Quality Hotel Sands
Cnr Pittwater Road & Robertson
Narrabeen, NS 2101
Phone: (61) 2 99708578
Fax: (61) 2 99708577
Boondah Reserve is a wildlife and nature park that is known for its variety in vegetation. It also has pockets of wetlands and floodplains as well as a wildlife corridor. The park is a good place for those interested in bushwalking or observing and studying plants or animals. Contact the local city council for more details.
This impressive marine reserve covers the large rocky peninsula and the surrounding rock platforms between Long Reef and Collaroy beaches on Sydney's North Shores. It features a range of coastal habitats from crumbling sea cliffs, blowzy dunes, surf-pounded rock platforms and sheltered rock pools. Long Reef's rock platforms are unique as they are exposed on all points of the compass. The reserve was established in 1980 to protect the enormously diverse marine life that makes the most of these varied habitats. It is best explored at low tide, and snorkeling is possible on the south side on calm days. But remember: this is a protected area, so don't take anything! Also check local press for details of free guided walks provided by Fishcare Volunteers where you might spot elephant snails, octopus, pelicans, penguins, fairy wrens, blue periwinkles or even the odd whale.
Dee Why Beach is a beautiful length of semi-wild sand and dunes on Sydney's North Shores, 18km from Sydney's Central Business District. It stretches from Dee Why Rock Pool nestled behind Dee Why Heads, up past the small Dee Why corso with its row of Norfolk Island pines, picnic tables, chi-chi cafes, bars and the Dee Why surf club. Then its all about the rolling dunes and Dee Why lagoon, before at some unmarked point, it transforms into Long Reef Beach. This is a favorite for local families, surfers, and body boarders with a point and a beach break to contend with. Due to its location surrounded by a number of nature reserves , the beach and surrounding areas throng with bird life including lorakeets, pelicans, terns and the odd fairy wren.
Mona Vale Beach is a popular family beach, with playground and barbecue facilities: but watch out for the rips. There is also a children's pool and thirty-three metre lap pool. Two beach inspectors patrol the beach from the September school holidays until the Anzac Day weekend. Volunteer lifesavers are also on duty at weekends and public holidays in summer only.
In just over 100 years, the Baha'i Faith has become the second most widespread of independent world religions. Baha'i House of Worship is used as a gathering place for prayers and meditation. Its architectural design borrows from both Eastern and Western influences, with its filigree dome, archways and simple ornamentation. The temple is open to people of all faith. There is a visitors center, a book shop, a garden and a picnic area. Guided tours are available.
Sharing its name with Australia's soon-to-be first Saint, McKillop Park juts out of the coastline almost as far as North Head's gateway into Sydney Harbour. Here you are communing with Mother Nature, with the wind in your hair and the sun on your face, as you drink in the sight of the sapphire-blue water. McKillop Park is also just metres from the well-patronised Harbord Diggers Memorial Club.
This north side beach nestled between Manly and Curl Curl is also known as Freshwater. It was here that Hawaiian expert, Duke Kahanamoku demonstrated the sport of board surfing to a large admiring crowd in 1915. The waves are generally dependable and good for body surfing while the large rock pool at the northern end has an appreciative clientele. Beach inspectors patrol the beach daily between September and April, while in December and February there are lifesavers who volunteer on the weekends.
Freshwater Beach is a surfer's paradise and is one of the prettiest beaches in the city. It has a secluded look to it as it is surrounded by headlands and is a popular spot for families and groups. It has a playground for kids, a kiosk for refreshments, a picnic area, barbecues, showers, a rock-pool and restrooms. Parking is available at a cost here.
Hinkler Park is a large open space covered with grass, with a picturesque view of Manly Lagoon. The ground is part of the reclaimed land in the Manly region, and is used by locals for recreation purposes and by Step Into Life, a company that offers fitness training outdoors.
Homesick Kiwis can almost wave to their friends and family in Auckland from the breathtaking lookout of Queenscliff Bay at the edge of the Tasman Sea. With a seemingly endless expanse of deep blue ocean bed straight ahead, there are also stunning views along Manly Beach and back through Middle Harbour to the city. Take Queenscliff Road from Pittwater Road, or turn right from Greycliffe Street if you are coming from Manly.
Easily accessible by bus and car, Newport Beach caters to all age groups and is a popular surfing destination. The fifty-meter ocean pool at the southern end was immortalized in the 1930s by the famous photographer, Max Dupain. Children's playground and barbecue facilities available. Two beach inspectors patrol the beach from the September school holidays until the Anzac Day weekend. Volunteer lifesavers are also on duty at weekends and public holidays.
The incredibly beautiful Bilgola Beach is surrounded by bush and rain forest and has a secluded ambiance. Parking spaces fill very quickly at weekends, so get there early! Two beach inspectors patrol the beach from the September school holidays until the Anzac Day weekend at the end of April. Volunteer lifesavers are also on duty at weekends and public holidays (Summer only). The fifty-meter ocean pool is a popular venue for lap swimming. The waves can get a bit dangerous at times, so it would be good to call and find out the timings before making a trip here.