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By Order of the Federal Government, our beaches are open for exercise only - surfing, swimming, running and walking.  Beaches will be closed due to unsafe conditions and or mass gatherings.

If people are sunbaking or gathering on the beach, they will be asked to move along by our lifeguards, rangers or the police.

Due to the risk of Coronavirus and acting on direction of NSW and Federal Governments, Council has closed many public areas. View the latest updates on the evolving situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19).

In addition, it is against the law to gather with more than two people in public, except:

  • for members of the same household
  • where the gathering is essential for work or education
  • If you go out, stay 1.5 metres away from other people at all times.

The rules are also now enforceable and Police are issuing fines of $1000 for individuals and $5000 for companies. These are difficult circumstances and we appreciate your patience and understanding.

Whether you want to carve up a wave in the surf, take a swim in the sea or relax on the sand, the Northern Beaches is the place to be. Select an area below and explore our local beaches for your daily dose of vitamin sea.

Council Lifeguards

Professional Council lifeguards patrol our surf beaches to help keep you safe. We patrol Manly all year round, Dee Why and Freshwater from September till the end of May. Most other surf beaches are patrolled from the end of September until the end of April, every day from 9am - 5pm and sometimes longer in the summer peak. If you need to contact the Lifeguard Radio Base (September-May) call 9942 2120.

Please remember to swim between the flags and as much as we love our pets there are no dogs allowed on our beaches or rockpools.

Beachwatch

Beachwatch recommend you avoid swimming for three days after heavy rain. Check the Beachwatch reports.

Beachsafe

Brought to you by Surf Life Saving Australia, this site includes the location, facilities, weather, conditions and lifesaving services for Australian beaches. Check Beachsafe conditions.

Bookings

Hold a public, private or commercial event at one of our picturesque beaches. Find out more

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Avalon Beach

Avalon Beach

Status:
open
Message: Beach open patrolled by Council Lifeguards

Avalon is a surf beach 500m long, facing south-east, and bordered by 60m high sandstone cliffs and the rock platforms of Bilgola Head and Hole in the Wall.

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Bilgola Beach

Bilgola Beach

Status:
open
Message: Beach open patrolled by Council Lifeguards

Bilgola Beach is a surf beach that is 500m long, faces south east and is bordered by a high headland, Bilgola Head to the north and the lower, shaley Newport Head and rocks to the south.

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Bungan Beach

Bungan Beach

Status:
open
Message: Beach open patrolled by Council Lifeguards

Bungan Beach is a surf beach that is 600m long running south-south east between Bungan and Mona Vale Heads.

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Clareville Beach

Clareville Beach

Status:
open

Clareville Beach is located off Delecta Avenue at Clareville.

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Clontarf Beach

Clontarf Beach

Status:
Restricted use
Message: Enclosed swimming area closed

Clontarf Beach is a large sandy foreland with a family friendly playground and swimming enclosure.

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Collaroy Beach

Collaroy Beach

Status:
open
Message: Beach open patrolled by Council Lifeguards

Collaroy Beach is a surf beach that adjoins Narrabeen Beach forming a long stretch of coast.

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Dee Why Beach

Dee Why Beach

Status:
open
Message: Beach open patrolled by Council Lifeguards

One of our busiest beaches with a thriving cafe scene.

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Fairlight Beach

Status:
open

To the west of Manly Cove is 1.5km of south-facing rocky shore containing three small beaches.

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Fishermans Beach

Status:
open
Message: Beach open but not patrolled

500m long Fishermans Beach runs from Long Reef headland to the south and Collaroy Beach to the north.

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Freshwater Beach

Status:
closed
Message: Beaches Closed by the Police due to crowd numbers exceeding stipulated limits

A world-famous surfing beach with a rich history.