NARRABEEN At A Glance
With stunning stretches of sand and postcard-worthy landscapes, Narrabeen is one of the Northern Beaches crown jewels. Locals enjoy the simple pleasures – a laid-back lifestyle, family-friendly vibe and one of the best surf breaks in the world. The suburb also has a buzzing shopping and commercial village – once you're home, you don't really need to leave.
The laid-back lifestyle and Narrabeen Beach, a three-kilometre stretch of sand and the suburb's beating heart.
Hit Café is a rooftop café at North Narrabeen Surf Club. The views are impressive and it’s the perfect pitstop post coastal walk.
The name Narrabeen is thought to have come from the Guringai Aboriginal word 'Narabine', meaning source of fresh water.
Narrabeen locals enjoy an active, outdoor lifestyle. Narrabeen Beach is the suburb's pride of joy, and world-famous for its surfing conditions. The three-kilometre stretch of sand is also home to an ocean pool, several surf lifesaving clubs, parks, playgrounds, and barbeque facilities, so it's a hive of activity on weekends.
At the end of the beach is Narrabeen Lagoon, a beautiful and peaceful lagoon that locals love for fishing, windsurfing and kayaking. It's also a popular spot for bushwalking and picnics. The boardwalk circling the lagoon is great for biking and jogging, as are the various trails dotted around the suburb.
Pittwater Road is the shopping and dining hub, and is lined with restaurants, cafés, grocery and produce stores, shops and boutiques. It doubles as the main transport link. Buses take commuters to North Sydney, the CBD and beyond. Narrabeen is close enough to the city for professionals to get there in 45 minutes, but far removed enough to make coming home feel like a holiday.
Narrabeen has a strong community spirit. It's obvious in the way neighbours know each other's names, and through events like the Berry Reserve Market and Narrabeen Lakes Festival.
Stroll the streets of Narrabeen, and you'll meet – and probably stop to chat to – retirees, families and professionals who love coming home to the relaxed feel and fresh air of the seaside suburb. For many years, Narrabeen was home to empty nesters, but in recent years, more younger couples and parents have seen the value in living in a place where life isn't so fast-paced. This shift has breathed new life and energy into the suburb.
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One of the suburb's most beautiful natural assets (and there are many!) is Narrabeen Lagoon – the perfect spot for water sports, bushwalking, fishing and wildlife watching. The lagoon is surrounded by a flat, 8.4-kilometre boardwalk, which starts and ends at Middle Creek and is ideal for cycling and jogging.
Every third Sunday of the month, Narrabeen hosts the Berry Reserve Market, a vibrant community market with arts and crafts, jewellery, clothing, homewares and food stalls. On Fridays, there's also a farmers market in nearby Warriewood, The Beaches Market, where locals stock up on fresh produce, meat, poultry, baked goods and artisan eats.
Locals are spoiled for choice when it comes to scenic walks in Narrabeen. The Berry Reserve and Bicentennial Coastal Walks are leisurely and picturesque, while the Jamieson Park Walk is a haven for bushwalkers. Residents can be spotted on the trails every day of the week, yet they never feel overcrowded.
As a coveted area of the Northern Beaches, the suburb has a variety of dwellings, including large blocks, freestanding homes, and older, contemporary and up-market apartments. Ocean Street, and particularly the area around Narrabeen Lakes Primary School, attracts a lot of interest. Malcolm, Lisle and Emerald Streets and Lindley Avenue are also in demand, and homes on those streets tend to be snapped up quickly.