Narrabeen is located 12km (7.5 miles) from Manly and 29.5km (18.3 miles) from Sydney’s CBD. Narrabeen beach is a world renowned surf beach and is mentioned in the first chorus in the Beach boys song “Surfin’ USA”. It is a popular area for families with its beautiful beaches, picturesque lagoon, great walks and bike routes. We have compiled a list of some of the ‘must see and do’ attractions and activities whilst you are visiting Narrabeen.
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Things to Do
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Take a scenic headland walk
Narrabeen has a variety of scenic walks ranging from the bushland setting of the Lagoon to stunning cliffs with great views over the ocean. One of our favourites is the Turrimetta headland walk, which is part of the Bicentennial walking track stretching from Mona Vale to Queenscliff Beach. The walk begins at the northern end of Narrabeen beach. After heading up a flight of stairs, you will be rewarded with magnificent views. You will find lookouts that overlook the beach and the entrance of the Lagoon. Follow the bush path around the headland to Warriewood Beach and reward yourself with coffee or lunch at one of the many cafes and restaurants.
Pittwater Golf Centre
For a fun day out with family or friends, visit the Pittwater Golf Centre where you can test your golfing skills at their 36-hole pirate themed mini golf course, exploring caves and shipwrecks. There is also a driving range available wanting to perfect their swing. They are open 7 days a week from 8am to 9pm.
Narrabeen Lagoon is the perfect spot for outdoor activities, such as bushwalking, fishing, jogging, SUP boarding, cycling and kayaking. The 8.6 km (5.3 miles) walk or bike ride winds around the foreshore of the lagoon. Where you will enjoy views of the ecosystems, wildlife, cultural heritage and historical icons.
There are two places along the Lagoon if you would like to hire a bike. One is Narrabeen Lakes bike hire which is located just off Powderworks Road and the other is My Ride Narrabeen, who are located on Pittwater Road.
Towards the entrance to the Lake, you will find a small-protected beach that is a perfect spot for families to relax and swim.
On the 3rd Sunday of every month, Narrabeen hosts an outdoor market. Set amongst the trees at Berry reserve, adjacent to the Lagoon. Here you can explore over 80 stalls offering arts, craft, jewellery, collectibles, designer fashions, food stalls and much more.
To purchase your quality weekly food, the Beaches Farmers Market is held at Pittwater Rugby Park in Warriewood. It is run every Friday from 8am to 1pm. Here you can find organic and conventional fresh fruit and vegetables, meats. They are direct from the farm, delicious dairy products, great coffee and tasty treats.
Enjoy the local beaches
Narrabeen Beach is a 3km (1.8 miles) long stretch of golden sand and has become a world famous surfing spot of the Northern Beaches. When you visit, don’t forget to pack your surfboard or body board to make the most of your stay. From Collaroy to Narrabeen there are four surf lifesaving clubs. So you can always find a patch of sand away from the crowds. At the Northern end of the beach you will find a 50m rock pool, which is good for swimmers and families.
Billarong Reserve playground
If you are looking for a great playground, try Bilarong Reserve located on Narrabeen Lagoon. Here you will find a large enclosed playground with a grassy reserve that will keep the kids entertained for hours. There are free barbeques for you to use, making it the perfect spot to have a waterside picnic.
Eat + Drink
As well as being an outdoor destination, Narrabeen is a fantastic spot to eat and drink. You can expect coastal cafes, artisan coffee roasts and restaurants serving delicious international cuisine. If you are looking to catch the morning sun close to the beaches, try Oceans, Zubis, Mexicano or Moonlight Social House.
Another great spot to dine is on the shores of Narrabeen lagoon where you can choose from a variety of cuisines. Such as Indian, Japanese, Thai, Mexican or the iconic Australian fish and chips. If you are looking for a quirky cafe check out the Narrabeen Tram Shed where you can sit outside or in an old 1930’s converted Tram.
Where to Stay
Looking for somewhere to stay? The Sands Narrabeen is a trendy four star hotel directly across the road from Narrabeen Beach. All rooms have a private balcony and there is a bar and restaurant. With an outdoor terrace, the perfect spot for a drink with friends on a sunny afternoon.
If camping under the stars is more your style, you should check out the NRMA Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park with its unique location only metres from both the beach and the calm waters of Narrabeen Lagoon. If you prefer the glamping part of camping (especially during the cooler months), they also have villas and cabins with heating.
Narrabeen is a wonderful place to stay for both a beach holiday and as a base for exploring Sydney and the city surrounds.
How to get there
Narrabeen is 12km (7.5 miles) from Manly and 29.5km (18.3 miles) from Sydney’s CBD.
Travelling on Public Transport?
- Catch a 199 bus from Stand G in Manly.
- Catch a B1 bus from Wynyard Station in Sydney.