The Northern Beaches peninsula viewed from Fairy Bower in Manly

The northern beaches, Sydney

Your outdoor playground

Looking for fun things to do in Sydney? Head north and discover the natural beauty of the northern beaches, Sydney. With bush and beach from Manly to Palm Beach, the northern beaches offers so much to see and do. And the best part is, it’s free (just add parking fees)!

It might be just 15km north of the CBD, but the northern beaches peninsula feels a world away and is a must-visit destination any time of year if you love the great outdoors.

Aerial view of Curl Curl Beach, taken from the Dee Why headland walk

Weekend explorer

I’ve lived on Sydney’s Northern Beaches for nearly 20 years and every day I feel lucky to call this place my home.

On weekends my family and I love exploring this beautiful part of the world and discovering pockets of the peninsula we haven't been before, or revisiting places we love.

So with my grass roots knowledge and love of the great outdoors, I hope this blog will tempt you to get out in nature and fall in love with Sydney's Northern Beaches.

Read my posts under Destinations on the sidebar (or at the bottom of the page if looking on a phone) and let me know in the Comments section if the post has enticed you to visit.

Find out more about the aim of Northern Beaches Discovery.

Pelicans are a regular sight at Fishermans Beach, Long Reef Headland

Places to play on the northern beaches

Follow my blog and discover fun things to do on the northern beaches, Sydney. I will tell you the best places to:

  • swim, surf, snorkel, kayak, walk, cycle, picnic and just generally frolic in nature.

You'll find my blog on the northern beaches, Sydney a useful tool to enjoy the great outdoors and do the things you love, regardless if you're a:

• Sydneysider looking for a day trip with the family
• overseas or interstate traveller wanting to squeeze in as much as possible during their Sydney stay
• a local looking for activities to get the kids outdoors and off devices (not convinced you can motivate your kids to go on a bushwalk? Read my tips on Outdoor Kids for inspiration).

The Manly Ferry is the most fun and scenic way to travel to the best beaches in Sydney as well as seeing the Harbour from the water for the price of a ferry ticket!

Getting to northern beaches, Sydney

Ferry, bus, car. Depending on where on Sydney's Northern Beaches you want to visit will depend on the mode of transport you take.

Read my tips on Getting here.