One of the favourite of Sydney’s northern beaches, Curl Curl is just a few kilometers north of Manly Beach. The long uninterrupted expanse of sand here is a beautiful sight – 1.2 kilometers of golden sand, only improved by the crystal clear ocean that borders it. Because it is so long, the beach is actually divided into two – North Curl Curl and South Curl Curl. Most easily accessible by car, both beaches have carparks for a hassle-free day and there are also buses. Alternatively if you enjoy some exercise, then you can get a ferry across to Manly and walk along the coast to South Curl Curl from there in about ab=n hour.
Both beaches have a surf life saving club and all the facilities that you need such as toilets, showers and BBQs. You will also find a kiosk with an array of cheap and cheerful takeaway food and drink options so you have everything you need right here on the beach. Of course, there are a few cafes here too, but the beach is so big that these feel quite far away, so the kiosk is a good option for most.
The swell here is larger than many of Sydney’s northern beaches, making it a long-time favourite among surfers. North Curl Curl has a lagoon that flows out to sea, and has gentler waves so it great for swimmers, children, body boarding and first time surfers. More experienced surfers tend to gravitate to the rocky south end where the swells are bigger. Swimmers should note that conditions can get dangerous, so it’s important to always swim between the flags, but the good news is that with two surf life saving clubs means there are also two sets of flags, so you can choose which section of the beach has the conditions most suited to you and find yourself the perfect spot to spend the day.