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Avalon is a northern beachside suburb of Sydney, nestled between the calm bays of Pittwater and the rolling waves of the Pacific Ocean. Most famous for its great surf beach, Avalon village also has a collection of eclectic shops and a variety of great eateries. Stop by on your way up to Palm Beach and you’ll end up falling in love with Avalons laid-back lifestyle.  Check out a handpicked list of our favourite things to do in a day, or a weekend if you have a bit more time.

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Things to do

What to do in Avalon
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Shop at the boutique stores

Avalon has become one of the go-to destinations for boutique beachside shopping. Wander around the village and enjoy the small stores catering to a variety of styles and taste.

Make the most of Pittwater

While you’re in Avalon, you can easily access and enjoy the beauty of Pittwater. Home to plenty of water activities that will keep you entertained for hours, such as learning stand-up paddle boarding with Avalon Stand up Paddle.  If relaxing is more your thing, chill out with a coffee and enjoy the tranquil waters and beauty of Clareville Beach.

Clareville is the perfect spot for families with small children as this long stretch of sand and water has no waves and also a great spot for a waterfront picnic.

Enjoy Avalon Beach

Avalon is a picturesque beach with rolling waves. At the southern end of the beach you will find a beautiful rock pool, which is extremely popular with young families and swimmers.  The northern end is renowned for its big northern swell and surf. Surfers come from all over the world to find the perfect wave and fittingly, World Champion surfer Kelly Slater called Avalon home for 15 years.

How to get there

Things to in Avalon
Image courtesy of Destination NSW

Avalon is 24.1km (14.9 miles) from Manly and 37.7km (23.4 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 then jump on a 199 bus to Avalon

Further afield

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

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