BALGOWLAH At A Glance
This area encompasses everything the Northern Beaches is known for – stunning scenery, tree-lined streets and a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. If you can call Balgowlah, North Balgowlah or Balgowlah Heights home, then you’re set!
Beautiful houses and a village atmosphere within easy reach of beaches and bushland.
Don’t want to commit to the 10km Spit Bridge to Manly walk? Start at Tania Park, the views are amazing, and you can walk either direction.
The name Balgowlah comes from an Aboriginal word meaning north harbour.
At the southern end of the Northern Beaches region, Balgowlah, North Balgowlah and Balgowlah Heights are hidden hotspots – they’re quieter and quainter than their neighbours, and that’s how the locals like it.
A mecca for families, this cluster of suburbs has highly sought-after schools, a strong community spirit, and is home to lush, green spaces and sporting fields. Beautiful harbour beaches and bushland – part of Sydney National Park and Gadigal National Park – are only minutes away. When it comes to shopping, locals don’t have to venture far from their villages, but when they do, bigger hubs like Manly and Mosman are close by.
The area lends itself to an active lifestyle, and locals are often out and about, doing the Manly to Spit Bridge Walk, relaxing at Reef Beach, and biking, bushwalking and indulging in water sports at nearby Manly Dam. Once a year, Balgowlah Heights Public School hosts the Balgowlah Bolt, a fun run that brings the whole community together at the much loved Tania Park.
For those who commute to the city and beyond, Balgowlah, North Balgowlah and Balgowlah Heights offer daily bus services. Coming home to the beaches feels like a holiday, so for residents, the travel time is worth it.
This corner of the Northern Beaches is a family-friendly haven, but the area also appeals to professionals. Chances are, your neighbours would be a friendly mix of families, young couples and empty nesters who have laid down roots and are enjoying the rewards.
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MANLY TO SPIT BRIDGE SCENIC WALK
One of Sydney’s most beautiful walking tracks, Manly to Spit Bridge is a 10 -kilometre journey through lush bushland, harbourside trails and the Sydney Harbour National Park. It treats walkers to views of Manly, Watson’s Bay and the heads, and is a crowd favourite, especially on weekends.
A peaceful beach near Dobroyd Head, Reef Beach has picturesque views across North Harbour to Manly. It’s known for its Aboriginal rock carvings, and is a popular spot for picnics and swimming. For history buffs and whale watching fans, Arabanoo Lookout is a short walk away.
In Balgowlah Heights, Tania Park is a proud favourite thanks to its sporting fields, dog-friendly areas, BBQ facilities, walking tracks and enclosed playgrounds. It also boasts panoramic views across Sydney Harbour, making it a perfect picnic spot.
Balgowlah, North Balgowlah and Balgowlah Heights are predominantly made up of houses, many of which sit on large blocks and, for the lucky few, have views of Sydney Harbour. There are also semi-detached homes and units available. In North Balgowlah, Illalong Avenue and Lone Pine Place and Gloucester, Warringah, Bangaroo and Manning Streets are coveted, while Gertrude and Condamine Streets are Balgowlah Heights’ picks. Popular with families for their close proximity to transport and the shops, Balgowlah’s West, Woodland and Wanganella Streets are in high demand.