One of Sydney’s most iconic surf beaches, Narrabeen beach is a must visit if you are a surfer. Lying just a short walk north of the quieter Collaroy beach, and with a carpark towards the north end, Narrabeen is easily accessible by car. However there are bus stops nearby also, so getting the bus from Sydney city is also a great option if want to avoid traffic hassles.
For surfing, Narrabeen beach offers strong breaks suited to experienced surfers. Indeed, a number of surf champions have honed their skills here, and it is home to a handful of national and international surfing events. The toughest waves are usually found at the north end, so it’s recommended only for those with some experience, but the south end of the beach towards Collaroy offers good swell for beginners. Similarly, the south end of the beach is best suited for swimming with usually calmer waters. And of course, it is always important to swim between the flags to ensure you enjoy the water in safety.
Well set up for day visitors, Narrabeen beach has toilets, showers, BBQs and a picnic area. There is also a playground for the kids, and a number of nice cafes towards the south end of the beach making this a great place to spend the day. The Narrabeen Lake just behind the main beach is also beautiful, and if you enjoy walking, the trail around the lake is worth doing. An 8.4 kilometer circuit, the track takes you around the lake and offers beautiful views back across the water. This is also the perfect spot to enjoy the sunset if you can stay for it. With the colours of the sky reflected back of the still lake waters, you will think you walked into a postcard.