Beaches are probably the only thing that could ever stray me from my atheist beliefs, and "Freshy" epitomises the idea of something created by a higher being solely for the pleasure of man. The golden sand, scenic views, and the crystal water of Sydney's northern beaches are never more apparent than in this piece of paradise. Located just north of the famous Manly beach, partly enclosed by cliffs with expensive apartment complexes on either side, it is smaller and much less clustered than its more famous counterpart.
This is why they call Australia 'The Lucky Country' - Courtesy of Samantha Jane (Facebook)
In spite of its size, it has plenty of room for a specified flag area, catering to younger and less experienced beach-goers, while still offering room for those seeking some boarding action in the surf. However, the surfable waves are generally confined to a small area at the southern end of the beach, making things a little constrictive for competing bodyboarders and surfers during busier times. If you can make it here on a weekday, however, you will usually find the surf rising in consistent sets to satisfy both veterans and rookies.
This beach also caters well to families with young children, with a permanent surf life saving club established, along with rockpools and a swimming pool at the northern end. For those looking for quick and easy refreshments, the Harbord Hotel is a stone's throw from the beach, as are two cafeterias, all located on Moore Road at the beach's southern end. The sparseness of the crowd and the broad area of sand also make for great ball game potential, while there is a park directly behind the beach with public barbecues and ample shade.
There are shower and toilet facilities, along with pay-and-display car parks. While these car parks are run by the usual extortionists ($5/hour), there is usually free parking elsewhere within walking distance, but be prepared to search for a little while on weekends during the hotter months.
Pay the big bucks and have this view 24/7! Courtesy of Alex McDonald (Facebook)
On a final positive note, while I wouldn't advocate leaving your valuables lying around like an idiot, there is little risk of thievery at this beach. I was daft enough to leave a pair of brand new bodyboard flippers here in a see-through mesh bag, with the price tag still hanging off, slap-bang in the middle of the sand.
I returned two days later to see them sitting in exactly the same conspicuous spot, untouched, ready for their first run in Freshy's pristine water.