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North Narrabeen Beach

The world-famous surfing beach became a National Surfing Reserve in 2009 and played an important part in the history of surfing culture in Sydney.

Narrabeen Beach is one of Australia’s iconic surfing and swimming beaches. Over three kilometres of sand stretch from Long Reef in the south to the Narrabeen Lagoon entrance in the north, with four surf lifesaving clubs along the beach providing qualified, volunteer lifesaver patrols to protect swimmers and surf/beach users from the numerous rips along the beach. The beach faces the east and receives increasing protection to the south from 36 metre high Long Reef Point which protrudes two kilometres out to sea.

Narrabeen is best known for the world famous North Narrabeen break, breeding ground of some of the world’s best surfers, including world champions. It is also the site of numerous local, national and international events. In bigger south swell, the Narrabeen bombie offers both lefts and is now a tow-in site. Beach breaks abound down the beach, with the central Gardens area the most popular, while at Collaroy the smaller waves attract the learners and inexperienced.

North Narrabeen is also very popular with fishermen offering rock, inlet and beach fishing with gutters down the beach following high seas. Boats launched at Fishermans beach are also commonly seen on the inshore reefs.

General Conditions

  • Good swimming and body surfing conditions.
  • Strong shore break at times.
  • Excellent surfing conditions at the north end.
  • Good surfing breaks along the beach.
  • Best in north easterly winds.

Parking Information

There is free parking for vehicles displaying Northern Beaches Council parking permits and pay and display is available to purchase for those without a permit. Designated disabled car spaces.


North Narrabeen NSW, Australia
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