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Narrabeen Lagoon Trail

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by Sue Hinchey (subscribe)
A freelance writer living and loving in the northern beaches of Sydney...travelling, writing, outdoor activities, gardens, and Pilates are a few of my favourite things. Visit me or
Published May 25th 2016
Take a walk on the wild side
Magically nestled next to the ocean, Narrabeen Lake (or estuary) is ringed by a wheelchair accessible walkway. Approximately 8 km long it can be done in 1 - 2 hours. Halfway between Manly and Palm Beach on the northern side of Sydney, the serene natural assets dissolve the push and shove of city life.

lake walk
one of several spots to begin

The multi-use track is mostly flat, and traces the shoreline. Fringed with natural bush, towering palms and cycads, the hard smooth surface is perfect for walking, jogging, and cycling.

lake seat
rest a while

The tranquillity, wildlife habitat, and diversity of flora and fauna in the area make this a very special piece of paradise and escape from life's hustle and bustle.

flora and fauna
bridges protect eco-sensitive areas

Boat ramps around the perimeter give you plenty of launching spots for your kayaks, canoes, dinghies or paddle boards. Roughly 2.5 square kilometres in area, it is the largest coastal lagoon in Sydney.

boat ramps
easy access for your kayak

You can hire a variety of marine craft from [B]Prokayaks[B]. Situated on the lakeside, they can help you with individual lessons, group tuition, kids parties, and clothing and accessories.

boat hire
canoes, kayaks, paddle boats and accessories

Fed by four creeks, the lake is a healthy eco-system where you'll spot birdlife such as black swans, cormorants, ducks and geese.

regular visitors - black swans

There are times when rainfall causes the water levels of the lake to rise and open it to the flush of fresh ocean water, creating a fisherman's paradise. It's not particularly deep either, making it safe but not suitable for swimming.

great fishing spots
great fishing spots

Parking is available at Berry, Jamieson, or Bilarong Reserves. If you're from outside the northern beaches area you will have to pay, however, amenities blocks and picnic facilities are available at all three reserves and are free. Shady grassed areas are perfect for children to run and play if you're just coming for a picnic and not walking the entire loop.

childrens playground
stone sculpture in the sandpit

On the eastern side of the lake, adjacent to Pittwater Road, coffee shops and restaurants are available for drinks and meals.

Cafe & Bar
Waters edge dining at The Boatshed Cafe & Bar

Make sure you stop at [B]The Boat Shed Café & Bar[B]. Perfectly positioned on the lake's edge, you can stay for breakfast and lunch, with the gentle water almost lapping at your feet. Directly above the Cafe is the wonderful [B]Limani Seafood Restaurant[B], a five-star dining experience and favourite place to watch the sunsets over the lake.

water front dining
Limani Restaurant on the waters edge

With minimum disruption to the surrounding environment, safe and extensive walkways, signage for direction, barbeque and seating facilities, and access for the disabled, this green space and tourist facility makes it undoubtedly worthy of its Sydney Greenspace Award. Don't miss it.

cormorant warming in the sun

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Why? walking and picnics
Phone: 02-9942 2111
Where: Narrabeen, NSW, Australi
Cost: Free access, paid parking
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