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Published January 5th 2015
Escape The Crowds This Summer
If you are wanting to escape the crowds this year and spend the summer on a quiet beach, you have several options on Sydney's Northern Beaches. Admittedly, the following beaches don't have the amenities and facilities of the more popular beaches, but they are quiet and you may even find yourself alone for a few hours.
Collins Flat Beach is located nearly Little Manly Beach and offers scenic harbour views and a small waterfall. The closest toilets and a cafe are at Little Manly Beach, so you may wish to pack a picnic and plenty of water. And don't forget to bring a beach umbrella as there is no shade.
To get to the beach park at Stuart Street, Manly, then it is just a short walk through the bush. Alternatively drive in from the other side via Collins Beach Road and you may be lucky to get one of the three parking spots available there.
Quarantine Beach Address: North Head Scenic Drive, Manly
This beach is a real gem. Located near Manly Quarantine Station, not many people know it exists. There are no waves, making it ideal for families with young children and those wishing to go snorkelling, stand up paddleboarding or kayaking. A small café and toilets are situated near the beach.
You will need to park your car near the QStation Reception and then walk down or you can catch a small shuttle which goes to the beach. Alternatively catch a ferry to Quarantine Station Wharf.
Palm Beach Address: Sand Point Lane, Off Iluka Road, Palm Beach
Although the ocean side of Palm Beach can get busy, there is a quiet side of Palm Beach not many people know about.
Surrounded by beautiful homes, the beach is accessible via Sand Point Lane. Although the beach is narrow it is very quiet and mainly frequented by locals.
Street parking is available on Iluka Road. There are no toilets or kiosks so you will need to bring your own supplies and plenty of sunscreen. The water is calm so you can enjoy water sports or simply swim along the shore.
Bungan Beach stretches between Bungan Headland to the north and Mona Vale Headland to the south. Access is via a laneway along Barrenjoey Road.
The beach is suitable for surfing – it usually has reasonable beach breaks, however be careful when swimming as there are usually two strong currents against the rocks at either end. The beach is patrolled so make sure you swim between the flags.
This is a quiet beach compared to its neighbours. Whilst you may not find yourself completely alone at the beach, you will have plenty of room around. The beach has a small car park and a great café/kiosk.
It is also patrolled, giving you peace of mind if you want to go boogie boarding or swimming. The southern end of the beach has a rock pool, if you don't like swimming in the surf.
Address: Narrabeen Park Parade, Warriewood
Turimetta Beach is a small beach located between Turimetta and Narrabeen Head. The waves average 1.5m and break close to the shore. Several rips usually form at each end of the beach.
As this beach is unpatrolled and there are no facilities, the beach is usually very quiet. Interesting rock formations attract landscape and seascape photographers and the headland is a popular rock fishing spot, so bring your fishing gear or camera if you are venturing to this beach.
Located behind Long Reef, Fisherman's Beach has calm waters, making it ideal for swimming, windsurfing and kite surfing. The beach is much quieter than its neighbouring Collaroy and Long Reef Beaches. As the name suggests, it is also a popular fishing beach with a boat ramp on one side.
Parking is available right next to the beach and a small toilet block is located near the car park. Several small cafes are situated a short walk from the beach.