Manly on the Northern Beaches

9 of the Best Accommodation on the Northern Beaches of Sydney in 2024

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.

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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.

If you are visiting between the months of May and November why not consider a Sydney Whale Watching Cruise?

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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Accommodation Northern Beaches Sydney

Manly Accommodation

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

Read the latest travellers reviews here

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.

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Q Station Sydney Harbour National Park

Check out our Video of our stay at the Q Station in Manly here

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. You can read our review here

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, kitchenette, and 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, separate lounge room and balcony
  • Heritage Queen – queen room with ensuite, french doors leading out to a shared balcony with 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.

View Restaurant is open for breakfast.

Wharf Cafe

Address: 1 North Head Scenic Drive Manly

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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 Accommodation

Freshwater Beach Living

Freshwater Living Beach House
Freshwater Living Beach House

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.

Read the latest traveller reviews here

Freshie Holiday Escape

Freshie Holiday Escape Accommodation
Freshie Escape Holiday Accommodation

Situated in a quiet leafy residential street, this beautiful oasis is just a 300m walk into Freshwater village and a short walk to the beach.

This one-bedroom apartment is the perfect getaway for a couple to enjoy a beach escape over the holiday season.

It is tastefully decorated with solid timber furniture, Koala Sofa bed and beautiful art from Jai Vasicek & Adam Leng.

Latest Guest Review:

Perfect place for our weekend stay in Freshie.

Extremely clean and tidy – clutter free and loved the afternoon sun on the balcony with a glass of wine. $12 uber ride from Manly wharf.

Great location and an easy stroll to Freshie village and the beach.
Would definitely stay again… 😉

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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

Boho Chic Surf Pad
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. 

Latest Review:

“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

Dee Why Coastal Beachfront Property
Dee Why Coastal Beachfront 2 Bedroom Apartment

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.

Latest Review:

“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

Girdlers – 7 The Strand, Dee Why for great coffee

Beach Burrito – 154 Pacific Parade, Dee Why for Mexican

Newport Accommodation

Metro Mirage Hotel

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

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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.

Facilities include:

  • Complimentary Wi-fi
  • 350 complimentary movies
  • USB charger outlets
  • Automated curtains
  • Mini-Bar
  • 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

Read the latest reviews here

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.

Accommodation includes:

  • 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

Read more reviews here on Tripadvisor

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

Pasadena Church Point

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

Ghost Tours Q Station Manly
Ghost Tours Manly

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

Manly Snorkelling Tour
Manly Snorkelling Tour

Head to Shelly Beach for a guided snorkel tour of Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve where you can see many marine 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.

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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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