The Northern Beaches Edit

By Alexandra Hampton
24th Dec 2014

Summer is in full swing and no one understands how to relax and enjoy it quite like those on the Northern Beaches. There are all sorts of fun cafes and bars, not to mention a huge range of activities to help you best explore the area. So grab a stand up paddleboard, or simply head to Palm Beach and explore the Barrenjoey Lighthouse. The Northern Beaches is perfect for all your summertime adventures!

See And Do:

Barrenjoey Lighthouse Walk
Palm Beach
Barrenjoey Lighthouse has one of Sydney’s best views, so grab some walking shoes and get yourself up those stairs. This bush walk is a little challenging but the reward is so worth it! Once you get to the top, there are lots of secluded spots for a picnic, or even more exploring, before you head down to the beach for a quick swim before home. 

Pittwater Mini Golf 
Warriewood’s mini golf is an institution on the Northern Beaches and it makes for a fun afternoon with your friends and family, no matter what their age. Open everyday till 9pm, have some fun on the obstacle course and don’t take it too seriously!

Stand Up Paddle Boards
Manly (Manly Kayak Centre)
Manly’s East Esplanade reserve or “the office” as it is fondly known as, is the place to be on sunny summer afternoons. Next to Manly Wharf, this grassy area overlooking the water is the perfect way to spend the afternoon. What makes it even better is the stand up paddle boarding ball competition (a mix between netball and rugby on water) which is held every Sunday afternoon. If you’re feeling jealous of the SUP Ball pros then Manly Kayak Centre hires out boards and runs lessons for those who want to try their hand and practise their balance.

The Beaches Market 
A big favourite among locals, The Beaches Market is perfect for a snack or your organic fruit and vegie shopping or just some aimless market wandering. Get in early, this Friday event is super popular! 


Eat And Drink:

The Armchair Collective
Mona Vale
A blend of a homewares store and a café may sound a little odd, but The Armchair Collective, a quirky breakfast spot right next to Mona Vale beach, makes it work. There’s fresh flowers, refurbished armchairs and other interior items but, if it’s food you are after, you can’t go wrong with one of their smoothies (served in old style milk bottle) and a classic bacon and egg roll for some tasty nourishment in the sun. 

Cranky Fins Holidae Inn
Palm Beach
Cranky Fins is a newbie on the Northern Beaches and it has well and truly been affirmed its status as a goodie. You can’t really miss this bright and colourful corner restaurant, located across from the golf course. Packed during summer evenings, with live music and cute booth-style seating, the Mexican food and fun cocktails mean you have something new to add to your to-do list. 

Frank’s Bar 
Frank’s is a bit of a hidden gem amongst all of Avalon’s cafes. Located in the quiet Stapelton Arcade, this place is great no matter what time of the day. Whether you’re after some of their delicious Toby’s Estate coffee and brunch items or some dinner and drinks, the Italian inspired menu and amazing interior (think furry lounges, lots of greenery and candles come dark) are sure to please.   

Pizzeria e Cucina
Carbs and food comas make for a tasty combination and Pizzeria e Cucina always does it just right. Located on Newport’s main drag, this beach house pizzeria is always packed, and for good reason. The pizza menu is varied, so whether you go with the classic margherita with fresh mozzarella and basil or for the famously spicy Vesuvius, you won’t be disappointed. If you’re after pasta, there’s a big selection, but our favourites are the gnocchi ai gamberi (burnt sage, lemon butter and Australian banana prawns) and the nero (seafood squid ink linguine). 

La De Da 
Mona Vale 
Only recently opened by the guys who owned Bondi’s popular Canteen, La De Da is all for the good times. There’s a fun tapas menu, lots of different rooms and a courtyard, where art is at the forefront. There are brilliant murals painted by local artists and tonnes of colour everywhere, so grab a drink (there’s always heaps of specials) and enjoy the summer. 



Whale Beach
If you’re feeling a bit fancy and after a quiet getaway, then Jonah’s is for you. There are 11 amazing rooms, each with a private balcony to admire the vast Pacific Ocean views. There’s also special packages available to suit every occasion. 

Barrenjoey House
Palm Beach
A guesthouse since 1923, Barrenjoey House makes for a lovely cottage style retreat. The simple and clean rooms are perfect for a weekend away, so get in quick and make a booking! 

Image Credit: Barrenjoey House, Manly Kayak Centre, Cranky Finn's Holidae Inn, Armchair Collective.

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