Manly and Northern Beaches lifestyle

When you study English at the Sydney English Academy SEA you will be living on the beautiful Northern Beaches.

The Northern Beaches stretch for many kilometres along Sydney’s beautiful coastline. With the ocean on one side and nature reserves on the other, you can walk along dramatic headlands or admire the twinkling horizon from the beach.

Manly Beach is arguably the most famous of the Northern Beaches and the closest to Sydney’s city centre. Here, you can enjoy funky beachside cafes and restaurants, or hire a bike and make the easy cycle to Freshwater Beach. For a quieter day at the beach, take a short stroll to nearby Shelly Beach or visit North Head for some spectacular views.

A 20-minute drive north of Manly is Dee Why, one of the area’s most popular family beaches. Don’t be afraid to dip a toe into the water – it’s surprisingly warm at this time of year. Beside the beach is a selection of excellent restaurants and cafes, a playground for kids and free WiFi is available.

At Palm Beach, you can visit Barrenjoey Headland, complete with a lighthouse built in 1881. From here, you’ll have panoramic views of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park , the Central Coast and Broken Bay.

Farther north, various other beaches are worth adding to your winter must-visit list, including Avalon and Narrabeen, both of which attract keen surfers all year-round. Sit back and watch them from the shore, or brave the waves and join them!

Many of these seaside towns offer great food, from humble fish and chips to fine-dining experiences. For a one-of-a-kind dining experience, take a Sydney Seaplanes ride to Jonah’s at Whale Beach, near Palm Beach. This multi-award-winning restaurant serves modern Australian cuisine along with fantastic ocean views.

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