Sydney's Northern Beaches are picturesque and popular holiday areas that stretch north from Manly including South Steyne, North Steyne, Queenscliff, Harbord, South and North Curl Curl, Dee Why, Collaroy, Narrabeen, Mona Vale, Bungan, Newport, Bilgola, Avalon and Palm Beach. Queenscliff, Harbord and Dee Why offer some of the best surfing while it is advisable to avoid the dangerous ocean currents of South Curl Curl.
Newport is 20km north of Manly and is of the most popular of Sydney's Northern Beaches. Offering excellent surf, Newport also enjoys access to Pittwater, the beautiful southern branch of Broken Bay. A haven for yachties and sailing enthusiasts, the only shipping that operates here are a few small local ferries. Here you'll also find the prestigious Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and Royal Motor Yacht Club and their accompanying marinas are home to a great range of dining options.
Palm Beach is Sydney's northernmost beach suburb at 28km north of Manly and is a fashionable suburb boasting some amazing holiday homes. Its surf beach is a very popular spot to be seen and therefore quite crowded, especially on spring and summer weekends. Dotted with cafes and restaurants, Palm Beach is the northernmost point of Pittwater, surrounded by ocean and Barrenjoey knob. The Barrenjoey lighthouse is a historic attraction offering panoramic views all the way to the rocky uninhabited Lion Island. Palm Beach is also serviced by small ferries which operate across Broken Bay all the way to Patonga, Cown Creek and Bobbin Head.
About 10km before you arrive in Palm Beach, the suburb of Mona Vale offers access to Pittwater to Bayview and Church Point. Home to some beautiful residences, these areas enjoy stunning views thanks to their elevated position on wooden hills which descend to the water. Church Point is a popular boating area and the wharf offers small ferry servicing smaller offshore communities such as that of Scotland Island.
Follow the road out from Church Point to the Ku-ring-gai National Park or head further west through 10km of bushland to one of Sydney's most spectacular vantage points. Boasting 360 degree views all the way down to Pittwater, Palm Beach and the Barrenjoey Lighthouse, the sweeping vistas take in the open sea all the way out to Lion Island and the mouth of the Hawkesbury River. This spot is particularly popular with budding photographers however the breathtaking views are worth the trip alone.