Dee Why a Delightful Sydney Beach

One of the best aspects of Sydney is its magnificent beaches.

The city is justifiably famous for its magnificent harbour, which is perfectly framed by both the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House, but Sydney also has an extensive Pacific Ocean coastline which consists of massive sandstone headlands and peninsulas that are kept apart by some terrific golden beaches.

Most people have probably heard of Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach, and many have probably also heard of Manly Beach, yet these are but two of many which stretch north and south between Port hacking in the south and the Hawkesbury River in the north.

Dee Why is one of Sydney’s northern beaches, and whilst it may not have a reputation for being one of the better surfing beaches, it is certainly one of the most attractive of Sydney’s surf beaches.

Even if you have no interest in surfing, it is worth it is worth visiting Dee Why simply for its atmosphere. Directly opposite the beach are many restaurants and cafes where you can relax with a good meal and a drink, or even just order a coffee and sit back to enjoy the magnificent view.

Although Dee Why Beach forms a long crescent north to Long Reef peninsular, the actual swimming beach is quite small by Sydney standards.

On many Australian beaches there are designated swimming areas that are defined by red and yellow flags and which are patrolled by surf lifesavers, an Australian institution that had flourished for over 100 years comprised of both professional and volunteer lifeguards whose job is to rescue swimmers who may get into trouble.

The safest area to swim at Dee Why is reasonably compact, but the rest of the beach, where surfers and sunbathers often congregate is much longer. Right next to the beach is a good grassed area what is ideal for picnics and barbecues, and on the southern side of the beach is a salt water pool that is naturally replenished by wave action.

The cafes are popular with those wanting a long, late breakfast, a relaxing lunch or dinner in a glorious location.

Dee Why Beach is off the tourist trail as it is usually frequented by locals, which is why I recommend it.

To get to Dee Why Beach by public transport it is best to catch a bus from Manly Wharf or a bus from Wynyard in the city. However you do it, if you have a bit of time to spare when Visiting Sydney, consider a visit to Dee Why, the beach not the shopping precinct.

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