Freshwater Beach


The place where surfing began in Australia in 1915. This beach is a pleasant beach that is popular, but not as busy as Manly and Dee Why. It beach is a good beach for surfing when conditions are good. Swimming can be hazardous, so stay between the flags.


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Getting There

Freshwater Beach can be reached by car or bus. For bus information, visit Transport Info.

By road from the city, head north along Military Road and Spit Road across the Spit Bridge and onto Burnt Bridge Deviation, which turns into Condamine St. Turn right onto Kentwell, and right again onto Pittwater Road. Turn left onto Oliver St, right onto Cavill St, left onto Crown Rd, left onto Dowling St, right onto Undercliff Rd, and left onto Charles St. You will need to pay for parking if parking in one of the carparks.

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Surfing Information

Beach breaks, and breaks at both the southern and northern ends of the beach.

Surf Schools

Board Hire



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