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If you’re looking for something a bit more secluded, Bilgola Beach is the perfect spot. A 100m long beach hidden between two headlands, this beautiful beach should not be missed when visiting the Northern Beaches.

Did you know? The name Bilgola is derived from Belgoola, an Aboriginal word meaning swirling water.

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Things to do

Things to do in Bilgola
Image courtesy of Destination NSW

Have a beach day

Due to its seclusion, you can expect a more relaxed and quieter vibe than you will encounter at nearby beaches. The rockpool at the southern end of the beach is a perfect spot for families and during summer, the pool is lit up until 10pm.

If you are a surfer, the northern end is the place for you. Here you will find excellent surfing conditions, especially when the wind is blowing from the northeast.

Walk to Newport Beach

If you enjoy walking, there is a 2km (1.2mile) return walking path connecting Bilgola Beach with Newport Beach where you will enjoy dramatic ocean panoramas on one side and beautiful bushland on the other.


How to get there

Things to do in Bilgola
Image courtesy of Destination NSW

Bilgola is 22.1km (13.7 miles) from Manly and 35.7km (22.1 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 Mona Vale and jump on a 199 bus to Bilgola

Further afield

Things to do in Avalon
Avalon Beach, Image courtesy of Destination NSW

Looking for more things to do nearby, get inspired with our blogs on things to do in Newport, Avalon and Palm Beach.