Away from the more popular surfing meccas in Sydney, Avalon Beach is a secluded surfer surburb just north of Newport Beach on the Northern Beaches peninsula. Once inhabited by native Garigal people, and more recently a hippy haven, Avalon Beach has gone full circle. It now attracts celebrities and stars including Nicole Kidman, Elle Macpherson and 11 times ex-world surf champ, Kelly Slater.
The beach is a swathe of golden sand with waves breaking nicely at the north end for surfers. It is popular with a committed crowd who can often be seen enjoying a 5am surf before the working day begins. The calmer waters to the south are popular and safe for swimming with lifeguard patrolled area.
Several other former world surfing champions including Ben Player and Mark Warren were also Avalon residents and honed their skills in these very waves. The beach was also used as a film location for the US surf drama Baywatch, but local protests saw the series moved to Hawaii instead.
The growing sport of stand-up paddleboarding is in evidence here and there’s equipment hire, SUP lessons and even twilight paddle classes with Avalon Stand Up Paddle. The beach also has a neat 25-metre ocean rock pool, a children’s play area, toilets, changing room and barbecues.
Behind the beach is the Des Creagh Nature Reserve.
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