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Published August 23rd 2012
Fun In The Sun
Freshwater Beach is located on the northern beaches in between Curl Curl Beach to the north and Manly Beach to the south. The beach is approximately 300 metres long and around 100 metres wide. It is enclosed by headlands, giving it a private feel.
This surf beach is patrolled by life savers and when other beaches are closed due to strong currents or blue bottles, Freshwater Beach is usually open.
The northern part of the beach has its own rock baths, which is a bonus for families when the sea is a bit rough for kids. On calm days, the beach is ideal for snorkelling and most days it has good swell for surfers.
The beach backs onto a large reserve, which has electric BBQs, sheltered tables and a playground with slides and swings. Dukes kiosk, located between the beach and reserve, is open seasonally and according to weather conditions. During summer it is open daily. One block away from the beach is the popular Harbord Beach Hotel, also referred to as Harbord Hilton and known amongst the locals for great food and relaxing atmosphere. The hotel is open from 10am till midnight 7 days a week 364 days a year.
Just a short walk from the beach, you will find plenty more cafes, a fruit market, supermarket, take away shops, pharmacies and more. Alternatively walk past the rock pool on the north side and you will find yourself at Harbord Diggers Memorial Club, which features a great restaurant, gym, swimming pool, beachside bowls and kids zone.
The best way to get to the beach is by car and there is plenty of street parking or metered car park, which can get full on the weekends, so get there early to secure a spot. If you are travelling by public transport, then E65 or 139 stop in Charles Street.
If you enjoy walking, why not attempt the entire 30 kilometre walk which stretches from Manly Beach, via Freshwater, Curl Curl, Dee Why, Collaroy, Narrabeen, Mona Vale, Newport, Avalon, Whale Beach to Palm Beach. The route takes you along stunning beaches, which are linked by headlands and offer breathtaking views.