Discover Sydney’s Northern Beaches

...experience life on set of the world-famous Australian television soap opera, Home and Away.

Fringed by the Pacific Ocean to the east and the flanked by the Pittwater to the west, the Northern Beaches peninsula covers close to 18 kilometres of exquisite coastline, dotted with vibrant beachside hubs. 

Located just 15 kilometres north of Sydney’s CBD, the southern end of the region can be accessed, in spectacular style, on an iconic ferry ride. Take a legendary green and yellow ferry from Sydney’s Circular Quay to one of Australia’s most dazzling beachside setting, Manly. The 30 minute journey showcases stunning views of Sydney Harbour, the Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Luna Park and national park lands.

Marking the start of the Northern Beaches, Manly is one of Australia’s favourite seaside resorts. A picturesque suburb, privy to a laidback atmosphere, Manly lures throngs of city-slickers looking for a sea change. 

Discover Manly’s 18 plus beaches, coves and inlets. Swim with sharks and get up close and personal with stingrays, sea turtles and penguins at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary (formerly Oceanworld). Or stroll along the hub’s bustling oceanfront promenade, stopping in at lively cafes, restaurants, boutiques and bars. 

Situated in the middle of the Northern Beaches stretch, Narrabeen is a water-lover’s paradise. Bordered by a lagoon and sheltered by a series of headlands, the beachside locale attracts thrill-seekers by the masses. 

Try activities like windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, rowing, fishing, or boating. Or paddle out at North Narrabeen’s dedicated National Surfing Reserve—a world-renowned surfing hotspot so famous it is features in the Beach Boys classic hit Surfin’USA.

At the northernmost end of the Northern Beaches, Palm Beach is considered the jewel of the region. Nestled on a landmark peninsula, the secluded suburb is a flush with lush evergreen bushland and golden beaches, and is a popular getaway for Australia’s rich and famous. 

Enlist on a sailing adventure on the calm the Pittwater. Hike up Barrenjoey Headland to enjoy a sweeping vista from lighthouse lookout. Or visit the North Palm Beach Surf Lifesaving Club, otherwise known as the Summer Bay Surf Club, and experience life on set of the world-famous Australian television soap opera, Home and Away. 

Hamlets like Curl Curl, Dee Why, Newport and Avalon also dot the region, exuding strong community spirit and offering outstanding swimming spots, surfing breaks and dining and shopping opportunities. 

Plan Your Northern Beaches Holiday 

  • Flights to Sydney: Virgin Australia operates flights to Sydney daily, direct from all capital cities and major regional ports.
  • Sydney Holiday Packages: Plan your holiday with expert help, Virgin Australia Holidays offers a range of great Sydney holiday packages.
  • Sydney Hotels: Establish a great base from which to experience all the action of Sydney. Select from a wide choice of hotels deals from Agoda.
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Words by Natasha Phillimore - Published 24 March 2014
Quick Facts 
Population Approx 4.3 million
Area 4,000 km²
Time Zone GMT +10
Languages English (official)
Currency Australian Dollar (AUD)
Electricity 220 - 240v 50Hz
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