One of the most popular of the northern beaches, Dee Why is just 20 kilometers north of the Sydney city, nestled between Curl Curl and Long Reef. Easily accessible by car, but street parking can be hard to find, so the bus is a great option if you’re coming from the city. Of course, if you enjoy walking, you can enjoy the stunning ferry ride across to Manly and then walk along the coast from there. It’s about 7 kilometers so maybe not suitable to do with young children, but definitely doable if you enjoy a little exercise.
The Dee Why beach stretches for a whopping 1.8 kilometers joining Long Reef beach towards the north end of the bay, so there is ample space for everyone to enjoy the day. With playgrounds, picnic areas, BBQs, and of course showers and toilets, Dee Why beach has everything that you need. At the busier south end, there is also a 50m ocean pool and a separate toddlers pool making this a favourite for young families. The beach is patrolled on weekends and is great for swimming, but conditions are of course changeable so it is always best to swim between the flags. For surfers, this is a great place to learn, and there are a couple of surf schools on the beach. If you don’t want lessons, or if you want to continue practising afterwards, you can rent boards here too.
If you enjoy fresh air and beautiful views, then be sure to check out the coastal walk that connect Dee Why to North Curl Curl. The path takes you a few kilometers along the cliffs between the beaches and offers spectacular ocean views the whole way and of course, there is another beautiful beach at the other end so it is well worth the effort. Regardless whether you choose to swim, walk, surf or just enjoy laying in the sunshine, there is no shortage of cafes here to satisfy your appetite. The Seachange Cafe and the The Beach Shed are definitely local favourites, both with views across the beach and the water so you can continue to enjoy this beautiful beach while you lunch.