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Spring has sprung and just in time for the long weekend!

If you’re having a staycation on the Northern Beaches or family and friends are coming to town- we’ve got your long weekend sorted.

We are trying to be accurate during these unusual times. Please contact the business for the most up to date information regarding opening hours and services.

  1. Enjoy our restaurants, cafes and pubs

Courtesy of Destination NSW

We’ve got three days off, and it’s the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends and family. Support your favourite local or buy a takeaway to enjoy at home. They need you!

There are so many options up and down the beaches from waterview restaurants and bars to cosy cafes and eateries. So get the gang together and celebrate!

  1. Whale spotting

Courtesy of Destination NSW

Now is the perfect time to pack up a picnic and hike up to one of our headlands where you will get some great views of the migrating whales on their way back to the Antarctic.  Particularly impressive views can be enjoyed from Manly’s North Head, Dobroyd Head, the top of Long Reef headland and at the furthest end of the Northern Beaches, Barrenjoey Lighthouse headland. Make sure you stop to admire the spring flowers which are in bloom at the moment.

You can also download the free Wild About Whales app to help locate whales close to you, share your whale watching experience and learn more about different species and characteristics of the whales you’ll be spotting.

  1. Culture on the Northern  Beaches @ Manly Art Gallery and Museum

The Gallery has several fantastic exhibitions on offer this long weekend, one of them being an exhibition drawn from one of Australia’s most significant private collections of cartographic archives which includes rare 15th-century European maps as well as maps depicting Australia and the Pacific. The maps tell the changing story of map-making from woodblock printing in 1482 to the beginnings of topographical surveying in the late 20th-century. The exhibition is free and it is recommended but not essential, to book online – book your timed ticket now. The Gallery is open Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm of the long weekend, closed Monday.

  1. Snorkelling, diving, surfing and kayaking

It’s the perfect time of year to head underwater with clear visibility and average water temperatures of around 19 degrees. Check out our favourite snorkelling spots on the Northern Beaches or contact one of our repeatable dive operators to visit some world class dive sites right on our doorstep including Fairy Bower, Chowder Bay, Old Man’s Hat and The Waterfall.

If going underwater is bit extreme for you this time of year, hire a kayak or stand up paddle board and explore Pittwater’s secret beaches, Manly Cove’s foreshore or Narrabeen Lagoon’s quiet lake and estuary. You’ll be guaranteed to return home with a big smile on your face.

Springtime is also a great time to surf with warm sunshine, blue skies and light winds. Bring your own board or book a group or private surf lesson – there are surf schools operating at several of the Northern Beaches. Wetsuits are provided if the water is still a little chilly!

  1. Buy some local produce and pack a picnic

Enjoy a picnic – because we can! Get your friends together and pack a basket full of produce from local businesses.

Add some blankets, good tunes, water views and maybe a fishing rod plus licence – and you’re all set. Some great picnic spots include Manly DamBilarong ReserveWinnererremy BayStation Beach, Palm Beach and Davidson Park.

  1. Get pampered

Treat yourself to some post-iso self-care. Many of our local beauty salons and spas have reopened. Give them a call and book in some deserved ’me time’ to feel rejuvenated again.

Enjoy your long weekend- and wherever you can, please support our local businesses on the Northern Beaches.

While we now have more freedoms, please remember to stay safe, and keep up the social distancing (1.5 metres apart) as well as good hand hygiene.