Beach North Narrabeen Beach lies (NSW 310a) at the northern end of a 10 m high sand barrier, it is backed by the eastern channel of Narrabeen Lagoon, with the shallow mouth flowing over rocks and sand to enter the ocean 200 m north of the surf club (Fig. 4.207). The North Narrabeen SLSC (formed in 1912) is adjacent to a large car park, park and picnic area. Strong rips and higher waves dominate this end, with an often heavy plunging wave at low tide. Also the lagoon entrance can be a problem when deep at high tide and with swift currents on a falling tide. So stay between the flags. If swimming down the beach avoid the persistent rips and stay on the bars. Behind the lagoon entrance is the last remaining beachfront caravan park in Sydney, a popular place year round and always full during the summer holidays. The lagoon entrance offers safer swimming and has its own kiddies corner on the southern side with an adjoining car park. A swimming club and large rock pool are located on the rock platform with a reserve, walkway and lookout on the headland.
Swimming Narrabeen ranges from the more hazardous rip-dominated North Narrabeen to the usually lower waves of Collaroy. However summer northerly seas do induce strong rips at Collaroy. Best is between the flags at the four surf clubs.
Surfing Narrabeen is best known for the world famous North Narrabeen break, breeding ground of some of the world's best surfers, including world champions. It is also the site of numerous local, national and international events. North Narrabeen has five waves. A heavy but short left breaking over a ledge on the Point; the Alley rights; the longer North Narra left. The famous long lefts are best in moderate to high northeast swell. In front of the car park is the Carie rights, a fast tubing wave, while further out in bigger south swell is the Narrabeen bombie, which offers both lefts and is now a tow-in site. Beach breaks abound down the beach, with the central Gardens area the most popular, while at Collaroy the smaller waves attract the learners and inexperienced. However during big south-east swell Collaroy Point starts to work with an inside section off the pool called The Kick, and a fuller section off the point.
Fishing A very popular beach with rock, inlet and beach fishing at North Narrabeen, and gutters down the beach following high seas. Boats launched at Fishermans beach are also commonly seen on the inshore reefs.