North Narrabeen - Beach in North Narrabeen Pittwater NSW - SLS Beachsafe

North Narrabeen NSW

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... Read more

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.


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.


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.


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.

Read less

Patrolled Unpatrolled Today Change Day

There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.

North Narrabeen SLSC Inc.

Northern Beaches Council



North Narrabeen, NSW 2101

Includes beaches:
Narrabeen-collaroy, Narrabeen, South Narrabeen, Collaroy


General Beach Hazard Rating:
7/10 (Highly hazardous)

Beach Key:

Nearby beaches


  • Sharks
  • Bluebottles
  • Inlet
  • Winds
  • High Tide Range
    High Tide Range
  • Fixed rips
    Fixed rips
  • Flash rips
    Flash rips
  • Slippery surface
    Slippery surface
  • Slippery rocks
    Slippery rocks
  • Rocks
  • Shallow Sandbars
    Shallow Sandbars
  • Long beach
    Long beach
  • Beach erosion
    Beach erosion
  • High surf
    High surf
  • Gutters
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Toilets
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Dressing shed
  • Showers
  • Rock pool
  • Shops
  • Public phone
  • Park
  • BBQ
  • Picnic
  • Shade
  • Playground
  • Caravan park
  • Cafe
  • Bike path
  • Natural shade
  • Mobile Phone Coverage
  • Bus

Regulation Symbols

  • Surfcraft Prohibited
  • Do Not Drink the Water
  • No Alcohol
  • No Dogs Allowed


Wednesday 20, Jun 3:32 pm

Day 18°    Night 12°
Morning shower or two

Water Temperature  19°C



Wind: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds turning southerly 10 to 15 knots during the morning and early afternoon.
Swell: Southerly 3 metres, tending southeasterly 2.5 to 3 metres during the morning.
Seas: 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre around midday.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the early morning. Caution: Large and powerful surf conditions in the early morning are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.


12 am
7 am
1 pm
7 pm


Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


128 km

radar helper


Thursday 21, Jun

Day 17°    Night 10°



Wind: South to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable in the evening.
Swell: Southeasterly 2 to 2.5 metres.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Cloudy. 50% chance of showers.


1 am
8 am
2 pm
8 pm


Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Wed 20, Jun to Wed 27, Jun



Wind: East to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the morning.
Swell: Southeasterly 1.5 metres inshore, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy.



Wed 20th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Thu 21st 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Fri 22nd 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Sat 23rd 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended

SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.