Just a few hundred meters north of the famous Manly Beach, past Queenscliff is the beautiful Freshwater Beach. One of Sydney’s smaller beaches, Freshwater Beach is just 350 meters long but definitely still worth a visit if you enjoy surfing. Flanked by headland on each side, this beach produces good waves making it a favourite among surfers for years.
Freshwater Beach is most easily accessible by car, and conveniently has a carpark located towards the north end. However, you can also get the bus, or if you enjoy walking then taking the Ferry to Manly and walk from there is a great option. You can expect it to take about half an hour at an easy walking pace to cover the 2 kilometers along the beach front to Freshwater Beach. Once here, there are plenty of facilities nearby to cater to your needs. There is a playground with lots of space for kids to run around and there is also a picnic area with BBQs, a viewing platform, toilets, showers and a canteen so you have everything you need to enjoy a great day at the beach. There are also a handful of restaurants within a few minutes walk of the beach so if you need a little time out of the sun then you can be sure to find somewhere to refuel before you get back out there.
Boasting it’s own surf life saving club, Freshwater beach is also patrolled by lifeguards most days. However with three persistent rips in the area, it is important to note that it can be hazardous to swim here. There are on average 121 rescues each year here, but no lives lost between the flags so it really is important that you swim there if you visit. There is also an ocean rock pool at the north end, providing a brilliant and safe place to enjoy swimming in the ocean. Here you can do as the locals do and catch a few laps in the fresh ocean water before settling down to enjoy the afternoon sun. While you’re here, it is definitely worth doing the beautiful coastal walk around the north headland up to Curl Curl Beach. This walk offers spectacular views and an easy stroll making it well worth the effort to do while you’re here.