Long Reef Beach: Sydney Spotlight

Welcome to Sydney Spotlight, a new feature on The Accidental Australian! Sydney Spotlight will be a weekly feature, highlighting lesser known parts of Sydney to visit, at low or no cost, such as parks, beaches, etc., and will be short reads. Make the most of the weekend by checking out our top places- starting with Long Reef Beach.

Why Go?

Long Reef Beach and Long Reef Headland, a protected aquatic reserve, is the perfect spot for an afternoon drive after work to go for a beach walk, feel the breeze, and watch the windsurfers.

Thanks to consistently strong winds, this beach is hugely popular with windsurfers, and is a beautiful section of beach rarely crowded. Just south of the beach is the Headland, a spectacular area of sandstone cliff faces, and massive stones peeking out between waves- they are accessible to walk across in low tide, but be very careful, where non-slippery footwear, and keep an eye on the weather.


As this are is not overly developed, it is easy to forget that you are so close to Sydney, so visit Long Reef for a mini-break from the 9-5 grind, and let your hair down in the breeze- metaphorically and literally.

Street parking is free and easy to come by, and there is also an ocean pool a short walk away at Collaroy Beach, if the surf is too rough for a swim.

I wore the wrong shoes and it was really slippery…don’t be like me.

How to Get There?

Long Reef is a 30km drive north from Sydney’s CBD, so your time travelled will be heavily dependant on Sydney’s traffic. It’s also accessible via the E84 bus from the city- for more detail check out sydneybuses.info

Top Tips?

If you’re hungry after your walk, check out the nearby Upper Crust Pies, on Pittwater Road, for a tasty meat pie. There’s are consistently ranked as one of Sydney’s best, via Time Out Magazine and The Daily Telegraph.



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