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Living like a local on Sydney’s Northern Beaches

Aug 11, 2022 – 3 minute read – by Annabel Pease

Are you currently staying or will be staying at one of our Northern Beaches rentals in Sydney? Looking for things to do? Ways to stay active, motivated and engaged in the community?

Northern Beaches is not only full of stunning beaches but also full of incredible activities and things to see. This beautiful 30 km stretch of coast has more than 20 beaches, each with a different feel. Whether you want to surf, swim, stroll, hang out at local restaurants and cafes, or simply relax, you’ll find the perfect spot to experience all the area has to offer – like a true local.

Here are some of the popular activities the locals like to do in this beautiful part of Sydney:

Coastal Walks on the Northern Beaches

There’s something special about walking along the coast. The fresh sea air, the sound of the waves crashing against the shore, and the feeling of sand between your toes. The Northern Beaches of Sydney are home to some of the most beautiful coastal walks in Australia. From Manly to Palm Beach, there are plenty of options for a coastal walk for any fitness level.

Manly & Surrounding Areas

Manly is lucky enough to have some of the best walks in Sydney. The endless walking tracks are perfect for anyone living in the area. If you happen to be looking for Manly accommodations we’re here to help.

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Harbour views on the Spit to Manly walk (Image: Destination NSW)

Spit to Manly

This scenic 10km delight of stunning bushwalking allows you to encompass panoramic views of Sydney Harbour and Manly bushland from the spit bridge to the Manly wharf.

Manly to Shelly Beach

This short 15-minute walk allows you to observe the beauty of Cabbage Tree Bay and Fairy Bower. Finishing at Shelly Beach – a takeaway coffee or milkshake from the Boathouse is a must!

North Curl Curl to Manly

A personal favourite of mine. This 7-kilometre walk takes you through manly, Queenscliff, Freshwater, and Curl Curl.

Long Reef Headland

The perfect place for whale watching. Gaze across the ocean on this 3km loop.

Lower North Shore

The walking options on the Lower North shore will keep you active, even if it’s just to the nearest cafe. I have no doubts that the walk tracks on the Lower North Shore will keep you interested.

Bradley’s Head Walk

Take the 4 km each way, Bradley’s Head to Chowder Bay walk for panoramic views of Sydney Harbour. This takes you from Taronga Zoo to the beach of Chowder Bay. Or, if you are a serious trooper, keep going to Balmoral Beach! You will not be disappointed with the beauty of Balmoral. It gets more and more beautiful every day!

Enjoy Food and Eat Local on Sydney’s Northern Beaches

There’s nothing quite like dining on fresh, locally sourced food. And when you’re in Northern Beaches Sydney, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to great places to eat. From Mosman to the Northern Beaches, there are plenty of fantastic restaurants and cafes that source their produce from the surrounding area. We know some great places for your dining needs from Mosman to the Northern Beaches.


Mrs Jones, the Baker has an array of bread, cakes, and pastries. These days it is hard to come by a bakery that looks good and tastes good. I can guarantee it is a bakery that tastes as good as it looks.

Dee Why

If $10 takeaway Margaritas seems like a no-brainer, head to Spanish Tapas Bar, JahBar. You can enjoy delicious tapas and margaritas in the comfort of your own lounge room in your pyjamas. Dining in the comfort of your own home has never been so good…


Mmm…can you smell the delicious pastries through the computer screen from Rollers Bakehouse. There is nothing better than a warm morning pastry and a fresh cup of coffee.

Arguably, Rollers Bakehouse does the best cinnamon scrolls and coffee in Manly. Buy a box of these for the family for Sunday/Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday morning breakfast and you will go down as the best Mum or Dad in history!

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Rollers Bakehouse: Best cinnamon buns in Manly.

Rollers Bakehouse: Best cinnamon buns in Manly.

Now, Pocket Pizza is absolutely smashing it. During the lockdown, they offered both ready-made options and DIY packages. If you have not tried their Fusilli & Vodka Sauce Pasta – you are seriously missing out.


Bathers Pavilion is the ultimate triple threat: Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, take away – it seriously could not get much better than this!

Bathers at Home, curing your family’s needs, serving meals to feed 4. Sorted!

Betel Leaf at Bathers’ – one of my favourite restaurants. This will cure your Thai cravings and then make you crave them all over again.
But our all-time favourite is Kazzi Beach Greek. All I need to say is – Souvlaki!

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Kazzi Beach Greek in Balmoral and Manly is a must.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this article and found something that you want to try. And if you haven’t booked your stay, browse our Northern Beaches rental listings and find your perfect home away from home today. See you at one or all these spots over the weekend!


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