Explore the Northern Beaches

View of Collaroy Beach ocean pool and rock platform from headland.
Collaroy Beach ocean pool and rock pools

Discover stunning Sydney beaches and other outdoor fun

Northern Beaches Discovery provides information about fun outdoor activities and attractions on Sydney's Northern Beaches that are free.

The purpose of this blog is to highlight locations in this beautiful part of the world that provide fun things to do and explore - and hopefully get kids off screens and out in the fresh air for a few hours!

I provide details on well-trodden tourist paths as well as lesser known locations. I include 'getting here' information to make your time in the north fabulous, fun and hassle free.

kayaking on Narrabeen Lagoon


Getting the most from this blog

Blogs follow date order on the blog roll on the side bar under the map and are also grouped into geographical categories such as Manly, Dee Why, Narrabeen, Pittwater under the sidebar heading Discover and on the Blog webpage. Blogs that don't lend themselves to be categorised geographically have been grouped under other headings, such as Wildlife.

Use the PLAY menu to find posts that mention great swimming spots, bushwalking tracks, places to cycle, open water for paddling, or simply a picturesque place for a picnic.

About me

Me with my dog Banjo at Long Reef Headland

Hello, I'm Diane Godley, mother of two teenagers and one staffy. I'm also a freelance journalist, storyteller and content creator.

I've lived on Sydney's Northern Beaches for nearly 20 years and I wake up every morning thinking how lucky I am to call this place my home. The northern beaches is such a beautiful part of the world. My family and I spend weekends and school holidays exploring the peninsula, disovering new locations and revisiting old favourites.

The goal of this blog is to entice you to visit Sydney's Northern Beaches and fall in love with it, too.