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Guide to Newport

Newport is a laid-back beachside village with the Pacific Ocean on one side and the tranquil waters of Pittwater on the other. This makes for a vast water playground perfect for yachting, swimming and surfing. In fact, Newport Beach is also the home of three times world surfing champion, Tom Carroll.

If beaches are not your scene, wander through Newport village and enjoy coastal-themed shops, cafes and restaurants. Newport has so much to offer to both locals and visitors.

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Things to Do

Guide to Newport
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Head to the beach

Newport is a 1.3km long beach, popular with surfers and swimmers. The Peak is an inshore reef towards the northern end of Newport Beach, fantastic for highly skilled surfers whilst at the southern end you can enjoy the beautiful salt-water 50m rock pool bordered by a rocky escarpment. If you are looking for good fishing, head to the northern end of the beach instead.

Take a scenic walk

The walk north from Newport Beach takes you to tiny Bilgola Beach, which you may have entirely to yourself. The breaks are great for swimming and bodysurfing and you can even surf at the beach’s northern end.

If you head south from Newport Beach, you will pass the medieval-style Bungan Castle towering over the ocean. The lesser-known Bungan Beach lies beneath rugged cliffs and is only accessible by a walking track. Both walks will give you fantastic views of the neighbouring beaches, dramatic headlands and of course, the ocean.

Boutique shops

With the main shopping strip just one street back from the beach, Newport specialises in a fantastically fresh coastal vibe. Newport has some of the most sought after boutiques on the Northern Beaches. On the main road stop by Splice Boutique and Knap Store and tucked up Robertson Road you’ll find Natalie Alamein, a Sydney-based designer who creates clothing and accessories for passionate, authentic, life-loving women.

If it’s a hot day and you’ve forgotten your swimmers you can’t go past Larx for one of the most comprehensive range of swimwear available and if you’re here for a few days visit Alexis Leigh Hattery and create your very own hat in either 100% Panama Straw or Fur Felt.

Bert Payne Park

If you are looking for a great playground, try Bert Payne Park, located at Newport Beach. Here, the kids will be entertained for hours by a giant interactive bus, an enormous ramp, slides, climbing ropes, a merry-go-round and swings. There are also barbeque facilities, parking and facilities for a perfect day out.

Enjoy Pittwater from the water

Across the peninsula is Pittwater, another calm body of water worth exploring by stand up paddleboard, kayak or boat. You can even escape overnight by hiring a houseboat with Omega Clipper 34 or, if a yacht is more your style, Sailing Pittwater offer bare boat and skippered day charters.

Sailing

If inshore sailing, or motor cruising is your thing, then you can’t go past a visit to the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club or Royal Motor Yacht Club on picturesque Pittwater and the gateway to Broken Bay and the Hawkesbury River. Visitors can dine in the waterfront restaurants and have a drink with some local sailors at the bar. Maybe even crew on yacht in one of the weekly twilight or weekend races.


Eat + Drink

Where to eat in Newport
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Check out some of the locals’ favourite restaurants and cafes for a delicious meal such as great pizza from Lucky and Peps, amazing coffee from Zubi’s Bar, or Caffeine Villains and Rukus Café to name a few.  Head down quirky Robertson Road in search of terrific food and drink options, such as Oven Loven Pizzeria and Le Petit Mache.

One of the best places to spend a sunny afternoon is The Newport with its waterfront location and stunning Pittwater views. There is a huge communal deck surrounded by gardens. With an alfresco marketplace feel, you have a huge range of areas and food outlets to choose from. Ranging from simple breakfast fare, to fish and chips, Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas and freshly shucked oysters or prawns. Begin the day with a morning coffee, stay for a leisurely lunch and then continue onto sun-downers on the deck with a mix of live entertainment and top-rated DJ’s.

Bert’s Bar & Brasserie is a part of The Newport and is inspired by 1930s grand hotel dining rooms with an open kitchen and accents of light pink and green which inspire this beautiful restaurant. The menu has a variety of seaside meals. Including oysters, mud crab, lobster, caviar, line-caught wild fish and rib-eye steaks cooked on wood fire ovens or grills.

Start with a thirst quenching ice-cold brew at the 4 Pines Newport venue after a sweltering hot day at the beach, and during the week, you can’t beat the Devil’s Happy Hour available Monday to Friday between 4pm until 5 pm or on Tuesdays, try the $25 burger and pint deal.

Mrs Robertson Wine & Cocktail Bar is a cosy bar with live music as well as a great selection of wine and cocktails and then cross the road to visit Kave Bar, a little hole in the wall bar tucked away on Barrenjoey Road. The décor of this stylish bar reminds you of a modern speakeasy. They offer a variety of musical acts, unique cocktails, specialty drinks and tasty bar snacks.


Where to Stay

Where to stay in Sydney
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With plenty of bed and breakfasts available in the area, you can take your pick from quaint ocean view cottages to an entire apartment to yourself. If self-catering is not your style, the Metro Mirage Hotel Newport is a four star hotel that overlooks the crystal waters of Pittwater. The hotel offers an outdoor pool, spa and an onsite gym as well as waterfront dining.


How to get there

Newport is 20.1km (12.4 miles) from Manly and 34 km (21.1 miles) from Sydney’s CBD.

Travelling on Public Transport?

  • Catch a 199 bus from Stand G in Manly.
  • Catch a  B1 bus from Wynyard to Mona Vale and jump on a 199 bus to Newport.

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Newport, NSW, Australia
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