pool for the grown-ups and a smaller swimming spot for kids nearby.

At high tide, the rockpool looks like an island in the middle of the sea – the photo opportunities are endless. Plus, there are amenities in the area including electric barbeques, picnic tables, bathrooms and a playground for the kids once they’ve finished swimming.

If you’re looking for a great day out at the beach complete with a sausage sandwich and a sun tan, you’re going to love Mona Vale rock pools!

#2. Discover an underwater world with a snorkelling tour of Manly 

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Want to check out the marine life of the Northern Beaches?

Eco Treasures offers hour-long guided tours of Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve in Manly, where you’ll learn how to safely snorkel throughout the area, how to use the equipment and get the most out of your snorkelling experience.

Snorkelling equipment and wetsuits are provided, so no prior experience is needed! Just book a tour and join a small tourist group for the short tour.

You’ll swim with 200+ species of fish and search for endangered species like the Blue Groper in their natural habitat.

After the guided underwater tour, you’ll head out on a nature walk with incredible views of the Northern Beaches.

#3. Go for a sunset swim in the Curl Curl Beach pool

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So, you slept in and it’s too late to commit to a whole day of snorkelling, scuba diving, or barbequing at Mona Vale rock pools…

How about a sunset swim at Curl Curl Beach?

Head to the north end of Curl Curl Beach for gorgeous, relaxing swims. Known as “Kiddies Corner”, the North Curly is calm enough for kids to swim, plus the water looks incredible when the sun is setting. Imagine warm orange tones on deep, ocean water.

So relaxing!

#4. Grab a bike and explore the bike tracks at Narrabeen Lagoon 

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Narrabeen Lagoon is one of the Northern Beaches’ most breathtaking natural areas. Home to a wide range of native wildlife and bushwalking tracks, Narrabeen Lagoon is the best spot on the Northern Beaches for outdoor activities.

Access to the lagoon has been improved over the years and is now accessible to people of all abilities. The trail circumnavigates the whole lagoon and is perfect for biking, jogging and walking.

The lagoon itself is the perfect spot for water sport enthusiasts – think windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding. The opportunities are endless!

#5. Stop in for a schnitty and chips at Dee Why RSL Club 

Dee Why RSL Schnitty

If you’re not too sunburnt after a long day of swimming and water sports along the Northern Beaches (always remember sunscreen – slip, slop, slap), make sure to stop in for a bistro meal at Dee Why RSL Club! We’ve got a traditional pub menu for those who love a chicken schnitty and chips, a steak with onion rings, or even crumbed prawns.

We have a wide range of options on our menu from lunch to dinner – including sweet treats for dessert like fruit, ice cream and chocolate mousse.

After dinner, make sure to drop into our Flame Lounge for some live music, too. We have a new act every day, from local musicians to national stage-trotters!

#6. Discover the sets of Home and Away with Flamin’ Galah Tours

Summer Bay Home & Away location

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Visit one of Australia’s most famous filming locations – Summer Bay!

Actually called Palm Beach, Summer Bay is the fictional home to the character’s of Home and Away, Australia’s longest running soap opera. Home and Away was the career-launching show for international celebrities like Chris Hemsworth, Heath Ledger, Isla Fisher, Julian McMahon, Dannii Minogue, Simon Baker, Guy Pearce and Naomi Watts.

On the Flamin’ Galah Tour (named for everybody’s favourite character, Alf Stewart), fans are allowed to relive their favourite scenes from the series and soak up the sun-drenched Summer Bay lifestyle.

Plus, the views aren’t bad, either!

#7. Connect with our native history with Guringai and Red Hands Cave Aboriginal tours 

Guringai Aboriginal tours in Northern Sydney

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The traditional custodians of the Northern Beaches are the Gurigal of the Guringai country. The Gurigal people have been the custodians of the land for more than 40,000 years and have a rich, everlasting culture.

Guringai man, Laurie Bimson, and the team at Guringai Aboriginal Tours offer cultural walks through the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park – a World Heritage listed area in the Northern Beaches.

Laurie started Guringai Aboriginal Tours as a meaningful method of offering cultural education and keeping the Guringai traditions alive. The tour lasts for 3.5 hours and the team offers an optional barbeque lunch with traditional kangaroo, emu, fish and fresh damper.

Learn more about the rich, cultural background of the Northern Beaches – book a tour with Laurie!

“Bikalabarley Murraring Walla Giballee Yaddung Guringai Wanangini Wahroong Yennieubu.”

Let us walk together in Guringai Country as one!

#8. Drop into LUXE – Sydney’s first yoga and coffee lounge 

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There’s nothing quite like a yoga session at the end of a long, adventurous day in the Northern Beaches. Luckily, we’ve also got one of the best yoga studios/coffee lounges in Sydney right here in our backyard.

LUXE offers a range of holistic exercise classes including yoga, pilates, barre, boxing and more.

The LUXE team believe in feeding your soul with daily movement and granting your body some indulgence, especially after a long day at work, school, or caring for your family.  

Drop in for a relaxing yoga or pilates class on the Northern Beaches, then take your friends into the LUXE coffee lounge for a heart-warming cup of joe.

Not into coffee? LUXE also offers an extensive menu of healthy foods and beverages including smoothies, smoothie bowls and rainbow lattes. You’ll be feeling healthier than ever after heading into LUXE!

#9. Go beer tasting at the 4 Pines Brewery in Manly 

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For the love of beer… head over to 4 Pines Brewery in Manly!

Home of one of Australia’s favourite craft beers, 4 Pines is an environmentally friendly brewery in the Northern Beaches. Developed between a father and son, 4 Pines is committed to redefining what it means to be a business and encourages their employees to volunteer their time and donate part of their wages to charity.

In 2017, the brand donated more than $22,800 to 20 countries throughout the world.

4 Pines Manly has events on every day of the week including trivia, comedians, bands and ribs. Oh and beer tastings, of course!

#10. Get competitive with ten pin bowling and laser tag

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Whether you’re there with a group of friends, schoolmates, or even the family, everyone loves a game of bowling and laser tag. Most bowling alleys are now equipped with both – including Dee Why RSL on the Northern Beaches.

ZONE Bowling now has an immersive laser skirmish arena, arcade games, snacks and a licensed bar for the grown-ups who want to make laser tag a little more fun than usual.

M9 Laser Skirmish at ZONE Bowling is complete with smoke screens and integrated lighting, so you can maneuver through apocalyptic urban cities, mazes, dark tunnels and ramps. Team members can hide from each other behind walls and jump out to tag their friends.

It’s the perfect opportunity to test your stamina with friends – get competitive with bowling and laser tag on the Northern Beaches!

There are 101 things to do on the Northern Beaches – so you’d better get started 

The list of things to do on the Northern Beaches goes on for miles… but now you’ve got this diverse list of activities to get you started.

From Aboriginal tours of our native land, to relaxing coffee yoga there is always something interesting to do in the Northern Beaches. So what are you waiting for? get out there and experience what our amazing area has to offer!

Drop in at Dee Why RSL for a snitty and beer – we’ve got plenty of fun things to do in the Northern Beaches of Sydney!