This is a splendid coastal walk featuring significant headlands, sweeping beaches and four lagoons, with links to the extensive waterways of Narrabeen Lagoon (also known as Narrabeen Lakes) and Manly Dam Reserve.
The walk forms part of one of the world’s great urban coastal walks, connecting Broken Bay in Sydney’s north to Port Hacking in the south, traversing headlands, beaches, lagoons, bushland, and the bays and harbours of coastal Sydney.
Start at either North Narrabeen or Queenscliff beache for a spectacular half day walk.
Trail information if starting from Narrabeen: Narrabeen and Collaroy beaches form the longest stretch of sand on the northern beaches. Leave Fishermans Beach at the boat ramp for the climb to Long Reef Headland, with the option of descending to the rock shelf below. Continue south along Long Reef and Dee Why beaches or take the alternate track through the dunes close to Dee Why Lagoon. At the end of Dee Why beach, climb the stairs at the rockpool for the cliff-top walk to Dee Why Head. Proceed along Curl Curl beach and at the southern rockpool climb the stairs to Fishermans Walk and McKillop Park. Continue to Freshwater Beach taking the path and streets over the headland to North Steyne and Manly.
Distance: 10km one way
Time: 5 hours one way
Path: Formed track, short steep hills, some obstacles, beach walking, many steps
Two companion maps, Barrenjoey to Narrabeen Lakes and Manly Lagoon to North Head & The Spit, complete the northern beaches section, while two additional maps cover the continuation to Cronulla.