When you first venture into Brookvale it appears to be a busy industrial area, but if you explore a little further, you will find this suburb’s hidden secrets.
Brookvale is home to a number of fantastic craft breweries, a gin/whiskey distillery and a thriving café culture with some of the best coffee roasters on the Northern Beaches. You’ll find juicy burger and pizza places, award winning pies and all of which you can wash down with a pint of Brookie’s finest craft beer.
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Things to do
Learn how to throw an axe
There is truly no better way to de-stress than flinging an axe as hard as you can, while your family and friends cheer you on. At Kiss My Axe you will have hours of axe throwing fun under the guidance of an expert trainer.
Enjoy a brewery and/or distillery tour
When it comes to distilleries and breweries, Brookvale has plenty of options. Why not book yourself and a group of friends on a gin or whiskey tour at Manly Spirits where your friendly and knowledgeable spirit guide will give you the opportunity to touch, taste and smell their raw ingredients. You can learn about Australian botanicals and the history of gin.
If beer is more your style, join one of 4 Pines Truck Bar’s passionate beer lovers for an introduction to all things beer and brewing. Included in the tour are five tastings of their award winning beer. Other breweries to check out are Bucketty’s Brewing Co., Nomads Brewing Co., Dad and Dave’s Brewery and 7th Day Brewery. They have tasting rooms where you can enjoy a selection of their beers right next to where it is made.
Explore Allenby Park
Discover one of the Northern Beaches best-kept secrets, Allenby Park. You’ll forget you’re in Sydney as you slip into this tranquil stunning pocket of natural bush. Picturesque waterfalls, mossy boulders and panoramic views of the coast await!
Watch a game of footy
Brookvale is home to the area’s rugby league team, Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. If you are visiting the area between the months of March and October, you will be able to watch an NRL game played on their home ground at 4 Pines Park ( Brookvale Oval). To check when their next home game is being played, follow this link to their website.
Shop till you drop
Westfield Warringah Shopping Mall has 270 stores as well as a large variety of casual dining options making it a great spot to shop, eat or just hang out, especially on a rainy day. Brookvale has three of the biggest op shops on the Northern Beaches, a great spot to pick up a real bargain.
Go indoor rock climbing
Indoor rock climbing is a fun family friendly activity and is also a great way to get fit. Rockhouse is located in the back streets of Brookvale and has 37 individual top rope routes. They change the routes weekly to keep you on your toes.
How to get there
Brookvale is 5.1km (3.1 miles) from Manly and 16.2 km (10 miles) from Sydney’s CBD.
Travelling on public transport?
- Catch a 199 bus from Stand B in Manly.
- Catch a B1 bus from Wynyard to Brookvale
Looking for more things to do nearby, get inspired with our blogs on things to do in Manly and Freshwater.