I grew up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia. Swimming in the ocean and lying on the sand is imprinted on me so living in a country with coastlines along the Aegean and Mediterranean seas should make me spoilt for choice however in the Village we do not often make our way down to the beach despite the fact that we live no more than 10 minutes walk away. Why? Sadly the Village Beach is no Blue Lagoon at Oludeniz and, to be honest, I feel a little uncomfortable swimming down at the Village Beach. I would much rather hop on a dolmus and travel the 2 hours it would take to get to Kizkalesi or Susanoglu where lying on a sunbed in your bikini is not cause for mirth and gossip.
Right now Daughter and I are staying with friends at Collaroy Beach and I am loving being on the Northern Beaches again. This morning I wiggled my toes in the sand at Long Reef Beach as Daughter ran along the beach with my friend’s dog which I have named “Nugget”. The dog really is a big nugget. It might be the middle of winter but here in Sydney it is warm, the sun is shining and Sydney has put on her best dress for our visit.
Since arriving we have made a point of visiting as many of Sydney’s beautiful beaches as possible. Starting at Palm Beach and ending at Manly Beach the Northern Beaches of Sydney is definitely God’s Country.
Do you watch Home and Away? I still remember the first episode when we met Pippa and Tom Fletcher along with all those kids who lived in picturesque Summer Bay. Daughter pointed out a few of the more obvious Summer Bay locations before we decided to enjoy the sunshine and hike up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse. It is an easy walk from the car park to the lighthouse and offers a great view from Sydney’s most northern point.
I didn’t often go to Whale Beach as it was difficult to get to by public transport when I was young. When we walked across the sand of this small, protected beach there was not another soul to be found. The beach was all ours. If it wasn’t so damn windy it would have been a rather pleasant stop.
Dee Why Beach
Always my beach. As a kid I did swimming lessons (badly) at the pool, as a teenager I hung out with my friends down at Dee Why Headland, climbing over the rocks to find somewhere where we could sneak cigarettes (or a kiss) without being caught.
Famous. Gorgeous. Once my home. One thing you have to admire about the locals at Manly is that even in the middle of winter, even when it is a mere 20 degrees, they are still out there swimming, surfing and generally enjoying the beauty that is Manly.
Spending time on the Northern Beaches of Sydney is not complete without a trip to North Head. Whether you are visiting from the darkest depths of hell or a Manly local the view is spectacular. Summer or winter this spot is the epitome of Sydney. To anyone visiting this beautiful country you need to get up to North Head pronto. Start your visit on a high note!
Living in Turkey is amazing. We are so lucky but waking up each morning and looking over Collaroy Beach is pretty damn good too.
Well said Jane.. It looks fabulous and I must get to the northern beaches next Sydney visit. Glad you are enjoying your stay.
Ohhhh….it looks gorgeous.!! Have fun 🙂
Wow! Thanks for all the amazing pics of fab Sydney beaches! I have never been to North Head and it looks fantastic. I always visit Manly by ferry when I am in Sydney. I enjoy the ferry ride past the harbour headlands. Love Balmoral beach too.
Lots of lovely memories as I lived in Sydney for four years back in the late 70’s. Great post, Jane. 😊