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Curl Curl Beach to Freshwater Beach - Coastal Walk

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Published November 11th 2014
Coastal Walk with Spectacular Ocean Views
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Curl Curl to Freshwater Walkway


Sydney is such an amazing place to live or visit. Even though Australia itself is a large Country we are surrounded by beautiful beaches, bush land and waterways. I am a lover of the outdoors and my favourtie pastime is to take my dogs for a long walk along the coastline.

Curl Curl Beach to Freshwater is a lovely scenic coastal walk that is easy for anyone to do. The benefit for me is that it is a dog friendly walk and part of it is leash free so I can take my two lovable pooches along with me.

I enter Curl Curl Beach from the south end and park my car at Flora and Richie Roberts Reserve. As soon as the car stops and I open the doors, the dogs take off across the large grass area where all the dogs meet up and play.

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Flora and Richie Roberts Reserve


After a quick meet and greet of other dogs in the Reserve, my two bolt down the sand dunes to South Curl Curl Lagoon.

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Curl Curl Lagoon


This Lagoon is generally quite clean as it empties into the beach at North Curl Curl and is flushed with the tidal flow. A great spot for the dogs to enjoy a swim and game of fetch the ball.

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Curl Curl Lagoon


My dogs would stay there all day if I let them. Sometimes I have taken a beach umbrella and picnic lunch; staying for a few hours so the Dogs can enjoy the beach as much as I do. It is a lovely spot any time of day from early morning right through to evening in Summer or Winter. As you will see in my photographs throughout this article I have been many times of day and in all seasons.

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Curl Curl Lagoon - Dog Friendly Beach


After a good half hour of water play we head off to do the coastal walk to Freshwater Beach. I love this walk as it runs along the top of the beach with stunning beach views. It is a great way to start or end the day. The fresh sea air really lifts your spirits and you realise how lucky you are to be able to enjoy such a beautiful place. Click here for a map view of the walk.

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Curl Curl Beach


Sometimes I just grab a coffee and sit on one of the benches and enjoy watching the surf. Some people like to put a rug down and enjoy a picnic. There are also a few shaded picnic tables nearby.

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Curl Curl Beach


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Curl Curl Beach


The best place to grab a coffee or even sit down and have breakfast or lunch is the Beach Kiosk, South Curl Curl. Though keep in mind if you take your dogs the new management won't let your dogs sit under your outside table. All dogs must be tied to the railing post at the beach-side.

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Curl Curl Beach, Northern Beaches, Sydney


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South Curl Curl Surf Club and Beach Kiosk


Heading on wards the walk follows behind the pool up to the headland where you can get a superb view of the whole beach.

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Curl Curl Beach Headland view


I love sitting on the headland and taking photos of the waves. If you love ocean photography you would enjoy this location.

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South Curl Curl Beach and Pool


Continuing along the coastal boardwalk, you can glance back and see the whole stretch of Curl Curl Beach.

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Curl Curl Boardwalk


This walkway is well built with a couple benches you can sit on if you feel tired.

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Curl Curl Boardwalk


I really love the rock area towards Freshwater point. If you followed the walk up to Lumsdaine Drive there is a ramp that takes you down to the rock pool area. Lots of rock pools to explore if you have kids with you or just if you enjoy taking photographs and gazing at the view. You can then continue around the rocks to Freshwater Beach ocean pool or go back up to Lumsdaine Drive and follow the path. There are around 20 stairs down to Freshwater Beach.

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Freshwater Headland below the Harbord Diggers Club


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Freshwater Beach rock pools


Once I have reached the Freshwater ocean pool I usually let my dogs cool off before we head back.

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Freshwater Beach


This walk can be continued all the way to Manly if you are feeling energetic but as I have the dogs with me I tend to head back the same way along the boardwalk and of course take more photos. There are many great photo opportunities no matter what time of day or year. This walk is well worth it if you enjoy views of the ocean and fresh sea air and a great way to ease into your fitness program and perhaps progress further to Manly depending on your fitness level.

The Northern Beaches is truly a stunning area to enjoy the outdoors.

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Why? If you love walking by the Sea
When: Anytime of year
Phone: Warringah Council - (02) 9942 2111
Where: Curl Curl Beach,Sydney
Your Comment
Gorgeous golden sand, and a lovely rock pool.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12398) 1712 days ago
I was looking for a new walk to do and this is now on mylist.Looks lovely Thanks
by petal (score: 0|6) 1710 days ago
Great report. I look forward to taking my dog along that walk. Thanks.
by jane.20 (score: 1|14) 1710 days ago
Hi! I would love to take my dog here. I was very interested in this post as I was looking for dog friendly beaches in the area and I couldn't find any. Actually the council website states: "Dogs are not permitted at beaches, rockpools, schools, preschools, children's playgrounds, shopping centres and on the playing surfaces of sportsfields, even if they are on a leash. Please note penalties do apply. Exercising dogs at all beaches and rockpools is illegal and can attract fines of up to $330." I can see from the pics your dogs are unleashed on the beach and you mentioned you've been there many times so I was wondering if the rules changed lately or if although it's not strictly legal maybe it is tolerated. Thanks in advance for all information you can give me.
by valer (score: 0|6) 1292 days ago
Yes I love this beach. It has so many beautiful looks to it at different times of the day. Early morning and late afternoon is stunning.
by Seafarrwide (score: 3|1854) 1712 days ago
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