One of the lesser known of the northern beaches, Long Reef Beach is a great place to come if you want a more peaceful day. Just north of the very popular Dee Why Beach, Long Reef beach extends for 2 kilometers and has nature reserves behind it. Being surrounded as it is by nature, it is a beautiful and tranquil spot to enjoy a picnic. Getting here by car is easy and parking is a breeze with a carpark right behind the beach. However, the bus is a good alternative if you want to avoid potential traffic delays coming across from the city.
Popular with locals for surfing, this is a good beach to come to catch some waves, and there are a few options if you want to grab some lessons here too. There are also sections good for windsurfing if you want to try something different, and of course swimming is safe between the flags. There aren’t any ocean pools set up here as an alternative when the waves are choppy, and no playground for the kids, but a little less infrastructure makes this beach much quieter that some of it’s neighbours so this might be considered a positive by many. If you enjoy walking, there is also a track that you can take up to the Long Reef Headland which offers 365 degree views, and the chance of spotting whales and dolfins swimming past if you’re lucky.
For families, this beach is great, with lots of space for kids to run around in. While it doesn’t have the abundance of cafes close by that some beaches have, there are free BBQs, and of course showers and toilets. There is also lots of grassy space, so this is a great place to come with some supplies and enjoy a picnic. The Dee Why strip isn’t too far away either if you need it, but the Long Reef Beach kiosk has the basics covered with coffee, snacks and of course icecream.