Sunday 25 Feb 2018
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STS Festival
Northern Beaches

The Northern Beaches … Sydney’s beach, bush and bay wonderland – sum up the relaxed, outdoor lifestyle that is Sydney’s beautiful Northern Beaches. Framed by bustling, vibrant Manly in the south and exclusive Palm Beach in the north, this spectacular 30km-long peninsula contains 22 glorious sandy beaches; three national parks; and numerous lakes, bays, basins and river waterways for fun (and escape). There’s literally something for everyone on Sydney’s beautiful Northern Beaches!

If you want to chill out in a romantic beach, bush or bay hideaway, it’s here. If you’re after a fun family holiday, it’s here. For the more active, there’s bush walking, surfing, diving, snorkeling, sailing, yacht charter, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, golf (there are six beautiful courses), tennis, tenpin bowling, and fishing, among others.

Alternatively, take a tour of the historic Quarantine Station at North Head, Aboriginal rock carvings in one of the Northern Beaches’ three magnificent national parks, Barrenjoey Lighthouse at Palm Beach, the Baha’i House of Worship at Ingleside or the Waratah Park Earth Sanctuary at Terrey Hills; enjoy a play or a movie; or wander through one of the many art galleries and open-air markets dotted along the peninsula.

Add to the mix superb restaurants (waterfront dining is available at Dee Why, Palm Beach, Cottage Point, and Manly, among others) and great mall and boutique shopping - and you have the perfect recipe for a day trip, weekend away, or extended holiday stay. Best of all, all this and a whole lot more is available within a short, half-hour ferry ride or 40-minute road trip from the city!

On a Saturday evening, Manly’s beachside clubs and bars are bustling with activities.

During the daytime, Dee Why’s beachfront cafes and restaurants overlook the many beachgoers revelling in the surf, sand and sunshine.

For those serious surfers, take your boards to the less commercial North Curl Curl, Narrabeen or Avalon for some great waves.

Manly Beach North Narrabeen Surfer
Manly Beach Surfing at Narrabeen
Manly Corso Dee Why Beach
Manly Corso Dee Why Beach


Key Things to Do in the Northern Beaches:


For more information, visit:

- Wine & Dine at harbourside restaurants by Dee Why beach
- Take the North Harbour walk for spectacular ocean views
- Surf a wave at Dee Why, Manly, Norh Curly, Narrabeen
- Party in Manly on a Saturday night
- Enjoy the Sun, Surf and Sand at Manly or Dee Why beach
- Indulge in some surfwear shopping in Manly
- Peruse the weekend markets in Manly

- Northern Beaches
- Northern Beaches Walks
- Sydney Ferry Timetables


Map of the Northern Beaches
Map: Northern Beaches

The Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Opera House

The Opera House

The Blue Mountains

Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Northern Beaches

Sydney Harbour Bridge