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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.