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Published March 21st 2013
Perfect Beach For a Lazy Sunday
Living on the northern beaches, we are spoilt with a great selection of places to spend the weekends. The problem is sometimes choosing which beach to go to our decision is usually based on whether we feel like being in the excitement of beach life with lots of other humans, whether we prefer a quiet, relaxing day or something in between?

Queenscliff Beach is our "something in between" choice. Close enough to Manly, for some fun, but far enough from all the crowds that tend to gather at the southern end of Manly Beach near The Corso.

Connected by a promenade which starts at Shelly Beach, Queenscliff Beach is located at the northern end of Manly Surf Beach. It has its own surf club and is patrolled by life guards throughout summer.

On the weekends, it can get a little busy, especially on Sunday mornings with its Nippers program, but overall it is much quieter than the southern part. The beach is relatively wide, so you will never have to fight for a spot on the sand.

At the end of the beach you will find a rockpool for times when you feel like doing a few laps and also a small lagoon, where children can play and build sandcastles.

Generally waves are not very big, so you can swim, body surf or go boogie boarding, but stick to the patrolled areas to make sure you are away from any rips. If you wish to go surfing, head a little further south in between North Steyne and Queenscliff where you will find great surfing conditions.

For families with young children, there is a great enclosed playground, which is located across the road from the beach. You can also access it by following the footpath which takes you past the surf club and under the Queenscliff bridge.

The playground is surrounded by lots of grassy areas, which are ideal for picnics, BBQs or throwing a frisbee.

For lunch, either stop at one of the takeaway shops situated behind the surf club or walk down to Manly Corso, which has a great selection of take away shops, cafes and restaurants and several ice creameries including Cold Rock, Ben & Jerry's and Gelatissimo.

Paid parking is available along the beach or free parking in side streets, but it can get busy on the weekends, so best get there early. Toilets, showers and change rooms are located in the surf club.

Queenscliff Beach is a place where you can enjoy an early morning swim, a day sunbathing or catching up with friends. So if you haven't been there for a while, add it to your list of great places to visit one weekend.
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Why? Spend a lazy day at the beach
When: All year round and especially summer
Where: North Steyne, Manly
Cost: Free
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