Freshwater Beach

An Intro to Freshwater Beach

Freshwater Beach is the birthplace of surfing in Australia.  ‘Duke’ Kahanamoku demonstrated surfing with a carved out piece of timber here in 1915.

‘Freshy’ as it is called by locals, is the next beach north of Manly along the northern peninsula.  In peak times it is less busy than Manly beach.  However, it still has a stunning stretch of white sand and waves that are great for surfing and bodyboarding.

Rocks, Freshwater Beach, Suburb of Sydney, Australia, Freshwater, Freshy
Rocks at Freshwater Beach

Rocks at Freshwater

Climbing on the rocks is fun here and if you are feeling particularly energetic, walk along them to Dee Why.  If not, just take in some of the stunning views.  It’s easy to find a place to sit and be at peace with your own thoughts.

Rock at Freshwater Beach, Suburb of Sydney Australia Gallery
Rock at Freshwater Beach

The Rock Pool at Freshwater

Freshwater Beach is a good place to come if you are by yourself and prefer a quieter beach to its neighbour, Manly.  It also benefits from a salt water rock pool that has marked out lanes for lap swimming.

Rock Pool, Freshwater Beach, Freshwater, Sydney Suburb, Australia
Rock Pool at Freshwater Beach

Freshwater – the surrounding area

The small town is less than ten minutes walk away.  Here you will find a selection of shops, cafes and restaurants.  Restaurants include sushi, Indian or pizza options.

Pilu is an Italian restaurant which comes recommended by locals for a higher end lunch or dinner.


There are barbecues for use free of charge by the play park at the entrance to the beach and a grass, picnic area on the other side of the road.

Suggested Further Reading:

Things to do in Sydney

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Sydney Restaurants

Sydney Beaches

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