Are you planning to visit the Northern Beaches in Sydney on your next staycation?
The Northern Beaches of Sydney is one of the most beautiful coastal areas to stay in and to explore. There are 35 beaches to enjoy along this scenic coastline of Northern Sydney from Manly to Palm Beach. We are locals and of course, we are biased when it comes to our home area. We have travelled the world and have visited many beaches on our journey but we can honestly say our beaches are the best in the world.
Our guide highlights the best places to stay along the coast from Manly to Palm Beach on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. We help you with self-catering Airbnb properties, luxury homes for rent with views and 4 and 5-star hotels.
Accommodation on the Northern Beaches ranges from studios, hotel rooms to apartments suitable for families, solo travellers, girls weekends away, couples getaways and colleagues getaways.
Travelling with your dog? The Northern Beaches have some of the best dog-friendly beaches in Sydney.
We will also share with you the best restaurants in the vicinity of the accommodation and any activities that you must see and do.
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- 1 Accommodation Northern Beaches Sydney
- 2 Manly Accommodation
- 3 Freshwater Accommodation
- 4 Dee Why Beach Accommodation
- 5 Newport Accommodation
- 6 Whale Beach Accommodation
- 7 Church Point Accommodation
- 8 Things to Do on the Northern Beaches
- 9 Weather Northern Beaches Sydney
Accommodation Northern Beaches Sydney
Quest Manly – 4 star Serviced Style Apartments
What a great location to stay in Manly? Right opposite the Manly Ferry Wharf. You will be staying in the heart of Manly surrounded by world-class restaurants and bars.
You can choose between 53 rooms – studios, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. Some of the rooms have stunning Sydney Harbour views. The studios have kitchenette facilities and the one and two-bedroom apartments come fully equipped with kitchens and laundry facilities.
If you have time you can work out in the gym or relax in the sauna.
If you are driving there is on-site parking available. Foxtel is available and daily newspapers are delivered. You can enjoy complimentary wifi as well. A 24-hour reception is available.
Address: 54a West Esplanade Manly
The Sebel Sydney Manly Beach 4.5 Star Hotel
Located at the southern end of Manly Beach the Sebel Sydney offers 83 guest rooms and serviced apartments some with beach and ocean views and large furnished balconies.
Rooms available are spread over the North and South Towers. South Tower has studio rooms and other rooms available in the hotel are 1 bedroom family suites, 1 bedroom superior apartments, deluxe ocean view studios and deluxe ocean view 1 bedroom apartments.
The Sebel boasts 2 outdoor pools with one heated. Facilities include a guest laundry, guest parking with a fee, internet with fees accept in communal areas where it is free wifi.
Address: 8/13 South Steyne Manly
Dine at the Manly Wine Restaurant with beachfront views specialising in local seafood, wine and cocktails located in the hotel.
Q Station Sydney Harbour National Park
The Q Station has some of the best views overlooking Sydney Harbour. The rooms available have views either over Sydney Harbour, the National Park or the historic Q station buildings.
There are a variety of rooms available:
- 3 bedroom Officer Cottages that are configured for 1 king room and 2 queen rooms with a living room, kitchentte, views of either the grounds, harbour or historical buildings. Some of the backyards have a balcony or verandah. Perfect for a family getaway or a group of friends.
- Heritage Harbourview rooms – queen bedroom with ensuite, small lounge and balcony
- Heritage suites – queen bedroom with ensuite, seperate lounge room and balcony
- Heritage Queen – queen room with ensuite, french doors leading out to a shared balcony wth views over the National Park and the historical buildings
- Heritage King – king room with ensuite, can be made into 2 single beds with balcony
- Retreat Suites – queen room with adjacent lounge with double sofa bed, internal ensuite bathroom, with the best sunset views and perfect for a family getaway or romantic escape, also has a balcony
- The Terraces – located in the Hospital Precinct and just perfect for families or groups as they sleep 6. Views over the National Park and Headland.
- Q Rooms – queen rooms with detached private bathrooms with a balcony
Dining options available include the Boilerhouse Kitchen & Bar for Australian modern cuisine available for 2 and 3 course set lunches and dinners.
The Engine Room & Bar is open for lunch, dinner and refreshments.
View Restaurant is open for breakfast.
Address: 1 North Head Scenic Drive Manly
Recommended Manly Restaurants
Hugos Manly – located on Manly Wharf with some of the best views in town. They specialise in Italian cuisine, seafood and some of the best pizzas in Many.
Good to know: You will need to make a reservation in advance. Book a table for a sunset cocktail before dinner on the deck.
Another great choice for drinks and pub-style food overlooking the harbour is the Wharf Bar. A firm favourite for locals and tourists. As you disembark from the ferry head to the right with two choices of eating inside or outside.
Open from 12.00 pm to 10.30 pm.
Looking for the best breakfast spot in Manly we can recommend Hemingways. Breakfast is served between 8.00 am and 11.30 am. Our favourites are Eggs Benedict and Smash Avocado.
Address: 48 North Steyne Manly
Freshwater Beach Living
Imagine waking up each morning on your Northern Beaches staycation in this family beach house that sleeps 10 people. There are 5 bedrooms spread over two floors with stunning views. All the family will love the home theatre, swimming pool and heated spa, the pool table and rumpus room for the kids.
The modern beach decor and original artworks greet you as you arrive. Laze on the deck with a cocktail at sunset after a day of sightseeing or shopping on the Northern Beaches.
Prepare your meals in the fully-equipped entertainers kitchen or enjoy a BBQ out on the deck whilst enjoying the views.
Just a few minutes from Freshwater Beach and Curl Curl Beach this luxury home is one of the best on the Northern Beaches.
Good to know: 7 night minimum bookings are required and you do need to book well in advance.
Recommended Freshwater Restaurants
Stowaway Bar is one of our favourites in Freshwater for casual dining, cheeky cocktails, the best of craft beers and wines. Head to the balcony for a relaxed atmosphere, the perfect spot to be in the summertime.
Address: 18/1-3 Moore Rd, Freshwater
Pilu is located on Freshwater Beach in a beautiful heritage-listed beach house with views. Award-winning restaurant Pilu specialises in traditional Italian cuisine with Sardinian influences. If you are looking for the best service and an extensive wine list for that special meal Pilu is the restaurant for you.
Address: Moore Road Freshwater
St Alma Freshwater – the newest restaurant on the block. If you love Mexican Food to not miss a lunch or dinner at St Alma. You do need to book well in advance. The menu is exciting and we can’t get enough of their cocktails.
Address: 20 Albert Street Freshwater
Dee Why Beach Accommodation
Boho Chic Surf Pad
Our choice for couples staying on Dee Why Beach is a one-bedroom Airbnb property in Howard Avenue, just one block back from the popular Dee Why Beach. Bohemian-inspired recently renovated Boho Chi Surf Pad has a fully-equipped kitchen, a modern bathroom with a power shower and a balcony to soak up the summer breezes with a cocktail or two.
There is a sofa bed available which sleeps a further two.
“Robs place was amazing and just what we were after.
Was super clean and tidy.
A great location, close to shops, beach and everything you need.
Would return to stay!”
Dee Why Coastal Beachfront 2 Bedroom Property
Sister property to Boho Chic Surf Pad this 2 bedroom apartment is even closer to Dee Why Beach.
Located just meters from the beach, this two-bedroom laidback beach pad is perfect for a family getaway or a weekend away with friends.
Newly renovated and stocked with all the necessities, it is the ideal place to unwind and relax.
Perfectly situated in Dee Why beach, everything you need is right at your doorstep. Great restaurants, shopping and supermarkets are all within walking distance.
Dee Why, Curl Curl and Freshwater beaches are all close by. It’s just a 10 min drive to famous Manly.
“Absolutely amazing place. Really roomy and light, and the location is unbeatable. All that Dee Why has to offer is at your front door. The hosts’ Ash and Rob are beyond helpful and really go out of their way to make sure you have everything you need. We come up to Dee Why for work, however, I’ll definitely be bringing the family up to stay here
Thanks so much again!”
Recommended Restaurants on Dee Why Beach
Jah Bar – 123 The Strand Dee Why – Bar, Tapas, Mediterranean and Spanish
JB & Sons – 154 Pacific Parade, Dee Why for Burgers and Beers
Stella Blue – 18 The Strand Dee Why – Italian
Wok Bar – Level 1 22- 23 The Strand Dee Why for Asian, Thai and Malaysian
Girdlers – 7 The Strand, Dee Why for great coffee
Beach Burrito – 154 Pacific Parade, Dee Why for Mexican
The Metro Mirage Hotel offers a range of accommodations to suit families and couples in Newport. The 4-star hotel is located on the shores of Pittwater overlooking the Marina.
Some rooms offer spa baths and water views, some with balconies and the suites offer a separate sitting room with room service available.
Facilities include an outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness room, free Wi-fi, onsite parking, a private jetty and a waterfront restaurant with a children’s menu available.
Address: 2 Queens Parade West Newport
Recommended Restaurants Newport
The Newport – great views of Pittwater with several dining areas and bars available. The Newport offers burgers, fish and chips, wood-fired pizzas, salads, extensive wine, beer and cocktail list, great coffee and more in a relaxed venue that you won’t want to leave.
Address: 2 Kalinya Street Newport
Whale Beach Accommodation
Jonahs at Whale Beach
Established in 1929 Jonahs has one of the best ocean views on the Northern Beaches for its 11 luxuriously appointed bedrooms. All rooms have been tastefully decorated in neutral tones with gold accents. There are 10 ocean view rooms and the Peninsula Room has a separate living area, and balcony with stunning ocean views.
- Complimentary Wi-fi
- 350 complimentary movies
- USB charger outlets
- Automated curtains
- Vittoria Coffee Machine
- King size beds by A H Beard
- Molton Brown toiletries
- High-pressure walk-in showers
- Spa Bath
Dining at the award-winning hatted The Restaurant offers guests contemporary Australian cuisine. For a lighter menu The Terrace is available or enjoy a drink or two at The Bar.
Address: 69 Bynya Road Whale Beach
Church Point Accommodation
Pasadena Church Point
Pasadena offers 14 well-appointed beachfront accommodations 400 m from the Holmeport Marina and sweeping views over Pittwater. The owners of Pasadena state “The interior design of PASADENA has bespoke artisan finishes which reflects the 1929 Art Deco period of its inception, interpreted in a contemporary vernacular.”.
Pasadena’s Restaurant is an icon on the Northern Beaches and very popular with locals and travellers and offers local modern Australian cuisine.
Good to know: Book in advance for Pasadena Restaurant
Pasadena offers free WiFi, a restaurant, a bar and terrace.
- King Room with Seaview
- Queen Room with Seaview
- Apartment with Seaview
- King Room with Balcony
- Queen Room with Balcony
- King Room – disability access
Latest review: “Room was nicely designed and the views were exceptional. Great little gem that we didn’t know about, even though it is so close from the city. We also met the owner, who was very friendly. Highly recommendable.”
Address: 1858 Pittwater Road Church Point
Recommended Restaurants around Palm Beach and Church Point
Dunes Palm Beach – 1193 Barrenjoey Road Palm Beach inside Governor Phillip Park
Parking fees will apply inside the park. Indoor and outdoor dining in a very relaxed chilled atmosphere serv modern Australian cuisine.
The restaurant is closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Lunch is available Monday, Thursday – Sunday and dinner Friday – Sunday.
The Dunes Kiosk is open for lunch from Thursday to Monday and breakfast from 07.30 am on weekends.
Thursday to Monday for lunch
The Kiosk open for breakfast from 730am on weekends
Offers modern Australian cuisine with sweeping views over Pittwater.
Address: 1858 Pittwater Road Church Point
Things to Do on the Northern Beaches
Sydney Quarantine Station Ghost Tours
Are you up for a Quarantine Station Ghost Tour that lasts for 2.5 hours and only suitable for adults. Walk with lanters and explore one of Australia’s most haunted sites. Hear stories of past inhabitants and you may even come across some quite unusual happenings throughout the tour.
Tours run at 8 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and finishes at 10.30 pm.
Manly Snorkel, Walk and Talk Tour
Head to Shelly Beach for a guided snorkel tour of Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve whereyou can see many marines species and some that are endangered. You will also enjoy a nature headland walk where you can meet the local wildlife.
Tours depart daily at 10.00 am and 2.00 pm and run for 2 hours.
Northern Beaches Brewery Tour
Spend the day exploring Sydney’s Northern Beaches on this brewery tour. Visit different breweries located at different beaches and taste what the local craft brewers have to offer.
Weather Northern Beaches Sydney
Any time is a good time to visit the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Peak periods are Christmas, Easter and school holidays so bookings will need to be made in advance.
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