Another long stretch of sand, North Curl Curl Beach is known for its surf breaks. With the exception of the Surf Life Saving Club, there are no shops and eateries to crowd the unique atmosphere that this beach has.
Backed by sand dunes, the beach also has a lagoon behind it and large parklands. On the other side of the main road that passes here, there are only residential homes, occupied by lucky residents.
That being said, there can very rough surf and strong rips and riptides along the beach. Be sure to only swim between the flags here.
You can enjoy long peaceful walks along the beach or alongside the lagoon. You can also take the walk along the cliffs to Dee Why Beach for great views of the coast and ocean. You may even spot dolphins or whales.
At the north end, and just south of the beach (South Curl Curl) there are rock pools, for swimming and younger families, particularly on bigger surf days.
Pay parking is available near the surf club. Other facilities include showers, public and disabled toilets, rockpool and kiosk. There is an enclosed playground at the park on the other side of the main road.
There is also a regular bus service that runs from Manly to Curl Curl Beach and back (136). There is also the (139) from Manly Wharf which will get you to South Curl Curl.
The Surf Life Saving Club performs regular life saving at the beach for much of the year. Please follow their instructions, they are there for you and your families safety. Swim Between the Flags!
There is usually at least some surf, with sand breaks all along this long beach including adjoining Long Reef. When it is larger, there can be rips and riptides.
Covering Up - Sydney has bright sunny days so wear sun-protective clothing, especially between 10am to 3pm. Find a good SPF30+ sunscreen that is water resistant. Use shade and wear a hat, it all helps to stay looking young, healthy and beautiful as you do.
There is a regular bus service from the city as well as Manly Wharf, located on the north side of Sydney Harbour. You can catch a regular bus service from Manly (151). Catch the ferry from Circular Quay at the foot of the city, enjoy a ride on the ferry or jetcat over the stunning harbour and take the bus past more beaches and scenery. The bus stop is at the Manly Wharf where the Sydney ferries and jetcats travel to.
From the city, catch 155 or 156 to the North Shore. Bus services start at Wynyard Train Station in the Sydney CBD (centre). The Map shows Wynyard, bus stops are around the green park next to the station.
Main Photo: North Curl Curl Beach with the SLSC on the left and sand dunes in the foreground
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Photo: The Lagoon at Curl Curl