Just a stone's throw away from Manly will lead you to the breathtaking Freshwater Beach. Part of Sydney's impressive northern beaches, what more could you want than consistent waves and a 50-metre salt water pool, perfect for swimming laps?
The story of Freshwater Beach is an integral part of Australia's surf culture thanks to 'Duke' Kahanamoku first demonstrating surfing in 1915 by carving a board out of local timber. While you're visiting the beach, you'll notice a life-size statue standing tall, commemorating that day. What would Australia be without its surf culture? It's no surprise that the beach is also part of the World Surfing Reserve too.
Freshwater Beach is very popular with young families as it has a shallow area perfect for splashing around. The patrolled beach lies between two headlands, and if you continue back beyond the scrub, and you'll find picnic tables and electric barbecues. After a day of swimming, the beach also has a small playground to keep the kids entertained too.
If you have a choice of when to visit, aim for a weekday. Otherwise, on a Sunday, be prepared for crowds due to the kids Nippers program.
During your stay in Sydney, take the ferry to Manly and continue to Freshwater Beach to experience its stunning salt-water pool, consistent waves and dramatic headland sheltering it and making it feel like a private sanctuary.