Northern Beaches’ Best Kept Secrets
Sydney’s Northern Beaches is an area known well for its popular beaches, surf culture and laid back beach environment. But did you know that the region is also home to some of the best attractions in Sydney? We’ve dug deep to uncover the best kept secrets in the Northern Beaches. Hold on to your hats, it’s going to be an adventure!
Like most national parks, Sydney Harbour National Park is home to bushwalking and hiking paths, native wildlife and beautiful scenery. But unlike other national parks, this one sits on Sydney’s Harbour, providing the most scenic walks and the most beautiful secluded swimming spots in Sydney. Marvel at the view of Sydney Harbour Bridge as you climb to the summit of the park and make the most of lookouts along the way. You won’t be disappointed!
Surrounded by luscious bushland, scenic lookouts over the Harbour and historic sites, Manly’s Q Station is one of the biggest attractions in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Explore the historic site by day or face your fears on the spooky nightly ghost tours. Keep your eye out for native wildlife and spirits on your tour of Q Station! If you think you have what it takes, book your stay at the station too.
Whether you’re planning on staying the night or you’re simply treating the family to a delicious Sunday lunch, Newport Arms Hotel is the place to be! Boasting the world’s largest waterfront beer garden, the pub is a hit with punters and families from all over Sydney. Complete with a children’s playground and menus to suit every appetite, book your table at the pub this weekend!
Looking for something different the kids can enjoy during the school holidays? Maybe you’re after something to do this weekend? Manly Waterworks is open to all and is home to a number of fun waterslides and rides. Take on the Twisted Cobra or slip and slide your way down the Earthworm. It’s sure to be great fun for everyone and much cheaper than a trip to Wet ‘n’ Wild!
Sit back and let the children explore their own world at Wannabees Family Play Town. The play town includes a police station, supermarket, restaurant and hospital where children can dress up and play out their own scenarios. Aiming to improve social interaction between the little ones, Wannabees is the perfect place to have fun and learn at the same time!
Dedicated to brewing some of the best pints in Sydney, 4 Pines Brewing Company is the perfect escape from reality. With locations at Manly and Brookvale, the brewery serves a menu filled with delicious beers, mouth-watering gluten-free beers and food to satisfy your tastebuds. Keep your eye out for weekly meal specials!
Camp within Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park or enjoy a weekend picnic at The Basin. With native wildlife easy to spot, camping facilities, swimming spots and bush to explore, you’re truly spoilt for choice at The Basin. Don’t forget to pack your fishing line!
Manly Environment Centre, run by volunteers to help protect the local environment, is the perfect stop off on your way to exploring the natural surroundings. Pick up information, learn how to better protect the environment or become part of the team. With a variety of talks and workshops also held at the centre, there’s plenty of reason to visit!
Explore the region’s military past at the North Fort Artillery Museum. Located on Manly’s scenic North Head, not only are you treated to spectacular views, but you’re also able to marvel at artefacts and war relics. Don’t forget to grab a coffee and treat at the café before leaving!
Manly’s very own art gallery has long been a cultural hub for local exhibitors and artists. Explore the creativity of Sydney’s Northern Beaches and marvel at the meaning behind some of the most beautiful pieces of art. Did we mention entry is free?
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