Six Of The Best Beaches In Pittwater For Kids

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Pittwater is a playground of beautiful swimming holes. These still water beaches are calmer than the nearby ocean surf beaches, generally a little quieter in terms of the number of people and absolutely perfect for little ones to enjoy. Here’s a list of the best beaches in Pittwater!

The Basin

The Basin is located on the Western Shores of Pittwater and is best reached via ferry from Palm Beach. Spending a day at the Basin feels like you’re a million kilometres away from real life. There is a protected lagoon area perfect for little ones to splash and paddle and also great for getting out on a kayak or stand-up paddleboard, as well as the deeper water swimming area. Little ones will love the chance to swim and play on the sand in such an idyllic location while keeping an eye out to see if they can spot a wallaby, kangaroo or goanna! There are BBQ facilities, toilets and a campground too if you’d like to stay longer.

Clareville Beach

Clareville Beach is near Avalon and can be reached by road. Parking here can be tricky but once you find a spot it’s well worth it to enjoy this lovely sheltered sandy expanse of beach where kids and can run, play and swim with boats bobbing nearby on their moorings. A day can easily disappear with your family having fun at this location which is popular for family picnics and birthday parties. There are lovely shaded areas to sit on the grass that leads directly down on to the beach and perfect for a game of beach cricket!

Mackerel Beach

Mackerel Beach feels like another world with gorgeous beach houses and holiday homes set in this seaside suburb, accessible by ferry or boat. Surrounded by National Park this is a great location to enjoy a swim and also explore the bushland bordering the beach via one of the walking tracks. It’s best to bring your own picnic to Mackerel Beach as there are no facilities here.

Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach is a secret spot with a swimming enclosure, meaning it’s even easier to keep an eye on little ones as they enjoy the water. There’s also a wharf so you can watch the yachties row out to their boats in their dinghy. It really does feel like paradise here.

Station Beach

You’ll feel like you’ve landed on the set of Home and Away at this great family beach location. On the still water side of Palm Beach with Barrenjoey Lighthouse above sitting high above, you’ll spot seaplanes landing while enjoying swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding on calm waters. At Station Beach, there are BBQ facilities, picnic areas and toilets all nearby as well as The Boathouse Cafe to grab coffee or lunch. You'll feel as though you’ve really immersed yourself in the enviable Palm Beach holiday lifestyle!

Clontarf Beach

If you're looking for a Northern Beaches beach a little closer to the city, Clontarf Beach is an idyllic spot for families. With gorgeous waters, fun sand play, a cafe nearby and even a playground to really tire out the kids, we're sure Clontarf Beach will be your new favourite Sydney beach destination.

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Steve B

Nov 06 2016

Great article v helpful look forward to exploring next weekend w my daughter. Thankyou.