While heading to the beach on the weekend, my boyfriend and I spontaneously decided to go to Narrabeen, where neither of us had been before. While on first glance this seemed a very average spot, Narrabeen turned out to be a fantastic place for a swim, a walk in the rocks and a great day out.
We accessed Narrabeen from the carpark very near the beach, however as we tried to cross the deep stream over to the beach, with our bag and phone, we struggled not to get wet, and so settled for a swim in the beautiful large sea pool. Even though it was quite cold when we visited, the pool was refreshing. The beach can be accessed more easily by walking around the large inlet, or by only taking items that can get wet and wading through the deep stream.
Alternatively, there is a secluded beach on the other side that can be accessed by walking around the large expanse of rocks to the left of the sea pool. As we did this, a huge storm developed, and we made it across the rocks just in time to hide under a rock ledge until the storm passed.
Deciding that the rocks were not the best way back, we found a path leading up the large grassy hill at the back of the secluded beach. This was a fantastic bush walk that went all the way up the headland, with spectacular views of the beach and ocean. There was a wooden seat at a section of the walk that was the perfect place for a rest and to look at the stunning expanse of water and the storm clouds brewing. The walk leads all the way back to the carpark, and therefore the beach can be more easily accessed by taking the walk to begin with, rather than by walking across the rocks.
The sea pool, secluded beach, and bush walk were all fantastic ways to spend the afternoon.
I believe your review is for North Narrabeen. You mention trying to get across to the other beach but an alternative to walking around is just to park in the car park on the other side. There are places to park all the way along or you just walk across the bridge.
Comment from reader (not Jon). I accidentally deleted it!
By Jon Jones - general editor Friday, 4th of February @ 12:02 am
Yes, i think your right. It was the first time visiting the area, so i didn't know about parking. Thanks for that. :)
By Andrea Orchard - senior reviewer Friday, 4th of February @ 04:15 am